Your Weekend In Music, May 25-27

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Saturday night brings our featured entertainment once more, with another strong batch of CD release shows, but Friday has its own share of thrills, particularly thanks to some high-profile visitors.

But let’s get back to Saturday first. The top of the marquee is the Evil Queens CD release show at Café Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., where the rockers will celebrate the unveiling of Lovesong Werewolves, their kickass new CD. I didn’t go nearly as in-depth in my show preview as the album deserves, nor will I here, but suffice it to say it triumphantly lives up to the band’s self-description of “loud, messy, gin-soaked rock. No indie pretensions. No art damage. No hessian fakery.” And no, um, effing around. Joining the Queens as openers will be Little Darlings and the Rackets, neither of whom have been playing that much lately. And joining the headliners on stage will be keyboard player Jess Faller, whose skills you may know from Chris McCoy and the Gospel or Celebrity Pilots. This should be one of the stronger straight-up rock lineups you’ll see this month, even this year.

A little west from there, at the border of Campus and Clintonville, the Woosley Band will be unveiling its latest opus—or rather, a pair of opuses—at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. From the cursory listen I’ve given so far to Follow Fire Exit Signs and Thundermug Eulogies, the pair of albums, combined on one disc, show off Woosley’s fascination with acts such as Guided by Voices, R.E.M. and a slew of alt-country touchpoints. It all sounds like it would make for a fun night out. Openers include the Wells and the Razers. For more info, check John Rosspreview of the show.

One more CD release note: Besides hitting up the Evil Queens show, I’m venturing to a realm I don’t normally visit, CBR’s in the Brewery District, 503 S. Front St., to catch some of the set from Thirty Ought Six. They sound a lot like Incubus, and while mainstream modern rock isn’t really my scene anymore, I’m trying to broaden my horizons as far as the local music I pay attention to. And as far as that genre goes, these guys are pretty damn good at it.

More highlights from Friday, Saturday and Sunday after the jump, including visits from RJD2 and Don Caballero.

Yes, Friday in the Short North we’re getting two big visitors. One is the return of RJD2 and his Columbus all-star band at Skully’s, 1151 N. High St. Philly resident and Columbus export RJ has been on the road on and off with Derek DiCenzo, Happy Chichester and Sam Brown for a few months now, and word from soundman Jon Chinn is that the shows have been progressively farther off the hook as the tour goes on. Also, despite the chilly critical reception to RJ’s new The Third Hand, fans have been eating the stuff up. Greet them for the victory lap Friday, and while you’re at it, enjoy the Lab Rats and the Bootleggers. DJ sets from Derek Johnson and my old college pal Ruckus Roboticus will also go down.

Across the street at Little Brother’s, 1100 N. High St., math-rock pioneers Don Caballero come to town. Of course, this isn’t the original lineup, what with Ian Williams off in Battles, etc., but chances are the tricky time signatures and off-kilter melodies will remain intact. Joining the melee will be one of my favorites, Necropolis, and the suddenly ubiquitous Muscle Puzzle, who I really need to get out and see, but it ain’t happening tonight.

That’s what’s hot for Friday. Other Saturday shows of note:

A show that perhaps equals the Evil Queens’ blowout in sheer rock power is happening at Andyman’s Treehouse, 887 Chambers St. Garage rockers the Patsys, the Grave Blankets and Magic City will be joined by the mysterious Lucid Lucy. It’s nearly a retread of the super-fun shebang the Patsys held last month at Carabar, and while I found Magic City to be snooze-worthy that night, their recordings are growing on me. The other acts promise to offer no opportunity for snoozing. They’re raucous and raunchy and everything rock was when it started. Still no clue about Lucid Lucy, though.

Over at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., lo-fi enthusiasts the Unholy 2 and the Dolby F---ers return to the stage along with Chum and the Science Logic. Cleveland’s Chum are closer cohorts to DF, playing shambolic pop rock that strays all over the place. Power poppers the Science Logic are all about the hooks as well. Seems the Unholy 2’s noisy skree will be kind of out of place at this one, but probably will be a welcome diversion.

Sunday is not a school night, so if you feel the itch, get back to Andyman’s for a night curated by none other than the Electric Grandmother himself. Besides the “sitcomcore” antics of EG and a solo set from Devilcake, Chicago electro-poppers Coltrane Motion and Lancaster’s Men of Gentle Birth will be there. MOGB, which spawned in Athens, is a primally raw indie rock combo that runs the gamut from pretty pop balladry to disgustingly powerful rock excess. Get there early (10-ish) ’cause I think they’re up first.