Tonight's best live music option for most readers is not in Columbus, it's in Cleveland. Jens Lekman, the fey Swedish crooner, performs at Beachland Ballroom. Lekman's Night Falls Over Kortedala is guaranteed to make my year-end list, and he was great last summer at the Pitchfork Festival. If you can stomach the traveling, $12 to see this guy is a steal. 8 p.m. door, 9 p.m. show with DJ Viktor Sjoberg and Dave Fischoff also on the bill.
But assuming you, like me, are not up for a trip to Cleveland tonight, perhaps you want some metal. Hard-hitting Southern rockers Weedeater return to Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St., with locals Salvage and Black to Comm in tow.
And for nostalgia or kitsch, try Eddie Money with openers Olde Cellar Band at LC Pavilion. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 for general admission and $30 for "reserved pit seating."
As for programming notes:
I thought The Office (9 p.m., NBC) did well with its return to half hours last week. The hook for tonight: Karen returns, but not for Jim. She's hoping to lure Stanley away to a competing company.
There's also an interesting-looking documentary called To Die In Jerusalem at 9 p.m. on HBO. It centers on a conversation between the mother of a Palestinean suicide bomber and the mother of one of the bomber's Israeli victims.