One could very well make the argument that Oregon-based alterna-rock quartet the Dandy Warhols mainly appeals to concertgoers of a certain age, but be that as it may, Santa Fe, I’m calling you out. Y’see, the attendance for the band’s previous local show at Sol Santa Fe was criminally small, and we’re all going to come together to change that, because we want to prove to everyone our town can handle these bigger-name bands and show support with the best of ’em.
After all, how many bands can claim to have been personally courted by David Bowie, had songs featured on television shows like Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, been the subject of a Sundance Festival award-winning documentary, been signed with a major label, released a steady stream of beloved records, impressed Europe, slayed on their own home turf and managed a notable yet subtle evolution from neo-psychedelia to alt.rock, rock-rock and beyond?
Indeed, in the 20-ish years the Dandy Warhols have existed, they've maintained the overall spirit of their Kurt Vonnegut/Lou Reed/Velvet Underground '70s-inspired '90s rock sound, but they've also changed enough with the times to satisfy that personal creative voice that all the best musicians hear from deep down inside themselves and hold tight to fans both old and new. This is one of those bands that most people know, even if they don't realize it, and a constantly touring force of nature. It's a band to be enjoyed, from its guitar fuzz genesis to its maturing take on love, life, friendship, et al.
Perhaps most impressive is that the Warhols went with a major label and survived, with their dignity and vision intact. Word is they've been hard at work on a new studio album, too, so we'll probably get a taste of those new songs they've been cooking up, in addition to older hits like "We Used to Be Friends" or "Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth."
The Dandy Warhols
7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 10. $24-$32.
139 W San Francisco St.,