US LIGHTS, HOSANNAS, YEAH GREAT FINE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Us Lights' impending release may be their debut, but it some ways it feels like something the group has been working toward for a few records, if not a few incarnations. Though the Portland band officially formed last year, you'll hear remnants of Brothers Young and Hurtbird. Singer Michael Young's soaring vocal presence, which he's brought in one form or another to all three acts, is the most immediately obvious common element, but the bands also share a handful of other members. This isn't to say that Us Lights aren't doing something different than what's come before (they are), but that difference exists more as a shift in sonic sensibility than any wholesale genre-jumping. It's also an evolution. Us Lights kick off their tour Wednesday, and tour Europe at the end of August and beginning of September. JEREMY PETERSEN Also see My, What a Busy Week!