Three members of The Lindsay (where you at, Jimmy?)
My preferred place to be Friday is The Summit, 2210 Summit St., where one of the best rock bands in Columbus, The Lindsay, will be releasing the new Syrup Bag EP. Catch up with the band in this week's feature. Hopefully drummer Jimmy Lavery, who skipped our interview and photo shoot, will make it to the show, which also features wall of sound master architects Brainbow and garage punk planetary destroyers Outer Spacist. 10 p.m., $5, you know the drill.
Another monster bill tonight finds three reunited heavy hitters Karma to Burn, Keelhaul and Black Mountain Creeper teaming for a night of terror at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. Karma to Burn are making their second Ravari stop since reuniting last spring, while Cleveland's Keelhaul haven't played Columbus for five years. Check my preview for more on their new album, Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity. Locals Black Mountain Creeper are getting back together with the original lineup for one night only. Should slay. 9 p.m. doors, 10 p.m. show, $14 at the door (and $12 if you can still track down any advance tix).
Also of note Friday, but for a completely different audience: Andrew Varner at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. I reviewed the piano man's latest in this week's paper, though my editors cut out my description of Varner's songcraft as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition music." The Lovebones and Matthew Hoover are playing too. 10 p.m., $5.
Taking Back Sunday
Then there's Taking Back Sunday at the LC, 405 Neil Ave. I previewed the show, but I've never been super keen on these emo playmakers. They're playing with Anberlin, Fun. and Gavin Castelton, three acts I know nothing about but probably should. (Sorry, not my scene.) Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost $22.
Saturday's top show stars '90s post-punk electro scrapers Six Finger Satellite (short bio here, long bio here). Chinese Stars and Sensitive Hearts round out the bill. Tickets cost $10, doors open at 8 p.m.
Sunday features three hot tickets. First, my former fellow Athens dwellers Skeletonwitch will lay waste to The Basement, 391 Neil Ave., in support of their Billboard-charting latest metal masterpiece, Breathing the Fire. Also on the bill are Toxic Holocaust, Trap Them and headliners The Black Dahlia Murder. Doors open at the very un-metal hour of 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 advance and $17 day of show.
Pete Yorn is playing the Newport, 1722 N. High St. I defend him here. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets cost $20 advance and $23 day of show, and "very special guest" Alberta Cross opens the show.
And across the street at the Wexner Center, 1871 N. High St., Atlas Sound (aka Deerhunter's Bradford Cox) and Broadcast will play a hip, hallucinatory double bill. I dig the new Atlas Sound album, Logos, but haven't been keeping up with Broadcast since 2003's Haha Sound, which was a similarly swell collection of swooning blips and bloops. The Selmanaires will start things off at 9 p.m. sharp in the Black Box setup on Mershon Auditorium's stage. Bring $14 for admission.