Bettie Serveert

Friday, July 1; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

It was a no-brainer to include Bettie Serveert on the soundtrack to I Shot Andy Warhol. The Dutch band cut a VU covers album, douses pretty pop melodies with strung-out drones and is fronted by Carol van Dyk, the twin sister Nico never knew. Still, the alt-rock survivors have never cast themselves as more than a band at peace with its experimental/traditional bipolarity. "Smack in the middle of ridiculous places," van Dyk snaps through her languid slur on "Smack." "Smack in the middle where I shouldn't have been." [Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this paragraph; please see end of article.]

After fifteen years, the band is still the definitive keeper of that code, even if fickle indiedom now prefers the shallow, emo end of the art-rock gene pool. And Bettie Serveert has tunes -- a vision even -- nearly mistakable for sexual politics, or at least a conscience that never turns sanctimonious. Maybe it's van Dyk's anti-diva guile, the mammoth drown-outs of Peter Visser's pedal board or bassist Herman Bunskoeke's unintentionally comic impersonation of Ron Jeremy. But Bettie Serveert has beautiful buzz -- from guitars, not glossies -- and delirious grooves that smolder and stretch toward the secret of rock & roll.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door; call 314-534-1111 for more information.

Correction published 7/6/05: As originally published, this item mistakenly credited Bettie Serveert with having portrayed the Velvet Underground inI Shot Andy Warhol. In reality, Yo La Tengo did the honors, and Bettie Serveert was featured on the film's soundtrack. The above version reflects the corrected text.

 
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