In case you've never listened to a lot of excellent bands in the most ridiculously sloppy and swamp-like conditions imaginable, the experience at this year's Austin City Limits Festival provides a good hint as to what you've missed.
It's easy to be skeptical when the term "supergroup" starts getting thrown around -- it usually connotes a battle of egos, an unwieldy split of duties, and, ultimately, music that doesn't match up to the work of the independent parts. And, admittedly, the idea of a supergroup starting with Foo Fighters' steady Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age members Josh Homme and Alain Johannes doesn't get the blood boiling too hot -- they've worked together before. But when you throw in John Paul "I was in Led freaking Zeppelin" Jones, things get infinitely more interesting.And when you are informed Grohl won't be behind an axe or wailing at the mic but going berserk on the skins, checking out Them Crooked Vultures becomes an absolute necessity. Thursday night in Austin, Texas, Them Crooked Vultures embarked on their American tour.