More cool shows this week: From Alison Krauss to Ghost Mice

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

There's a lot of live music happening in Columbus this week, some of which you can read about in the latest issue of Alive. One glorious thing about the internet: no space limitations. So here's info on even more concerts of note.

Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1

Where: Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Downtown

Why: Krauss boasts one of the sweetest voices in modern music; her definitive version of "When You Say Nothing At All" made it one of the most enduring love songs of our lifetime; she has an easygoing appeal that transcends country music; "Raising Sand," her Grammy-winning duets album with Robert Plant, helped revitalize the Led Zeppelin wailer's career. (tickets)

Night Beats

Openers: Washington Beach Bums, Comrade Question

When: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 29

Where: Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., Campus

Why: The Seattle combo conjures rabid 60s psych pop so effortlessly that you'll think you're living inside an exceptionally enjoyable period piece. (more info)

Chris Trapper

Openers: Matt Crumpton, Nick Young

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Where: Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St., Campus

Why: Trapper, former frontman for Massachusetts pop-rockers The Push Stars, is one of the leading lights of the singer-songwriter scene; if you're the kind of person who likes Matchbox 20 (and we know you're out there), you'll appreciate Trapper's ties with Rob Thomas, who appears on Trapper's new album "The Few and the Far Between"; Colin Hay and Kristin Cifelli also guest on the LP. (more info)

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Opener: Scrapomatic

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29

Where: Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Downtown

Why: Derek Trucks is arguably the greatest blues guitarist under 40; his wife, blues rocker Susan Tedeschi, has the kind of voice that can tear you apart and reassemble you; their 11-piece supergroup kicked out the acclaimed album "Revelator" last year. (tickets)

Ghost Mice

Openers: Saintseneca, The Potato State

When: 10 p.m. Friday, March 30

Where: Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High St., Campus

Why: The long-dormant DIY folk-punk royalty are back on the road; they run stalwart underground punk label Plan-It-X Records; they will sing to you about being the punkest punks around. (more info)

Apache Dropout

Openers: Cheater Slicks, Pink Reason, AS*US

When: 10 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Where: The Summit, 2210 Summit St., Campus

Why: The Indiana garage punks specialize in "lysergic boogie," which almost has to be a lot of fun; a lineup of this city's darkest, dankest rock bands has assembled to bolster the appeal. (more info)

Paranoid Social Club

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, April 1

Where: Double Happiness, 482 S. Front St., Brewery District

Why: The band says they're akin to "Jimi Hendrix smashing a keyboard or The Clash backing Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival," but I'd say it's more like The Flaming Lips backing Randy Newman on a psychedelic jam-band cruise ship. (more info)