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by: COURTESY OF BARSUK RECORDS, Riding a “Lucky” wave, Nada Surf brings its unpretentious pop to town.

ALTERNATIVE

Nada Surf

Nada Surf's new album, 'Lucky,' won't be out until next week, but you can catch a sneak preview at this acoustic show.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Matthew Caws and drummer-backing vocalist Ira Elliot are hitting the road for a series of acoustic shows to whet the appetite for the band's fifth full-length record.

Like a proverbial fine wine, the Brooklyn-based musicians seem to be getting better with age.

9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $15-$17

WORLD

Paula Fuga

Hawaii's Paula Fuga seems poised to make some waves on the mainland this year. A star at home, she has collaborated with fellow islander Jack Johnson as well as Jason Mraz, and has been compared to Lauryn Hill.

Like Hill, she has a voice as big as the sky and bursting with soul. It perfectly suits the laid-back grooves of her music, creating a thoroughly engaging form of tropical soul.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., 503-223-4527, $12

SONGWRITER

Tim Finn

Tim Finn has been charming audiences worldwide for nearly 30 years, starting with his time leading the Split Enz and continuing as a solo artist; a member of brother Neil's band, Crowded House; and as half of the Finn Brothers.

His sunny pop draws a lot of inspiration from his native New Zealand, but its bull's-eye melodies and accessibly quirky sensibilities are universal.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, $28.50

- Barbara Mitchell