Lots of hot Friday options, including the instrumental hip-hop gangbang with Prefuse 73/Gaslamp Killer/Voices Voices at the Summit, 2210 Summit St. (preview), and a garage punk platter next door at Cafe Bourbon Street with Guinea Worms, The Blind Shake and Dropdead Sons.
If you're into mainstream country, Brad Paisley is at Nationwide Arena tonight, and The Greatest Show's latest installment "The Fantastic Mr. Fox-trot-hip-hop-indie show-crock-pot!" is going down at Dragonfly Neo-V, 247 King Ave.
And of course there's the major Haiti benefit at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St., with 10 bands (including Two Cow Garage and Phantods) playing non-stop from 9 p.m. to close. That one costs $5 and benefits Doctors Without Boarders. At 7 p.m. the King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave., is hosting a $10 Red Cross benefit with The Flex Crew, Fly.Union, Liquid Crystal Project and more. Seems like you should at least stop at one of these to help support the earthquake relief...
Saturday isn't quite as enticing, though Timbaland at the Newport, 1722 N. High St., could be cool (preview), and Sword Heaven at Skylab, 57 E. Gay St., is always a good idea.
Super Desserts' Sunday matinee at Used Kids, 1980 N. High St., with Band to Watch Saintseneca, should be a sweet way to wrap up the weekend. (Here's my latest feature on the band.) 4 p.m. start, free as can be, and your first chance to pick up the Desserts' limited edition vinyl, Banjo Forever!