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Afghan Whigs

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Photo Credit: courtesy of Sam Holden
One of the leading alternative rock bands in the 90s. The band has only recently reunited for live performances in 2012. One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 90’s, the Afghan Whigs are Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Greg Dulli, lead guitarist Rick McCollum, and drummer Steve Earle who met while attending the University of Cincinnati. The fourth member, bassist John Curley, was a photographer at the Cincinnati Inquirer and happened to meet Dulli at a friend’s apartment. The quartet formed Afghan Whigs in 1986 and had a dedicated cult following until the dissolution of the band in 2001.
Though originally rising with the grunge rock scene, Afghan Whigs transcended the genre by incorporating R&B, which created a fusion of soul and punk. Dulli, McCollum, and Curley have reformed the group and are touring in 2012. The single “Lovecrimes,” originally released by Frank Ocean in 2011 and available for free download on the band’s website, has been added to the live performance repertoire. In the song, Dulli has lost none of his haunted and husky lyricism, which combines nicely with contemplative and driving guitar and bass accompaniment. In an interview with WXPN, the band expresses an interest in jazz exploration and speaks of how comfortable they still feel playing songs written as younger artists. After a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in September, Afghan Whigs is touring Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The tour will culminate with a New Years Eve performance in Cincinnati where it all began.

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