Pontiak, Midday Veil, Scriptures, the Midget, DJ Explorateur
(Comet) The Virginia-based Carney brothers in Pontiak—Van, Lain, and Jennings—are deep cats. At their deepest, they like their rock sprawling and majestic, patiently unspooling vast swaths of space-dusted rock like an Appalachian Pink Floyd. But they can also hit with more aggression, as on the new Thrill Jockey full-length, Echo Ono, which menacingly throbs and stings somewhere between Spacemen 3's Sound of Confusion and Screaming Trees' Even If and Especially When. Also tonight, Seattle's Scriptures celebrate the release of their self-titled EP on the Translinguistic Other label, three tracks of melancholy spaghetti-westernisms and heroic, fly-into-the-sun rock. DAVE SEGAL
Screaming Females, Neighbors, So Pitted, Silicon Girls
(Rendezvous) Say what you will about Twitter ("It's narcissistic," "It's only used by idiots who didn't know the Titanic was real," etc.), but Twitter's actually taught me a lot. For one, I didn't know what kind of shit dads and girls said until Twitter told me. Also, I didn't know about New Jersey's Screaming Females until I saw a bunch of people tweet about how great they are. And they've been a band for seven years! Screaming Females are like the best parts of Sleater-Kinney, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and Tilt all swirled together into a punky, poppy, and fuzzy rock-and-roll whirlpool. Screaming Females' latest record, Ugly, was produced by Steve Albini, only upping the fantastic factor. Get to tonight's show with enough time to see Neighbors, too, as they'll perfectly fill that "power pop circa 1994"–shaped hole in your heart. MEGAN SELING
See all the rest of tonight's music listings—the Moondoggies! & Yet! Ballard Jazz Walk! and More!—here.