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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Queens still reign supreme

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There are few touring bands around who can do no-frills, balls-to-the-wall rock 'n' roll like Queens of the Stone Age. Formed in the ashes of stoner rock legends Kyuss, the Palm Desert, Calif., group will perform tonight at the Village at 8 p.m. Lead singer Josh Homme (above) is all that remains of that original line-up, but the band's certainly not suffering. “Era Vulgaris,” QOTSA's album that came out in June, might be the group's best effort yet. There aren't any likely crossover hits like 2002's “No One Knows” simply because the Queens come on too hard for the radio. Tight and precise, always with a furiously propulsive backbeat, Homme and Co. build their songs around a wall of huge gnarly guitar riffs. Everything is framed in a posture of menace, but peel away a layer and you'll see Homme smiling slyly. Lately, the band's been performing “The Feel Good Hit of the Summer,” a song from their 2000 release “Rated R,” with the lyrics, “Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol. Cocaine,” repeated over and over. To achieve the profane trinity, Homme's lately been adding a chorus of “everybody knows you dance like you f**k” to the drugs and rock 'n' roll cocktail. Tickets are $25 and available at www.thevillagelive.com.

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