Fri., April 17, 8 p.m., $12, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 866-468-7619, arsnovaworkshop.com
Years ago, putting two tenor players onstage together would inevitably lead to a cutting contest, the saxophonists' equivalent of pistols at dawn.
Thu., April 16, 9 p.m., $10, with The Appleseed Cast and Southeast Engine, M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 866-468-7619, themanhattanroom.com
If the name of her duo raises your hackles, just wait until you hear
Aussie guitarist Kate Cooper sing about heat, hope and heartache.
Thu., April 16, 7:30 p.m., $30, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999, astralartists.org
Surrounded by the smoldering ruins of a great civilization wrecked by
monsters he once served, Richard Strauss wrote his farewell to music
and life in 1948.
Sat., April 18, 9 p.m., $10-$13, with Plushgun, Endless Hallway and The Canon Logic, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-787-0488, northstarbar.com
Boston's Freezepop have been in the retro-'80s electropop game longer than most, but that doesn't mean they've ever bothered to grow up.
Sat., April 18, 7:30 p.m. $10-$20, Calvary Center, 4740 Baltimore Ave., 800-838-3006, crossroadsconcerts.org
Open tuned and gently plucked, slack key guitar is one of the most tranquil musical experiences.
Sat., April 18, 7 p.m., sold out; 9 p.m. $10; with Damien Juardo, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 866-468-7619, r5productions.com
Portland's Laura Gibson isn't going to knock you over with her music.
Tue., April 21, 8 p.m., $5, all ages, with Oh! Pears, Owl Stations and Daniel Francis Doyle, Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., myspace.com/dangerdangergallery
How do you reinvent the inexplicable? That was the challenge faced by
Philly prog-pop weirdos Make a Rising when the band imploded a few months back.
Fri., April 17, 9 p.m., $10 (free for ladies before 10 p.m.), with E-Life, Capo, Scholar and more, Tacony Billiards, 6201 Keystone St., 215-338-4733, taconybilliards.com
Reef the Lost Cauze and King Magnetic somehow found time to make Shadyville
, a mixtape with walk-ons by Brother Ali and Edo G.
Sat., April 18, $8-$10, 8 p.m., with Black Pus, Copy Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., copygallery.org
; Sat., April 25, 8 p.m., $5-$10, with Realicide, Satanized and Hot Guts, Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., myspace.com/dangerdangergallery
Snowstorm's shows typically last no more than 10 minutes or so, but the brevity is less a matter of "leave 'em wanting more" than a strategy of "leave 'em shell-shocked and dazed."