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With any luck, the full story will be revealed, as Libertine is set to make a pass through the desert, stopping for a show at Cannery Row on Thursday, April 13.

Libertine is scheduled to perform on Thursday, April 13, at Cannery Row in Tempe, with the Impossibles, and Sonic Thrills. Showtime is 9 p.m.

I Bring You a Testimonial:As someone who doesn't care about saving the whales, rarely gives a damn about international political unrest and could give a fuck about what happens to Little Elian, activism is not something that comes naturally.

Chicano Power Revival leader Raul Yanez works up a sweat during a recent Nita's Hideaway gig.
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Chicano Power Revival leader Raul Yanez works up a sweat during a recent Nita's Hideaway gig.
Beautiful Disaster: New York's Libertine, photographed after what was apparently a very long night.
Beautiful Disaster: New York's Libertine, photographed after what was apparently a very long night.

Such an attitude is typical of most music critics -- the kind of cynicism that emerges when you're forced to hear an unending stream of publicists tout their crap acts as playing "post-millennial urban dreamscape" music, when they're really just former metalheads in leather pants and eye makeup. But every once in a while, a band or a record comes along that's so good it can actually move an unfeeling cretin such as myself to the point of religious fervor.

A group that holds such a place in Bash & Pop's little black heart is Detroit rock revivalists The Go.

Promoting the band has become something of a personal crusade as this unlikely and unheralded group of Michigan youths managed (with the help of Outrageous Cherry mastermind/producer Matt Smith) to craft Watcha Doin', last year's most unexpected and desperately needed blast of rock 'n' roll abandon. Not surprisingly, The Go's music is a cause that's been picked up by other equally sophisticated arbiters of taste and good sense (Magnet, CMJ).

Along with a triumphant set at this year's South by Southwest Festival, the group most recently logged miles with stoner rock linchpins Nebula on a six-week national tour. So it is that the band makes its Valley return this week with a show at the recently renamed Fay's Green Room -- a switch denoting not only a change in ownership but also a stylistic shift toward "heavier" music. While The Go's music is "heavy" in the Blue Cheer sense (rather than, say, the Megadeth way), its sound also has a solid pop/garage foundation that makes songs like "Summer Sun" and "Julie Don't Cry" seem like long-lost Nuggets.

Unlike most bands that try to claim some piece of faded tradition for themselves, The Go are legitimate heirs (both in terms of music and geography) to the throne of the MC5 and the Stooges, as one listen to their Sub Pop debut will, no doubt, confirm. Though their first Green Room performance last November was something of a disappointment -- marred chiefly by poor sound -- local music mavens will be missing out on a golden opportunity if they choose to pass up this show.

The Go is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, April 18, at the Green Room in Tempe. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Contact Bob Mehr at his online address: bob.mehr@newtimes.com

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