Alison “VV” Mosshart and Jamie “Hotel” Hince of the Kills were doomed White Stripes comparisons the minute this boy/girl garage rock duo started churning out lo-fi blues in the early aughts. This is understandable, but upon closer inspection, the Kills emergel a different beast—VV’s distinctive growl carries the melodies while the guitar and drum machine threaten, but never manage, to overpower her. The result is an artier, post-punk feel driven by distorted minimalism and somehow seductive vocals. With Jeff the Brotherhood.
Sat., Feb. 11, 9 p.m., 2012
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 1, 2012