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Music Review

Dalle delivers caustic exhilaration at the Sinclair

CAMBRIDGE — “I don’t really like to talk much onstage, ’cause I’m kinda shy,” Brody Dalle said to a rapturous crowd at the Sinclair near the end of her compact solo set on Monday. “But thank you.” Dalle might feel shy onstage but, as a frontwoman, the former leader of the aggro-punk Distillers has a magnetic star quality whether she’s using her caustic, strangled yowl to propel breakneck tracks like her former band’s “Sick of It All” or fiery rock anthems like “Don’t Mess With Me.”

“Mess” appears on “Diploid Love,” Dalle’s first solo album, a compact collection about love and death and the big dreams that fall in between. While “Mess” is a straightforward yet exhilaratingly dark singalong that doubles as a warning shot to any comers, “Diploid” also contains left turns like the gloomy waltz “Parties for Prostitutes.” It digs deep inside, finding chaos but also peace among razor-sharp riffs.

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