The biggest music events of the weekend are farewell shows from two of this town's best bands. The poster above advertises the final Columbus performance by Miranda Sound, who have made their name as an extremely talented, extremely friendly rock band. Read about their decade of existence here, then come to Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St., to say goodbye. Also performing are Cincinnati's superb Thistle and our own Kyle Sowashes, who begin at 10 p.m. sharp. I think it's $5 to get in.
Also waving goodbye are punk standard-bearers The Feelers; or perhaps they're holding up a middle finger. If Miranda Sound is known for being friendly, this band is known for being angry. They bow out at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., after conquering two continents and establishing an unimpeachable reputation here in Columbus. I wrote a little tribute to them here, and locally produced web zine The Agit Reader ran a farewell interview. Also performing at this Bobo blowout will be Chicago's Krunchies, Pittsburgh's soon-to-depart Rot Shit and the band I figured would take over for the Feelers but is also breaking up, Vegetative State. $5 cover, 9 p.m. doors.
If you don't feel like saying goodbye, perhaps you should say hello instead. I wrote a feature this week about up-and-comers by the name of Karate Coyote. They have two shows of disparate size this weekend: Friday they play Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St., and Saturday they downsize to the Tree House (no longer Andyman's Treehouse), 887 Chambers Rd. This sextet has a very accessible sound that hits lots of my favorite indie rock touchpoints, and I think quite a few of y'all might like them too.
At least one more big event is happening. I would be remiss not to mention Lost Weekend Records' Super Summer Spectacular, which begins at 8 p.m. sharp Friday and Saturday at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St. So many bands are playing, but the highlight promises to be the first-ever two-part performance by Hugs & Kisses, who have blended live music in with their brilliant lip-synched skits, courtesy of The Slide Machine. The story begins at 9 p.m. Friday and concludes at 11 p.m. Saturday. For more info, go here.
Lastly, I haven't been pimping much TV lately, but any regular readers should know I am all about Mad Men. This season has been delicious thus far. It's still moving at a deliberate pace, but action has picked up significantly since my glowing but tentative review after the season premiere. I can't wait to see where they're going. Catch the next installment at 10 p.m. Sunday on AMC, and I'll see you back here Monday morning.