Admittedly, this Cincinnati indie-rock band has a few things working against it. First off, we’re a superficial species, driven by dumb, Darwinian zero-sum-game urges that can produce a knee-jerk dislike for the word “wussy.” That’s on us. And their pedigree — noted on fliers as “(ex-Ass Ponys)” — probably doesn’t help, because it’s weird, and that’s not how you pluralize ponies. Plus, these guys are old, and they dress the way bands used to in 1997: jeans, T-shirts, blue-collar thrift-store threadbare whatevers. The biggest knock might be that basically nobody has heard of Wussy. This, despite your most rockist, blogging-est friends trying to clue you in. And this, despite apex critic Robert Christgau writing that Wussy has been “the best band in America” since 2005. Somehow, some way people who take music seriously seem to find their way to this band, so maybe momentum is building. But still, here we are, with the brilliant and esteemed Wussy playing the little old North Star on Friday — and it’s not even sold out. You should go to this show.
Fri., March 8, 9 p.m., $10, with The Quixote Project, Seamus Browning and Midwestern Exposure, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-787-0488, northstarbar.com.