The Laurel Canyon era of mellow guitar pop faded away in the early ’80s, some time between Warren Zevon’s drug binges and the acrimonious breakup of The Eagles. Intervening decades were filled with scuzzy grunge riffs and manufactured pop from boy bands, but now it’s back thanks to two bands on opposing coasts. Dawes, based in L.A., deals in sun-kissed pop that warms your spirit one moment and breaks it the next. Woods, a Brooklyn-based ensemble, gets a little more creative, incorporating a singing saw and more prevalent percussion on its latest psychedelic tracks. Even with these musical effects in place, the emotional heft remains at the core of Woods’ music. “You can cover up, you can hide, you feel again/ What passes by won’t stay with them,” vocalist Jeremy Earl sings on “Moving to the Left.” At Rock & Roll Hotel, expect to see the members of Woods use their instruments in unconventional ways while still managing to strum your heartstrings. Woods performs with Ultimate Painting and The Sea Life at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13–$15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.