What To Do Thursday: Leonard Cohen, Gogol Bordello and more

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Lots of good live music tonight that may or may not get in the way of watching Cleveland-Boston tip off the NBA season...

As indicated in my preview, most folks these days know Leonard Cohen as the author of "Hallelujah." But you can experience the depth of the celebrated songwriter/poet's catalog when he stops at the Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., on his first tour in 15 years. Tickets range from $27 up to $250, and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Gogol Bordello returns to Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St., for another gypsy-punk bonanza. Broken Social Scene affiliate Apostle of Hustle opens. 7 p.m. doors, $20 tickets.

This Is My Suitcase celebrate, at long last, the release of The Keys to Cat Heaven, tonight at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. More on these cats later, but in the meantime, read my review of their album. Karate Coyote and Six Gallery play this show too. It starts at 10 p.m. and it's free.

Lastly, tonight Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., features a new punk outfit called The Ex-Whites featuring members of The Feelers, The Slide Machine and more. They'll be playing with a pair of stomping Southern power-pop masters direct from the garage: Memphis/Chicago sons Lover! and John Barrett's superb Bass Drum of Death from Oxford, Miss. Should be a 10 p.m./$5 deal; sounds like it will be well worth it.