The undefined instrumental force known as Pelican plays tonight at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. Though my preview focused only on the Chicagoans-turned-Los Angeleans and how hard it is to pin down their inventive instrumental rock, tonight's lineup is actually stacked. Brooklyn's heavy melodic tripsters Kayo Dot will play too, and ex-Cave In singer Steve Brodsky will bring his charred psych pop to Ravari too. And our very own Brainbow will rock the show at the early hour of 9:30 p.m., so get there early and stay all night. Tickets are $10.

The night's other notable show is not as thick with awesome, but it's definitely nothing to turn your nose up at: the long-awaited CD release show from local breakout band Pirate. Not sure why they chose to celebrate their new 4041 on a Wednesday instead of a weekend, but whatevs. It's a real solid record, and they've got a couple cool openers, so tonight's show at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., should be a swell time. Those openers? Local indie prog combo The Language Our Fathers Forgot and Dayton's Toads and Mice, who once played in a basement in that town while I regretfully nodded off on a couch upstairs. (Cut me some slack, I was exhausted!) Anyway, their music intrigues me, and I definitely think y'all shouldn't sleep on them, literally or metaphorically, like I did.