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Fair, with The Pale Pacific, Monarch. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 5 p.m. $10. All ages. The local guitar-pop quartet Fair is one of those

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Tonight: Fair at the Crocodile, Vera Project's BirthDIYfest with BOAT

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Fair, with The Pale Pacific, Monarch. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 5 p.m. $10. All ages. The local guitar-pop quartet Fair is one of those bands you know the kids are going to love. With sing-along, Top 40-worthy choruses, front man Aaron Sprinkle's boyish tenor, and musing, yearning lyrics like "I wish I felt something more concrete/Something where I could plant my feet," Fair's music is disarmed and completely in earnest. I can't remember the last time I heard music so inoffensive. Their debut album, 2006's The Best Worst-Case Scenario, was a popular success for Tooth and Nail, and the follow-up, Disappearing World, was released last month. Sprinkle is also a veteran producer and sound engineer who has worked with MxPx, Eisley, Beth Orton, and Rocky Votolato, which explains why the songs on both Fair records are so neat and clean, almost spotless. ERIN K. THOMPSON

BOAT, with Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, Feral Children, Kids and Animals, The Nextdoor Neighbors. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $9. All ages. Headlining BirthDIYfest (billed as Vera Project's one-night-only do-it-yourself music festival), BOAT rides high on their bright, guitar-driven melodies and quirky lyrical inspirations. Known to shower audiences with confetti and jump off equipment, front man and multi-instrumentalist D. Crane seems just as content shouting his sing-along rock choruses from the edge of the stage as he is serenading with them. Chaotic and bouncy, the local outfit charms with a unique sense of humor and an appeal to pop-sensibilities that make chatting with Mom over a plate of nachos seem like perfect lyrical fodder. Sometimes the live show chases entertainment value at the expense of the actual music, but sometimes that's what happens when you throw a party. NICK FELDMAN
 
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