Concert preview: Mike Adams at His Honest Weight

Joel Oliphint

Mike Adams at His Honest Weight hails from Bloomington, Indiana, and, to be honest, I'd seen the band name several times before, but for some reason never checked it out. That was dumb, and I don't want you to make the same mistake. The band's new album,Casino Drone, came out a couple of months ago on Joyful Noise Recordings, and it's stuck in my earbuds.

Mike Adams gets characterized as power pop, and there are delicious guitars and hooks aplenty onCasino Drone. But there's also a subtlety to Adams' music that you don't often find in power pop - a nuanced blend of distorted riffs and glistening runs, moody atmosphere and blunt force, levity and weight. The songs aren't the least bit trendy - not modern, not vintage (though Adams' voice does recall Brian Wilson at times, and I'm not complaining).Casino Drone sounds timeless.

Adams is also a consummate performer, pacing across the stage and embodying his lyrics in a dramatic way you might not expect from his librarian looks. When he isn't fronting the band, Adams also has his own semi-regular TV show in Bloomington called, appropriately, "The Mike Adams Show," which is modeled after a late-night talk show. And if, for some reason, you find yourself wondering what Adams and his bandmates might be talking about in the van on the way to Columbus, check out Adams' podcast, "Tan Van Tour Talk," now in its 15th (!) season.

A strong trio of locals opens this show: Winter Makes Sailors, Face and Solitaires.(Don't miss it)

Big Room Bar

8 p.m. Friday, July 22

1036 S. Front St., Brewery District