Live Bands

Marriage + Cancer, Ouija Bored, Teen Blonde

When: Thu., May 22, 8 p.m. 2014

Up until last year, the Portland pop act was called Nucular Aminals. Then the four-piece decided Marriage + Cancer better represented the noise they were making leading to a tape, Demonstrations Tour Tape, released in November under the new name. Limited numbers of that tape will be on sale during their upcoming tour stop at Mootsy’s. The music explores deep dimensions of haunted surfer rock and elements of punk, but with the use of a Farfisa keyboard, the sound really is pop — with a singer who almost howls like he’s in serious pain. It’s Pacific Northwest indie at its best.

Laura Johnson

Price: $5