What To Do Wednesday: Two tantalizing concerts for fans of melody, melodrama and a slight sense of humor

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

So who remembers that flash in the pan Swedish indie pop band called I'm From Barcelona that Pitchfork was so gleeful about a few years back? The one with like 27 members? Still Flyin' reminds me of them, only with the unbearable cuteness replaced by sass. "Dead Memory Man" might as well be a Talking Heads track, while "Rope Burn" is reggae rock with enough of a personal spin to justify the decision. Other reference points pop up across the rest of their MySpace tracks, and all of them are satisfying. (I embedded another one of their songs, "Good Thing It's a Ghost Town Around Here," above.) What I'm saying, I guess, is that you should check this band out tonight at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., where they'll be playing for free. Super Desserts are starting the show off at 9 p.m., and the long-lost Heavy Mole will play too. Good times.

Another show of note involves Cartright, a band from Austin that sets the same kind of gravelly voice as Micah from Two Cow Garage against music that's a bit more dirgy — a flashback to that time when "emo" and "indie rock" weren't so far apart. The Barn Owls will open this up, as will Alive Band to Watch This Is My Suitcase, who I was just thinking about the other day: "Hmm, I wonder when they're gonna put their album out and leave for tour." Apparently the answer is sorta in May, but more like July. Anyhow, tonight's show costs $5 and starts at 9 p.m.