Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tonight: The Heroine Sheiks @ The End

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 2:23 PM

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Frontman Shannon Selberg’s unhinged imagination provides the surreal lyrical perspective icing the odd, discordant riot of Heroine Sheiks. They follow in the noise rock tradition of Selberg’s old band The Cows, who came out of the same mid-’80s Minneapolis hardcore scene that produced Hüsker Dü, Breaking Circus and Amphetamine Reptile Records. Formed with ex-Swans guitarist Norman Westberg in the wake of The Cows’ dissolution, the Sheiks had the honor of headlining shows with Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Gogol Bordello, without making any of the same subsequent commercial inroads. This isn’t exactly surprising, since their pummeling atavistic roar still harks back to a moment when the Butthole Surfers ruled the underground. After three albums, Selberg moved back to Minneapolis and formed a new lineup with guitarist Paul Sanders (Hammerhead). They’ve recorded a new album, Journey to the End of the Knife, consistent with their catalog’s spazzy cacophony. 9 p.m. at The End —CHRIS PARKER

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