I tend to gauge summers by pre- and post-birthday, so I'm shocked that 8/7 has already come and gone and we find ourselves in mid-August. Much of society shifts into a summer slouch during this time, developing a daily routine of drinking and watching baseball and getting out of the heat (which has been campaigning strongly for our attention, in case you missed it.) Thankfully, our local musicians are working hard to bring us another big weekend of killer shows to behold.
If you play your cards right tonight, you might be able to see part of all three of the major record release shows around town. The earliest is Watershed's only Columbus concert of the year at LC Pavilion. As John Ross expounded on this week, the band is releasing a live album recorded last fall at the Newport. Making the show even more of an event are stellar openers Earwig and Two Cow Garage. George Hondroulis from the Evil Queens will be filling in on drums for Two Cow, whose drummer Dustin Harigle recently quit on short notice. (They're in the market for a hard-hitting, hard-touring drummer; follow this link to find out how to apply.)
Right next door at The Basement, Leo Maymind is celebrating his first CD under the name Spanish Prisoners, Songs to Forget. He'll be joined by a cast of four or five backing musicians, which should lend his songs the same sophistication they have on record. Like Watershed, Maymind recruited awesome opening acts for his show: Southeast Engine and The Slide Machine. Read more about Maymind and his album in my story from the paper this week.
Across town at Cafe Bourbon Steet, 2216 Summit St., Necropolis has lined up another collection of friends in Guinea Worms, Cheater Slicks and Mike Rep & the Quotas to celebrate their new 7-inch. Be there to make sure you get one of the 100 copies on green vinyl. The B-side is posted at their MySpace. The two songs included—"Workingman" and the one up at MySpace—are perhaps my two favorite Necropolis songs ever, so picking up the single should be a high priority.
Saturday has another crop of fine entertainment options. If you're feeling like a quiet night out, try the Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St., where the back room will be soundtracked by The Black Swans and new act Bird and Flower, which (first impression alert!) sounds kinda like a more conventional Joanna Newsom.
Turning up the volume a notch to mid-level intensity, Saturday also finds Deathly Fighter, Beaten Awake and Royal Bangs at Cafe Bourbon Street. I wish I wasn't going out of town again tomorrow night because it's been ages since I've witnessed the entrancing grooves of Deathly Fighter or the scruffy indie rock of Beaten Awake. And Royal Bangs is the newest addition to the Audio Eagle roster, so odds are they'll be quality as well. (From the sounds of their MySpace tracks: Yes.)
And to up the volume one more notch, CD101's Summerfest at LC Pavilion features headliner Silversun Pickups, who I also wrote about this week. VHS or Beta, the Cliks and Sea Wolf are the other visitors, with locals Miranda Sound and the Judas Cow rounding out the lineup.
Sunday has two polar opposite shows at the city's two most high-profile punk and indie venues. Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., is keeping it loud with Grave Blankets and a pair of Texan outfits of the same garage-grown ilk, The Golden Boys and The Strange Boys. This is the Texans' last gig before driving back home, so they need as much cash as they can get. Meanwhile, up at Cafe Bourbon Street (strong weekend for Bobo!), they're keeping it quieter with solo sets from Jordan O'Jordan, Time & Temperature and Matt from Psychedelic Horsesh--. This will be one of Jordan O'Jordan's last shows before he skips town again. Both shows sound like a lovely way to finish out the weekend and launch back into another sweltering week.