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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tonight in Music: Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkeybirds

Posted by Arian Jalali on Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM


KID CONGO POWERS AND THE PINK MONKEYBIRDS, CAT FANCY, DON'T, GHOST MOM
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Kid Congo Powers has been a preeminent fixture in underground rock music for the last 30-plus years. From his early days as a member of the Gun Club and the Cramps, Powers went on to become a Bad Seed during Nick Cave's darkest and most damning era in the late '80s. Since then, Powers has found his own footing as leader of the swampy, vamping garage ensemble Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds. The band's fantastic 2009 release, Dracula Boots, unlocked a closet filled with supernatural premonitions and urban myths, casting a ghoulish light on all the dark corners of noir, surf, and garage music. Now the band is touring the West Coast in support of their recently released third full-length, Gorilla Rose, which is capable of setting fire to the carpet under your blistered, bare feet. TRAVIS RITTER

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