Afghan Whigs Cover Frank Ocean at Primavera Sound
The Afghan Whigs are just a few gigs into their first tour in 13 years, and as fans scour the Internet in search of clues as to which Whigs delights frontman Greg Dulli and the band will be playing live, they also get a taste of the various surprise covers that are in store. Dulli has always been big on performing covers live, and so far this latest trek is no different.
During Thursday’s (May 31) show at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain, the Whigs busted out an unexpected version of ‘Love Crimes’ by Frank Ocean, a member of controversial alternative hip-hop collective Odd Future. It wasn’t the first time they played it — ‘Love Crimes’ also was on the set list of the band’s first show of their comeback tour, which took place May 23 in New York City. But judging by the reaction at Primavera, more than a few people in the audience were surprised by the song choice.
They shouldn’t have been. Not only is Dulli known for odd covers, but his soulful croon matches up well with Ocean’s own smooth pipes. Dulli accompanies himself on keys for the first part of the tune while backed by cello and guitar, then the rest of the band kicks in about halfway through and turns it into quite a rocker. Definitely worth checking out.
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