It's not even September yet and the early part of the week is starting to fill up with major shows. Tonight it's noisy, melodic, brooding, mechanical A Place to Bury Strangers making their Columbus debut. The group's self-titled LP is awesome enough to make me forget about a fairly monotonous performance at SXSW and give the band another shot tonight. Plus they'll be preceded by rock provocateurs The Unholy Two, the gruffly beautiful sounds of The Lindsay and a band I'm ashamed to admit I've still never seen, Altered States of the United Snakes. Sounds like a splendid night to me. Doors open at 8 p.m., with music at 9:30 sharp at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. $8 to get in.
Also of note is a performance by Anna Ranger, the former one-man band that has expanded into a proper ensemble partnering braintrust Nathan Snell with local rock vets Philip Park and Sam Brown. They'll be joined by The Shudders and The Alwood Sisters down at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. This starts at 10 p.m. and is free.