Brad

Seattle's Brad first gained some spotlight in the early 90's, due to guitarist Stone Gossard's other band (a little well-kept secret called Pearl Jam). But Brad was light-years away from the angsty grunge of the day, relying more on mellow 70's-esque pop and soul. Brad's songs have a loose, organic feel, with Shawn Smith's buttery voice gliding over somber and upbeat melodies alike. Even the band's most rocking numbers have a controlled chaos to them, playing in the pocket rather than beating the listener over the head with screaming riffage. Brad seem to only come out of hibernation every few years, although with the impending release of their fourth album (Best Friends?), this likely won’t be the last we hear of them for a while. With Stuck On A Bus. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Tue., June 15, 9 p.m.; Wed., June 16, 9 p.m., 2010

 
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