Perhaps you want the Crew to lose this weekend so I'll stop blogging about them. But that would be cruel of you! So I'm going to assume you don't mind me leading off these mostly-music weekend rundowns with a weekly dose of playoff soccer. Columbus hosts Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the second leg of their home-and-home playoff series, and the winner advances to Thursday's Eastern Conference final, which is as far as the Crew has ever gotten before. It's going to be intense, exciting and cold in Crew Stadium Saturday night, and if you want to experience this amazing atmosphere I've been writing so much about, you're running out of chances. The only reason I could see to skip the game is...
The Super Desserts CD release show! This sweet celebration of the classy twee sextet's beautiful new Barefoot in the Disenchanted Forest will happen at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. Flotation Walls and Burgee (aka Chris Forbes of Orchestraville) will play first, but the main attraction here is this splendid little (big) indie pop group and their gorgeous new album. Some things I love about it: multiple vocalists, elaborate arrangements, exotic instruments (sitar!), a startling lack of drums, the startling appearance of drums just when I thought they'd never come, cute-but-not-too-cute lyrics, many songwriters unified by a shared spirit and expert production. I had to make a tough call this week about which of the many local CD releases to preview in the paper, and sitting here now enjoying the album, I hate that this show didn't get featured. Super Desserts' day will come in print, but for now this online gushing will have to do. You should either be at their show or the soccer game Saturday between the hours of 7 and 10. You have no choice. Here's a video to entice you:
As I alluded to earlier, there are actually several good local release shows happening this weekend, and the first one is tonight at The Summit, 2210 Summit St. Ugly Stick, who formed as teens in Delaware in the late '80s and put a stamp on Columbus with their "cowpunk" sound in the early '90s, have reunited for a new LP, Still Glistening, 14 years after breaking up. Check out my feature for all the details, but the crucial info is: 10 p.m. + $5 + opening sets from Earwig and Vespin + classic Columbus band with a sick new record = good show.
The other release shows I want to mention are both Saturday night after the Crew/Super Desserts action comes to a close. Melty Melty (pictured) will celebrate getting out their debut album, Rise of the Bird Men, after two long years of trying. What took them so long? Check out my preview for the full story. If you don't have the time, just know that Melty and their sick lineup of friends — The Slide Machine, Six Gallery and Joe Anderl — should present a superb night of music Saturday at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St. 10 p.m. start and $5 cover for this one.
Lastly, I would like to mention the release show for Team Smile and Nod. For all I know, this may be the group's first ever live performance, but their album, Look Both Ways Before You Die, sounds like the work of seasoned pros. It's female-fronted electro-pop with an unambiguous agenda for social equality. I'm looking forward to giving it some more ink in the future. In the meantime, the duo will take the stage tonight at East Village, 630 N. High St. This 10 p.m. show is free as can be.
OK, that's it for me. I'll see y'all back here on Monday.