Gripping virtuosity on the edge of anarchy is a compelling rockist strategy, and that’s what you get with White Denim. The Texas-based retro-futurist prog-boogie quartet kick off an unusual (for this venue) three-show run tonight. Jeff Tweedy lent a hand with Denim’s most recent album, Corsicana Lemonade, and the Wilco leader’s winning blend of classic-rock moves with an avant-garde tinge works even more successfully for guitarist-songwriter James Petralli’s crew. Experimental traditionalists, or vice versa, Denim easily numbers among the best of the post–jam band bunch. Children of both Beefheart and Beatles, the quartet whips it up like a sonic cyclone, with a pair of monster guitarists up front, and is much more fruitfully experienced than explained. They’re on tour with Clear Plastic Masks, Brooklyn expats now making a big bluesy noise in Nashville.
Wed., Sept. 10, 9 p.m.; Thu., Sept. 11, 9 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 12, 9 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 3, 2014