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The Hives at The Gothic Theatre, with Refused and Bleached, Friday, May 24, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, ages 16+, check ticket prices and availability at gothictheatre.com - CHRISTIAN BERTRAND / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • The Hives at The Gothic Theatre, with Refused and Bleached, Friday, May 24, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, ages 16+, check ticket prices and availability at gothictheatre.com

The Hives at The Gothic Theatre, with Refused and Bleached, Friday, May 24, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, ages 16+, check ticket prices and availability at gothictheatre.com

It’s not altogether surprising that The Hives no longer generate the kind of ecstatic buzz that greeted U.K. hits like “Hate to Say I Told You So” and “Main Offender” back in the late ‘90s, a time when they were still being touted by the press as rock’s next big thing. That’s partially because rock never really found its next big thing. No less problematic is the fact that the Swedish music scene has little success when it comes to global domination, unless you count ABBA.

And while Europe’s garage-rock standard-bearers may not spend much time in the studio these days, that hasn’t stopped them from playing the long game when it comes to their high-octane live shows; the combination of Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist’s Jaggerish swagger and his brother Nicholaus Arson’s guitar showmanship remains as potent as ever. The Hives’ current “Swedish Scream Tour,” with co-headliners Refused, kicked off in Nashville at Jack White’s Third Man Records.

They’ll continue to barnstorm the states through May, after which they head home to hit the European festival circuit. Catch them while you can.



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