Ohio expat Jordan O'Jordan returns to Columbus tonight to serenade The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd., with his cabaret banjo stylings. When I ran into him at SXSW, he said that although he recently relocated to Olympia, Wash., he just has a PO Box there and plans to be on the road indefinitely as a solo act and with Polka Dot Dot Dot. Perhaps he'll soon be traveling again to New Zealand, where he's quite popular with the Kiwis. Above, you can see Jordan performing "Little Finger" at Wholly Craft exactly one year ago yesterday. His tour mate, Columbus piano man/sometimes RTFO Bandwagon electric keyboard wrangler Dane Terry, will also appear tonight, as will Kyle Sowash and a Dayton band called State School. They get the thumbs up from "strummy," a local expert on this sort of tuneage. This quiet little gig costs $5 and begins promptly at 10 p.m.

Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., hosts a much louder, heavier and more offensive show headlined by Minneapolis subversives that call themselves (wait for it...) Faggot. You would think they would want to play with Hugs & Kisses' new band to increase the outrage factor, but instead local metal overlords Deadsea will play, plus underground heavy hitters Nukkehammer and Kurt Russell. This also starts at 10, and it's free as can be.