What's the strangest tour lineup you've ever seen?
We like to think of ourselves here at the Music Mix as people of far-ranging tastes — proclivities that extend, even, to having no taste at all. Still, we were mildly flummoxed today to hear news of a tour featuring three acts that seem to have little in common beyond a vaguely shared indie cache, the same box of Clairol Nice ‘n Easy in Medium Brown, and their biological lady parts: Juliette Lewis, Cat Power, and the Pretenders, featuring ageless frontman Chrissie Hynde.
We can get behind all three on their own (or more accurately, the second two — Juliette’s musical efforts so far are kind of the DQYDJ equivalent of Michael Jordan’s baseball career).
Still, a fickle finger on the iPod shuffle button is one thing; pogo-ing through actress-turned-sometime-singer Lewis’s snarling Sunset Strip rawk revivalism, then laying down for Cat Power’s dusky, intimate ballads, and then somehow rallying for the Pretenders’ spiky, melodic jangle sounds like a recipe for a thoroughly tri-polar evening. (As bad-ass and shouty as Chan Marshall looks above on the far right, Cat Power is, in concert, decidely not so.)
But readers, I’m sure you’ve seen far odder tuna-and-peanut-butter style bills in your time. Do tell, in the comments section below!