Portland Cello Project
(Triple Door) See Sound Check.
(Neptune) See Stranger Suggests.
Rusko, Sigma, Hyperfunk
(Showbox Sodo) See Data Breaker.
Brad, Thor Brinsfield, Special Explosion
(Showbox at the Market) Seattle quartet Brad (oy, that name) have been slogging around the music biz for 20 years, and it sort of feels like they've been taken for granted in these parts. Led by the buttery soul vocals of Shawn Smith (who's also in Pigeonhed, Satchel, and lots of other projects) and Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, Brad purvey a smooth, unflamboyantly inspirational brand of rock. On the new United We Stand (out April 24 on Razor & Tie), their melodies are consistently pleasant and their execution solid, but there's something inherently middle of the road about Brad's overall sound that keeps this listener, anyway, from getting fired up about their music—although "Tea Bag" is kind of a rager. DAVE SEGAL
Sugar Sugar Sugar, Objects in Space, Elephant Rider
(Rat and Raven) Don't be fooled: There's nothing sweet about Bellingham's Sugar Sugar Sugar. This fuzzy, throbbing, stoner rock-and-roll band delivers its noisy tunes with a good dose of blues, psychedelic, and swagger. Opening band Elephant Rider swing just as hard, but they pack more of a punk-rock wallop, while Portland's Objects in Space fit nicely between the two, somehow lacing together psych and punk in a way that doesn't sound like a lazy, lowest-common-denominator genre mashup/attempt to appeal to two fan bases. In order to safely attend this show, you're gonna need earplugs, close-toed shoes, and the desire to shake a little (okay, a lot) of ass. MEGAN SELING
A Tribute to CCR: Star Anna, Kasey Anderson, Half Acre Day, Gary Reynolds, Kim Virant, Robert Roth, the Glass Notes
(Sunset) While normally I wouldn't care much about a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival (the last time I listened to them was in high school), tonight's showcase features enough local talent to make the evening a worthy contender in the whole "What should I do tonight?" discussion. Half Acre Day play lush pop music with a vintage twist—they'll no doubt bring out the sunny side of CCR, while alt-country singer Kim Virant's deeper, dramatic voice would sound perfect on something like "Have You Ever Seen the Rain." Of course, we don't know who's singing what—the only way to find out is to show up. MEGAN SELING