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The Pretty Reckless, The Hollywood Kills

When: Thu., April 19 2012

THE PRETTY RECKLESS In an earlier life, model turned actress turned songstress Taylor Momson played one of several interchangeable glam brats on the CW’s Gossip Girl. Her latest role, fronting loud hard-pop band The Pretty Reckless, is “rock bitch in heat” aka “front woman template model A” aka “slutty jailbait on drugs.” But don’t let the smokescreen of eyeshadow and the curtain of blonde hair fool you. Ms. Momson is quite good at this gig, putting the catchy tunes over with a raw throaty alto. When the band strays outside the radio-ready pocket, it can rock ferociously, with a hint of Black Keys blues savvy and better pop songwriting than your average eyeliner rockers. Striving for Hole or the Runaways, Momson and crew land closer to ’80s hard popsters Transvision Vamp. This isn’t a bad thing. Empty calories can be fun to burn. (Pat Moran)

Price: $15

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