(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) It's surprising to see Three Mile Pilot back on the touring circuit, but any activity at all is surprising after a decade or so of immobility. I'm pretty damn confident that old listeners love the familiar sound of their 2010 release The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten, but that observation always kinda begs the question: Did the group's inactivity foster an acceptance of a single rooted sound, or did it only marinate them in the character of their 1997 full-length Another Desert, Another Ocean? Fuck it. They're a great rock band through and through, with a genealogy that deserves nods from anyone who remembers the pre-mainstream era of indie rock. JONATHAN MAGDALENO