Lots of cool shows happening this Wednesday night:
Experimental industrial legends Sightings will play Skylab, 57 E. Gay St., with The Unholy Two, Envenomist and Horrible Creeps. Sword Heaven's Mark Van Fleet, one of the foremost authorities on sounds of this variety, gave this show a sterling endorsement: "...the most PERFECT band over the last decade. ESSENTIAL show." 10 p.m. start, $5 cover
I've previously professed my love for the lo-fi guitar pop of Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, and though I wasn't super impressed with their live show when they came to Skylab earlier this year, word on the street was their return pass through Columbus was much improved. Tonight they'll be at The Summit, 2210 Summit St., opening for The Beets. 9 p.m. start, $6 cover.
Lastly, The Gay Blades will be at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. After hearing the moody soundscapes of grimey distortion that kick off most of their songs, I didn't expect such punchy, pop-punky vocals from this bunch. It's like Conor Oberst fronting A Place To Bury Strangers. I'm not sure I like it, but I'm intrigued. Doors open at 7, tickets cost $10 and there's a long slate of openers including Readymade Breakup, Say Goodnight and My Beloved Tragedy.