It's not every day that punk rock royalty comes to town, so you should probably be at The End tonight to see Viv Albertine. For more on that, here's Adam Gold:
As guitarist for legendary female art-punk innovators The Slits, Viv Albertine bore witness to more punk-rock history than a spray-painted "Anarchy" symbol at CBGB's. It's amazing to think that someone who influenced musicians the likes of Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, Radiohead, M.I.A and Madonna, lived with The Sex Pistols, and was the inspiration for The Clash's "Train in Vain" would spend 25 years keeping absolutely mum about her punk-rock past. But that's exactly what happened when a disillusioned Albertine walked away from music to pursue other arts endeavors. This year, having picked up a guitar for the first time in more than a quarter-century and embarked on a solo project, Albertine comes across the pond for her first-ever tour of the U.S. This Nashville stop coincides with the release of a 30th anniversary edition of The Slits' seminal masterpiece Cut. With off-kilter, dub-infused rhythms, guitar playing that sounded like the grinding halt of a conveyor belt and discordant, animalistic vocals, The Slits sounded like factory machinery being used on a desert island. They were one of first-wave punk's most idiosyncratic and compelling bands, as well as the preeminent female voices of the movement. Albertine's new music has maintained the crucial elements that made her alma mater so special, combining that unconventional harum-scarum musical approach and adding a haunting element of maturity that will provide--along with recent releases from an Albertine-less reformation of the band--endless amounts of enjoyment for Slits fans who've salivated for new material since the band dissolved in 1981.
Here's Albertine's "If Love," and the Slits' classic "Typical Girl" below: