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The staff doesn’t always agree on music, art, politics or life in general here, but one thing everyone can agree on is the Afghan Whigs. The band from Cincinnati, Ohio has been churning out albums since 1988’s Big Top Halloween.  The group didn’t hit national success until they released Congregation back in 1992. The third album by the band proved to be pivotal in its success, scoring hits like “Turn On The Water” and “Conjure Me.”  The band is set to release In Spades,  it’s eighth album, this year. The Afghan Whigs attempt to stay topical and on top of mind has worked.  The Whigs shared it’s new video “Demon In Profile” earlier this month and it’s been on repeat. Here’s a look back at band.

Another TBT, an interview with Greg Dulli,  November 2014:

Afghan Whigs : Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

When the Afghan Whigs speak, everyone listens. Greg Dulli went on Twitter and referenced a new album. It’s been 4 years since the group comeback release in the form of 2014’s Do The Beast, but today everyone knows the band’s new album, In Spades, is due out May 5 on Sub Pop Records. What is it that we should expect? Obviously more clever songwriting with its signature sound. The Afghan Whigs have cultivated a style all its own since the release of the group’s eponymous debut. This time around the album is produced by singer Greg Dulli himself, and it’s great to see guitarist Dave Rosser featured contributor while dealing with inoperable colon cancer.

The Afghan Whigs shared a new video for the track “Demon In Profile,” which stars none other than that Har Mar Superstar himself Sean Matthew Tillmann taking the lead.


The Afghan Whigs – In Spades Tracklisting:
1. “Birdland”
2. “Arabian Heights”
3. “Demon in Profile”
4. “Toy Automatic”
5. “Oriole”
6. “Copernicus”
7. “The Spell”
8. “Light as a Feather”
9. “I Got Lost”
10. “Into the Floor”


A third benefit show to aid long-time Afghan Whigs, Gutter Twins and Twilight Singers guitarist Dave Rosser has been added for Tuesday December 13 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

The lineup for the show will include: Eagles Of Death Metal, Josh Homme, The Gutter Twins, Duff McKagan plus special guests.

Rosser was recently diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer.

Two other benefit shows were previously announced: Los Angeles on December 14 (which is now Sold Out) along with New Orleans on Saturday December 10 at The Civic Theatre.

The New Orleans show will feature performances from: The Afghan Whigs, Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco, Morning 40 Federation, King James & The Special Men, and C.C. Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis along with special guests. Very limited tickets remain. Click here to purchase tickets for the New Orleans show.

For fans who cannot attend these benefit shows, we encourage you to donate to Dave Rosser’s medical fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/daverosser

Greg Dulli (photo by Sam Holden)
Greg Dulli (photo by Sam Holden)

The 19th and 20th Sound Check Chat podcasts with Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs and Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers. The podcast is sponsored by Earthquaker Devices (http://earthquakerdevices.com/), Ghettoblaster Magazine, YouIndie.com and Frame Jump Music Videos.  The podcasts are available here: http://www.soundcheckchat.com/index.html.

Though The Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli long denied that the powerful rock band would ever reunite in an official capacity, long time Whigs fans kept fingers crossed, holding out hope that Dulli’s occasional gigs with John Curley would spark a full blow reunion for the former-Cincinnati outfit.

What fans didn’t know, was that Dulli was bonding behind closed doors with Whigs guitarist Rick McCollum during the Twilight Singers 2011 spring tour, and that the seed of reuniting the band was taking roots. In November 2011, the three convened for several days in New Orleans, conjuring an old black magic that had been kept under wraps for years.

Do To The Beast marks the triumphant return of the band to both their onetime label Sub Pop, and recording in an official capacity. Although Rick McCollum is absent, and details surrounding his departure are sketchy, Afghan Whigs unleash and deploy their arsenal of aural dark drama and suspense in ways that only a troupe with years of unrelenting practice in pop vitriol can, leaving fans satiated and satisfied.

Although the name Stelth Ulvang may not be familiar, his performance with celebrated Denver, Colorado-based folk rockers The Lumineers probably is. The band’s self-titled debut album, released in mid-2012 peaked at number two on the Billboard charts in early 2013 and has been certified platinum in the U.S. As a result, they were nominated for both Billboard Music Awards and Grammy Awards.

Ulvang released his first proper solo album, And As Always; The Infinite Cosmos, on Feb. 19 and has been road testing his skillful, multi-layered rock tunes. We caught up with him to discuss the LP, and the delicate balance between songwriting and showmanship.

Previous podcasts included interviews with Dads, Mineral, Dot Hacker, Grieves, Buffalo Killers, Circle Takes The Square, The Jazz June, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) and more.

Print issue #38 of Ghettoblaster will be hitting shelves this week!

With the mighty Atmosphere gracing the cover, we’ve also got interviews from Guided By Voices’ Tobin Sprout, Fucked Up, Afghan Whigs, Tombs, Little Dragon, Kelis, OFF!, King Buzzo, Pharoahe Monch, comedian Chris Gethard, Marvel Comics’ Mangeto author Cullen Bunn, plus a feature on the new Trailer Park Boys movie, Don’t Legalize It and the Adventure Time: Card Wars game and much, much more. There’s also pages and pages of album, book, game and movie reviews to keep you up to speed on all of what’s going on.

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In a grand homecoming, Cincinnati’s own The Afghan Whigs will perform at this fall’s MidPoint Music Festival. This will be the only Cincinnati appearance on their worldwide tour in support of Do To The Beast, the band’s first album of new material in 16 years.

The Afghan Whigs will headline the Washington Park stage on Friday, September 26. More artists and headlining acts will be revealed May 14. General admission tickets for this all-ages headline showcase will go on sale May 14.

Three-day tickets for the thirteenth annual festival, September 25–27, including VIP passes, are on sale now at MPMF.com.

San Diego’s Crocodiles will continue to promote their latest album, Endless Flowers, this fall with a North American tour.  Before the North American trip begins, the group will head across the Atlantic for a few shows in Europe. See the schedule below.

9/1 London, UK – 1234 Festival
9/4 London, UK – Rough Trade East
9/6 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
9/11 Munich, Germany – Hansa 39 *
9/12 Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
9/15 Amiens, France – Lune Des Pirates
9/18 Angers, France – Chaba
9/28 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
9/29 Washington, DC – Black Cat
10/1 Allston, MA – Great Scott
10/2 Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
10/3 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre ^
10/4 Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
10/5 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
10/7 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
10/9 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/11 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
10/13 Boise, UT – The Venue
10/15 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
10/16 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
10/17 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
10/18 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/19 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
10/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
10/23 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/24 Tucson, AZ – Plush
10/26 Austin, TX – Red 7
10/27 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
10/28 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

* with Japandroids, Dirty Beaches
^ with Afghan Whigs