Concert preview: BRMC keeps slugging away at shoegaze garage rock

Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive

It's been a good dozen years since Black Rebel Motorcycle Club asked "Whatever Happened to My Rock 'n' Roll" in a shoegaze-inflected classic rock air strike stupidly subtitled "(Punk Song)" that beat the post-9/11 garage rock revivalists to the punch by a matter of months. As a teenager, I stared through the fence in awe as these guys bombarded, of all places, the volleyball-courted suburban paradise Flanagan's. (That place also hosted Stereophonics and Hot Hot Heat if I recall correctly.)

BRMC hasn't yet kicked out a jam to equal that one, but they've been coming close with each bluesy, blustery LP since then. And the trio has been road-dogging it for so long that they're surely well practiced at building from woozy textures to sonic booms - maybe enough that they can finally leave those Jesus and Mary Chain comparisons behind. (OK, guess not.)

Dhani Harrison, son of George, will open the show with his group thenewno2.

Newport Music Hall

7 p.m. Saturday, May 11

1722 N. High St., Campus

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