“Caution: extreme volume,” Memphis Flyer

Gonerfest 9, Day 3: White Mystery, Mad Macka, The Spits and Much More


Gonerfest Saturday is a test of endurance, a great time to discover new music, and one of my favorite Memphis events. The afternoon shows at Murphy’s feature two stages, one indoor and one outdoor, where bands alternate sets for six hours of nonstop rock. It’s usually where the up-and-coming bands are featured, and some of the most memorable performances of the weekend happen here.

My biggest discovery of this year’s festival was the first band I saw at Murphy’s. White Mystery is the sister and brother duo of Alex and Francis White — and unlike the White Stripes who used to falsely claim to be brother and sister, you just have to take one look at their hair to know that they’re related. Caution: extreme volume:

Alex tore up the stage, and then, for a finale, tore up her guitar. (“It’s OK,” she said to me as she left the venue. “I can fix it.”)

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