What To Do Monday: Vampire Weekend or Joanna Newsom

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Tonight brings two massive gigs from so-called indie rock acts injecting intriguing bits of art and culture into their tunes. It's a shame Vampire Weekend and Joanna Newsom are here on the same night, as I'm sure they share quite a few fans despite the vast disparity in their sounds.

VW, (somewhat arbitrary) winners of our March Music Madness bracket, play a p(r)eppy brand of pop-rock characterized by far-flung global music references and lyrical nods to Ivy League excess. But you probably know that, since they're SNL-famous chart-toppers and their show tonight at LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave., has been sold out for months. Sophomore release "Contra" is denser but just as delightful as the band's much hyped/hated-on debut. Judging from YouTube perusals, they've only gotten sharper as a live act since their satisfactory Valentine's Day set at the Wexner Center two years ago. If you've got tickets for tonight or you want to scalp some, remember doors open at 7 p.m. and face value was $25. And I haven't heard much about how the awesome Abe Vigoda is opening, but definitely show up in time for that spindly spectacle.

Around the same time they take the stage, Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold will start his 8 p.m. opening set at the Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. He's a pleasant addition to the already attractive Newsom gig; if anybody fears Newsom's harp-and-squawk extravaganza will delve too deep into the renaissance fair, Pecknold's sure to provide some levity. Newsom's a tricky lass. I dig her in small doses, and I have immense respect for her wholly individual artistic quirks, but I still haven't been able to endure the full two hours of her three-disc set "Have One On Me". Her set at Little Brother's a few years ago was highly stimulating, though, so I suspect your $35 would be well-spent.

After the jump, see Newsom play "Soft as Chalk" on Fallon and Vampire Weekend do "Giving Up the Gun" on SNL.