Sister Act

Are they goth? Are they rock? Does it matter? The Sisters of Mercy have put together more than two decades of smash hits, public roustabouts, great lines, and other oddities. OK, so they don't have any smash hits, but try telling that to the rabid fan base the Sisters have amassed, one that includes punkers, goths, and other assorted miscreants. Besides lead singer Andrew Eldritch's persistence across countries and lineups — including a public mid-'80s split involving lawsuits and public mudslinging — the oldest member of the group is Doktor Avalanche, an electronic drum machine that took over the rhythm section in the '90s. The band hasn't released an album since 1990's Vision Thing, but its consistent tours are no revival-based cash cows. Concerts often feature new songs and musical developments, to the chagrin of older fans. The band seems purposefully obscure and antagonistic, often ridiculing press requests and members of the media. Say three Hail Marys, lace up that corset, and pray for rock.

The Sisters of Mercy play at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30. Call 954-727-0950.

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