Led by benevolent dictator Robert Pollard, lo-fi kings Guided by Voices are THE treasure-trove band for music nerds, as Pollardwho has nearly 1,000 published songs to his namewas musically incontinent when it came to releasing records. Thus, listeners are left to cherry-pick the best cuts from the band's enormous catalogue. Of their 15 proper albums, 1995's Alien Lanes is an obvious classic for GBV aficionadossecond only to its predecessor, the seminal lo-fi classic Bee Thousandas well as a great entry point for those ready to take on the band's intimating catalogue. Featuring members of The Carter Administration and The Privates, Nashville's resident GBV tribute band Teenage FBI handily pulls off both the bands sonic shambles and alcohol-fueled live show. Lead vocalist and Pollard stand-in Philip Pomeroy is consummate in taking on his muses stage personacomplete with high kicks, drunken stage banter and microphone swingswith a voice that's uncanny in its similarity to Pollards. The band will play all of Alien Lanes 28 tracks and then some.
Thu., June 18, 9 p.m., 2009