A chance meeting at Philadelphia’s WXPN studios two years ago put ’80s icon Boy George on the same stage as Atlanta garage-rock legends the Black Lips. Together they covered T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong,” but the one-off collaboration offered a little insight into the quartet’s power: The members are versatile, down for whatever and well-versed in the guitar grooves of yore that populate the band's bruising, burbling songs. 2014’s Underneath the Rainbow showed some of that range, from the upbeat, power-pop moves of “Smiling” to the twangy backwoods horror-show of “Boys in the Wood.” At this point a Black Lips’ show is known to be predictably unpredictable, but you can count on the songs to carry the weight.
Gang Stars: A return appearance by Ian Svenonius’ mighty Chain & the Gang makes this evening a true double bill.
Watch the raucous video for Black Lips' "Boys in the Wood" below:
8 p.m. Friday, July 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street. $15. 314-535-0353.