Concert preview: Less Than Music IV brings great Midwest punk bands to Bourbon Street

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Columbus used to host the sprawling More Than Music Fest, which started out as a hardcore thing but expanded into all sorts of underground sounds. That’s been dead for a decade. Now we’ve got Less Than Music Fest, which is unaffiliated with MTM and is really more like a glorified punk show at Bourbon Street — rightfully glorified, though, because the bands are awesome.

Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds in particular know how to accent their no-nonsense post-punk with just the right proportions of noise and melody. Michigan’s No Bails plays voice-slurring, beer-clinking punk, while Pittsburgh’s Crazy Scorpion Group splits the difference between hardcore and party-time punk. Locals Messrs and Windowless Van round out the bill.

Cafe Bourbon Street

9 p.m. Friday, July 19

2216 Summit St., Campus