The actor/musician crossover has historically been a source of much amusement. Sure, there have been successes—big ups to the Fresh Prince—but in general, crossover artists are fodder for weekly tabloids, and little more (see also, the dated rock-posturing of 30 Seconds to Mars). Juliette and the Licks are the wailing exception to this rule; by dialing down the pretension and turning up the amps, the band shrugged off all those early groans of apprehension with their 2004 debut, “…Like a Bolt of Lightning.” Simply put, no gimmick has ever rocked this hard; The Licks eschewed the “vanity band” label before it was dry. Nirvana’s Dave Grohl lent his clout and considerable drumming talents to 2006’s “Four on the Floor,” an album that propelled The Licks from fun to phenomenal with the hook-laden single, “Hot Kiss.” Their hyper-energetic performance at Lollapalooza served as cathartic jab at the follies of booking such high wattage so early in the morning, and seeing them swagger and sweat on the tiny stage of Reggie’s is sure to be a treat. Show up at six for an in-store signing upstairs at Record Breakers. (K. Tighe)
Juliette & The Licks play November 16 at Reggie’s Rock Club, 2105 South State, (312)949-0120, at 8pm.