Brad Keefe's Independents' Day picks: The Wet Darlings, Bummers, The Girls!/Washington Beach Bums/New Bomb Turks/Cadaver Dogs

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
The Wet Darlings

The Wet Darlings

8 p.m. Friday

CD102.5 Rock Local Stage

The Darlings have emerged from a recent hiatus trotting out songs from a forthcoming album that are their most beautifully constructed tunes yet. Their lush brand of pop-rock is pure ear candy, but there's some lyrical bite to go with the sweet. Plus, singer Jenny Lute has some of the best pipes in the city.


5:30 p.m. Saturday

CD102.5 Rock Local Stage

One of the buzziest bands in the city, Bummers have been drawing raves for their brand of surf-y garage rock with anthemic flairs and energetic live show. I can't wait to find out if the hype is justified. Their set is sure to not live up to their name.

The Girls!/Washington Beach Bums/New Bomb Turks/Cadaver Dogs

6:45-9:45 p.m. Saturday

CD102.5 Rock Local Stage

I already feel bad for the volunteers at the beer stand closest to this stage. Saturday at Pearl & Broad is going be ground zero for a rampaging FOUR-HEADED PARTY BEAST! Seriously, it just doesn't stop.

At 6:45, The Girls! (who fully deserve the exclamation point in their name) will bring impossibly catchy pop-punk that has a "singalong the first time you hear it" quality.

At 7:45, Washington Beach Bums will see just how many people can fit onstage and bring their smirking sunglasses-at-night attitudes and even more party anthems.

New Bomb Turks destroyed Ace of Cups (and my glasses) during a show celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal Columbus party punk record !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!! at Ace of Cups earlier this year. They're legends. Duh. Don't miss. 8:45.

Closing out the night (9:45) is an unabashed celebration of all things rock 'n' roll with Cadaver Dogs. Frontman Mat Franklin is like a televangelist onstage, and his religion is having a good time. The party starts early and ends hard.