Also on tap: Van Hunt, Lovedrug, Kerouac Songwriter Showcase


The Color Bars

If the bevy of concerts previewed in this week's issue of Alive aren't enough to keep your heart brimming with excitement, here's some more cool music to check out this week.

The Color Bars
Openers: In Silent Movies, Room and Board
When: 9 p.m. Monday, April 9
Where: Skully's Music Diner, 1151 N. High St., Short North
Why: The heavily orchestrated yet light and fluttery indie pop on their new album "Prosopopoeia" sounds a lot better than this (unless you're, like, Mike Shiflet or something). Admission is $5.

Van Hunt
Opener: Rocco DeLuca
When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 9
Where: The Basement, 391 Neil Ave., Arena District
Why: Because "The Hunger Games" reminded you about the Lenny Kravitz-sized hole in the music landscape. Tickets cost $12 advance/$14 day of show. (Listen: "Eyes Like Pearls")

Lovedrug
Openers: The Receiver, Love Culture, The Big Sweet
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7
Where: Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St., Campus
Why: Because, upon realizing this pop-minded Canton indie band still exists, you developed a deep case of nostalgia for 2002; you appreciate that their new video includes the lyrics "We'll fight the hipster hell/ We'll soak it all in gasoline." Tickets cost $10 advance/$12 day of show. (more info)

Kerouac Songwriter Showcase
Performers: Andrew Graham (Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch), Branden Barnett (Ghost Shirt), Jason Dutton (Audrey & Orwell), Andy Gallagher (Trains Across the Sea) and Johnny Newman
When: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5
Where: Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High St., Campus
Why: A little late with this one consider the event starts about four hours after I'm posting this, but still - these five guys are some of the most engaging, personable and downright talented songwriters in town. They'll take turns playing short sets in a slight spinoff from the usual "in the round" style. Cost: $5. (RSVP)