Electric Wizard w/Satan's Satyrs; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez
Electric Wizard—Dorset's druggy doom disciples of the Church of Sabbath—grace Portland tonight in support of their new record, Time to Die. It's their most ambitious and noteworthy release in several years, and their first since 2002's Let Us Prey to feature the indispensable drumming from original member Mark Greening.
Tigers Jaw w/Lemuria, Somos; Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne
Scranton, Pennsylvania's Tigers Jaw—along with Joyce Manor—are perhaps the band most responsible for restoring pop-punk's tattered reputation. Their sophomore record, 2008's self-titled Tigers Jaw, is a timeless rock album that embodies pop-punk's most worthwhile characteristics while, for the most part, steering clear of the Hot Topic inanity that corrupted the genre in the first place.
In 2013, three-fifths of the group, including original co-founder Adam McIlwee, departed, leaving only the nucleus of guitarist/vocalist Ben Walsh and keyboardist Brianna Collins. The resultant full-length, Charmer—which confusingly features contributions from McIlwee (despite his absence from the band's now super-stripped-down live configuration and virtually all of their press materials)—is an odd, occasionally stellar album that exchanges its predecessors' punk stamina and shamelessly adolescent profundity for a polished, vocal-centric sound that owes more to modern indie rock than seminal emo or pop-punk ("Hum," "Nervous Kids"). It's a transformation that pretty much all modern pop-punk bands worth discussing seem to be undergoing (the Sidekicks, Joyce Manor). Also playing: Lemuria, another formerly punk band that has come to own its latent poppy inclinations with recent releases, most notably 2013's The Distance Is So Big, the best record Rilo Kiley never made.