I haven't done one of these weekend roundups in a while thanks to Friday vacation days, but it's time to get back into the swing of things, especially given the huge lineup of good shows going down in the next few days. All shows start at 10 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

Friday

The music weekend starts early with another evening show at Wholly Craft, 3171 N. High St. in Clintonville. The polite pop stylings of Heavy Mole, the Proper Nouns and Bird and Flower will be on display along with all the crafty stuff. This one starts at 7 p.m.

Tonight's heaviest show is at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St., where Lo-Pan will break in a new singer and ascendant rockers The Slide Machine will continue to build their buzz. West Virginians WestbyGod and local garage rockers Rebreather are also on the bill.

And if you just want to dance, High Five, 1225 N. High St., is bringing my cause celebre, Ruckus Roboticus, back from Dayton tonight. (Need a reminder of this dude's talent?) Incorrigible lo-fi troubadour Marvin the Robot is also playing, making for one eclectic bill.

Though I am not too keen on it, I should also mention that John Ross recommends tonight's Silverchair show at Newport Music Hall. As Tall as Lions opens the $20 show. 7 p.m. doors as usual.

Saturday

On most weekends, a bill with Necropolis, The Lindsay and Tree of Snakes, three of the most envigorating punk/indie bands within our city limits, would be the obvious top priority. Throw in Chicagoan visitors Shopping and the fact that Fern is filling out the Snakes' lineup with Micah and Shane from Two Cow Garage, and Carabar's Saturday night slate is a sure winner. But it's not the most exciting show of the weekend for one reason:

Weezy F. Baby.

I admit I was late to the Lil Wayne bandwagon, hopping on with all the other indie rockers after Pitchfork raved about Da Drought 3, his incredible mixtape from earlier this year. But better late than never; Wayne has been ruling the rap game in 2007, releasing insane amounts of songs for free online and guesting on practically everybody's albums. The fact that the former Hot Boy has stepped up his game continues to be kind of mind-blowing, and the fact that he's coming is a major coup for Columbus, even if ticket prices are exorbitant and Vets Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., is hardly the ideal venue. Best Rapper Alive? Maybe, maybe not, but he's got my adoring attention for the forseeable future. For more on Wayne, check Wes Flexner's preview. Gucci Mane, who you may know from his Rick James-referencing single "Freaky Gurl," will open the show at 8 p.m.

Saturday also features solid bills at Campus dives Bernie's (harrowing trash punks Cheater Slicks, Grave Blankets and Night of Pleasure) and Ruby Tuesday (veteran supergroups Bush League All Stars, You're So Bossy and Lootsville). So get out there and support local music, or at least drop a dime on the most polarizing rapper of the year.