Matthew Specktor, the Los Angeles native whose debut novel That Summertime Sound is loosely based on his experiences living in Columbus during the summer of 1985, will read from the book tonight at the Wexner Center, 1871 N. High St. I briefly summarized Specktor's shtick, but The Dispatch did one better and talked to Specktor about his mythologized take on music and culture in this Midwest burg. The reading begins at 7 p.m. and is free to all audiences.

State Radio is offering an unusual promotion for their show tonight at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. Every ticket sold online comes with a free download of the Dispatch (the band, not the paper) offshoot's new album, Let It Go. Them tickets be $15, so it's a pretty good deal. My Antenna opens. 7 p.m. doors.

I already hyped up Talk Normal's show tonight at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., due to local support from New World Vultures. But the Brooklyn band, frequent passers through these parts, deserves interest of its own for sounding like the inner workings of an evil machine. (The superb Shin Tower Music and Jam Division are playing too. Care for a little background on both bands?)

Then there's The Jet Age at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. They're unashamedly 90s indie rock, with big guitars and bold melodies, so it makes sense that Bookmobile would also perform. The Devil Makes Three rounds this out. 10 p.m. and free, free, free.