Here's my weekly rundown of the best live music for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Let's cut to the chase. (All shows start at 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)

Friday: •Probably the best show of Friday night is the Black Swans' CD release show in the tiny back room of the Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St., assuming they make it back in time from recording a radio session in Illinois. Opening the folky festivities will be the much-buzzed-about Bird and Flower. Show starts at 10 p.m. and is free! Read more about the Black Swans in my feature from this week's paper.

•Nebraska's Brimstone Howl returns to Columbus only about a month after their last appearance; this time Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., is their destination. The rowdy garage rockers have a name that does their sound justice. Joining them will be Night of Pleasure and Nakamura Lock. Cover will probably be $5.

•Down the street at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St., a night of raw, rootsy rock 'n' roll is headlined by Bush League All-Stars. Joining them will be Woosley Band, a two-man Evil Queens and somebody called Flashing Clock. Standard practice says $5 cover for this one, too.

•And don't forget Australian punk pioneers/pop dilettantes The Saints at Bernie's, 1896 N. High St., along with Grave Blankets and Rabies. No telling the cost for this one. I wish Bernie's was better at disseminating information, even if there is rarely a show there I want information about.

There are tons of good happenings for Saturday-Halloween shows galore-plus about seven of your friends are probably throwing Halloween parties. As for Sunday, I'm stumped. Stay home and watch Sunday Night Football, or catch up on your DVR, or read a book. Anyway, Saturday's picks after the jump...

Here's my weekly rundown of the best live music for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Let's cut to the chase. (All shows start at 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)

Friday: •Probably the best show of Friday night is the Black Swans' CD release show in the tiny back room of the Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St., assuming they make it back in time from recording a radio session in Illinois. Opening the folky festivities will be the much-buzzed-about Bird and Flower. Show starts at 10 p.m. and is free! Read more about the Black Swans in my feature from this week's paper.

•Nebraska's Brimstone Howl returns to Columbus only about a month after their last appearance; this time Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., is their destination. The rowdy garage rockers have a name that does their sound justice. Joining them will be Night of Pleasure and Nakamura Lock. Cover will probably be $5.

•Down the street at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St., a night of raw, rootsy rock 'n' roll is headlined by Bush League All-Stars. Joining them will be Woosley Band, a two-man Evil Queens and somebody called Flashing Clock. Standard practice says $5 cover for this one, too.

•And don't forget Australian punk pioneers/pop dilettantes The Saints at Bernie's, 1896 N. High St., along with Grave Blankets and Rabies. No telling the cost for this one. I wish Bernie's was better at disseminating information, even if there is rarely a show there I want information about.

There are tons of good happenings for Saturday—Halloween shows galore—plus about seven of your friends are probably throwing Halloween parties. As for Sunday, I'm stumped. Stay home and watch Sunday Night Football, or catch up on your DVR, or read a book. Anyway, Saturday's picks after the jump...

•I'm most excited this weekend for the return of The Hold Steady along with their British counterpart, Art Brut. Newport Music Hall's doors open at 7 p.m., and according to the Promowest site, some band called Federale is playing first. This one will be $20 well spent; in fact, I expect this to be so good that I'm willing to skip the Ohio State-Penn State game for it. Read more in my show preview.

•The much-hyped Pissed Jeans comes to Cafe Bourbon Street Saturday night, bringing what John Ross calls the Stooges' disillusionment filtered through Black Flag's approach. PRE, a bunch of exhibitionists from the UK, are also on the bill, along with locals The Unholy 2 and Muscle Puzzle.

•Church of the Red Museum is throwing a 7-inch release party at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., with The Means and The Lindsay. Local bills don't get much stronger than that. [preview]

•For their show at Ruby Tuesday with Phantods and the Lab Rats, Brainbow is performing as Helm's Deep and playing exclusively from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Photographic preview here. Hot stuff.

•Lastly, the Haloween Show at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St., should be lots of fun. Band impersonation is the name of the game, with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, Kiss and Van Halen—featuring original bassist Michael Anthony—on the bill.