This week has been pretty lacking in good live music, so of course tonight is packed with too many good shows to hit up even with some expert club-hopping. Consider:
•The biggest gig of the night in my mind is the 7-inch release show by The Main Street Gospel (pictured), whose recent good fortunes I chronicled in last week's paper. Joining the rootsy psych rockers will be their pals from Cincinnati, Buffalo Killers, and haunting local folk ensemble Moon High. 10 p.m., $5.
•Then there's Super Desserts, who popped up in this week's paper. The super-cute twee folk posse is busting out their toybox full of instruments for the last time this year to kick off a show with the superb Couch Forts, plus two bands I know less about: The Thrashers and Athens' The Vice Versas. If you make it to The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd., be sure to pick up Super Desserts' sick new Barefoot in the Disenchanted Forest. This $5 show starts at precisely 10 p.m.
•The Crystal Method is performing or DJing or whatever they do at Sugar Bar, 525 N. Park St. I thought these guys had gone extinct (along with The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy) but apparently they're back, perhaps cashing in on the Crystal band name trend they preceded. Anyhow, it's $10 if you wanna go. Doors open at 9 p.m.
•Somewhat unbearable anti-folk one-man-band Hamell on Trial comes to Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St., tonight. The 9 p.m. show also features Dan Dougan and Megan Palmer. It will cost you $10.
•And let's not forget the Family Values Tour's very own sappy balladeers Staind and American Idol winner David Cook at LC Pavilion for the second night of WNCI Jingle Ball. I can't believe this show costs more than Katy Perry last night. $39... damn. Doors open at 7 p.m. (OK, so not all the shows tonight are good.)