CONTEST: Win Tix To See The Dandy Warhols


The fascinating 2004 documentary Dig! chronicles the roller coaster existence of two indie bands who who go from friends to rivals – The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre – as they try to survive and thrive in a messed up, backwards-assed music world. The Dandy Warhols look like proper rock stars should, but they come across as relatively normal, and seem poised to achieve stardom via their chameleonic music – a catchy, ersatz re-write of whatever is trending at the moment — and frontman Courtney Taylor’s elegant cheekbones. In contrast, The Brian Jonestown Massacre are darker and more credible, a study in chaos, and as a result far more interesting. Led by the intriguing but troubled Anton Newcombe — imagine Tom Green and Kurt Cobain sharing the same body — they are more indie, more abstract, and also more prone to catcalls and fist fights on and off stage. The bands are at first supportive of each other, but eventually become antagonists as the pressure of juggling credibility, aiming for success, life on the road and their competitiveness leads to combustion. It all boils over after one fateful scene – the two lead singers end up in a car together, one plays the other a new song that seems to be a dig at the other, which leads to a mocking response song – indie rock’s version of one of those rap beefs – and things escalate from there, madness follows for all involved, and much like real life, when the dust settles, you aren’t really sure if anyone got what they wanted in the end. Nine years later both bands are still recording and touring. The Dandy Warhols play the Troc on Saturday in support of the 2012′s THIS MACHINE.  We have two pairs of tix to give away to the first lucky Phawker readers to sign up for our mailing list (see right, below the masthead) and then email us at FEED@PHAWKER.COM with the words DANDY WARHOLS in the subject line. Include your full name and mobile number for confirmation. Good luck and godspeed!