Concert preview: Return of the Living Dead Bands

Joel Oliphint

Back from the dead for one night, four Columbus bands are getting the zombie treatment this Halloween weekend.Necropolis is reuniting to play its 10-year-old albumThe Hackled Ruff and Shoulder Mane, a herky-jerky LP that mixed ear-bleeding noise-rock with spastic, arty post-punk (imagine an even more unpredictable Pere Ubu).

As they do in Ipps, Bo and Emily Davis shared vocal duties in Necropolis, which was part ofAlive's 2005 class of Bands to Watch. Emily also added keyboard bits while Bo and Columbus Discount Records co-founder Adam Smith coaxed skronky squalls out of their guitars. (The lineup also included Smith's CDR partner B.J. Holesapple on bass and drummer Kyle Heiberger, later replaced by Mat Bisaro). Necropolis never had a hard stop, just faded away, but the end was cemented when CDR folded and Smith moved to Texas (he's flying back for this show).

Back in the day, a show by the instrumental post-rock crew inBrainbow was not to be missed, whether doing a one-off collaboration with Blueprint or playing "The Lord of the Rings" soundtrack or just performing epic, loud-quiet-loud songs from its two LPs. A rare reunion show takes don't-miss to a new level.

After James Allison killed off Blastronauts and left the Town Monster but before he launched electro-pop act Digisaurus, Allison produced and played keys in neo-soul ensemble the Regrettes, fronted by the appropriately soulful vocal duo of Mehgan Hutchinson and Lizzy Morris. The band releasedDon't Talk Back! in 2012 but fizzled out within a couple years.

Before Sam Craighead hosted Craig Talks, he fronted indie-pop act Heavy Mole, a 2006 Band to Watch. As far as I know Heavy Mole only released one EP, which you can still listen to on MySpace (no joke). Don't let the band's lack of recordings keep you from discovering its quirky, Harry Nilsson-esque pop gems.(Don't miss it)

Ace of Cups

8 p.m. Saturday,

Oct. 29

2619 N. High St.,

Old North