As mentioned in last Friday's Coming Distractions, tonight pits indie rock titans Spoon against soft-rock renaissance men Hall & Oates.
The Austin quintet makes its umpteenth return to Columbus but its first at LC Pavilion, which is sold out for tonight's $5 "Low Dough Show." (Maybe you can scalp?) As I mentioned in my quickie preview, Spoon is one of the most reliable bands in rock, so tonight's show should be much like any other Spoon show you've been to. And if you're a newbie, there's an even-keel good time punctuated by the occasional freakout in your future. Cincinnati's Buffalo Killers (more on them here) and local Happy Chichester will play too.
Across Downtown at the Palace Theatre, Hall & Oates will perform a Christmas show and an encore of hits. As I wrote this week, the rock 'n' soul duo has experienced a resurgence in the last year or two, winning over even the hipster crowd whose ancestors dismissed Daryl and John without a second thought. It would be quite the statement if this show was selling better than Spoon, but Hall & Oates are really shooting themselves in the foot with the exorbitant ticket prices ($37-77!!!) and the Christmas theme (give me "You Make My Dreams" or else!)
As for TV, Heroes (9 p.m., NBC) wraps up its fall (and probably its season) tonight. TNT presents a two-hour The Closer special at 8 p.m. And ABC is airing A Charlie Brown Christmas again at 8 p.m.
And then there's this film event at Skylab.