Thursday, July 28, 2011

Show Preview - The Black Lips - 8/1/11 - Mr Smalls - Pittsburgh - Concert Preview

One of the most entertaining live bands will be making a stop this Monday, 8/1 at Mr Smalls. The Black Lips were born out of the south in Atlanta, GA in the late 90's. The then teenage group built their music from old garage punk, blues, 60' pop and country to form an eclectic sound. Their albums are often marked by sloppiness but with clever harmonies and experimentation that show their talented ability. They are touring behind their sixth studio album entitled Arabia Mountain co-produced by two other like minded individuals, Mark Ronson and Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter.

On previous albums the band has chosen to record in inferior surroundings such as warehouses, garages or even a bar in Tijuana, Mexico. However, these days the band chooses to enter the professional studios to gain a more commercial (and higher quality) sound. The band has been releasing their albums via Vice Records for the past few years. The new album has received rave reviews from mainstream and online publications for reaching a larger audience.

Scion A/V Presents: Black Lips - New Direction from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

Their live shows once garnered national headlines for drunken hijinks including faux fighting, lighting firecrackers, being banned from clubs and even once being chased out of India. But most of that can be contributed to their young age and lacking maturity. These days the band is still buzz worthy for their live act with the precision and technique you would expect from over 10 years of experience.

The show begins at 8p with Night Beats opening. Tickets can be found here.


  1. Check out our Black Lips rock poster