Wed, March 31, The Ruin
PowerHouse Pub, 9 p.m., no cover
Folsom, CA 95630
The Ruin is a four-piece, Sacto alt-rock band that’s been doing it for years. I’d never heard of them until spending quality time with their MySpace this weekend. The verdict? Derivative party rock (again)—but done well, at least. Kris Kreeger hits all the right marks—such as on (yet another track) titled “Drown”—and the songmanship is clean, tidy. Band photos from a St. Patrick’s Day show of lore, complete with vixens in leather and fishnets, pretty much sum up the Ruin’s vibe. So if that’s your game, Andy Hawk presents them for free at his PowerHouse series this week (openers are the Hybrid Creeps and Plasma Cannon). 614 Sutter Street in Folsom; www.myspace.com/wearetheruin.