One of the most buzzed about reunions this year is that Cincinnati’s Afghan Whigs, who were much beloved in indie rock circles in the ’90s for their intense soul-inflected rock, driven by Greg Dulli’s alternately sardonic, melancholy, and desperate-sounding vocals.
Initially signed to Sub Pop, they moved up to Elektra in the post-Nirvana era when major labels were signing every indie-rock band around. There they recorded their most successful album, 1993’s Gentleman, which produced the radio hit “Debonair.” The band broke up in 2001 after releasing two more albums: 1996’s Black Love and 1965 in 1998.
After spending the decade working on individual projects, including Dulli’s Twilight Singers, the band announced late last year that they would get back together for some festivals and special dates. That’s morphed into a full tour that kicks off this week in Australia. Most of you probably won’t be making those dates. But the good news is that a Cleveland show has just been announced. They’ll play the Beachland Ballroom on September 30. Those tickets, $38.50 in advance, $40 day of show (assuming there are any left, which there probably won’t be) go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday.