Two decades ago, the Afghan Whigs were one of the alt-rock era’s most soulful—and most anxious—bands. Few songwriters sounded more romantically maladjusted than the group’s Greg Dulli (check the Whigs’ lover-as-sociopath classics “Debonair” and “What Jail Is Like” and Bonnie and Clyde-like fantasy “Going to Town”), but what really set them apart was the ways they incorporated the earmarks of classic R&B (scratchy “Theme from Shaft” guitar, handclaps, funky drumming) into an angst-rock context. Tonight, the group plays its first show together in 13 years. With Joseph Arthur.

Wed., May 23, 8:30 p.m., 2012

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 16, 2012

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