Once again, so much is happening in local indie rock this weekend, but the Two Cow Garage CD release Saturday at Little Brother's (1100 N. High St.) should probably top your to-do list. If you didn't read my feature on the band this week, know this: This is one of Columbus' great bands. They play hard and loud and fast, but they can do slow and quiet and mournful just as well. And they won't be back on a local stage for a while, so watch 'em while the watching's good. Also on the bill are a reunited Big Back 40, a veteran Columbus band that Two Cow's Micah Schnabel said helped turn him from a childhood gangsta rap obsession to the rootsy rock he now deals in. The Razers and Tree of Fern round out the bill.

Also on Saturday night is Mors Ontologica's annual Black Box show at Ruby Tuesday (1978 Summit St.), an evening of bands, art, DJs, belly dancers and free food. The idea is to throw a party for everyone within Mors' universe, with proceeds going to charity. (This year it's the Epilepsy Foundation in honor of the late Columbus fixture Daymon Dodson.)

The event organizers have plenty on their plate in the months after this weekend's shebang. Mors expects to get The Used Kids Sessions, recorded after hours in the venerable record store, out on vinyl by the end of the summer. By then the prolific songwriters hope to be well underway with writing a double album tentatively titled Yesterday's Darlings and the Bohemian Bourgeois. But in the meantime, they're focused on this Saturday-night celebration of their corner of Columbus culture.

More picks after the jump...

Once again, so much is happening in local indie rock this weekend, but the Two Cow Garage CD release Saturday at Little Brother's (1100 N. High St.) should probably top your to-do list. If you didn't read my feature on the band this week, know this: This is one of Columbus' great bands. They play hard and loud and fast, but they can do slow and quiet and mournful just as well. And they won't be back on a local stage for a while, so watch 'em while the watching's good. Also on the bill are a reunited Big Back 40, a veteran Columbus band that Two Cow's Micah Schnabel said helped turn him from a childhood gangsta rap obsession to the rootsy rock he now deals in. The Razers and Tree of Fern round out the bill.

Also on Saturday night is Mors Ontologica's annual Black Box show at Ruby Tuesday (1978 Summit St.), an evening of bands, art, DJs, belly dancers and free food. The idea is to throw a party for everyone within Mors' universe, with proceeds going to charity. (This year it's the Epilepsy Foundation in honor of the late Columbus fixture Daymon Dodson.)

The event organizers have plenty on their plate in the months after this weekend’s shebang. Mors expects to get The Used Kids Sessions, recorded after hours in the venerable record store, out on vinyl by the end of the summer. By then the prolific songwriters hope to be well underway with writing a double album tentatively titled Yesterday’s Darlings and the Bohemian Bourgeois. But in the meantime, they're focused on this Saturday-night celebration of their corner of Columbus culture.

More picks after the jump...

One other highlight of a busy Saturday should include the Noodlebox Magazine launch party at Chop Chop Gallery (78 Parsons Ave.) and Carabar (115 Parsons Ave.). Local artists are launching a zine, and they're throwing a party for it that includes The Feelers, Necropolis, Night of Pleasure and more. More info is at chopchopgallery.com.

You won't find a better pop-rock show in town for a while than the Southeast Engine-Paper Airplane-Terribly Empty Pockets bill tonight at Cafe Bourbon Street (2216 Summit St.). Southeast Engine is from Athens, and they're undoubtedly one of the best bands in our fair state. The best comparison point has always been Wilco, but they've really developed their own sound over the years. They're joined by a pair of counterparts, one more straightforward (Paper Airplane) and one more quirky (Terribly Empty Pockets).

And Friday at Ravari Room RTX comes to town. The band features Jennifer of Royal Trux, and Times New Viking is opening, so that ought to be enough for ya. If not, Totimoshi will play as well.

I'm gonna miss all this stuff due to travel, but you should enjoy at least some of it. I'll see you back here Monday.