Tonight: Tokyo Police Club + Freelance Whales at Neumos, Brian Marshall Band at the High Dive

Tokyo Police Club, with Freelance Whales, Arkelis. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. All ages. Some bands just do the youthful indie-rock thing well, and Tokyo Police Club is one of them. The basement-forged quartet thrives on fluid guitar and keyboard-driven progressions--not to mention bassist/singer Dave Monks' earnest vocals. And while the outfit's sophomore effort, Champ, doesn't necessarily carry the same exuberant abundance that their debut full-length Elephant Shell did, it makes up for that lack with maturity and hopelessly catchy melodies. They might be a little older, but the boys from Newmarket, Ontario can still toss out the "ooh ooh ooh's" like nobody's business. NICK FELDMAN

Brian Marshall Band, with The Tailenders, Horace Pickett. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 8 p.m. $6. The local guitarist and songwriter Brian Marshall released two albums before recruiting some accomplished peers -- Ivan Haas on drums, bassist Liz Roderick (niece of Long Winters frontman John Roderick), and lead guitarist David Allan Hultz -- to form the Brian Marshall Band. Vampire Happy Hour is their first collaborative release; it's all classic, fiery rock and roll, with lovelorn lyrics about the age-old game of winning, losing, and trying to win back that special someone. Some songs, like "Shelley" are countrified and twangy; others, like "Weekend in Tokyo," are moody and emotive. There are occasional howling electric guitar solos, and Marshall has smooth pipes that sometimes ascend into a clear falsetto. Solid, mature songwriting and polished musicianship are always a winning combination. ERIN K. THOMPSON

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