Big Muff

It's almost too easy to compare the New York-rooted, female-dominated Lava Baby to the Go-Go's.

It's almost too easy to compare the New York-rooted, female-dominated Lava Baby to the Go-Go's. Sure, the group makes pogo-happy pop-rock with a decidedly '80s/new-wave stylistic bent. But that's where the similarities end. Despite the superficial froth of songs like "Sex Junkie" and "Valentine," Lava Baby is more edgy, as it opts to keep its arrangements looser, less-polished. Also, while the bandmates weave the kind of brain-embedding hooks that top 40 hits are made of, their words are decidedly smarter and far more clever than most of what you're likely to hear on radio. In short, Lava Baby makes pop music for grown-ups. If you're the type who frequently says "they just don't make 'em like they used to," look no further. Parts of Big Muff are actually better than the way they used to make them. Contact 212-366-0570.—LF