Lots of hot stuff coming at you on a Thursday that essentially kicks off Memorial Day weekend:

First, there's not a better way to start your evening than with Alive's exclusive screening of The Room at 6:30 tonight in Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. Seriously, if you haven't seen this movie, make it a priority, especially if you consider yourself a connoisseur of awful cinema. This reaches new heights in unintentional comedy; we'll be quoting it for years. Call ahead at 614-294-4900 to reserve a seat.

Follow that with one of these concerts:

Wale (pictured), the DC rapper whose long-gestating buzz bubble seems ready to burst, will be at Garage Bar, 147 Vine St. Colin Munroe and Big Sean, who wowed me at SXSW, will be there too. Check my preview for more why this is tonight's top pick. It costs $12 at the door and starts around 9 p.m.

A close second: So Cow, an Irish pop-punk mastermind who won me over within seconds. (That's pop-punk in the Buzzcocks/Nerves sense, with a bit of post-punk freewheeling in there too.) The local support of Ipps and Day Creeper couldn't have been coordinated better. This costs $5 and starts at 10 p.m. Oh, and it's at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St.

The latest Outer Sounds showcase at Oldfield's on High, 2590 N. High St., is nothing to sniff at either. A strong all-indie rock lineup of Karate Coyote, Blastronauts and Monolithic Cloud Parade will play for free starting at 10, followed by a DJ set from Panther Hands.