1) We’re approaching four years: the longest stretch yet without a new Portugal. The Man album. No complaints, though, for even if the band isn’t releasing much music, they are performing it and will play Mr. Smalls. Plus, Portugal. The Man have one of the most impressive runs in modern music. Beginning in 2006 with their debut, Waiter: “You Vultures!”, they released a new album every year for five years while touring constantly. In 2013, the group released Evil Friends, which was produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells). A new album, tentatively titled Gloomin + Doomin, has been in the works with Beastie Boy Mike D producing. And a new song, “Noise Pollution,” was released late last year. Members have come and gone, but the core has always been singer/guitarist John Gourley and bassist Zach Carothers, friends since they met in Wasilla High School. HDBeenDope open. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (CM)
2) The Balcony Big Band, with the CMU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Balcony Big Band member Eric DeFade opening, is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The 18 member group makes a big, beautiful sound. Get in some Monday relaxation with good music. 7 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.