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The Dandy Warhols at the Fox Theatre, 5-10-14 (photos, review)

“Is that a huge bag of weed in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?” the Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor asked Boulder’s Fox Theatre on Saturday. Weed or not, the packed, decidedly older, crowd had reason to be glad to see the Dandys in Colorado again.

 

Now in their 20th year as a band, the Dandy Warhols showed that they can still grab a crowd with a compelling performance as good as any recently formed neo-psych buzz band you could name. Opening with “Mohammed” from their most popular album, “Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia,” the band’s entire 90 minute set proved why even 13 years after that record (and the band’s peak popularity), they’re still quite capable of moving a crowd with their music.

The Dandys always did drone well — better than most. There were ample opportunities Saturday night to either dance, trance, or, like more than a few folks, simply stand in place and stare at the stage, letting the music take you far way, off to the ether.

Favorite songs were met with instantaneous, throaty, euphoric howls of recognition all night. Both the crowd and the Dandys (on the last night of their tour) were clearly enjoying themselves, and each other. Taylor chatted up the crowd, but never indulgently so. He even did a solo version of “Every Day Should Be A Holiday,” leading the crowd in a chorus sing-a-long.

A few older folks trickled out after hearing “Bohemian Like You” around the two-thirds point of the set. Those who stayed heard tight, textured, slinky riff, trance jams; the Dandys using some of their infectious songs as departure points for hypnotic transcendental grooves that transfixed the Fox audience.

The Dandy Warhols may be years removed from their most commercially successful years, but their success as a live performing band continues to grow.

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Mike Long is a Longmont-based writer and comedian and a regular contributor to Reverb.

Brittany Moore is a Boulder-based photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb. Check out more of her work and her blog here.