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Hell at the Hall: Black Lips Play Webster Hall on Saturday

October 27th, 2011


Four teenagers, singer-guitarist Cole Alexander, drummer Joe Bradley, guitarist Ben Eberbaugh and bassist Jared Swilley, bonded over a love of music and formed a band, Black Lips, in the Atlanta suburbs more than 10 years ago. Their first couple of singles gained them some attention and their antics, both onstage and off, got them banned from several local venues. But the group persevered, getting past their shenanigans and lineup changes, including the death of Eberbaugh, who was killed by a drunk driver. He was replaced on guitar by Ian Saint Pé Brown, but that hasn’t affected the band’s sound. In fact Black Lips (above, playing “Dumpster Dive” for Billboard.com) have been churning out quality Southern-tinged garage punk for years, most recently on this past summer’s Arabia Mountain. You can see them—with Davilla 666, Xray Eyeballs and DJ Jonathan Toubin—celebrate Halloween on Saturday at Webster Hall. And as an added bonus, the good people of Vice are offering up some free tickets.