Live Review: The Dandy Warhols @ 9:30 Club — 5/6/19

The Dandy Warhols perform at the 9:30 Club
The Dandy Warhols perform at 9:30 Club on May 6, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

The Dandy Warhols are 25? For serious? If you would have asked me back in mid-’90s, I would have said no chance. And how wrong I would have been. The Dandys have carved out a nice career for themselves, being smart about song placements for ads and video games, making friends in right places (they opened for David Bowie!), investing back into a home studio and most importantly, making a steady stream of their wonderful brand of oddball pop.

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Music Park: The Dandy Warhols @ 9:30 Club — 4/17/16

Dandy Warhols 01 Courtney Taylor-Taylor performs at the 9:30 Club on April 17, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

“Music says it better than words,” said Courtney Taylor-Taylor on Sunday night by way of an explanation as to why he wasn’t feeling very chatty during his band’s show at the 9:30 Club.

The very full club yelped in agreement, and Courtney returned to vocal duties for The Dandy Warhols, who were touring on the strength of a ninth studio album, Distortland, released April 8 via Dine Alone Records. After some slight experimentation in their last album, This Machine, The Dandys return to form on the new record, which suited them and the audience just fine. The Dandy Warhols occupy a very unique space as a psychedelic band wrapped in a grunge aesthetic. Make no mistake, however: They are a great live band and their laidback guitar jams are a highlight of the show.

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Don’t Miss: The Dandy Warhols @ 9:30 Club, 4/17/16

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The Dandy Warhols (Photo courtesy Dine Alone Records)

The Dandy Warhols have returned with their ninth studio album, released only last week, and they hit the 9:30 Club to promote it on Sunday, April 17.

With Distortland, published April 8 via Dine Alone Records, The Dandys continue their penchant for an outsider perspective set to groovy psychedelic jams. The well-regarded Portland-based quartet received generally favorable reviews with the new 10-track album, according to Metacritic.

Watch the recently released official music video for “You Are Killing Me” by The Dandy Warhols, which features cult actor Joe Dallesandro as a writer that undergoes a bad psychedelic trip:

And of course, as consummate performers, The Dandys themselves are always ready to put on a show with vocalist and guitarist Courtney Taylor, keyboardist Zia McCabe, guitarist Peter Holmström, and drummer Brent DeBoer. The band initially recorded Distortland in Courtney’s basement on and old-school cassette recorder before enlisting Jim Lowe, who’s worked with Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, to mix it. It should be fascinating to see these new songs live!

When I last saw The Dandys at the 9:30 Club in 2012, I observed: “Although the band worked together remarkably well as a band, Courtney Taylor carried the show with a jovial swagger. At times, he would evoke the grunge scene that he quickly grew beyond and mumble through some muddled lyrics and at others he would belt out his words clearly like he was channeling Iggy Pop.”

Louisiana garage gospel quartet Seratones open for The Dandy Warhols. Tickets are available online! You also can purchase a VIP Nation upgrade, Dandys Hang Out Experience Upgrade (for $75), which requires that you already have a regular ticket but which allows you to hang out with the band.

The Dandy Warhols
w/ Seratones
9:30 Club
Sunday, April 17
Doors @7pm
Regular: $25
VIP: +$75
All ages