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It's easy to make fun of Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen — comedian Sandra Bernhard has made something of a cottage industry out of criticizing the actor for being too skinny. And the thought of yet another young actor dabbling in rock & roll is enough to stir up truckloads of critical cynicism. But Momsen's band, The Pretty Reckless, are nonetheless the real thing. She's changed the lineup of her New York quartet over the past few years, but the current group cranks out new anthems such as “Messed Up World” with the same hard-rocking power she stirred up on her 2010 debut, Light Me Up. Momsen's themes still center on her fight against self-destruction and overcoming a Catholic upbringing (“Jamming Jesus down my throat/No, I don't want to be saved”), driven home by catchy, head-banging, sing-along hooks.

Fri., Oct. 10, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/10/14)

LA Weekly