I feel like with all the other big shows happening this week there hasn't been sufficient excitement for Deerhunter's first Columbus performance, other than Alive advancing Bradford Cox and company to the finals of our March Music Madness bracket. Perhaps that's because it's been a good year and a half since the "Microcastle" hype firestorm, and the timing of this visit to the Wexner Center, 1871 N. High St., feels funny. But listening to "Nothing Ever Happened" this morning is enough to convince me that the band's gauzy, Sonic Youth/Breeders-influenced shoegaze psychedelia is as potent now as the day it was leaked. Light Pollution leads off the night at 9 p.m. sharp. Tickets cost $15.
Also tonight is the latest return visit from Passion Pit. If you want to see the falsetto-obsessed, electronics-enhanced party pop combo, be prepared to be swarmed by a fleet of grinding teenagers. They've gotten pretty huge since I saw them at The Summit in January of '09. Openers for this sold-out shindig are Mayer Hawthorne & the County and Bear Hands. Doors open at 7 at LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave.