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Concert Sun Aug 01 2010

Review: The Dead Weather @ The Congress Theater, 7/30

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The Dead Weather perform at the Congress Theatre (photos by Andy Keil)

Any day that ends with getting to see Jack White play guitar is a good day in my book. And a packed house was treated to just that Friday night, when White and his latest incarnation of a band, The Dead Weather, rolled into The Congress. Always a man of many talents, White actually plays the drums this time around, alongside members of The Raconteurs, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Kills. The band doles out a sultry brand of blues rock, and from the moment they took the stage the temperature rose, and it wasn't due to the faulty air conditioning in The Congress.

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Alison Mosshart of The Dead Weather (photo by Andy Keil)

As singer Alison Mosshart sauntered on the stage, an eerie blue eye surfaced high above the background, giving off a spooky voodoo vibe while smoke machines curled fog around the band. White burst forth immediately with a racing drum beat and Mosshart trots out her usual sex kitten meets girl in need of an exorcism persona. They launched into "60 Feet Tall" and its obvious that live the band is even more dirty Delta blues in sound, not holding back at all like they do at times on their records. The major influences are there on the albums, but live the pain, sex, and grit of blues music is more evident and intense. The contrast from the purely sexual "Hang You From the Heavens" to the tender delivery of "You Just Can't Win" are textbooks examples of what the soul of blues music is all about.

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Dean Fertita of The Dead Weather (photo by Andy Keil)

The band caught a stride with the jangly "Cut Like a Buffalo," and keep it going with the electronic tinged "The Different Between Us." Mosshart bends over the amps hitting pose after pose, effortlessly sexy, as the ever present eye above the band blinks in time during "Die By the Drop." White finally switches over to guitar, and transforms the slow burning track "Will There Be Enough Water?" by manipulating and building tension with not only his guitar but leading lady. The chemistry between the two is blindingly obvious, and the sexual tension palpable. Just inches away from each other crooning into the the same microphone, you almost expect them to tear each other apart, either violently, sexually, or both. The Dead Weather is by far the most primal act White has been a part of, and although I love his other endeavors, The Dead Weather is pure intensity and fun for both band and audience. As they end the night with their first single "Treat Me Like Your Mother" Mosshart growls and arches her back, moving like a cat in heat. The band makes one final push before the last notes ring out as they all hug and take one last bow. It was dirty, it was fun, and I think I might need a cigarette and a cold shower after.

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Stephanie Griffin / August 2, 2010 9:25 AM

Not gonna lie, that first photo is being saved to my desktop immediately.

Lisa White / August 4, 2010 10:07 AM

Not gonna lie, that first photo is my desktop right now. Haha. Andy killed it with that shot!

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
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Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
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Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
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Windy City Rock


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Beat Kitchen
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California Clipper
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Cubby Bear
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Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
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Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
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Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Dave's Records
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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
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Minty Fresh
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mP Shows
Permanent Records
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Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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