What To Do Thursday: Little shows are as good as big ones

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

First, a quick note: I'll have more on RTFO Bandwagon this afternoon, so please check back later.

I would recommend George Thorogood & the Destroyers at the LC tonight, but I understand that show is sold out. (If you're desperate to hear 'em, remember face value for the tickets was $30.) Instead, I shall recommend two shows that will almost undoubtedly not sell out, but which feature excellent musicians nonetheless.

I have been enjoying Crystal Antlers quite a bit, so I was immediately drawn to the The Antlers' name when their album, Hospice, landed on my desk. This Brooklyn bunch couldn't be much different from their crystalline counterparts on the West Coast, though. While that band builds wild psychedelic punk tunes focused on bass and percussion, The Antlers are much more softspoken and serene, casting weak-kneed melodies against slow-building walls of sound. They'll play at 10 tonight at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., and according to the rarely-updated Bobo MySpace, so will Our Cat Philip. (No mention of the show on Our Cat Philip's site.) All signs point to a $5 cover.

There's also The Ladybug Transistor, which I self-centeredly stamped with approval in last week's paper, at The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd. Joining them will be the always-delicious Super Desserts.