Tonight brings a late-breaking entry for Columbus rock concert of the year: Love Is All, Times New Viking and Crystal Stilts at The Summit, 2210 Summit St. This is billed as a 9 p.m. show, but I'd figure the first act will go on around 10 or 10:30. Your extremely worth-it cover charge is $10 at the door.
Our local indie rock heroes, Times New Viking, will play last. You ought to know them by now, what with the globetrotting, Matador-adored, Pitchfork Best New Music-ing victory lap that was their 2008. (Here's the skinny in case you missed it.) So let's meet the bands that will play before.
Beginning the night are the majestically mopey Crystal Stilts, whose previous tilt here in Columbus was a smashing success. I feel like I should hate this band for their relentless gloom, their unyielding Joy Division fascination and Brad Hargett's fastened top button. But the Brooklyn bunch pulls off their strychnine-spiked post-punk cocktail with pizazz. Their Alight of Night isn't quite as good as the live show, but you're paying for the live show tonight, y'know?
The best reason to show up, though, is the first Columbus appearance by Love Is All (pictured). I professed my love for the Swedes' infinitely invigorating breed of p(art)y punk in my preview, but let me reiterate here: This band whips me into a fury, moves my ass and occasionally delivers an unexpected-but-delightful emotional release. They's good. Go see them.