Your Weekend In Music: May 18-20

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

I'm most interested in tomorrow's show, which features reunion appearances from funk-prog-rock weirdos Ishkabibble and indie rock legends Scrawl. Joining them are current favorites Earwig and The Lindsay. I ran parts of an interview with Scrawl's Marcy Mays in my feature on the band this week. It's worth a read to catch you up whether you know the band or not. (If you're unfamiliar with the band, some old Web sites might help you out. If you highlight the big white space on that first one, you'll find there actually is text there.)

Tonight is Morrissey night at the Palace, and Sunday is Bright Eyes/Gillian Welch/Oakley Hall at Wexner Center. But Saturday holds plenty more good rock shows if the Little Brother's gig ain't your thing. Check 'em out after the jump.

Saturday Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., presents one of the finer local rock lineups I've seen in a while, with The Means, Brainbow and Muscle Puzzle. The Means haven't been spotted much since reforming with Jacob Sundermeyer of the Evil Queens taking over on vocals, so this free show still seems like a rare treat. Epic post-rock gods Brainbow have been relatively quiet lately, too, and when you throw in the nasty noises of Muscle Puzzle, well, it's a primo show.

San Francisco's Thee More Shallows arrive at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., Saturday too. Their electronic pop is dreamy and a little bit nightmarish, but not in a bad way. The sounds of Book of Bad Breaks demand claymation music videos and an elaborate backstory about space creatures and the deep blue sea. Speaking of the great beyond, galactically minded locals Outer Spacist open the show along with fellow rockers Greenlawn Abbey. That makes for a solid, diverse bill.

Last show I'll make note of is at Cafe Bourbon Street, where the Cabdrivers and Spanish Prisoners, two intriguing, newish indie acts, will join Dayton's Wil Cope. Cabdrivers, who stray toward Beatleseque pop, will be in full six-man mode, including guitar contributions from the inimitable Erik Kang. Spanish Prisoners, on the other hand, is a one-man show, featuring the far-reaching folk sounds of Mr. Leonid Maymind.

Those are the pick of the litter as far as I'm concerned, but the options are pretty much limitless, so get out there and see something this weekend.