Weezer; Roseland, 8 NW 6th
Looks like Rivers Cuomo got the '90s revival memo: Weezer's latest LP, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, has been grandly hailed by the blogosphere as a "return to form" record. While the accolades might be a little too generous—implying that any aspect of Everything in any way holds a candle to the group's now-fabled early output is simply preposterous—it certainly maintains the best batting average since the Green Album. In short, new Weezer might still be utterly divested of human emotion, but at least they brought those electric guitars back. Also read our article on Weezer.
No Body w/Y.W. Mvrka, Rod; Winch Hall at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock
Issac Scott first made waves in Portland's all-ages scene around four years ago as the principal guitarist and frontman in Squid Attack!, a classic rock-tinged, subtly psychedelic outfit that featured Scott's own father on the drums. Now a grizzled college senior, Scott co-fronts the woozy Olympia-based trio No Body, whose latest cassette EP, The Red Tape (recorded at the hallowed Dub Narcotic), finds the incipient guitar acrobat uncovering some darker, dirtier sonic territory, although Scott's lilting vocals keep things from getting too nasty. Also performing are Rod, the new brainchild from Tommy Celt of Profcal.
Saves the Day w/Say Anything, Reggie and the Full Effect; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell
Before Saves the Day were emo kings (or fanatical Beatles adherents), they were a pop-punk force to be reckoned with. 1999's Through Being Cool, while inarguably lacking the lyrical elocution and overall sophistication of 2001's Stay What You Are and 2003's In Reverie, is an endlessly fun listen and remains one of the few truly timeless records in the genre. Songs like the breakneck one-two opening punch of "All-Star Me" and "You Vandal" are uncommon examples of the so-called pop/punk synthesis actually done well, and classics "Shoulder to the Wheel" and "Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots" were evidence that Chris Conley had more songwriting potential than virtually all of his peers. Tonight, the group performs the record in its entirety.