Rogue Wave make unfussy power pop in the same vein as Nada Surf—loved by many, but forgettable to some. But you really can't slight good popsmithing, and Zach Rogue has been doing it for the better part of a decade. The Oakland band's latest album, Nightingale Floors, continues their expertise in jangly indie rock, relying on the tried-and-true pairing of sunny strums and sad-sack lyrics. When Rogue Wave does it, they just seem to do it better than others, and make it come across naturally. The first time I saw Rogue Wave was nine years ago in a shoebox of a venue, but even then their songs seemed to be bursting for the arena. They've come a long way, which proves a good pop song always wins. MARK LORE
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"