What To Do Tonight: Young bands from the Great Plains and TV that causes great pains

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Sorry, this entry is not about erstwhile Columbus rockers the Great Plains. It's about bands from that flat region between the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.

The night's best live music, as is often true, can be found at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. There Nebraska's bluesy punks Brimstone Howl will make their latest stop in town with locals The Damn Yous in support. The howling visitors impressed me when I saw them a couple years back, particularly with their simply shouted anthem "Heat of the Beat." Based on all previous Bobo experience, this one ought to start around 10 p.m. and cost you $5.

The wild west invasion continues over at Bernie's, where super-young-looking, technology-friendly pop-rockers Abandon Kansas roll in from Wichita. Their brand of pop-rock has traces of 80s synth pop, 90s post-hardcore and 2000s T-Pain vocoder. Their earnest Oklahoman kin Progress In Color will share the stage, as will local troubadour Jonathan Hape. Hape's MySpace lists this one as an 8 p.m. start. No word on cover charge.

As for on-screen fare, the new Canterbury's Law (8 p.m., FOX) stars Julianna Margulies as a lawyer who likes to show off her legs. And in other "shows I wouldn't watch but maybe you like them" news, October Road (9 p.m., ABC) has its season finale. There's also a new reality show called High School Confidential (10 p.m., WE) that follows 12 girls through all four years of high school. Sadly, I think that might be your best TV pick for the night. Wow, the pickins' are slim.