Even More To Do This Weekend: The Cusacks and Kool Keith on Sunday

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Here we are at Sunday already. In Friday's entry, I was gushing about how much great live music was happening today, but I actually forgot not one but two more noteworthy shows. One is Kool Keith at Sloopy's, which should be bizarre and memorable both for the performer's quirks and the unconventional venue. (It would crack me up to see Sloopy's become this destination venue for touring hip-hop.)

But something nearer and dearer to my heart is a special performance by beloved-yet-underappreciated Columbus greats The Cusacks. They spent the late 90s and the early part of this decade playing fuzzed-out, spine-tingling power pop. But their second album, 2002's ornate pop opus More Songs From Vagabondia found the band reigning in its punk tendencies for something more akin to an elaborate British Invasion concept album. That album is their true legacy.

Lately, I have been unfortunately contributing to The Cusacks' continued obscurity, first by forgetting to include the brilliant Vagabondia on my list of the top 100 Columbus albums of the last 30 years, and then by not writing up the band's performance today in honor of the album's reissue. Columbus indie pop mastermind Justin Riley (Super Desserts, Terribly Empty Pockets) remixed Vagabondia, and local label Peanut Butter and Smelly is reissuing the album with a limited run and some fun, fancy packaging.

The band celebrates this reissue today with a show today at Used Kids Records, 1980 N. High St., along with Kyle Sowash and Super Desserts. Turn out at 5 p.m. for a free show with free pizza and free beer. And if that sweet deal doesn't sell you, here's a little more incentive to check it out: Two free MP3s from the new mix of the album.

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