The Dutch band Bettie Serveert (whose name was copped from a tennis instructional tome) have been around for somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years, yet remain a paragon of indie invincibility. There have been a few flirtations with wider success, including college- radio infatuation and opening stints for heavier-weight bands, but BS's following this side of the pond remains of the cultish variety. Nevertheless, the band consistently churns out quality rock 'n' roll inflamed by punk and pop, crafting melodic lures out of Peter Visser's rangy guitar exploits and Carol van Dyk's acid-etched purr. Pharmacy of Love, BS's first album in four years, is a solid collection of nuggets ranging from the effervescent pop of "Souls Travel" to the punkish "Deny All" and the full-fledged rock anthem "What They Call Love." There are echoes of the Pretenders, Velvets, Blondie, and even U2, but it's familiarity laced with fresh twists and vibrant spirit. With Buffalo Moon, Mean Creek. 18+.
Sat., Oct. 2, 8 p.m., 2010