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The Darkness, Foxy Shazam, Crown Jewel Defense 

When: Thu., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $23

"Hilarity" may not be the first adjective you associate with glam rock, but England's the Darkness does it right. Best known for their barn-burning falsetto hit "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," the Darkness rocks the fuck out with expert precision, while having tons of squealy fun. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

In a lot of circles, the Darkness are kind of a joke band. They're much too flamboyant for serious rockers to get behind. But I believe if you listen with the same ears you use when listening to bands like Queen, Turbonegro, or Van Halen, you'll find they're nothing to snicker at. Yes, like those bands, the Darkness have lyrics that are ridiculous and silly, and personas that can be hard to take seriously. These are non-issues. Just because the Darkness know how to have fun doesn't mean they can't write killer rock-and-roll hooks and boundless, beautiful ballads. Yes, Justin Hawkins' use of falsetto is, to say the least, heavy-handed at times, but if I could sing like that, I would flaunt it too. The bottom line is having a good time, and thankfully the Darkness have returned to bring good times back to rock and roll. ARIS WALES

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