Sonic Chicken 4

Thursday is becoming my favorite night to go out in Columbus, and tonight's platter of clatter is as appetizing as any I've seen lately.

I'll give top seed to Sonic Chicken 4, a primitive powerhouse from the South of France that returns to their natural habitat of Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., tonight at 10. Their gnarled garage rock brethren Cheater Slicks are playing too, plus a new local noise/blues act called 2050s that supposedly features experimental music maven Tom Derwint and "many local fixtures." A mere $5 will get you inside.

I mentioned the psych rock jam slam at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St., yesterday, but it bears repeating: Mount Carmel, The Main Street Gospel and Vug and the Stallions will send your mind reeling, provided you show up at 10 p.m. with your $5 cover charge.

If you like your creativity packaged with corporate sleekness (and I don't necessarily mean that as an insult), Mute Math's show at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St., might be your cup of tea. Tickets cost $23, doors open at 7 p.m. and As Tall As Lions open the show.