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October 3, 2005 // UPDATED 1:58 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Michael Metzger
Michael Metzger

Brother and brother reunion

The Black Crowes hadn't been seen or heard from in four years when they reunited for some shows at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Seven sold-out performances later, the band had decided to wing its way across America for April and May.

Months later, the tour goes on. You've got to assume that the Robinson brothers (guitarist) Rich and (vocalist) Chris are enjoying their reunion.

As you might recall, Rich formed roots-rock-informed Hookah Brown a couple of years back. The band included singer John Hogg (of Moke), along with drummer Bill Dobrow and bass-player Fionn O'Lochlainn. The group came apart in months, fighting over money. Then last year, Rich released his somewhat self-indulgent solo debut, "Paper."

Chris got his solo career going back in 2002 with "New Earth Mud," followed up last year by "This Magnificent Distance." All three albums garnered some critical acclaim, but none generated the heat that Black Crowes had at one time.

It's hard to believe, but it's been 15 years since Black Crowes snapped heads around with their own Stones-Faces-like kick of rock 'n' roll. For a world at that time trying to find its way out of a decade of hair metal being passed off as rock 'n' roll, it was a breath of fresh, hot air.

"Shake Your Money Maker," their debut album, made it into the Top 10 riding the backs of "Jealous Again," "She Talks to Angels" and the Crowes' cover of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle."

Two years later, they came back with "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion." The album debuted at number one. It's hard to do any better than that, as the band has seen. Their following albums followed a hard, fast rule: debut lower than the immediate predecessor and leave the charts faster.

The diminishing commercial returns might've been due to their interest in longer, textured jams and fewer three-minute songs with the potential to hit the charts. Ask one of their legions of still-loyal fans and they'll tell you that the band rocks. And rocks. And rocks some more.

Whom did Jimmy Page turn to when he wanted a band to tour with back in 1999? The band that had been out on the road, jamming and roaring out their roots-informed rock 'n' roll for more than a decade, that's who.

• Su Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave. $38.50-$53.50. 339-7007, www.hennepintheatredistrict.org.

Verse alloy

Coheed and Cambria continue man's endless efforts to combine metal, pop and poetry. They're not all that interested in brevity, however. Take a look at the title of their just-released "Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness." If Byron were alive and had heard T. Rex and Fugazi, this is exactly what he'd be doing. He knew all about a sound that "made our gladden'd valleys ring/The cedars bow, the mountains nod."

Blood Brothers, Dredg and Mewithoutyou open the show.

• Tu Oct. 4, 6 p.m. The Quest, 110 5th St. N. $18-$20. 338-3383, www.thequestclub.com.

Boys just want to have fun

Antony grew up feeling alone. There were no kindred spirits anywhere in this world, he felt. That is, he felt that way until he came across the image of Boy George on the cover of the Culture Club album, "Kissing to be Clever." The image of the androgynous icon changed Antony's life.

He moved to New York, creating a persona that is part "Blue Velvet"-era Isabella Rossellini and the drag queen from the cover of the 1982 Soft Cell single, "Torch."

These days Antony looks a bit more like a chubby Glenn Close in chiffon, but that's fine.

His voice still soars and flutters and rains down on the listener with a soulful melancholy that is somehow an otherworldly gospel and Marlene Dietrich at the same time.

CocoRosie opens the show.

• Th Oct. 6, 7 p.m. The Woman's Club, 410 Oak Grove St. $20. 870-8001, www.womansclub.org.