Preview: Saturday live music

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Cloud Cult & The Wilderness of Manitoba

Outland Live

7 p.m. Saturday, May 21

95 E. Liberty St., Brewery District

Midway through last decade, indie rock had Wilderness and Manitoba, loud and inventive acts ambitiously exploring their sonic landscapes of choice. Now the genre's hype machine yields The Wilderness of Manitoba, a gentle folk ensemble with an equally expansive scope. They'll play Outland on Saturday, opening for fellow nature obsessives Cloud Cult, whose new video for "The Exploding People" is one part "Office Space," one part "Avatar" and one part those Dominos commercials where the walls fall down to reveal the great outdoors.

Waka Flocka Flame

The Mansion

10 p.m. Saturday, May 21

303 S. Front St., Downtown

Gucci Mane's former sidekick had become a dominant force in rap even before his Lex Luger-powered "Flockaveli" became last year's official soundtrack of thugged-out activities. Now no one goes harder.

Cold Cave

Wexner Center for the Arts

9 p.m. Saturday, May 21

1871 N. High St., Campus

Cold Cave's synth textures aren't nearly as monochromatic as its black-clad personnel, but there's an icy doom and gloom to the goth-pop explorations on their new album, "Cherish the Light Years."

Royal Pines & D. Charles Speer and The Helix

The Summit

9 p.m. Saturday, May 21

2210 Summit St., Campus

Two acts bring intelligent twang and new LPs to The Summit on Saturday: Columbus native/ex-Hairy Patt Band drummer Joe Patt's grungy Chicago combo Royal Pines and Thrill Jockey affiliates D. Charles Speer and The Helix, the latest guise of No-Neck Blues Band's Dave Shuford.