JULY 24

It’s said that Jale, the all-woman Nova Scotia quartet, was originally inspired by Velocity Girl. Based on the band’s new So Wound, it seems that it still is. Following D.C.’s own Sub Pop stars, Jale (now 75 percent female) has moved from smudgy alt-rock to crystalline pop. Where it once had sound, the band now has songs—notably “Ali” and “Hey Hey”—which is no small improvement. Opening are Massachusetts’ Scud Mountain Boys, whose morose country-rock is compelling when hooked to a memorable tune (on the new, ironically titled Dance the Night Away, “Freight of Fire” does the trick), and So Low, a traveling collaboration between Tsunami’s Jenny Toomey, Karate’s Geoff Farina, and various indie rockers they’ll meet along the way. At 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (Mark Jenkins)