There are two types of people in this world: Those who couldn't tell you a single Pinback song, and those who can recite every track from every full-length and EP going back to the band's 1999 debut. Pinback plays rock music that doesn't veer very far toward the fringe, but you can always tell it's a Pinback song. Rob Crow and Zach Smith have been steering the ship from day one, creating pop songs that are lush and well crafted. Full-length releases come but once every few years for these guys, which shows the kind of TLC they put into each record. If you haven't dug into Pinback's catalog, when you do, you're likely to come away humming one of those immaculate melodies. MARK LORE
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"