Tonight you can drive your vague existential malaise all the way back to 1991, where Nevermind, the Nirvana tribute band, will be performing.
This is a tough one, 'cause you only go see tribute bands under the following circumstances:
1. There's nothing better to do.
2. You really really really really really really really like the original band and will pay money to risk seeing cherished songs destroyed by imitators.
3. You secretly hope Chuck Klosterman will show up.
This particular tribute band claims to have "gained status as one of the most highly acclaimed Nirvana Tributes across the U.S. and beyond. This touring show has the sound, the feel, and THE LOOK of Nirvana complete with stage props reminicent of those used on Nirvana’s last tour (’93-’94). The band has over 70 Nirvana songs in their catalogue plus also offered is the entire MTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK acoustic show which is now considered a classic amongs rock critics and Nirvana fans."
Luckily, a review of a recent performance was posted over at the Francis Blog:
I never thought I'd say this about a tribute band, but these guys were terrific. Unlike the other bands, they made a strong effort to look, dress, and move like Nirvana, and succeeded. Fake Krist Novoselic sported a pink-and-purple ensemble from real Novoselic's career and had Nirvana's bassist's lurching movements down pat. Fake Dave Grohl mastered Grohl's head-down thrashing. Fake Kurt Cobain was essentially indistinguishable from real Kurt, from where I was standing.
More importantly, they had the best catalog of all the bands to pick from and made great choices. I mean, of the first 6 they played, I had played 5 in bands of mine, including the blistering opener "Aneurysm" and "Rape Me." They closed with "All Apologies" and "Territorial Pissings," and even managed to work in a few of Bleach's best tracks. Nice work.
The real quandry for a Nirvana tribute is how to deal with "Smells Like Teen Spirit." I think Nevermind was wise not to play it - there's too much history there to really do it justice. I was also impressed that they trashed their gear to a limited extent after finishing. That's real commitment.