Concert announcements: Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix and more

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Yikes! Big day for Columbus concert announcements, headlined by outdoor shows at the LC by Queens of the Stone Age and Phoenix - not at the same time, though that would be sweet.

Josh Homme and company will be bringing their talents to the LC on Sept. 15. Tickets are $39.50, and, if you're wondering, will be worth every penny. I know nothing will unseat Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" as our collective jam of Summer 2013, but I nominate "My God Is the Sun." I present this freaky little nightmare as evidence:

French rockers Phoenix is also taking it outside at the LC on October 3 (love those outdoor shows when the weather starts to turn), and they should be well-practiced at revving up a big crowd after a summer of playing every festival they can. Phoenix tickets will run $29.50.

Also announced today:

• The best punk band of the '90s? I say Rancid. Decide for yourself on September 12 at the Newport.

• Rockers The Virginmarys (think Arctic Monkeys) will play a CD102.5 Low Dough Show ($5) on July at the Basement. It's the third time they've come to town in the last six months. I'm declaring them Columbus' Unofficial UK House Band.

• Hanni El Khatib will also play the Basement on October 5 (with Bass Drum of Death!).

• The feel-good summer sounds of Michael Franti & Spearhead come to the Newport on September 24.