Traditionally, a honeymoon should follow a wedding. But when Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp got married in May of 2001, they started a band instead. The resulting creative union, known as The Rosebuds, churns out lovely and polished pop rock for the Merge label. Employing the same playful attitude that Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers trademarked, the duo (plus backup band) from Raleigh, N.C., cop a variety of styles while never sounding too derivative. The Rosebuds join The Armory at 10 p.m. Sunday at The Replay Lounge, 946 Mass.
Lawrence's Harvey Girls are actually a guy and a girl - Hiram Lucke and Melissa Rodenbeek - who fell in love and decided to form a band. Their complex new album "The Wild Farewell" is indeed a labor of love, combining electronic programming with live instrumentation to create dense experimental soundscapes. The record follows a young girl's coming-of-age as viewed through the dual lenses of Kansas and New York. DJ Sku and Danny Pound set the stage at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at The Gaslight Tavern, 317
N. Second St.
Rarely does a band get the opportunity to reference both alcohol and assassination in its name, but John Wilkes Booze runs with concept. The Booze's warbling rock fusion has been heralded from hi-to-lowbrow from The Wire to Maximum Rock N Roll and all points in between. But perhaps the Bloomington, Ind., band sums up its own sound best when describing it as "a flummoxing agglomeration of noise-riddled raves-ups and blues hollers." John Wilkes Booze joins The Black Rabbits and ZZZ at 10 p.m. today at The Jackpot Saloon, 943 Mass.
Israeli-born Avishai Cohen, a classically trained double-bassist and composer, formed a self-titled trio to explore beyond the traditional boundaries of jazz music. Cohen's compositions blend Middle Eastern, African, Latin and bebop influences, and he has been known to create fascinating rearrangements of popular songs such as Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and The Beatles' "Come Together." Chick Corea calls Cohen "a genius musician." Cohen - bolstered by Mark Guiliana on drums and Sam Barsh on piano - plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center.
October is a month made for ghoulish art, and the Olive Gallery will display the creepy prints of Patrick Giroux, Rachel James and Adam Jeffers. The trio has created a show influenced by watching hours and hours of cheesy horror flicks - particularly zombie movies. "This is a creepalicious collection of dead, decrepit and rotting corpses, smiling friendly ghosts, ghouls testing our nerves, and children learning common sense the hard way," the artists say. The chilling show, dubbed "The Walking Undead: 2 Legit 2 Quit," opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 15 E. Eighth St., and remains on view through Oct. 26.