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The Pretty Reckless is back, ready to rock

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  • Nov 17, 2016
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If you go

The Pretty Reckless with Holy White Hounds, Them Evils

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St.

Tickets: $26.50 via Ticketmaster

Info: sokolunderground.com or 402-346-9802

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Taylor Momsen isn’t in it to make hits.

She and her band, The Pretty Reckless, are here because being a rock band is the only thing that makes them happy.

“If we’re not happy with it, we’re miserable,” she told us. “We’re our own worst enemy.”

The Pretty Reckless is very happy with its latest album, “Who You Selling For,” a sharp set of songs that has the band sounding its best ever. And that’s even after hits such as “Heaven Knows” and “Follow Me Down.”

You may recognize Momsen from her role on “Gossip Girl,” but she gave up acting to focus on The Pretty Reckless.

We caught up with Momsen while the band was on its way to Lincoln.

Q. A lot of people are excited to see you since your last few planned shows here were canceled. Are you excited to come back?

A. We spent A LOT of time in Omaha because of the canceled shows, we grew to love it. It became a home away from home, so we’re very excited to finally get to play.

Q. “Who You Selling For” is a pretty diverse sounding record. Can you tell me about how you arrived at the sound on the album?

A. It was just what the songs happened to be. We didn’t write it with any purpose attached to it. They just happened to cover a large spectrum. Whatever songs were good were the songs that made the record.

Q. It definitely has some touches of classic rock on there, especially the guitars.

A. We are a guitar band. The songs are written on guitars, they’re played on guitars. That’s going to give it a certain feel. The lead guitars definitely stand out, but they were always part of the song. We never thought, “We’re going to put in five-minute solos,” but when we listened back to the record, that’s what it was. We didn’t even notice while we were recording it. Oh, and classic rock is awesome.

Q. I feel like you guys have become a much tighter band, and your vocals are stronger on every record. Do you think so?

A. I definitely think we’ve grown exponentially. I’m also not a teenager anymore, so my voice is naturally more developed. I think we really moved forward as writers, too. The writing really dictated the music, and it was just there.

Q. Your songs and the way you sing seems like it would be pretty taxing to perform night after night. How do you keep your voice healthy on tour?

A. There’s not much thought behind it. It comes down to whether I can sing that night or not. I sing very naturally, so there’s not much strain on my voice — it just comes out that way. That would be my advice to singers: Sing in your own voice. Don’t try to be something you’re not, hit notes you can’t — just be yourself, and you’ll find that your unique voice is more precious than technical singing. Don’t be “American Idol,” be The Rolling Stones.