Justin McIntosh's Independents' Day picks: The Whiles, Way Yes, Dolfish

Justin McIntosh, Columbus Alive
The Whiles

The Whiles

4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

GCAC Independents' Stage

Once upon a time, The Whiles were poised for a national breakthrough, opening for The National and Andrew Bird, while earning press from Rolling Stone and Paste. That level of acclaim never happened, but it's easy to hear why it nearly did. The Whiles play the type of jangly indie-pop, folk-rock I fell in love with as a teenager, recalling, actually, Teenage Fanclub, The Weakerthans and R.E.M., among others. It's the type of music that's perfect for the first day of fall.

Way Yes

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

ColumbusLocalMusic.com Stage

I have no idea what tog pebbles are, but I know Way Yes' sophomore album by the same name, and I know I love the warm, meandering and layered island-inflected jams that populate it. As the band sings on "Macondo," your head's "no place to live," so unfurl your brain-stuff and let your body drift away to Way Yes' soothing sounds.


4:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Stage

It's probably safe to say the warbled yelp of Ohio native Max Sollisch is an acquired taste, but once it sinks in there are few flavors that satisfy quite as well when the mood hits. Or, as Sollisch sings on "Grown Ups" off his Dolfish debut LP I'd Rather Disappear Than Stay the Same, "I don't want to sleep/I don't want to leave your side."