Nothing on the Vaselines’ 2010 reunion
album, Sex With an X, quite merits inclusion in a songbook perfectly presented two decades ago by Sub Pop’s The Way of the Vaselines. (One possible exception? “Overweight but Over You.”) Yet Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee—who formed this Scottish indie-pop outfit in 1986 and promptly broke up four years later—continue to play classics like “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun” (Nirvana covered both) with so much sly enthusiasm that you’ll hardly mind the old-stuff emphasis at the Bell House, where they’re scheduled to drop in tonight ahead of festival dates next month in Seattle and L.A.
Thu., Aug. 30, 9 p.m., 2012