There's nothing this weekend as conclusively crucial as last weekend's Independent's Day fest - a smashing success in my book, by the way - but plenty of worthwhile ways to spend your time anyway.

One is to check out Bum Wealthy (pictured), who'll be celebrating their CD release tonight at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St., with Ekoostik Hookah and The Ark Band. As I mentioned in my preview, I can be highly biased against anything that sounds, looks or smells like a jam band, but Bum Wealthy's debut Bumper Crop convinced me that with some proper songwriting and a little restraint, that style can be really appealing. Tonight's show is a benefit for global recycling initiative The G.R.O.W. Project, and the first 100 people through the door get Bumper Crop for free. Show starts at 7 pm., with Bum Wealthy on at 9. The dudes follow it up with another show tomorrow at Skully's, 1151 N. High St.

But that Skully's gig is not Saturday's marquee show. That would be the last performance by The Evil Queens. The venerable rockers are going on indefinite hiatus after this weekend, which usually means kaput for good. Joining the hard rock luminaries at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St., will be pop-rockers You're So Bossy and in the middle, fittingly, a group that sits halfway between the other two sonically: The Flashing Clock. Read my obituary for the Queens and get thee to the show.

I've got many more concerts and some other cool local events after the jump...

There's nothing this weekend as conclusively crucial as last weekend's Independent's Day fest a smashing success in my book, by the way but plenty of worthwhile ways to spend your time anyway.

One is to check out Bum Wealthy (pictured), who'll be celebrating their CD release tonight at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St., with Ekoostik Hookah and The Ark Band. As I mentioned in my preview, I can be highly biased against anything that sounds, looks or smells like a jam band, but Bum Wealthy's debut Bumper Crop convinced me that with some proper songwriting and a little restraint, that style can be really appealing. Tonight's show is a benefit for global recycling initiative The G.R.O.W. Project, and the first 100 people through the door get Bumper Crop for free. Show starts at 7 pm., with Bum Wealthy on at 9. The dudes follow it up with another show tomorrow at Skully's, 1151 N. High St.

But that Skully's gig is not Saturday's marquee show. That would be the last performance by The Evil Queens. The venerable rockers are going on indefinite hiatus after this weekend, which usually means kaput for good. Joining the hard rock luminaries at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St., will be pop-rockers You're So Bossy and in the middle, fittingly, a group that sits halfway between the other two sonically: The Flashing Clock. Read my obituary for the Queens and get thee to the show.

I've got many more concerts and some other cool local events after the jump...

OK, back to tonight for a second. I am pretty psyched about the San Francisco treat tonight at The Summit, 2210 Summit St. The venue welcomes Sic Alps, The Oh Sees and Ty Segall, offering three modern (or is that postmodern?) takes on garage psychedelia from the city by the bay. (I wrote about The Oh Sees in this week's paper.) Also on the bill are locals RTFO Bandwagon, fresh off their first tour. 10 p.m. start for this shindig, with a $5 cover.

Across campus at Oldfield's on High, 2590 N. High St., another swell show will feature local pop masterminds Paper Airplane and folk-rockers Josh Fitzwater and the Shambles. In from Canada will be singer-songwriter Emma Lee. 10 p.m. show, probably $5 cover on this one too.

And don't forget metal masters Skeletonwitch across the street from Oldfield's at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. The Gates of Slumber and Super Silver also perform. Same deal: 10 p.m., $5.

Pretty cool power-pop/punk lineup Saturday at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., with locals Mr. Rubberburner and Animal Cubes joining Philaldelphia's The Swimmers and Cleveland's explosive Machine Go Boom. 10 p.m./$5 once more.

And I'd be remiss not to mention the Homecoming Dance happening Saturday at The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd. Details here.

There will also be live music at Urban Scrawl II, a day-long celebration of graffiti, skateboarding and more at Dodge Park in Franklinton. Our preview will ramp you up for some sick nollies.

And lastly, my weekly plugs: (1) Check out the Columbus Crew! Their match Saturday at New England will go a long way towards deciding who wins the Supporter's Shield, Major League Soccer's award for the best regular season record, and secures home field advantage for the playoffs. My Crew Cuts feature this week is on midfielder Brian Carroll.

(2) Watch Mad Men! It's back at 10 p.m. Sunday on AMC after taking a week off to win Best Drama at the Emmys.

OK, have a good weekend and I'll see you back here Monday.