Friday, August 29, 2014

Skronky-Tonk Woman: The Neckbones Tonight at The Basement

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

In this week’s Critics’ Picks section, our Boston bureau (i.e., Sean Maloney) hipped you to The Woggles and their headlining gig tonight at The Basement, noting that the Athens rock legends “have been blazing stages and setting souls aflame with unhinged power-rock since before your average house-show attendee was out of diapers.” And here I was thinking they were a novelty children’s band from 30 Rock.

If that weren’t enough garage rock for you, there’s an added bonus that Maloney didn’t mention: Long-thought-defunct Memphis blues punks The Neckbones are opening the gig. Aside from being rad lo-fi fuzz thrashers with songs like “Crack Whore Blues” and “Art School Dropout,” The Neckbones have the distinction of being the first-ever band of white dudes on Fat Possum — sharing stages with Mississippi bluesmen like R. L. Burnside and T-Model Ford long before The Black Keys blipped onto the radar.

The Neckbones don’t play a whole hell of a lot these days (they all have jobs and families, as people do), so — unless you plan on hitting either our birthday party or The Clean's show — I wouldn’t sleep on this gig. Especially if your jam is vintage garage rock with a heavy dose of The Buzzcocks. And why the hell wouldn’t it be?

Peep some live videos of The Neckbones wearing shirts they stole from The Woggles’ van after the jump. Tonight’s show is at 9 p.m. and will cost you a 10 spot to get in.

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