Jacco Gardner, Wl, Au Dunes (Mississippi Studios, 9 p.m., $12, 21+)
Jacco Gardner is a dazy, 60’s revival-pop artist who most likely is no stranger to the term “groovy.” With strong harmonies that are reminiscent of Strawberry Alarm Clock, dreamy riffs and a Mac Demarco-like spiritualism, Gardner’s set will satiate our hankering for the past, while creatively imposing on our musical present.
Alternative show: Miracle Falls, The Ghost Ease, Mirror Travel (Austin) at Valentines, 9 p.m., $5, 21+
Mount Salem, Holy Grove, Tsepesch (Slabtown, 9 p.m., $6, All Ages)
Mount Salem is heavy. Lyrically, they are destructing power structures and telling ghost stories. Formally, they are re-thinking what it means to be a doom metal band by adding elements of psychedelic rock and classically trained vocals. Unlike a plethora of other metal bands, Mount Salem heard Black Sabbath and actually “got it.”
Eternal Summers, Maximo Park (Doug Fir Lounge, 9 p.m., $15-17, 21+)
Eternal Summer’s listened to Blink-182 growing up. Whether or not they actually listened to Green Day is besides the point, but they were inspired by the general sentiment the band placed into the American canon. Suburban ennui specially tailored for outcasts, who weren’t quite punk and weren’t quite pop. All grown up, the band creates upbeat hits about what it means to hang out and still feel a little out of place.
RiFF RAFF, Grandtheft (Roseland Theater, 8 p.m., Prices Vary, 21+)
This is the man who inspired “Spring Breakers” and is signed to the same record label as Diplo. If you don’t know who Riff Raff is at this point, google “Riff Raff at the Art Museum,” or hide under a metaphorical rock. While his music abilities have been called into question, his persona and stage performance never seem to falter. Associated with artists like the A$AP Mob, Drake and Mac Miller, the show will easily be one with many Instagram-worthy moments.
Alternative show: Bath Party, Noble Firs at East End, 9 p.m., $5, 21+
Violent Psalms’ CD Release, featuring Grandhorse, Western Haunts, Dedere (Alahambra Theater, 9 p.m., $5, 21+)
Sound-wise, Violent Psalms are calculated. The riffs are smooth and the guitars never crash beyond recognition. However, lyrically the band remains unbelievably vulnerable. With lyrics that have the tenacity of a diary entry and the subtly of Western poeticism, you will not want to miss out on their release.
Alternative show: Pheasant, The Hugs, Bath Party, Liquid Light at Kelly’s Olympian, 8 p.m., $5, 21+
Sons of Huns, Saint Vitus, Mos Generator (Branx, 8 p.m., $14, 21+)
Portland Metal-Gods Sons of Huns collaborate on a show with Saint Vitus, a doom metal band formed in the late 70’s. Saint Vitus will be playing their, arguably most critically acclaimed album, Born Too Late in its entirety. As aware as we are of cliches in music writing, this show is going to “rock.”
Alternative show: Is/is, Dandelyons, Psychomagic, Club 21, 9 p.m., FREE, 21+
Chad Valley, Strange Talk (Mississippi Studios, 9 p.m., $12, 21+)
There is something to be said about the genre of “funny soft core-revival.” With lyrics that emulate 90’s pop songs from top 40 monikers like Britney Spears, and the fondness of creating music on computer programs, Chad Valley may not get you thinking- but he will get you dancing.