Melvins | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Tue., May 31, 8:30 p.m. and Wed., June 1, 8:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $25, $40 two-day pass
Even if you've gone public as a hater vis-a-vis the trend of bands performing entire classic albums live, you might want to put on a fake mustache and sneak out to one of these. No two Melvins albums are necessarily similar to each other, and very few are in any way forgettable. Early this year, the band had a monthlong Friday-night residency at Spaceland in LA during which (among other things) they set the current double-drummer lineup loose on early-90s works of genius like the EPs Eggnog and Lysol (swiftly and involuntarily retitled Melvins) and the full-length Bullhead, where the band first perfected the core-of-a-dead-star sludge style they've been toying with ever since. This two-night stand will include music from all those releases, plus a couple of the Melvins' mid-90s major-label LPs: the first show will feature songs from Lysol, Eggnog, and Houdini, and the second will be all Bullhead and Stoner Witch. (Personally, I suspect musicians like gigs like this, probably because pre­ordained set lists cut down on the drunken bellowing of requests from the crowd.) Yeah, I understand being against nostalgia on principle—but for me, albums this awesome trump certain principles. —Monica Kendrick

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