The first of many big weekends coming up in Columbus music includes high profile visitors, album release shows and a slate of solid local lineups. Let's get to it:

Tonight, of course, is the release party for our Alive local music compilation, Swinging Sounds of Columbus 2007. It's a free show at Little Brother's, 1100 N. High St., and it features Lab Rats, Melty Melty, The Cabdrivers and Yuck Falls with Sarah Asher. Be sure to pick up the CD-it's free too. Show should start a little after 9 p.m.

If that's not up your alley, and you want to be shattered to bits by noise and punk energy, perhaps the show at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., is for you. Cheater Slicks, Guinea Worms and the Grave Blankets will be on hand.

On to Saturday's and Sunday's myriad picks after the jump...

The first of many big weekends coming up in Columbus music includes high profile visitors, album release shows and a slate of solid local lineups. Let's get to it:

Tonight, of course, is the release party for our Alive local music compilation, Swinging Sounds of Columbus 2007. It's a free show at Little Brother's, 1100 N. High St., and it features Lab Rats, Melty Melty, The Cabdrivers and Yuck Falls with Sarah Asher. Be sure to pick up the CDóit's free too. Show should start a little after 9 p.m.

If that's not up your alley, and you want to be shattered to bits by noise and punk energy, perhaps the show at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., is for you. Cheater Slicks, Guinea Worms and the Grave Blankets will be on hand.

On to Saturday's and Sunday's myriad picks after the jump...

My most anticipated show of Saturday is The National at The Basement. I wrote a little preview about why the show should be so good, but the exquisite new Boxer deserves more than a couple sentences. Hopefully I'll get a review roundup in the blog soon. Anyway, this show should start pretty early (8ish? 9ish? and features Talkdemonic as the opening act; the duo sounds like quite a nice match for The National's late-night ruminations.

The early start should enable you to get to one of two big music release shows happening on opposite fringes of Campus Saturday night. Down at Skully's (which is technically in the Short North at 1151 N. High St., but gets referred to as South Campus sometimes) The Loyal Divide is throwing a CD release bash. I wrote a feature on the band this weekócheck it out. They play big, populist indie rock that I think could really catch on with pop-minded listeners. Joining them will be Madison's We The Living, Lunar/Solar and Zavala.

Up at Ravari Room, 2661 N. High St., they're reviving legendary Columbus label Datapanik with the release of The Secret Admirers' new "One Last Song" 7-inch. Datapanik was a pivotal presence in the early '90s punk and indie rock scene; expect to hear more about this in the paper in the next couple weeks. Also on the bill for this extravaganza are The Beatdowns, Audible Detonation (reuniting for one night only), Triceratops, The Flukes and Sweet Melons.

Last night on CD101 Rudy Gerdeman called Big Business the best two-man band in the world, so I'd better mention that show as well. It's at Little Brother's, and it features opening acts Panthers, Muscle Puzzle and Lo-Pan. This will be, almost undoubtedly, the loudest show of the weekend.

Father's Day rounds out with the Richard Thompson concert Downtown at the Riffe Center. Not sure if I'll make it, but I highly recommend the British folk rocker/guitar master. Later that night at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., one of the strangest bills in recent memory will unfold with Brainbow, The Unholy 2 and Paper Airplane. If the universe is still standing after that one, I'll see you on Monday.