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Rock Picks: The Whom, more than just a tribute band to The Who, at Kings

The Whom, a tribute band to The Who, plays at Kings in Raleigh Sunday as part of a Planned Parenthood benefit.
The Whom, a tribute band to The Who, plays at Kings in Raleigh Sunday as part of a Planned Parenthood benefit. Jodi Donkel

One hesitates to call The Whom a tribute band to The Who, because it’s a description that doesn’t come anywhere close to doing them justice. The quartet of guitarist Bo Taylor, Keith Moon lookalike drummer Jon Heames and bassist Brian Sliwa (all from the late, lamented Motorolla), with Birds of Avalon’s Paul Siler standing in for Roger Daltrey, doesn’t merely cover Who songs circa 1970’s “Live at Leeds” – they bring them to life with amazing passion and precision. It’s a fairly mind-blowing experience, and one of The Whom’s too-rare performances will be Sunday at Kings in Raleigh as part of a Planned Parenthood benefit. Also on tap are Chip Robinson’s Vibekillers playing Neil Young songs, plus Connells singer Doug MacMillan and friends covering Bob Dylan songs as Faux Hawks.

It’s an early 4 p.m. start time, with a $10 suggested donation. See kingsraleigh.com for details.

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