Alice in Chains

Besides Nirvana, the best songwriters of the grunge age were Alice in Chains; their mixing of metal and melancholy melodies with Beatles-esque harmonies proved to be a potent combination, and those songs ("Would," "Rooster," "Them Bones") have aged really, really well. They suffered a long exile due to lead-singer Layne Staley's drug addiction and subsequent death, but the new comeback album, Black Gives Way To Blue—featuring new vocalist William Duvall and a guest performance from Elton John!?—still holds the fire.
Tue., Sept. 8, 8 p.m., 2009

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