In one sense, it's hard to believe 21 years since The Dandy Warhols came onto the indie alt rock scene. But several albums later, and with little change in the lineup, The Dandy Warhols are spirited and confident as ever.
Need proof? Ask the large crowd that attended the Portland, Oregon band's show Wednesday night at Paper Tiger. Few bands are able to bring together generations. There were college students visiting from New Hampshire and dancing the night away. There were guys in their late 40s/early 50s from Mexico. There was a young girl with her parents, attending her very first rock show and they right up front at the stage. The Dandy Warhols rewarded them all with a solid concert that virtually reflected the full gamut of their history.
The band is early in a tour supporting last year's release of a live version of one of their most commercially successful albums, 2000's "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia." Their Dandy Warhols' blend of neo-psychedelic and shoegaze resonated with the audience. (Another Portland band, The Shivas, a garage rock trio, is opening for TDW on tour and is very complementary.)
Throughout the show, the veteran rockers - Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Brent DeBoer, Peter Hallstrom and Zia McCabe - boasted plenty of cool and swagger. But frontman Taylor-Taylor couldn't help but poke fun at the local weather.
"Nobody told me it was this fuckin' hot in Texas," he quipped in between songs. (To be sure, it was before the cool front, so he had a point.) Songs such as "Get Off" and "Be-In" were powerful, but not as popular as the bigger hit tunes from the early 2000s.
"Bohemian Like You" and "Godless," both from "Thirteen Tales..." and "We Used to be Friends" from "Welcome to the Monkey House" all whipped fans into a frenzy toward the end of the show.
The fans' screams and applause were well appreciated by the band. Hallstrom smiled a few times in between songs. As for that young girl attending her first concert? She got a signed show poster, as well as a guitar pick and drum sticks from the band. The Dandy Warhols definitely know how to entertain a crowd in an intimate setting.