To truly love psych-rock band Brian Jonestown Massacre, any fan has to overlook one major flaw: The personality of lead singer and founder Anton Newcombe. In the band's nearly 20 year history, Newcombe has managed to alienate other musicians through his eccentric behavior. Like that time in mid-1990s when he picked a fist-fight with his own band members on stage, or his ill treatment of the Dandy Warhols while filming the documentary DiG! Newcombe talks shit in almost every interview he does, even offering choice words about the death of Eric Clapton's four-year-old son. So it's no surprise that Newcombe is the band's only original member after nearly 20 musicians have abandoned the BJM mantle. But a lead singer's antics aren't what makes BJM a standout among experimental 90s bands; it's the music that deserves attention.
Sat., March 21, 8 p.m., 2009