Fri, July 22, Faster Pussycat

The Boardwalk, 8 p.m., $20-$22

The Boardwalk

9426 Greenback Ln.
Orangevale, CA 95662

(916) 988-9247

Critics have long taken a biased stance against hair metal. Their contempt is understandable. Most of the hair-metal bands of the 1980s were aggressively lowbrow, with songs that appealed to the dumbest strain of rock fan. But Faster Pussycat was cut from a different cloth. Although this Los Angeles group never achieved the overexposure of their cohorts, tracks like 1989’s “House of Pain” (which describes a father-son relationship in peril) reveal a coy side. Maybe they learned something from touring with Motörhead in ’87. All these years later, the reunited Faster Pussycat is still in decent demand. 9426 Greenback Lane in Orangevale,