Since we all know that rock is dead, a band like LA's Lazy Cowgirls thrusts upon us true suspension of disbelief. Seeking a slice of the mythological rock 'n' roll pie back in the mid-80s, they transplanted themselves from Indiana to Hollywood in search of something--maybe even stardom. They never found it. Yet in the years since they've sustained one of the fiercest, most passionate takes on classic punk-rock energy anywhere, proving that it doesn't have to be a kids' game. On the aptly titled Ragged Soul (Crypt), the Lazy Cowgirls' first album in five years, the band reveals a rugged strain of punk rock that has nothing to do with colored coifs, fake English accents, or skateboards. Their amped-up take on rock's traditional bluster combines Pat Todd's consistently soulful singing with a muscular, corn-fed instrumental assault and melodies that get lodged in your head without losing any power. The Lazy Cowgirls connect with the essence of bands like the Pagans, the Ramones, New York Dolls, Stooges, and even the Rolling Stones in a way that younger bucks can't; it's in their blood. Yet their age is no impediment: they've delivered some of the most rocket-fueled shows I've ever seen. Better-known veteran Australian punk rockers Cosmic Psychos headline, and while they offer the same unrelenting attack, their meathead mentality renders their blunt power soulless. Saturday, 10 PM, Lounge Ax, 2428 N. Lincoln; 525-6620.