TK Webb & the Visions

Thursday, September 4

The blues are TK Webb's bread and butter. Though his recorded output has been mostly blues of the lonesome-dirt-road variety, his live performances have been electrified Delta shreds. His new band the Visions (which features a handful of NY hipster faves, including members of Blood on the Wall and Love As Laughter) ups the shredding on its debut, Ancestors, an album of thick blues-inspired rock. That he titled his record Ancestors leaves little to be dissected. All the usual blues-rock influences are present here (Jimmy Page, Johnny Winter, Ten Years After, etc.), alongside hints of Dinosaur Jr., the Replacements, Fat Possum's revivalist efforts, and even a little Mountain. Sometimes the pairing of Webb's nasally drawl with his burning '70s riffs sounds like his labelmates Vietnam. Other times, it sounds like recent Mudhoney. Other times he sounds like—well, like TK Webb. He’s sort of a melting pot for the disparate channels the blues have gone down since the invention of the amplifier.

Thu., Sept. 4, 8 p.m., 2008

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