Comparisons with the Stone Roses and Primal Scream have come thick and fast, but Kasabian is a more dance-flavored offering. On its self-titled debut album, the band achieves the Holy Grail of left-field indie: the fusion of rock with dance to create unpretentious, intense bass-driven tunes.
Kasabian's shows back in England have earned it a reputation. Some aggressive Oasis-style posturing has divided the press, but the four-piece has delighted audiences with its infectiously energetic performances. This is indie music you can dance to, rather than just shuffle about.
Kasabian is scheduled to play at the Y101 Birthday Bash in Shockoe Bottom Sunday as part of its North American tour. Band members will head home for the summer to play the festivals, including Glastonbury, before returning to North America in the fall to support Oasis on a 13-date tour when it's unlikely you'll be able to see them for $5. Daryl Grove
The Y101 Birthday Bash is Sunday, May 22, on 18th Street in Shockoe Bottom. Gates open at noon. All ages. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at the gate. www.y101rocks.com.
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