What To Do Tuesday: Smith Westerns/Male Bonding and much more

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

I started to write a solitary preview of the Smith Westerns/Male Bonding show at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., until I popped over to Pollstar and remembered just how many viable concert options there are tonight. So after the jump I've included all that stuff too, but we'll start with Bobo's big rock show because I've spent the morning enjoying Male Bonding's Sub Pop debut, "Nothing Hurts".

(1) In the March Music Madness bracket, I focused on Smith Westerns, the rambunctious Chicago youths who'll headline Bourbon Street tonight. And for good reason! If you dug the Exploding Hearts, these guitar-charged garage pop power players will be up your alley. But I'd be remiss not to mention Male Bonding, a British trio whose spaced-out pop punk sounds straight out of L.A.'s Smell scene (No Age, Abe Vigoda and the like). "Nothing Hurts" isn't out until May 11, but maybe you'll be lucky and they'll have advanced copies in the house tonight.

Locals New World Vultures make a lot of sense on this bill. Washington, D.C.'s Middle Distance Runner, not so much. But the dreamy indie poppers' gig, originally scheduled for yesterday, got merged with this one. Good stuff, but definitely from a more sedate head space. Starts at 9 p.m. sharp. $7 at the door.

Four additional shows after the jump including Tegan and Sara, BRMC and more...

(2) Tegan and Sara is technically the biggest show of the night, though I've never been super fascinated by the sisters' New Wave-y strand of indie rock. I am fond of Holly Miranda though, and not just because she's a pretty lass. Her woozy, dreamy pop soundscapes are a bit like Cat Power gone to heaven. Steel Train, who'll play in between, I could take or leave. Catchy, but very middle of the road. This one costs $25. 7 p.m. doors at LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave.

(3) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, still going strong a decade after this worthy contribution to the "new rock revolution," will play the Newport, 1722 N. High St. CD101 favorites Band of Skulls, who sound a hell of a lot like The Dead Weather but sound hella good doing it, will join them. $18 will get you in after doors open at 7 p.m.

(4) If you ever dug Beulah, you'll be happy to know frontman Miles Kurosky is playing at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. His solo tunes sound an awful lot like the sharp, snappy retro pop his old band was known for. Listen in wonder as elements drop in and out of the arrangement on "I Can't Swim". Pancho-san opens with more music to make you miss the 90s (or in my case, make you miss listening to 90s music in the aughts), with hints of Pavement, Silkworm and Kurosky's Elephant 6 pals in the mix. This is $10 and doors open at 7.

(5) Lastly, Atlanta's Gringo Star plays Britpop with about the mix of sophistication and ragged energy you'd expect from a band with a name like that. Locals The Spruce Campbells and The Woozies complete a well-matched but possibly over-matched bill at Circus, 1227 N. High St. That'll be $7. 9 p.m. start.