Tonight seems kind of slow on the must-see show front, so I don't feel bad hyping some friends of mine who haven't really mad a name for themselves yet. Captain Cocaine features a couple guys who used to be in a band with me, and they play straightforward pop rock tunes that just might capture your fancy. They're playing with fellow newbies Animal Cubes at Oldfield's on High, 2590 N High St.

Other enjoyable shows on tap tonight:

•The Patsys, The Black Swans and Chicago's Mass Shivers at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave.

•Red Dahlia with Cincy's Pike and Pittsburgh's Tangerine at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. This is Red Dahlia's last Columbus show for a few months until their CD comes out.

The bigger stuff seems to be happening Saturday. Consider:

•Cheater Slicks' 20th anniversary celebration at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. They'll be joined by Haunted George and Msr. Jeffrey Evans. If you like your rock dirty and cathartic, I can't think of a better place to be in Columbus this weekend. (Well, I guess there's some football game happening too, but you can swing both.)

•Little Darlings' CD release show at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. 333 and Muscle Puzzle will be rockin' the room as well, so bring earplugs.

•Searius Add's Gallery Hip Hop IV at High Five, 1227 N. High St. I've been hearing a lot about Searius lately—finally caught him live last week, hot sh-- for sure—and Wes Flexner wrote about him in this week's paper. The Lyricists' Lounge thing he's doing sounds like it will be lots of fun, so brave the High Five and check it out if Saturday's rock selections aren't your cup of tea.