Andrew Jackson Jihad

8 p.m. • Mill City Nights • $15

Phoenix folk-pop five-piece Andrew Jackson Jihad spent the past decade fueling widespread teen angst via frontman Sean Bonnette’s pessimism-drenched lyrics. The punk prodigy delivers his glum truisms with such sincerity that they come across as comforting — or at least relatable. This month, the band embarked on a world tour in support of its fifth full-length, “Christmas Island,” which sees the lyrics dressed up with a touch more instrumentation. “The older I get the more articulate I am at whining,” Bonnette affirms on the new album. Also playing tonight is Australia’s Smith Street Band, along with Jeff Rosenstock (of Long Island, N.Y.) and Brooklyn’s pop-punk outfit Chumped, making for a show brimming with adrenaline. Alex Nelson

 

Excision

5-9 p.m. ($30) & 7 p.m.-2 a.m. (sold out) • Skyway Theatre • 18-plus

Dubstep heavyweight Excision takes over the Skyway for a Saturday doubleheader. The Canadian bass monster dropped his metallic “Codename X” album last month and is touring his “Executioner” stage setup for the last time, with support from Los Angeles’ Protohype and locally reared, California-based producer Minnesota. Ticketholders to the sold-out late show can catch local and regional DJs in Bar Fly from 7-9:30 p.m. when the matinee clears out. Michael Rietmulder

 

Otis Clay

7 & 9 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $20-$35

At 73, Chicago bluesman Clay is as busy as ever. He is featured in the 2014 documentary “Take Me to the River” about music in Memphis, where he used to record for the Hi label. He teamed up with Johnny Rawls on the album “Soul Brothers,” worked with his own band on 2013’s “Truth Is” and can be heard on the new Secret Stash Records compilation “One-derful,” featuring unreleased soul tracks from 1964-68. No matter what context, Clay fills his blues with a distinctive gospel fervor. Jon Bream