- Shaun Brady
The Eric Mintel Quartet plays at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets: $9.50-$29.50. Information: 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.
The Babies began in 2008 as a diversion for Vivian Girls' Cassie Ramone and Woods' Kevin Morby, and their first releases sounded deliberately unambitious, as if the friends wanted to save their serious energy (and their best songs) for their primary bands. That lo-fi, off-key attitude recedes on their second full-length, the new Our House on the Hill, replaced by a more confident, fuller sound that owes a lot to '90s alternative bands such as Pavement and the Pixies and, when Ramone and Morby share lead vocals, punk icons X. There's still a dose of Vivian Girls' girl-group pop and of Woods' rootsy indie rock, but they seem part of a more unified whole now: The Babies are growing up nicely.
- Steve Klinge
The Babies and Swearin' play at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. Tickets: $10. Information: www.kungfunecktie.com.
For his long-awaited major-label debut Finally Rich, Chi-town area MC Chief Keef expands upon the murky yet poppy aesthetic found on his mix-tapes without straying far from his usual font of dirty funk. Like the cast of Boardwalk Empire, it was guns, money, and booze made the Chief famous, so it's shoot-ups, sell-outs, and sociable guzzling that fill songs such as "Diamonds," and "Hate Bein' Sober." Nicknamed "Sosa" after Chicago Cubs legend Sammy Sosa, the 17-year-old rapper introduces that second self on "Love Sosa," with a whispered sing-song flow. From that point on, there's wild circus music and guests such as French Montana, Rick Ross, and 50 Cent, making his finest noise in some time. But this is all Keef .
- A.D. Amorosi
Chief Keef plays at 9 p.m. Friday at the Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. Tickets: $30-$100. Information: 1-800-745-3000 www.ticketmaster.com.