What To Do Tonight: Big shows in many varieties

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

How big is tonight for live music in Columbus? Here's how big: The Black Keys, Pinback and MSTRKRFT will all be here.

Akron's own Black Keys will be holding it down outdoors at LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. In their honor, I scrounged up a tribute to rock duos that make more noise than most bands double their size. If I wasn't skipping town tonight, I would be particularly excited for opening act Royal Bangs, one of the many fine bands on Audio Eagle, the label run by the Keys' Pat Carney. You should seriously get there early to see them, and pick up their sweet debut We Breed Champions while you're at it. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets cost $25.

My preview of Pinback is here. The San Diego indie favorite will be at Milo Arts, 617 E. 3rd Ave., with support from sBACH. Tickets for that one are $15, with an 8 p.m. door time.

And if you don't want a rock show but rather a hipster dance party, turn to MSTRKRFT at BOMA, 583 E. Broad St. I wrote a fun preview for the thing, but it doesn't seem to have made its way into our online calendar system, so you'll just have to deal with the bare essentials.

Also worth noting: Though last week I was incorrect to pimp The Office (9 p.m., NBC), which didn't air due to the VP debate, this week it actually returns with the second of four hour-long episodes to kick off the season. And FX's new comedy Testees, about people who submit themselves as guinea pigs for new products, premieres at 10:30 p.m. after a new It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Here's what the always trusty Alan Sepinwall had to say about it. British remake Life on Mars (10 p.m., ABC), about a present-day cop who wakes up in the 1970s. (Sepinwall had a take on that, too.)