Ozma
The Varsity Theater
The combination of melodic hooks and giant, overdriven guitar riffs is more compelling than that of peanut butter and chocolate. So compelling, it's actually more like the ring from that movie—you know, the one in which the ring drives its wearer mad with power. Southern California's Ozma have been flying ever closer to the sun—as Jimmy Eat World have watched from below with singed wings, shouting warnings—and they show no sign of changing course with their latest, Pasadena, even as they toy with new elements. The firmly power-pop chorus of "No One Needs to Know" is married to a distinctly carny-esque verse, a weird and smarmy match for a song about infidelity, and they're simultaneously at their most compelling and most dangerously earnest when they remove their tongues from their cheeks on the acoustic strummer "I Wonder." It's perhaps inevitable for a band cut from such cloth—as their distorted guitars are supplanted by other textures, they win a broader audience. They would, however, do well to heed the words of Spider-Man's uncle: "With great power chords, comes great responsibility." At least, I think that's what he said. With Eastern Conference Champions and the Actual. All ages. $12. 5:00 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Steve McPherson

The Prids
Triple Rock Social Club
The Prids, Portland's animal-loving rock band, are on tour following the release of their latest EP, serving up dreary post-punk with dark indie-inspiration and a side of PETA-like politics. The group debuted in 2003 and has since put a lot of time into performing at animal-rights benefits and promoting their dedication to veganism. Expired teenage love left the bassist and guitarist divorced, yet the former couple continue to live in the same co-op and share music writing responsibilities. The "three dudes and a chick" sound like an exhausted version of the Klaxons and a moodier adaptation of Interpol, lacing together ambient keyboard and meditative guitar melodies into a hypnotic and somber rock-a-bye. With Theythedownlow. $5/$7 at the door. 9:00 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Amber Schadewald

TUESDAY 7.10

The Polyphonic Spree
Fine Line Music Café
The heavenly host of indie-rock motivational speakers descends upon town once again! If you're trying to sneak into the cult, be warned—they've forsaken their choir robes; this time, you'll need a black military-style style outfit to blend in on the tour ark. For a review of their new album, The Fragile Army, look here. 18+. $18. 8:00 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100
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