(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on PAWS.

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Band name aside, Warpaint typically operates in either subtle, striated watercolors or bold ink lines (of sound!), offering a moody and variegated version of dreamy, somnambulant rock. The LA four-piece brings their paintbox to the Wonder tonight, where you'll be lulled and rocked in equal doses. NED LANNAMANN

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Modest Mouse at the Crystal Ballroom is becoming one of the longer-running and more dependable musical traditions in Portland. Something about it just works; obviously the band is comfortable there, and the room offers some intimacy for a group that regularly plays much bigger venues. I remember seeing them there back in January of 2000. They were a bit different then, sure—a four-piece with no number-one records and only a single drummer (the rolling, inimitable Jeremiah Green). That leaner lineup allowed tempos room to ebb and flow and launch exuberant improvisations. Even in recent years, though, with their more arena-ready ensemble, Modest Mouse's sets engage longtime fans, constantly shuffling the deep deck of their catalog. Speaking of which, the band's last album came out way back in 2007. They've been hard at work on the follow-up. So the question is: In their hometown, will they share some of the new stuff? ANDREW R TONRY

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It's been a long while since we've heard much of anything new from the Long Winters. The Seattle band led by John Roderick hasn't released a proper full-length since 2006, and the on-again, off-again status of a follow-up has left many wondering if the world will ever see another. Not that Roderick has been reclusive in Chinese Democracy limbo. The band still plays semi-regularly, and the interim has seen him morph into a kind of indie-pop distinguished man of letters, with the help of a weekly podcast and a notably entertaining Twitter feed (not to mention a snappy cardigan or two). The live show is still his forte, though—these days as much for the quick-witted commentary as for the back catalog of still great-sounding songs that continue to hold up, as anyone who packed into the Star Theater last December for a 10th anniversary run-through of When I Pretend to Fall can attest. Added bonus: Sean Nelson's part of the bill, too, and the musical and comic harmony between the pair never fails to deliver. JEREMY PETERSEN