Four great acts of different stripes landing in Columbus for one night only. Choose wisely!
You know Columbus concert season is heating up when there are four notable gigs in a single night and not one of them makes it into the paper because so much other exciting stuff is happening. Never fear, fans of hardcore, rap, punk and dance music - we've got your Thursday music menu.
10 p.m. at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. with Struck By Lightning, Silo and Nukkehammer
Who are they? Legendary hardcore band of the "crust punk" and "d-beat" persuasion; born from the ashes of also-influential His Hero Is Gone; transplanted from Memphis to Portland; famously accessible at VFW halls nationwide; famously reclusive on the internet.
What have they done for me lately? "Darker Days Ahead," their first LP in six years, came out last week. It finds the band's sound evolving into girthy, slow-churned, brutally intense metal in the vein of Sepultura.
9 p.m. at Circus, 1227 N. High St., with Copywrite and Apocalypse, Inc.
Who is he? Kansas City-based battle rapper supreme; Rhymesayers alum; Scribble Jam champion; blessed with a quick tongue and even quicker wit.
What has he done for me lately? Lethal is responsible for two viral sensations of 2011. You probably heard about the barely believable blog Texts From Bennett, in which Lethal posts allegedly real texts from his cousin, an ignorant whiteboy wannabe-thug. You definitely should watch his Chris Brown-dissing, breakfast-cooking take on Brown's "Look At Me Now."
GENTLEMAN JESSE AND HIS MEN
9 p.m. at Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., with Barreracudas and Tight Bros
Who are they? Among America's leading purveyors of rampaging, neurotic power-pop straight from the garage; catnip for fans of Jay Reatard, Thomas Function and The Exploding Hearts.
What have they done for me lately? "Leaving Atlanta," Jesse and the boys' first album in four years (on a label called Douchemaster Records, no less), kicks off with this ebullient garage rager "Eat Me Alive."
7:30 p.m. at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave., with The Hood Internet and Chrissy Murderbot
Who is he? British DJ and producer known for employing internet-friendly rappers (Lil B, Juicy J) and pumping life into hype fiends like How To Dress Well and The Morning Benders.
What has he done for me lately? This reworking of Drake and The Weeknd's "Crew Love" makes it feel like a song you might actually dance to in a club; also he apparently moshes at Wavves concerts.