The Dirty Hooks

Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel, Nov. 3

If you’re a regular Vegas Seven reader, you may have noticed us raving about this local trio. But even as we named their debut CD, Electric Grit, the Best Local Album this year, we still hadn’t seen them live. So we caught the Dirty Hooks at their fourth gig ever as they opened for Mike Watt + the Missingmen. And it seemed like a fair chunk of the sparse crowd was there to support our local musicians.

They rocked through the 10 songs from their album, proving that their solid talent extends beyond the studio. Front man Bobby McCall and drummer Jenine Cali sang spot-on vocal harmonies through vintage microphones. They were accompanied by Anthony Ratto’s rock-star guitar riffs and organ interludes (including an extended improvised guitar solo when McCall broke a string). Color us impressed at the Dirty Hooks’ ability to not only sound as great—if not better—than their album. Their warm rapport and precision playing is far too good to merely play only local gigs for much longer. ★★★★☆