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. 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. I can’t remember the last time I heard music so inoffensive. With The Pale Pacific, Monarxh. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., March 19, 5 p.m., 2010

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