What To Do Thursday: Built to Spill, Ryan Montbleau, Flu Faker

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

As anyone who read my preview knows, I think Built to Spill has fallen off significantly over the course of the past few albums. But they're still one of the greatest guitar bands of all time, so you're bound to have at least a few epiphanies during tonight's show at the Newport, 1782 N. High St. Tickets cost $20; no word on the opening act, and the PromoWest site is down, so just show up some time after doors open at 7 and hope for the best.

I'm hoping to make it to Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St., for the third appearance by ex-84 Nash bassist J.P. Herrmann's experimental family band, Flu Faker. Joining them will be another family band of sorts, Bo & Emily Davis' skewed pop project Ipps. Tree of Fern will be in full effect as well, though I wish it was Jeff Fernengel's new band Periodic Table of Elephants were rocking with him. 10 p.m. show, $5 cover.

Ryan Montbleau Band, a vaguely folky pop ensemble that's taking the early O.A.R. route by going completely independent, will be at Circus, 1227 N. High St. Openers include Caravan of Thieves and Kerry Henderson of The Floorwalkers. 9 p.m. show, $7 cover.