A wealth of Columbus bands are celebrating new albums this weekend, and there are several benefit shows for an ailing but beloved member of the local music scene. And don't forget about all the music at Columbus Arts Festival.
Let's go day by day with this weekend's superb all-local lineup:
Mojoflo will unveil their second EP, "Whatcha Think About That?", with a special performance tonight at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. My feature will get you up to speed on the band's activities. This is a 10 p.m., $5 affair, with opening sets by The Floorwalkers and Stretch Lefty.
I haven't gotten a hold of the latest Super Desserts release, "Twee as Folk", but based on the group's stellar output so far, I have to imagine it's pretty awesome. (These folks certainly think so.) You can find out for yourself by picking up a copy at the release party tonight at Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. Jeff Fernengel starts things off at 7 p.m.
And this isn't an album release show, but Mike Folker (you know, this guy) is hosting a five-band showcase for his Secret Song Records at A&R Music Bar, 391 Neil Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., after which you'll see Yellow Light Maybe, The Slang, Matte Black Silhouettes, The Dirty Flaggs and Bombing Mansfield. $7 cover.
Also, I would be remiss not to mention one of several benefits for Alix Reese, who was accidentally shot in the neck while driving two weeks ago and suffered severe spinal damage. The latest happens tonight at Circus, 1227 N. High St., where Vug Arakas and the Stallions, The Razers, Stucco Jones, American Nude and Angela Perley will perform on Alix's behalf.
One of the biggest bands out of Columbus right now, the always polarizing Attack Attack!, will celebrate their second album release Saturday at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. This is not music for the faint of heart; we're talking rapid-fire shifts from pummeling metalcore riffs to skittering synth-based club music to throbbing crunk thump. Read my feature interview with singer-guitarist Johnny Franck for more. Appearing before the headliners: Miss May I, Legend and My Ticket Home.
I wrote about three more Saturday release shows in this week's Sensory Overload column: The Celebrity Pilots at Rumba Cafe, Woosley Band at The Treehouse and Bassel at Used Kids.
But Saturday's most exciting musical option, at least for those who like their music raw and blistering, is RamaLamaFaFaFest, which has transformed from a benefit for a vast, collaborative Columbus music film project into another Alix Reese benefit. All the (mostly) bruising musicians lined up for this one: Necropolis, MF Gnar, Churches Burn, Alleyes Path (hey, some rap!), Ignorant Motherf---er, Tank Destroyer, New Creases (hey, some pop-punk!), Bastards, Kurt Russell, Bridesmaid and Do Chimps Battle? This'll be at the neighboring bars Cafe Bourbon Street and The Summit, 2216 and 2210 Summit St. Just $5 for all those bands. Booyah.