On “In Spades,” the second album of the decade from the reunited ’90s alternative rock band Afghan Whigs, the singer and unlikely sex symbol Greg Dulli can’t help but be his carnal, brooding self.
Always more daring and credibly soulful than his grunge contemporaries, Mr. Dulli — his vocal arsenal a rasping whisper-scream-falsetto roulette — has grown only more refined as his arrangements have expanded, with strings and horns now cutting the razor-edge guitars.
It’s these sophisticated advances, along with the band’s subtle yet foundational dedication to classic R&B and funk, that make the Apollo a fitting stage. Three decades after forming, Afghan Whigs remain vital for its willingness to ignore boundaries. (Tuesday, May 23, 8 p.m., apollotheater.org.)
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