THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES Seattle-brewed for strength and flavor, this is post-hardcore at its best. Brutal yet nuanced, heavy and complex, TAAS stays true to the genre with a good balance of chaos and order and an interesting vocal delivery. They describe themselves as “bitter, bummed out and bored,” probably a result of too many consecutive days spent in dark basements avoiding the relentless rain. Touring in support of their third record Tail Swallower & Dove, which made many a critic’s 2008 top 10 list, consider it a coup for Nicholby’s to have TAAS in the house. Friday, March 27. Nicholby’s, 410 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2320, www.myspace.com/thesearmsaresnakes.
REY FRESCO Be glad these guys are still playing locally because all signs point to the big time for Rey Fresco. Currently recording in a very exclusive studio in L.A., they are one of the more unique bands to emerge from Cali in the past decade, and possibly the only one with a harpist. They also took home a sweet cash prize as winners of Rookee’s Battle of the Bands last year. Friday, March 27. Watermark, 598 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6800, www.reyfresco.com.