Wow, what a weekend. This is what we're talking about when we speak of Rocktober. There's a huge glut of good stuff, so let's just get to it...

Wow, what a weekend. This is what we're talking about when we speak of Rocktober. There's a huge glut of good stuff, so let's just get to it...

Tonight:

•Arcade Fire. LCD Soundsystem. LC Pavilion. 6:30 p.m. door. 7:30 p.m. music. $40 ticket. Worth it. Be there. [feature]

•If you don't go see my most anticipated show of the year, at least go see the excellent show on tap at Wexner Center. Boris with Damon & Naomi is quite the double bill of its own. Opener Kurihara starts at 9 p.m. in the Black Box. [preview]

•Tons of good club shows happening too, including Ravari Room's sweet bill with Miranda Sound, Headlights and The Kyle Sowashes. Headlights are on Polyvinyl Records and do upbeat, ethereal indie pop. It's good stuff. And the locals are swell as well. Oh, and Chicago's Midnight Shows are on tap as well. I begin the Sowashes start it off.

•Cafe Bourbon Street has an amazingly trashy garage rock lineup with Grave Blankets, Psychedelic Horsesh-- and Australia's Digger and the Pussycats, who have been getting rave reviews in other cities.

•Carabar's lineup is also hot, with the return of Joe Patt and his band Royal Pines. Minnesota's Chooglin', who have been hyped ceaselessly by the best punk frontman I know, is also playing. [preview]

•Finally, French Kicks and White Rabbits are at Skully's. The Rabbits are up-and-comers, and I didn't know French Kicks were still kicking.

OK, on to Saturday:

•Skeletonwitch is rocking Ravari along with Black Dove, Lethal Aggression and Toxic Holocaust. You can probably tell from context what kind of show this is going to be. [preview]

•At the other end of the spectrum, Cincinnati's Over the Rhine is coming to Wexner Center. The soulful folk band has an ecstatic cult following, and I'm sure they'd be glad to indoctrinate you Saturday night. Griffin House opens. [preview]

•At Bobo (that's shorthand for Bourbon Street in case you haven't picked up on it), Mors Ontologica returns to the stage with 1970 and Second State Butchers in tow for a night of badass rock and roll.

And don't forget the Choonimals launch party at Skully's with excellent instrumentalists Six Gallery, post-rock pop combo The Kessel Run, Nick Tolford of the Slide Machine and Morgantown's It's Birds. What is Choonimals, you ask? Read the story.

Lastly, Sunday's best rock:

If you can stomach Maroon 5, or at least the cost of a Maroon 5 ticket ($40 to $50), you can see The Hives open for them in one of the strangest package tours I can remember. It's going down at Nationwide Arena, with Sara Bareilles also on the bill.

Probably best to see the week's second visit from a K Records staple, Old Time Relijun, at Bobo instead. (Solid weekend for them!) Also on that bill are Guinea Worms and the omnipresent Psychedelic Horsesh--. Early show, 7 p.m. start.