THE JOY FORMIDABLE, THE URBAN LOUNGE, Friday, March 29, 9 p.m., $18 at the door
When The Joy Formidable announced their presence as a bracing new force in music with the arrival of the band's 2011 debut, The Big Roar, it was a welcome jolt of big, bombastic rock and roll. The Welsh trio is back with a follow-up album that is even better. Wolf's Law is another set of memorable tunes, and their songwriting hasn't taken a leap forward on songs like "This Ladder is Ours." If powerful, insistent hooks, big guitar rock and lady-wailed vocals are your thing, The Joy Formidable is ready to be your favorite band. Fort Lean and Guards open the show.