Live This Weekend: Mike Gordon, Leo Kottke, Daniel Rossen, and More!

Friday, March 21

Portland’s Blackwitch Pudding comprises three wizards (Space Wizard, Lizard Wizard, Wizard Wizard), who dress in sparkly robes and tights and have a song titled “Super Sluts From Outer Space.” As silly as this sounds, the riffs these stoner-rock warlocks churn out are anything but. Its 2013 debut record, Taste the Pudding, is loaded with deadly serious fuzzed-out guitar, with an added sense of humor in the lyrics. With Serial Hawk, Grenades, LB! The Highline, 210 Broadway E., 328-7837, 9 p.m. $7 adv. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER

An Evening With Mike Gordon The Phish bassist tours behind his fourth solo album, Overstep. The Neptune. 9 p.m. $25. GE

A Canadian singer/songwriter with South African roots, Sam Roberts has, to type, always been pleasantly conflicted, his songs sweetly melodic while maintaining some heady lyrical content. His band’s latest, Lo-Fantasy, kicks the conflict up a notch, delivering hefty messages over a sound that has evolved into buoyant, danceable rock verging on disco, complete with walking bass line and staccato guitar riffage. With Western Haunts. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $15. 21 and over. MSB

Saturday, March 22

Local black-metal outfit A God or an Other’s first full-length, last year’s Towers of Silence, pushed the boundaries of traditional black metal and added elements of doom, post-rock, and other genres to the mix. Blast beats still remain, but lush soundscapes break up the monotony and are more than welcome. With Winter in the Blood, Mongrel Gods, Un. 2-Bit Saloon, 4818 17th Ave. N.W., 708-6917, 9 p.m. $6. 21 and over. JB

If any album could prep listeners for the sunny days of spring, it’s Galore, the vibrant debut from Sub Pop signees Thumpers. The London-based alt-pop duo—Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr., who were two-thirds of indie-rock trio Pull Tiger Tail—has created a truly joyous record, including the bouncy “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)” and the sing-along-ready “Sound of Screams.” With Pattern Is Movement, Yellow Ostrich. Barboza. 7 p.m. $12 adv. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

Leo Kottke The veteran guitarist mixes music and recollections from his long, distinguished career. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4800, 8 p.m. $41–$51. SW

Daniel Rossen, of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, released his debut solo EP, Silent Hour/Golden Mile, back in 2012, but this marks his first solo tour, and he’s not holding anything back. Audience members can expect songs from Silent Hour, which features an interesting blend of indie rock and chamber pop; tunes from DOE’s In Ear Park; and likely some unreleased material. With William Tyler. Neumos. 8 p.m. $17. 21 and over. ACP

Punk-rock quartet Skaters wants to make it clear that it hearts N.Y. For one thing, the band named its debut album Manhattan. Then there’s album-opener “One of Us,” which features audio of an announcement from a subway car heading to the city, and “To Be Young in NYC,” which chronicles the daily life of a 20-something. With Team Spirit, Black Whales. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $10. 21 and over. ACP

Sunday, March 23

It is rare for a band to combine dance, rock, bhangra, Celtic, and world music, but that is exactly what Dehli 2 Dublin does. 2012’s Turn Up the Stereo shows the band is evolving on the lyrical front, infusing its music with socially conscious and politically charged content. With Parlo, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, 8 p.m. $15 adv. 21 and over. BP

ZZ Top Can these graybeards still twirl their guitars? Who cares, as long as they crank out hits like “Legs,” “Pearl Necklace,” and “Cheap Sunglasses.” With Tim Montana and the Shrednecks. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 682-1414, 7 p.m. $55–$85. GE

Saintseneca Not only is this Columbus, Ohio, quartet fun to look at, what with their eclectic acoustic instrumentation and lead singer Zac Little’s Yosemite Sam mustache, but they are a delight to listen to, riding the edge between old weird Appalachian Americana and melodic indie pop. It takes a lot of talent to break out of a small Midwestern DIY scene, but the band has the potential, and has found an audience with heavy hitters like Mike Mogis, who produced the band’s second album, Dark Arc, which will be released by Anti- on April 1. With Vikesh Kapoor, Courtney Marie Andrews. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $10 adv. 21 and over. MSB

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