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‘Tusk’ tusk! Fleetwood Mac-loving band honors forgotten, but great, album

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“Tusk” fans unite.

On May 16, The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society perform the ambitious Fleetwood Mac double album in its entirety at Union Hall in Park Slope.

The six-person collective is comprised of members from bands across the East Coast who united over their love of the groundbreaking rock band and its lead singer, the ringleader behind the 1979 experimental album.

A failure by commercial accounts, “Tusk” is a celebrated piece of varied pop that drew comparisons to the Beatles’s “White Album” upon its release. From well-crafted folk-rock such as the dreamy “That’s All for Everyone” to Buckingham’s indulgent title track, which combines group vocals, African tribal drums and a marching band, the album shows the beginning influence of punk rock and New Wave on his work.

“ ‘Tusk’ is a record that’s been dear to my heart forever for its quote unquote subversiveness, and for the fact that once you get beyond the subversiveness, there are some beautiful songs,” said Patrick Berkery, the drummer in the bands Danielson, Pernice Brothers, Bigger Lovers, Mazarin and others, who formed the society with Charlie Hall, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has played drums with Jens Lekman, The War on Drugs, Windsor for the Derby, Tommy Guerrero and others.

Don’t expect any impersonations or costumes — the society is not a tribute act. Rather, it’s “more a loving exploration of the album than a verbatim reproducti­on.”

The opening band, Fleetwood Mike, however, is a tribute act. So get ready for some blonde Stevie Nicks hair, long flowing dresses and songs from the quintessential Fleetwood Mac album — “Rumours.”

The Lindsey Buckingham Society plays Union Hall [720 Union St. near Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638-4400], May 16 at 8 pm. Tickets $12. For info, visit www.tlbas.com.

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StevenRosenberg from Park Slope says:
Well, it's the only FM album that doesn't give make me cringe...
May 11, 2010, 9:28 pm

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