The Jesus and Mary Chain

From Scotland they came, the Reid brothers, shuddering the plaster off dorm-room walls with their 1985 debut Psychocandy. No one expected The Jesus and Mary Chain to last for long, especially with its reputation for drinking and brawling, a studied indifference to fans and critics, and a reluctance to recording, with but a handful of future albums. Flash forward to 2003, and who would’ve expected “Just Like Honey” to trigger wistful sobs at the end of Lost in Translation? And lo, there’s Scarlett Johansson singing along with Jim and William Reid at Coachella ’07. Suddenly the Reids are back in fashion—even contributing a new single, “All Things Must Pass,” to TV’s Heroes!—and reportedly working on a new album. Middle age is no guarantee the lads are any less volatile or truculent, of course, though they now fall into the category of influential elder-punks. Their enveloping sound, a kind of fuzzed-up, reverb-y amalgam of Phil Spector and Duane Eddy, now seems rather classic, almost stately. Dare we say they were writing anthems even back when they would’ve sneered at the idea? At least now they’re not likely to attack the audience, though I might not stand in the front row. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-0888, $30–$35. All ages. 8 p.m. BRIAN MILLER


Wed., July 16, 8 p.m., 2008

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