Apparently, nostalgia counts for a lot these days: Everclear's Oct. 15 show at Seattle's Columbia City Theater is already sold out. That means 350 people paid $25 each to see an alt-rock band that hasn't released a new album since 2006 and hasn't had a charting single since 2003.
Look, about 15 years ago, I lovedSo Much For the Afterglow as much as the next angsty, Doc Martens-wearing high school freshman. But now? Art Alexakis is the only original member. Big ups to the Columbia City Theater for filling the still-new venue, but the success of this show confounds me. I can only chalk this up to people's undying love of utterly listenable, easily digestible '90s rock. And if that's true, here's five other bands Columbia City Theater should book ASAP.
1. Garbage. Apparently, Shirley Manson and her band are working on a new album (and have been for the last five years). As long as Butch Vig is involved, the band is guaranteed to stay awesome.
3. Possum Dixon. Slacker culture will most certainly make a comeback once the recession is over, and people will be clamoring for a Possum Dixon reunion. Seriously, can anyone deny the infectious power of "Watch the Girl Destroy Me"?
4. Buffalo Tom. Also working on a new album, and due to the band's past association with Dinosaur Jr., Buffalo Tom will always rule.
5. Gin Blossoms. Once called "the closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory" by Billboard, "Til I Hear It from You" was a permanent '90s musical fixture thanks to its inclusion on the Empire Records soundtrack. Oh, and then there's "Hey Jealousy," which needs no explanation. The band just released a new album last week but aren't touring in Seattle. I think an internet petition is necessary.
What about you, Reverb readers? Any other '90s band you'd love to see live and in Seattle?