Another night at Cause? This calls for a band that’s a little less hard rock, a little more pop rock. In the vein of the self-conscious, thoughtful lyricism of bands like Weezer or Cake, End Quotes leads a relatively tame bill at Cause. Though they’ve been playing gigs for a little over a year around the Twin Cities, they recently released their first EP and it looks like they’re on the upswing. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve got talented friends to round out whichever stage they happen to be taking. Tonight at Cause it’s the slightly distorted Brilliant Beast, with poppy vocals matched up with loud guitar riffs, plus doggedly catchy Persian Leaps for a remarkably upbeat night at the Cause, freezing temps be damned. 9 p.m. $5. —EK

Cause Spirits and Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-6000,