Aloud is a Boston band with boy-girl vocals and big hooks, but they're more unpredictable than the paint-by-numbers pop band that comes to mind. Jen de la Osa sings like Heartless Bastards' Erika Wennerstrom and is nearly as sassy. Henry Beguiristain isn't as endearing, but he sounds great when the pair interlocks in harmonic bliss. The overall feel comes off much like a slightly bluesy take on the New Pornographers' sugar rush pop — a worthy reason to venture to Bernie's, 1896 N. High St., to see them play tonight with Help Is On The Way and Keith Jenkins & the Moving Parts. 9 p.m. show, $5.
Of course, if you want your rock 'n' roll slightly more rollicking, you can head up to The Summit, 2210 Summit St., to see The Reigning Sound. As noted yesterday, Day Creeper will lead off the show, followed by the gnarled kings of garage misery, Cheater Slicks. Here's that preview again.
And at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., there's the Sinatra/Searius Add dual release show I featured in last week's paper. More on that later today.