FORBIDDEN FRIENDS, ERSATZ, KAREN
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) With the bright, sweet "Tiny Hands," Hutch Harris' new band Forbidden Friends is a charmingly catchy counterpart to his usual Thermals gig. Forbidden Friends celebrate the single's release at tonight's show, for which some not-so-forbidden friends—Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, who you may know from his other band—will join Hutch. NED LANNAMANN
OLD LIGHT, THE GOLDEN BEARS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) The free shows every week at Bunk Bar are a fail-safe good time on a Tuesday, and tonight you can score the sunny, stoney harmonies of Old Light and the excellent, adventurous folk-rock of the Golden Bears. Throw in Bunk's delicious sandwiches and it's a feast for your ears and mouth. NL
REVOLVER, HEY ROSETTA
WEEDEATER, ZOROASTER, KVELERTAK, ANCIENT AGE
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Trying to define the sound of Norwegian six-piece Kvelertak is like sitting through an entire Anal Cunt record: difficult, pointless, and damn near impossible. Might as well try, though: Take the urgency of classic punk rock, mix it with the snarl of black metal, toss in some AC/DC and translate it all into Norwegian. But even that doesn't do them justice. Riding high off the hype received from topping a dozen or so year-end best-of lists, these guys are a breath of fresh air amid a sea of try-hards. Fuck genre boundaries, this band does it all. Headlining this show is Southern-fried sludge-metal trio Weedeater, the perfect comedown from a couple of confusingly chaotic openers. KEVIN DIERS
A complete listing of this week's shows can be viewed here.