Tue., May 25, 8 p.m., $10-$12, with Grooms, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com
There's such a thing as too pretty.
Thu., May 20, 8 p.m., free, Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., arsnovaworkshop.com
The duo's CD I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues
is a single 47-minute blast of relentless improvisation.
Sat., May 22, 8 p.m., $7, with Pants Yell! and Scott Churchman, PiLam, 3914 Spruce St., myspace.com/thepilam
After a delicious debut in 2002 and a fun follow-up in 2006, London's Tender Trap is right on time for a revival.
Thu., May 20, 9 p.m., $10, with Missing Palmer West and Strand of Oaks, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849, johnnybrendas.com
The impressionistic folk-pop of Philly's The Mural and the Mint was once notable for elegance in minimalism.
Thu., May 20, 9 p.m., $8, with Animals and Insects, Alchemilla and Conservative Man, M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 215-739-5577, themanhattanroom.com
Some nights, all you need is a pint to thrust in the air and a feel-good bruiser rock anthem to scream along to.
Fri., May 21, 8 p.m., $14, with The Postelles, First Unitarian Sanctuary, 2125 Chestnut St., 877-435-9849, r5productions.com
Our N.J. neighbors the Wrens, steadfast slackers that they are, have
whiled away seven years since their latest album, 2003's
still-bleeding-brilliant The Meadowlands.
Sat., May 22, 8 p.m., $14, with Alexisonfire, Therefore I Am and La Dispute, TLA, 334 South St., 215-922-1011, livenation.com
The kids are still pushing each other around at hardcore shows.
Sun., May 23, 8 p.m., $8, with Beretta 76, M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 215-739-5577, themanhattanroom.com
Losing Seattle's legendary Fastbacks would've been harder to take if
Kim Warnick hadn't immediately found a worthy outlet for her pop-punk