Black Lips at Black Cat Tuesday, April 15

The Black Lips are weird. Like, really, really weird. But they like it that way. Born in Atlanta, the band cranks out humid, twangy guitar rhythms best described as a cross between psychedelic and garage rock. One part punk-rock concert, one part exhibitionist free-for-fall, an average Black Lips show drips with equal parts angst and bodily fluids. Their 2007 hits “Bad Kids” and “O Katrina!” fueled a wild performance at Lollapalooza 2008, and one year later, the band had packed grungy clubs around the world. Now they’re hawking melodies from their latest album, Underneath the Rainbow, which marries the band’s trademark juvenility with the finesse of pop producer Mark Ronson. If you’re looking for the old Black Lips, you’ve found them—the album’s first single, “Boys in the Wood,” is a subdued, Southern melody marked by dirty blues-rock guitars and lead singer Cole Alexander’s youthful vocals. Prepare for this show like you’d prepare to wade through the bayou—wear protective clothing and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty. Black Lips perform with Natural Child at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 667-4490.

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