Porter Wagoner looks right at home in the marble lobby of Manhattan's Roosevelt Hotel. He wears a dark Western suit and tie and holds a shiny black cane. The glare from the crystal chandelier reflects off his eyeglasses as he tilts his head back, trying to remember the last time he played Madison Square Garden.
Nothing lasts forever, the latest example being the garage-rock revival that blasted off at the dawn of this decade. Although it once injected rock with an energy boost, the style now feels played out, supplanted by more touchy-feely genres like emo and grand-gesture indie bands like the Arcade Fire.
With two girls, two boys and two guitars, the Von Bondies are probably the second most famous garage band to come out of Detroit, Michigan, in the past few years. Like the White Stripes, the Von Bondies make raw, bluesy and punk-inflected rock.