Back in '07, they specifically asked me not to photograph them smiling... how times have changed!

What's up, people? Ready for Valentine's Day weekend? Me, not so much. I'm ready for a good old-fashioned regular weekend, though, so let's list some cool concerts, why don't we?

The biggest event of the weekend for readers of this blog is probably "Times New Viking ♥ the Velvets" 9 p.m. Saturday at the Wexner Center. TNV, that buzzy bunch from Washington Beach, is teaming up with local punk legend Mike Rep and Cincinnati fiddle squealer C. Spencer Yeh to reinterpret the sounds of the Velvet Underground. I'm oh-so-curious to hear how it turns out. Psychedelic Horseshit plays first, completing the shitgaze all-star team. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

To complete the Ultimate Hipster Valentine's Day, head to Skylab, 57 E. Gay St. afterward for Cheater Slicks' noise album release show.

On the other end of the spectrum, country music legend George Jones is coming to town tomorrow for a gig at the Schott. (Bob Starker provided a fine introduction to Jones' career in this week's paper.) Conway Twitty will be on hand too. Tickets are $34.50, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Back in the rock wheelhouse, Howlies will bust out their infectious garage ditties alongside Rosehips Saturday at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave.

As for tonight, there's prog behemoth known as BigElf at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. (Preview extraordinnaire.) Other than that, Saturday's your best bet for rock.