They were among the first punks to go Americana. Like the Blasters dipped in acid and sun-baked by the Arizona heat, the Meat Puppets play cosmic country and blues ranging from ambling psych-singed instrumentals to effervescing folk jangle led by Curt Kirkwoods warbling baritone. While their first album primarily favored hardcore punk, they quickly abandoned that approach for their signature cow-psych boogie authoring a trio of absolute classic albums in the mid 80s. The approbation of Kurt Cobain in his bands MTV Unplugged set and a major label deal helped 1994s Too High Too Die go gold, but touring with hard-partying Stone Temple Pilots (see: Scott Wieland) turned bassist Cris Kirkwood into a coke addict. His brother forged on without him for a decade releasing the Puppets Golden Eyes in 2000, and solo album, Snow, in 05. Curt also played Eyes Adrift and Volcano before reuniting the Puppets with Cris in 06, newly clean from a two-year stretch in the joint. Like an aging superstar, 2007s comeback Rise to Your Knees has them rounding into form for Mays crackling, infectious Sewn Together, whose hooks and high spirits hark back to their eighties heyday.
Wed., Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m., 2009