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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Show Review + Photos + Setlist: Alice in Chains and Creature with the Atom Brain at the Pageant, Monday, February 22

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Amp problems halfway through the set killed momentum for a spell. Although the thrash-metal chug "We Die Young" killed, the songs it was sandwiched between, "Got Me Wrong" and "Last of My Kind," were a bit shaky. (Later, new song "Acid Bubble," introduced by DuVall as "another long fucking heavy metal opus," unfortunately lived up to its billing.) AIC redeemed itself with the acoustic-leaning Jar of Flies cut "Nutshell," which featured Cantrell strolling around the stage like a wandering shaman. And the set-ending version of the "Rooster" was as reliable as it was predictable - in other words, a distortion fest that crescendos to transcendence.

Creature with the Atomic Brain last night at the Pageant. See a full slideshow from last night here. - PHOTO: TODD OWYOUNG

Openers Creature with the Atom Brain thrashed around for 30 minutes on a mostly dark stage. Resembling Failure, Queens of the Stone Age or Mark Lanegan - the latter of whom has contributed vocals to several CWTAB songs -- the Belgian rock act specialized in gothic-stoner rock and doomy post-punk, as demonstrated by the epic, bewitching drone "Transylvania." Put these guys in front of, say, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or a hipster-metal act - or, hell, one-time tour mate the Jesus and Mary Chain -- and they'll be blog darlings. However, at times they seemed a little lost on the big stage - and misplaced in front of a crowd primed for a metal-leaning act.

Setlist: "All Secrets Known" "It Ain't Like That" "Again" "Check My Brain" "Them Bones" "Dam That River" "Rain When I Die" "Your Decision" "Got Me Wrong" "We Die Young" "Last Of My Kind" "Nutshell" "Sickman" "Lesson Learned" "Acid Bubble" "Angry Chair" "Man in the Box"

Encore: "Would?" "Rooster"

Critic's Notebook: This setlist was a tad bit shorter than those at recent AIC shows. It lacked a song before "Would?" in the encore in the encore and "No Excuses."

By the Way: This show functioned as the eighteenth birthday show (!) for The Point (105.7 FM). They're legal now. Go buy 'em some cigarettes, porn and a lottery ticket.

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