Olympia, Wash.’s Gossip (pictured above) are on uber-punk label Kill Rock Stars, but singer Beth Ditto’s sultry voice is more akin to one of her heroines, blues grand dame Bessie Smith. Ditto belts out focused wails about making out and getting by, over the trio’s din of revved up, uncomplicated guitar roar and a steady beat tightly trained on making folks move. Live, they’re fierce; so don’t miss their return to the Triangle Sunday, July 20 at Go! Room 4. For more information, call 969-1400.