The wild ones

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 10, 2009

Their experimental streak isn't just musical but geographical — the Lips attempt to walk (or stumble) outside the lines of where rock bands are supposed to play. Their reputation for a good time spread faster than the Internet could carry it, and before long, show offers from far-flung fan bases in Brazil and Indonesia started rolling in.

"If big corporations can globalize pop music," Alexander continues, "why can't some poor kids from the suburbs globalize punk? Rock shows feel pretty universal in most 'Westernized' countries, but when we played Palestine and India, we noticed a difference — this kind of curiosity in the audience that was endearing. In Palestine we played in front of a mosque, and kids started coming out, and then their dads would come out and try to push them away. It was strange to play a place where the people are really at odds with the United States, but the politics didn't really matter; all of that kind of melts away once you start playing music. We all got along."

BLACK LIPS + GENTLEMAN JESSE AND HIS MEN + MEAN CREEK | Middle East downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | March 7 at 9 pm | $12 | 617.864.EAST orwww.mideastclub.com

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