Brian Jonestown Massacre heading back to TA

Among the band’s dozen albums are Strung Out in Heaven and Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?

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July 23, 2016 21:42
ANTON NEWCOMBE, eccentric frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

ANTON NEWCOMBE, eccentric frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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They take the term ‘cult band’ to a new dimension. The Brian Jonestown Massacre are headed back to Israel in September after a raucous debut in Tel Aviv in 2012. The veteran American indie favorites, led by unpredictable frontman Anton Newcombe, will be returning to the scene of their 2012 performance – the Barby Club – on September 12.

From their provocative name – an homage to Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones and the infamous 1978 mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana – to their occasionally impulsive stage behavior, the band achieved a level of notoriety that’s only been kept at bay by the high quality of the music, which draws in equal measures from 1960s psychedelia, folk and blues, and grungy rock.

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Among the band’s dozen albums are Strung Out in Heaven and Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? The band was also the subject, along with contemporaries The Dandy Warhols, of a 2004 award-winning documentary, Dig!, which is regularly screened on local cable movie channels.

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