Ezra Furman & the Harpoons at the Basement

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Ratchet your average collegiate folkie up to Born Ruffians levels of nervous tension and you'll approximate Ezra Furman's exhilarating approach. His Harpoons are the rare folk-rock band that rocks more than they folk, and his spastic shouts transform their friendly rave-ups into psychotic singalongs fit for the Gordon Gano-Isaac Brock canon.

Furthermore, he has a rare gift for applying those melodies to memorable turns of phrase like "I'm not a monster, I'm a human being/ And I'm the greatest thing you've ever seen." He's definitely worth a trip to The Basement.

The Basement

7 p.m. Thursday, April 14

391 Neil Ave., Arena District