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SXSW Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ La Zona Rosa
Following what seems like a trend this year at SXSW, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club took the stage a little late to a full house of eager fans at La Zona Rosa and thoroughly rocked all in attendance. After a handful of songs warmed the crowd up, “Weapon of Choice” got them moving, and for the rest of the show, there was no turning back. The set was a fantastic mix of sound and some of the best stage lighting experienced during this year’s SXSW. Leah Shapiro, the 2008-to-current drummer and replacement for the oft-troubled Nick Jago, destroyed the drums. I might be the only one, but I can’t help but think of Matt Belemy of Muse when Robert Levon Been is singing. That is definitely not a bad thing, especially when it’s mixed with raw jams that conjure up thoughts of The Rolling Stones, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre (the band guitarist/bassist/vocalist Peter Hayes left to create BRMC in 1998). BRMC is touring through April in the US before beginning the European leg of their tour. If they’re stopping anywhere nearby, I suggest you check them out. For more info on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, check out: www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com or www.myspace.com/blackrebelmotorcycleclub