Yes, Courtney Love has issues. The cameras have been squarely aimed at Love since Kurt Cobain's suicide, and now it seems oddly natural to think about her purely in terms of her personal demons. But those same struggles make up the core of Love's best songs; the raw heartbreak on full display and the prospect of her whole life breaking down over the course of three minutes makes for some thrilling music that might have gotten unfairly lumped in with the rest of the late-'90s angst-fest. Her solo album failed to spark the kind of interest that might have allowed Love to climb out from under her own problems (at least in tabloid terms), so perhaps revitalizing Hole is Love's way of getting back to the music that made her a force, unburdened from carrying an act all on her own. Regardless, the possibility of seeing some of the most cathartic Hole material live should be enough for Love's fans or anyone looking for a (possibly frightening) release. With Foxy Shazam. 18+.
Fri., July 16, 10 p.m., 2010

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