' theatrical cock rock - a throwback to bands like Aerosmith, Queen and Kiss - was a breath of fresh air back in 2003, when brooding, lifeless new-wave bands like Interpol were the toast of the rock world. The band's shtick is not quite as novel today, but its core argument remains a compelling one: that rock music has been taken over by nerds, and what audiences really want from rock bands is a guy crawling around onstage in a catsuit, with hair down to his ass, singing over monster power-chord hooks. The Darkness broke up for six years (apparently) but returned in 2012 with a new record, Hot Cakes
. Based on what I've read on the Internet, the group is still putting on crazy shows and wearing unitards. God bless them. (This performance was originally booked at the now-closed Beaumont Club; it's been moved to the Uptown Theater.)
Wednesday, January 30, at the Uptown Theater, 8 p.m.