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The Lemonheads Return To SLC

Posted By on June 15, 2009, 10:22 AM

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Never thought I’d see the day when Kate Moss and Townes Van Zandt appeared in the same liner notes, but stranger things have happened. Perhaps less bizarre, but still rather curious, is Evan Dando making a comeback with the Lemonheads by releasing a grab-bag collection of covers. Varshons, out June 23 on The End Records, features a wildly eclectic track listing with numbers by Wire, Van Zandt, Gram Parsons, G.G. Allin and Leonard Cohen whose “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” includes a duet with actress Liv Tyler. Produced by Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), the LP takes on a largely country/ folk tone with the exception of “Dirty Robot,” a stiff, catchy dance number pairing Moss (sounding a bit like Metric’s Emily Haines) with computerized chorus. Varshons succeeds in fits and starts, culminating in a less bombastic version of “Beautiful” which, minus Christina Aguilera, is a surprisingly effective tearjerker. Liquid Joe’s, 1249 E. 3300 South, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com

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