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Wolfmother brings its new lineup, still-retro sound to the Roxy

August 27, 2009 |  1:42 pm

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The Aussie Afros were fully picked out last night on the Sunset Strip as Grammy-award winning rockers Wolfmother played a special show for an upcoming Webisode for Yahoo Music.  The Sabbath-influenced quartet ripped through mostly new material from their upcoming sophomore effort, "Cosmic Egg," due in late October.

Lead guitarist and singer Andrew Stockdale parted ways last summer with founding members Myles Heskett and Chris Ross, and replaced them with a band that still taps the sound of Wolfmother's eponymous 2005 debut  -- frenzied keyboard/bassist Ian Peres even looks a little like Stockdale with a frizzy 'fro to boot.

Whereas Wolfmother doesn't shy away from exploiting its Ozzy-friendly roots, the newer tunes go a step further and nod at Zeppelin from time to time, which didn't seem at all to anger the Roxy crowd, which banged its collective heads freely. Concertgoers really went wild when Stockdale jumped into the front row of the audience with his Gibson SG during the soulful "White Unicorn" off the band's debut.

For a band that's been around 10 years and is only just on the verge of releasing its second U.S. full-length record, it's nice to have them back.

Set list and more photos after the jump:

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Set List:

"Back Round"
"Cosmic Egg"
"Woman"
"In the Morning"
"California Queen"
"New Moon Rising"
"White Unicorn"

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-- Tony Pierce

Top photo courtesy of Yahoo Music, other photos by Tony Pierce / Los Angeles Times

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