The Afghan Whigs to Unleash ‘Do to the Beast’ This April

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 at 11:04 am by
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Last Friday (January 24), Bob Odenkirk (of Mr. Show and Breaking Bad fame) kind of let the cat outta the bag via Twitter that The Afghan Whigs would indeed be issuing a new album. Best. News. EVER!

And this week, Sub Pop confirmed the news that it’ll drop Do to the Beast on April 15—the Cincinnati-bred group’s first album of new material since 1998’s 1965.

Sub Pop is pretty freakin’ excited, too. The Seattle-based label issued the band’s second and third albums—Up In It (1990) and Congregation (1992)—before they headed to Elektra to drop 1993’s Gentlemen, which rattled alternative rock radio with the badass title track and “Debonair.” So to have the chance to do this again is plenty for Sub Pop to “lose” both their “proverbial” and “literal shit.” Yeah. Us too.

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Back in the Day: The Afghan Whigs

Then again, Greg Dulli, Rick McCollum and John Curley had our jaws on the ground when they briefly came together for a handful of festival gigs in 2012, including a stop at the Bowery Ballroom. Thankfully since the band called in quits in 2001, we’ve been able to enjoy Dulli’s various projects, the Twilight Singers, and the Gutter Twins with Mark Lanegan.

The Afghan Whigs will take part in this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 11 and 18. Here’s hoping a string of U.S. shows will eventually follow.

For your Thursday, relish in the untouchable coolness of “Rebirth of the Cool,” as heard on The Afghan Whigs’ 1992 Uptown Avondale EP.

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