Deep Dark Robot

Linda Perry, the former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes, sat down at a keyboard and led her band, Deep Dark Robot, through a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Angie.” It was midway through their April 22 set at Beauty Bar, and they crushed it, like they did their entire performance. This is a bar band that’s as tight as any I’ve seen recently, and with Perry’s knack for writing pop hits (happy customers include Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Pink), there’s no reason they can’t break bigger.

Perry, 46, describes her band as “dirty French garage pop,” but the best moments of the night—including “Angie” and “No One Wakes Me Up Like You”—were the straightforward blues rock and pop songs for which Perry’s voice was seemingly made. She skipped her most famous tune, “What’s Up,” but she made up for the omission with “Fuck You Stupid Bitch,” which sounded like it could have been given to the Scissor Sisters.

This was the last stop on a six-week trek for Deep Dark Robot in support of their debut album 8 Songs About a Girl. Hopefully Perry, who seemed genuinely pleased with the enthusiastic crowd, makes Las Vegas a home away from home for her live shows.

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