It makes sense that the River City Rebels are more fun than Velvet Revolver, for which they've opened: Velvet Revolver is a business deal, and River City Rebels are the real deal.

It makes sense that the River City Rebels are more fun than Velvet Revolver, for which they've opened: Velvet Revolver is a business deal, and River City Rebels are the real deal. Hailing from hardscrabble northern New England, the six players are fronted by singer Bopper and guitarist Patti Botox, a David Johansen/Johnny Thunders team for the 21st century. The New York Dolls connection is also palpable in the spit-and-shine production of Doll original Sylvain Sylvain and on the cover of "Don't Mess With Cupid," which sounds like the Dolls' messy, irreverent, affectionate approach to R&B. River City Rebels wear their other influences just as comfortably: The spirit of the Clash, Aerosmith, Iggy Pop and the Rolling Stones has been rewired and refreshed. The Rebels revel in rocking without inhibition, a glam-bam-thank-you slam of dirty guitar and dirty minds. The result is one great rock'n'roll record.—WR