Live Tonight: Of Mice and Men, Lorde, Perfect Pussy

On January’s Restoring Force, California metalcore quintet Of Mice & Men has found a middle ground, both lyrically and musically, between the light and dark sides of its personality. Its mix of screams and clean vocals (from Austin Carlile and Aaron Pauley, respectively) and crunching guitar riffs are still there, but there’s a sense of balance to the album that makes it even more engaging. With Bring Me the Horizon, Issues, letlive. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. ACP

Lorde The teenage sensation from New Zealand is joined by Lo-Fang. WaMu Theater, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555, $44 and up. 8 p.m. SW

“I am full of light! I am filled with joy! I am full of hope!” Perfect Pussy frontwoman Meredith Graves screams like a child being strangled on “I,” the first track on the N.Y. punk outfit’s I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling. It’s the only line you can actually hear her sing on the white-hot EP, a fantastic record whose charm is indebted largely to the ridiculous amount of distorted compression on every track, making for a blown-out punk wonderland that thrashes so hard you’ll get whiplash. Tonight is the band’s Seattle debut, part of the group’s tour in support of its upcoming debut LP, Say Yes to Love. With Future Fridays. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, 7:30 p.m. $8–$9. All ages. KS

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