It's a big night for live music in Columbus. Assuming winter weather doesn't keep you buried in your home, shake off the snow and head out to see spectacular touring artists or take your pick from a fine slate of locals on this fine Friday.
The biggest event is undoubtedly T.I. at Vets Memorial, but since big-time rap shows are almost always a letdown, I'm willing to bet the parallel gigs at The Summit, 2210 Summit St., and Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., will deliver more thrills.
Bobo welcomes Alabama's Thomas Function, whose superb Celebration made my top albums list last year. The rest of the lineup is equally sick, with Milwaukee garage poppers Jail, Athens punks supreme We March and local skewed pop masters Day Creeper. 10 p.m., $5.
I'm equally excited for Passion Pit (pictured) nextdoor, hence the glowing preview. The supporting lineup isn't quite as solid as what Bobo has to offer, but assuming you don't want to pay two cover charges, it's worth checking out. Also performing with the dance-rock gurus will be Cale Parks (the drummer for Aloha and White Williams) and Nashville's Paper Route, who sound maybe a little too Coldplayesque for this particular venue. I just hope this show doesn't get completely drowned out by the racket next door. This one costs $12 and probably will start a little after 9.
Then there's a crapload of awesome local shows to pick and choose from:
•A good old-fashioned local all-star production featuring Necropolis, Brainbow and El Jesus de Magico at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. El Jeezy should have new LPs for y'all.
•The Rokcity Studios showcase featuring lots of good new bands, Karate Coyote and The Lost Revival among them, at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave.
•An awesome weirdo folk lineup featuring Moon High, Saintseneca and Couch Forts (a recently crowned Band to Watch) at The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd.
•Chelsea Automatic at the Newport, 1722 N. High St.
•Mors Ontologica at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St.
Saturday isn't as stacked, but a pair of spectral headliners — Ghost Shirt at The Treehouse and TV Ghost (another 2008 favorite) at The Summit — ensure Saturday night will be all right.