The music world is a wondrous one, where a dreadlocked girl named Allison in a slightly crusty Gainesville pop-punk band can morph into a beautiful, fashion-plate indie chanteuse.
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Such was the case with the Kills' V.V., born Allison Mosshart. She was formerly the frontwoman of '90s Florida act Discount. Luckily, she met Brit songwriter Jamie Hince. And together they have created a band that has surpassed all of their older, undersung individual acts.
The Kills are at once artsy and no-nonsense, melding straight-ahead, minimalist, often stomping rock with the occasional postpunk frill. Married with a pop-centric songwriting sensibility, it makes a sultry blend that goes down sweetly with the cool kids while also working well in the bigger-bucks TV sphere.