A chick who really does rock
In the song "The Best Thing," Abby Gennet, singer/guitarist for the band Slunt, steals a dude's money, steals his car, blows out its stero system, and makes off with homeboy's best friend and later, his dad. The tune will make you remember the days when crunchy guitars ruled the airwaves and tough mofos like Joan Jett and Angus Young roamed the Earth.
A Miami native, Gennet says she "saw many a show at the Hollywood Sportatorium. I was the girl with the big hair." After moving to New York to pursue photography, she decided "I don't want to shoot the band -- I want to be the band." She started shouting/purring lyrics like "I might like you better if we slept together." Along the way, she scored stints as a VJ on MTV, MTV2, and VH1. "I just did a show for Fuse, so now I'm a music network whore," she laughs. Perhaps you recognize her from that full-page photo in Stuff magazine? No? Or Muscle & Fitness? Too bad she just married the lead singer of Fuel.
Thursday -- before going to Germany with Mötorhead -- Slunt headlines the "Chicks Who Rock" show at Cheers (941 E. Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale), with China Doll (a pop/alternative trio), Kimberly Trapp (acoustic pop/rock), Lefty Lucie (a five-piece rock band), and Against the Girl (power pop/prog rock). "I think it's awesome -- a bunch of chicks sweating and singing," Gennet says. "We'll have to get our drinking shoes on for that one." Admission costs $10. Call 954-771-6337. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Four Letter Words Give Saget A Second Wind
Did Danny Tanner just go from clean-cut man of the house to taking bong hits in a whorehouse? Bob Saget, best known as the neat-freak father on the frighteningly wholesome sitcom Full House, has seen a career resurgence, thanks largely to his prowess with blue-collar comedy.
"I'm really enjoying this sort of second chapter in my life," said the 49-year-old comic, who has recently appeared in HBO's Entourage getting high and partying with prostitutes. Saget adds, "I enjoyed my time on Full House as a character, but right now I am doing the type of stuff that is closer to my own style."
Viewers of Entourage and this year's filthy, funny documentary The Aristocrats are learning what fans of Saget's stand-up routine have known for years: He is sick, twisted, and hilarious. Shock waves from this new, vulgar version of Saget were felt nationwide, and especially on Saget's home front. The Pennsylvania native recalls, "Before the episode of Entourage, I sat my daughters down and told them, 'Daddy is a dirty man.'"
Catch Bob Saget and what he describes as "PG-49, no, maybe PG-48" stand-up comedy Thursday through Saturday at Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $21. Call 561-833-1812, or visit www.palmbeachimprov.com -- Tim Hammill
Off the street and on the floor
If the spin-tastic You Got Served has a permanent home in your DVD player, then make your way Friday to the Miami Lakes breakdance competition at Don Shula's Athletic Club (15150 Bull Run Rd., Miami Lakes). Sponsored by the Hip Hop Elements crew (a.k.a. Speedy Legs and DJ Trails), the event is designed to give the kids something to do before they're lured by the negative elements of street culture. You know -- gangs, drugs, whores, pirated copies of Lil Jon CDs... The competition offers a positive spin on street life and, better yet, cash prizes and free entry to any comers willing to take the b-boy stance. As if that weren't enough tasty goodness, James Peterson, a professor who coordinates the Harvard University Hip Hop Archive, will present a hip hop history workshop. Of course, a little bit of lecturing goes down better with a whole lot of head spinning, top rocking, freezing, flaring, and applejacking. The comp starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 754-264-1505, or visit www.hiphopelements.com. -- D. Sirianni
He overcame a hardscrabble upbringing by a single mother. At age 11, he found out accidentally that his biological father was famous baseball player Tug McGraw -- but got shot down by his dad when he tried to initiate a relationship. He survived a stint in a cheesy singing group during college. Yes, it's pretty amazing that a dorky little Louisiana dude named Tim McGraw has gone on to sell 33 million records, record a duet with Nelly ("Over and Over"), and have three beautiful babies with fellow country superstar Faith Hill. Apparently, Mr. I-Look-Good-in-a-pair-of-tight-Levi's-too is finished hanging up all his platinum records and ready to go back on-stage. He'll draw the masses to the Hard Rock Live (One Seminole Way, Hollywood) at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets cost $50 to $200. Call 954-523-3309, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon
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