Queens of the Stone Age, Chelsea Wolfe | Aragon Ballroom | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Queens of the Stone Age, Chelsea Wolfe 

When: Mon., May 5, 8 p.m. and Fri., May 9, 8 p.m. 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by . . . Like Clockwork (Matador), the sixth Queens of the Stone Age album and the first since front man Josh Homme had a near-death experience three years ago when his heart stopped during knee surgery. (On "The Vampire of Time and Memory" he sings, "I survived, I speak, I breathe, I'm incomplete / I'm alive, hooray.") The band's music is sharper than ever, with crisp hard rock sitting nicely beside pretty ballads, and though the lyrics are less cynical this time, Homme hasn't gotten mushy. He's also retained the concision that distinguishes him from many of the lunkhead rock stars in his orbit—including Dave Grohl, who plays on half of the record. —Peter Margasak, 2013

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