A 20-year anniversary? Not bad, not at all. But a 20-year anniversary for a band once dismissed as the silver-medal Stone Roses? The Charlatans UK deserve the key to Manchester. The classic rock-enthused Brits garnered some attention in the early ’90s for their psych-pop first three albums, but it was their dance-heavy, eponymous fourth in 1995 (“Just Lookin’ ”) that finally charmed the U.K. kids. Ensuing scrapes with the law and keyboardist Rob Collins’s death derailed their mainstream success a bit but also leant a new, expounding urgency to their sound, which we should hear more of this month on the new Who We Touch. And it should prove that, the two decades since their debut, Some Friendly, these men haven’t grown up easily, but they have grown well. With Sherlock’s Daughter.
Tue., Sept. 14, 9 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 1, 2010