Concert preview: Russian Circles brings power, finesse to Ace of Cups

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

The kickoff of the NHL season seems like the ideal time for a visit from the Chicago-based instru-metal crew, which borrowed its name from an ice hockey practice drill (guitarist Mike Sullivan and drummer Dave Turncrantz grew up playing in youth leagues and remain avid fans of the sport). In turn, the band specializes in epic songs that swing between passages defined by swooping, free-skate beauty and punishing, shoulder-lowering bursts of hammered-guitar brutality.

Cloakroom opens the show.

Ace of Cups

9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

2619 N. High St., Old North