Andy Downing's Independents' Day picks: Lydia Loveless, WVWhite, Sleep Fleet

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

Lydia Loveless

9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

GCAC Independents' Stage

The country-punk rabble-rouser, who burst onto the music scene in 2011 with her excellent Bloodshot debut Indestructible Machine, isn't expected to release a new studio album until sometime in 2014. Even so, during a late-summer Ace of Cups show the Coshocton-born singer previewed a handful of new tunes that explored familiar topics (relationships and booze figured prominently) from a slightly more optimistic point-of-view, and it wouldn't surprise if she revisited a couple of them here.


3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

CD 102.5 Rock Local Stage

The local rockers borrowed their name from a species of butterfly: the West Virginia White. But while that particular winged insect is completely devoid of color, the band's music is gloriously multihued, with psychedelic cuts like "Allison Lapper, Pregnant" building around a guitar squall that calls to mind '90s indie-rockers like Built to Spill.

Sleep Fleet

3:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Columbus LocalMusic.Com Stage

On "Happy Alone," the locals turn disaffection into compelling theater, moaning "I don't want to be here/I don't want to stay here" atop a foundation-rattling, fist-pumping guitar assault. The band's songs tend to be both heavy and infectious, and frontman Corey Montgomery is in possession of a beastly, kick-your-door-down rock 'n' roll howl. Maintain a safe distance - or at least make sure to pack earplugs.