Music » Critics' Picks

Benjy Ferree/Black Hollies

9 p.m. Sunday, September 13. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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Bobby Driscoll was one of Hollywood's first bankable young actors. He provided the voice and visual inspiration for Disney's 1953 animated film Peter Pan, but his awkward teenage years tarnished his golden-boy image — and, unable to recapture his youthful glory, he died an anonymous, drug-addled death at age 31. Washington, DC's Benjy Ferree pays tribute to Driscoll's legend and early demise on Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee, Bobby Dee, and it's a fascinating treatise on the perils of young fame. The narrative threads of Bobby Dee's songs are tied together with bluesy, overdriven guitar and simple, primal drumbeats. The White Stripes are an obvious touchstone, and Ferree has the confident, spitfire twang of a young Jack White mixed with Frank Black's manic exhortations. The Black Hollies, a five-piece from Jersey City that conjures the pyschedelia of '60s British blues-rock, opens the show.

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