Black Crowes

Selected by Dan Grunebaum

"The most rock' band in the world"

Back with their rawest album in years, and just having wrapped up their Tour of Brotherly Love with Britpop badboys Oasis, the Black Crowes drop into town for a three-night engagement at Shibuya Kokaido.

Formed in Atlanta, Georgia by brothers Chris (vocals) and Rich (guitars) Robinson, the Black Crowes have come a long way since the Stones-esque raunch of their 1990 debut Shake Your Money Maker. Coming on the scene at a time when alternative and grunge were ascendant, the comparatively old-school Black Crowes stuck it out, building a reputation based on their energetic live sets including stints supporting Aerosmith and ZZ Top.

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion was released in 1992, again bringing the Black Crowes critical acclaim, and this time a headlining tour that saw them playing to stadium crowds of up to 75,000. Amorica appeared in 1994, by which time the Black Crowes were certified superstars.

The Snakes & One Charm, the Black Crowes' fourth album, was issued in 1996. But despite rave reviews, it quickly dropped out of sight. By Your Side appeared in 1999 following a series of personnel changes, but it wasn't until the Black Crowes teamed up in 2000 for a series of wildly successful concerts (and an album), with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, that the Black Crowes' unabashedly classic rock approach began to make a comeback.

Nourished by their association with Page, the Black Crowes on the just-released Lions opt for a robust, swaggering approach ("fierce and genuine," according to Chris Robinson) that avoids the overproduction of some of their previous work.

Meanwhile, the Black Crowes have just been inducted into the RockWalk, joining James Brown, Aerosmith and other luminaries in leaving their handprints on the sidewalk of Hollywood's famed Sunset Boulevard.

Black Crowes play Shibuya Kokaido July 25-27. See listings for details.

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391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana