Here's some great news for a guy who's attending a wedding the day of Kendrick Lamar's show in Athens: The hottest rapper in the game has added a Columbus gig at Newport Music Hall on Thursday, April 11. Kendrick's Number Fest co-headliner/superstar DJ Steve Aoki will be there too, as will Bad Rabbits and 5 & A Dime. I would say that's terrible news for the Athens event, but history suggests they'll have no trouble selling out their festival. No ticket info on the Newport show yet, so keep an eye on Ticketmaster.
UPDATE: Looks like Kendrick's show will actually be at LC Pavilion, and it's a students-only thing, so tickets won't be on Ticketmaster. So, all you non-students out there: Good luck figuring out how to get in!
Other huge news: Mega-popular roots rockers Alabama Shakes will headline LC Pavilion's outdoor stage on June 18. Tickets cost $30 ($37.85 with fees) starting 10 a.m. Saturday. With The Postal Service, The xx/Grizzly Bear and The National coming through in the weeks beforehand, it seems like some of you will probably just be renting a plot of land at the LC throughout June.
Columbus expats (except for saxophonist Jerry DePizzo, who still lives here) O.A.R. will make their latest return to town Saturday, July 6 at LC outdoors. Tickets cost $36 ($43.85 after fees), and they go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Frequent Columbus visitors/melodic hard rock greats Torche will play Ace of Cups on Tuesday, June 4. Tickets for that one are already on sale for $14 ($15.48 after the service fee).
Also heavy, also at Ace of Cups: Young Widows on Wednesday, May 8. Tickets cost $10 ($11.34 with service fee) and are on sale now.
And I don't think I ever mentioned breakout punk band White Lung will be at Kobo on Wednesday, April 24, but they will be, and you should be too. They're on my must-see list for SXSW this week. Tickets for the Kobo show cost just $5.