Like coffee, Nirvana and “Twin Peaks,” The Melvins are a Northwest institution. Since 1983, Grays Harbor County natives Buzz Osborne (guitar and vocals) and Dale Crover (drums) have demonstrated again and again that punk, metal and avant-garde aren’t necessarily at odds, and that heavy music can also be humorous. In a year when “In Utero” turned 20 and Sub Pop Records 25, it’s no exaggeration to say that without The Melvins, we’d have neither. Osborne and Crover — plus bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis of Big Business — celebrate 30 years of noise and camaraderie Friday and Saturday at Neumos.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $22 (206-709-9467 or www.neumos.com)