By embracing a hedonist sensibility and blatantly spelling out their influences--Ride, the Velvets, Stones and eventually Duran Duran--the Dandy Warhols practically scream "party band." Yet beneath the playful facade lies a visionary creative voice that had fully blossomed as early as the bands second official album, 1997's The Dandy Warhols Come Down. Such mastery of dense, epic psychedelia may have seemed like a clever appropriation of fashionable trends at the time, but the Dandys have since acted almost giddily oblivious to careerism--a recent experimental streak suggests that the band might even be in danger of misplacing its collective head up its own ass. But on their latest album, Earth to the Dandy Warhols, the '70s and '80s influences finally work side by side, and the self-deprecating wit remains razor sharp, as when frontman Courtney Taylor sings "you dance pretty good for an almost-white girl."
Wed., Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m., 2008