Most actors who venture into music tend to do so with catastrophic results. For every Juliette Lewis or Milla Jovovich there are dozens of Keanu Reeveses (Dogstar!) and Jared Letos (30 Seconds to Mars!) churning out wretched tunes that could only be described as aural Gitmos. But the debut last night of Pretty Reckless, a band fronted by Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen, did not suck at all. On the contrary, that girl can actually rock. Playing at the Annex, a club in NYC's Lower East Side, before a small army of girls at who probably should've been home much earlier on a school night -- much like Momsen's character, Jenny Humphrey, did in an episode last season -- Momsen delivered a set more befitting a rock star who dabbles in acting, not the other way around.
Who? Bauhaus is perhaps the most important goth band ever, and today will release what might be their final album. Everyone from Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson to Interpol and My Chemical Romance to the goth kids from South Park and the girl wearing black nail polish working the register at your local Hot Topic owes much of their aesthetic to these four guys, now mostly in their early-50s. Drawing heavily from David Bowie and Iggy Pop, Bauhaus formed in 1979 when brothers David J and Kevin Haskins and their childhood friend, Daniel Ash, teamed up with manorexic dancer Peter Murphy. They churned out an album every year until 1983 but had just limited commercial success in their native U.K. and almost no recognition in the U.S. After their breakup, J, Haskins, and Ash formed Love and Rockets, scoring a hit with "So Alive" in 1989.