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The Cult, Black Ryder

When: Sun., Nov. 14, 8 p.m. 2010

Like a dumpy dude fresh from a manicure and a high-end clothing store, The Cult got help from Rick Rubin in 1987 on the breakthrough Electric that they haven't replicated since. Ian Astbury's gruff, Morrison-biting croon's all reverb and overworked affectation, and it's only gotten worse. With his own band, the lyrics aren't much more than Viagra-vating come-ons of a lecherous old man; he ruined four great jams by Japanese metal lords Boris this year with his overwrought wail. Astbury lacks the Jagger-ed swagger to pull it off. Guitarist Billy Duffy remains the Cult's single redeeming aspect, employing gritty glam-metal riffage and slashing hard rock leads. If we were talking $10, then, sure, but $30–$35 is a sin. —Chris Parker

Price: $30-35

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