What To Do Tonight: Monday concerts galore

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The best thing to do tonight would be to watch game 3 of the ALCS (7 p.m., Fox). But assuming you don't mind catching the later innings at a local rock bar, consider the following entertainment options:

El Jesus de Magico plays their last local show "for like 2 months" tonight at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. They're joined by Vampire Hands and Thunder in the Valley, two Minneapolis bands that sound a bit more conventional than El Jeezy. Sounds like it will be a good show as long as things progress from Thunder to Vampire to El Jesus. As usual, this Carabar show is free and will start whenever Ron wants it to start, which is probably about 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, Andyman's Treehouse, 887 Chambers Road, has a tour sendoff for our fair burg's finest folk freaks, The Black Swans. Sam Craighead of the illustrious Heavy Mole will perform solo before the Swans play numbers from their upcoming Change!, including (hopefully) "Shake". $3, 10 p.m. start.

Last on the show docket, although I don't really care about these bands, are Nada Surf and Sea Wolf at the Basement, 391 Neil Ave. Both of these nationally touring acts seem to attract fans of pretty, lightweight indie rock. And yes, a lot of times that sort of thing is right up my alley, but these bands fail to capture my imagination for whatever reason. Barsuk and Dangerbird aren't really my labels of choice. But for fans of other bands on those labels' rosters (Death Cab for Cutie, Silversun Pickups) it might be just what you're looking for. 7 p.m. door, $15 cover.

Two networks are premiering new TV shows tonight as well.

VH1 has an hourlong block of hip-hop reality shows. The Salt-N-Pepa Show (10 p.m.) follows—you guessed it—Salt-N-Pepa as they work through their differences and plot a reunion. Next up is Gotti's Way (10:30 p.m.), a look at record mogul Irv Gotti as he plots his comeback. Gotti's Murder, Inc. (now just "The Inc." brought us such stars as Ja Rule and Lloyd. I think fans of celebreality know what to expect at this point.

ABC's new sitcom Samantha Who? stars Christina Applegate as an amnesia victim struggling to discover who she was. Reviews aren't strong, but see for yourself at 9:30 p.m.