I'm pretty psyched for tonight's show at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. Detroit's hard-touring, library-playing, pop-rocking The High Strung headline the night, but right below them on the bill is my most anticipated act of the night. Back in college, my old band lucked into playing with Philadelphia's The Teeth on the first of many stops in Athens. Their unusual style—retro pop-rock played with punk ferocity that nonetheless could not be called "pop-punk"—struck a nerve, and I've waited for a long time for them to come to Columbus. Contributing to my anticipation are two great bands built from Columbus rock veterans, The Moon and Badtimes and You're So Bossy. This will be enough to get my reclusive ass out to the bar. Check out my preview from the paper for more. (Did I mention this, like all Carabar shows, is free?)
On TV, although the Thanksgiving special aired just last week, it's already time to complete the Peanuts trifecta with A Charlie Brown Christmas (8 p.m., ABC). November seems a little early for Christmas specials, but I was just complaining the other day about how Christmas always sneaks up on me, unlike when I was a kid and I spent the entire month of December enjoying festivities of some sort (school parties, TV specials, advent calendar, etc.). So maybe this will help me to get in the holiday spirit early this year.
Also, Bones (8 p.m., Fox) features a much-publicized kiss between its two stars, which, I'm told, is long in the works. (Never seen more than a few minutes of the show.) Meanwhile, House (9 p.m., Fox) puts an end to this ongoing competition to form his staff, which I hear has been good. And Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper from The OC) guests as the devil's girlfriend on Reaper (9 p.m., The CW).