This Columbus Day is stacked for live music, which is bad news for my college radio buddy Toby, whose band Daddy's Gonna Kill Ralphie booked a show at The Treehouse tonight. Although that show will surely be a good time, here are three marquee events that probably trump it:
(1) Wilco will be at the Wexner Center, 1871 N. High St., in support of the uneven new LP Wilco (The Album). As I posited in this brief preview, the band is still a delight live even if you haven't been feeling their past couple albums. They hand over a heavy dose of old stuff, and the newer material gets new life on stage. I have no qualms about putting Jeff Tweedy and company on the short list of all-time great American bands. I've seen them nine times at this point, and I'll bump my tally into double digits tonight. Liam Finn opens at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets cost $34. To get psyched, check out the live recordings they constantly rotate into the "Roadcase" section on their website.
Elizabeth and the Catapult
(2) Elizabeth and the Catapult will be back at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St. Very sprightly take on NPR-friendly folk pop. Better than your average milquetoast. And look at that woman; very attractive indeed. Christina Courtin opens. 8 p.m. door, $10 cover. Preview's got mad deets for ya.
(3) Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays and Islands will play a sweet triple bill at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $22. Read the preview for more background on this legendary lineup.