Murder City Devils, Dead Milkmen, Apocalypse Hoboken, Riverboat Gamblers, Frankl Project | Congress Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Murder City Devils, Dead Milkmen, Apocalypse Hoboken, Riverboat Gamblers, Frankl Project 

When: Fri., Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $25
When I saw the Murder City Devils on the Louisville stop of their farewell tour in 2001, front man Spencer Moody had apparently discovered an enchanted portal to a realm where a mere mortal can get as blasted as ten men. The band swung like a wrecking ball of evil, whiskey-reeking rock ’n’ roll, and Moody embodied its dissipated black heart, his slovenly, guttural vocals often rendered incomprehensible by what looked like attempts to swallow the mike. As soon as they broke into “Rum to Whiskey,” the already wound-up audience lost its shit, never to find it again—the rest of the night is a ragged blur. The Murder City Devils were teetering on the cusp of greatness after the release of their classic 2000 album In Name and Blood (Sub Pop), and their sudden breakup—catalyzed by the departure of keyboardist and organist Leslie Hardy—did for their legacy what death did for James Dean’s. Bassist Derek Fudesco moved on to Pretty Girls Make Graves and drummer Coady Willis now plays in Big Business, but the original six-piece lineup has been reuniting intermittently since 2006, mostly for big blowouts like Coachella and Sasquatch. This show’s part of Riot Fest, which runs through Sunday; if the Devils can muster a set that even comes close to the one I saw in ’01, it’ll be the high point of the whole thing. The Dead Milkmen, Apocalypse Hoboken, the Riverboat Gamblers, and the Frankl Project open. —Kevin Warwick



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