Let me direct you to this weekend's best live music:
I can't tell you much about Brian Harnetty beyond what I read in Wes Flexner's feature on the composer this week, but I can tell you my interest is piqued. A sample-based producer, Harnetty built his new American Winter out of samples from a folk music archive at Berea College in Kentucky. He'll celebrate the release tonight at Andyman's Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd., along with the Black Swans and the Randys.
Another Friday highlight is Paper Airplane's CD release show at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. The band's superb Middlemarch has been available for a while, but this night has been chosen for the celebration, with the Lab Rats and Time & Temperature in tow. (I would love to link you to Time & Temperature's music, but she deleted her MySpace account, which is cruel deprivation if you ask me.) Read more about the Airplane in John Ross' feature on their record label, All Hail Records. It also covers Electric Grandmother's CD release show Saturday at Andyman's. Speaking of Saturday...
I wrote in this week's paper about Goes Cube, a hard-hitting Brooklyn band that walloped me at last year's CMJ. They're appearing Saturday at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., with tourmates the Giraffes. I'm not as enthusiastic about the longnecks, but given that perennial favorites Necropolis and newish locals Black to Comm are on the bill as well, this one is worth your time for sure. (To see photos of Goes Cube jumping in front of state capitols, log into your MySpace account and go here.)
Youngstown's Gil Mantera's Party Dream has been an increasingly rare presence in Columbus as the frequently naked synth-pop combo has taken its outrageous show on the road more and more. But they're back in town for a show to celebrate the release of an undoubtedly incredible new DVD. Filling out the lineup at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., are local instrumentalists Brainbow (playing their last gig for a while) and Oxford's horrid Mission Man. Worth noting: Gil Mantera contributed to our Playlist page this week with comments on some of his favorite records.
Surprisingly, there are two quite solid 6 p.m. shows on Sunday. One features some steadfast local rockers Miranda Sound, the Evil Queens and Red Hypergiant at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. That's near my house, and it should be one of the most fun times you could have on a Sunday evening. But that's not where I'll be.
No, I'll be seeing Toronto's Do Make Say Think, who I already missed twice this year—once at SXSW and once in Columbus. The post-rockers' You, You're a History In Rust has been in occasional car rotation for months now, and all reports suggest the stage show is twice as good. Joining them will be fellow Broken Social Scene associates Apostle of Hustle. Tickets are $10 pre-order, $12 at the door, and can be found at Used Kids, Magnolia Thunderpusy and ticketweb.com. Again, doors for this shindig are at 6 p.m., so don't show up at standard rock time and expect to see anything but the standard Sunday night reggae show.