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Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rebirth Brass Band

Moda Center (map) North
Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. 2012 All Ages

Rose Garden

I'm always surprised when a person with otherwise perspicacious tastes tells me they like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Like, totally fucking astonished. The group's fans' stock defense seems to be that they're one of the only rock bands to successfully combine so many disparate genres—but to that I say the synthesis is shallow and diluted. The oft-touted reggae aspects of the band's music are laughably amateur, and Will Ferrell look-alike Chad Smith has less "groove" in his entire body than Bootsy Collins does in a single toenail; Anthony Kiedis (winner of the "most likely to roofie your lemon drop" superlative in high school) could very possibly be the worst lyricist alive; Flea is comparatively decent but his dexterity alone isn't enough to rescue the band from the utter recesses of inanity. This is not a case of a once-great band turning to shit—these guys have always been lame. Chances are they're exploiting your misplaced nostalgia if you feel differently. MORGAN TROPER

Moda Center

1 Center Court, Portland, OR 97227

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  • Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. 2012
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