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Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes once mused that any band could be successful as long as they were willing to tirelessly carry on no matter how sad and degrading things got.
The members of Calla must have similar philosophy. The New York band, pictured, is still truckin’ despite nearly 10 years of public indifference. Even Angels of Light/Swans front man Michael Gira—-who released Calla’s second record on his Young God Records label—-has turned his back, saying “Calla who?” in interviews. Ouch. Anyway, I had thought that they finally threw in the towel, but no—-Calla will return to the Black Cat on Aug. 7 (tickets on sale June 15). There’s no word on an opener yet, but if they can get in touch with Elefant this could easily become the hot-Latino-in-eyeliner-fronts-underwhelming-mope-rock-band show of the year. A must.
Also back from the dead are Australia’s Silverchair, who have risen like Lazarus from their alt-rock tomb (likely built entirely from unwanted copies of R.E.M.‘s Monster) to play a show at the 9:30 Club on July 24. Over the years, the band has apparently abandoned the grunge-lite sound that made them famous and moved into more tuneful and introspective territory that one reviewer compares to “Goo Goo Dolls-lite.” Oooph!
Finally, the surviving New York Dolls have announced a show at the 9:30 on July 19 and local luminaries Greenland and Mikal Evans Band will be performing with Northern Chorus at the Black Cat on July 25 (tickets on sale June 15).