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Halestorm w/ Veer Union, Burn Halo

When: Wed., June 24 2009

Lizzy Hale is all kinds of hot — Joan Jett-inspired, rock-star hot — but, the real source of Hale’s heat is her sexy, snarling voice as the lead singer of the hard-rock group Halestorm. The Pennsylvania-based four-piece includes Arejay Hale on drums, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and Josh Smith on bass. The group’s been playing together since 1997 (Hale was 13 years old, in case you’re curious), giving their recently released, self-titled debut one of the longest incubation periods, well, ever. Judging from fan reaction and favorable reviews, the lengthy wait has paid off. The band’s developed a reputation for ass-kicking live shows, and the hyperbole knows no bounds — Lizzy Hale’s biggest fans compare her vocals to Janis Joplin’s legendary growl. “I Get Off” is the album’s first single, and it’s all brash, thrash, and sass — a post-feminist anthem that finds Hale declaring she gets off on watching her partner getting off on her. “Familiar Taste of Poison” feels a little too much like a throw-back to the ’80s, but Hale’s husky vocals stave off any staleness.

Andrea Warner

Price: $12, $10 (adv.)

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