It's become entirely too common to express approval for a band (or a movie, or a taco truck, or a preferred shampoo) by declaring that said entity "rocks." At this point, the phrase has lost a lot of its oomph. The widespread linguistic laziness becomes especially distressing when describing Valient Thorr, a group of five Carolina longhairs who rock, definitively and unquestionably.

It's become entirely too common to express approval for a band (or a movie, or a taco truck, or a preferred shampoo) by declaring that said entity "rocks." At this point, the phrase has lost a lot of its oomph. The widespread linguistic laziness becomes especially distressing when describing Valient Thorr, a group of five Carolina longhairs who rock, definitively and unquestionably.

Besides barroom anthems powered by monster riffage, they trade in unbounded fun and a goofy sense of humor; for proof, look no further than the riotous videos from their latest album, "Stranger." The similarly amped-up Charlie Hustle and Cotton Jackson will open Tuesday's show.