The Pretty Reckless

A dramatic pop-punk act fronted by former child actress and Gossip Girl nymph Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless should be pretty awful. Amazingly, they’re not. Momsen’s voice is astonishingly deep and mature in light of her girlish blond appearance, and the band sounds like an amalgam of Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, Hole, and Green Day. Sure, Momsy’s raccoon eye makeup and gothy lingerie is a bit much, her “edge” seems more than a little put on, and no new musical ground is being broken here. But by not being horrible, The Pretty Reckless triumphs mightily. With The Parlor Mob, The Hollywood Kills. MIKE SEELY

Sat., March 17, 8 p.m., 2012