A great show on a Monday night is a rare treat, at once an extension of the previous weekend and a quicker step toward the next one. This Monday is an unusually busy one by Columbus standards, with a trio of high-quality touring acts making stops at three of this town's best up-close-and-personal watering holes. Translation: Only the lamest homebodies would stay home this week.

A great show on a Monday night is a rare treat, at once an extension of the previous weekend and a quicker step toward the next one. This Monday is an unusually busy one by Columbus standards, with a trio of high-quality touring acts making stops at three of this town's best up-close-and-personal watering holes. Translation: Only the lamest homebodies would stay home this week.

The Stitches

When: 9 p.m. Monday, May 4

Where: The Summit, Campus

Web: myspace.com/cafebourbonstreet

In a nutshell: Orange County garage punks form in the '90s to revive the '70s, survive and thrive in the new millennium.

Opening acts: Local punk titans The Feelers reunited specifically to open this show. Sick Thrills, the band that rose up to take their place, will play too.

Reason to go: Relive the riotous lust of your youth - or live it for the first time - in a flurry of fist-first garage anthems with melodies as sharp as spikes on a leather wristband.

Reason to stay home: You think Blink-182 was the definitive punk band of the '90s.

Jeremy Jay

When: 10 p.m. Monday, May 4

Where: The Treehouse, Grandview

Web: myspace.com/treehouse_entertainment

In a nutshell: Bohemian singer-songwriter plays his off-kilter pop tunes in front of a giant tree.

Opening acts: Local twee supergroup Super Desserts and feminist electro-pop duo Team Smile and Nod make for a fascinating bill.

Reason to go: Jay's new K Records release Slow Dance strikes a fine balance between Jonathan Richman whimsy and Ian Curtis dread.

Reason to stay home: You reject Slow Dance in favor of Dancing With the Stars.

Horse Feathers

When: 8 p.m. Monday, May 4

Where: Rumba Cafe, Campus

Web: bencopresents.com

In a nutshell: Imagine if instead of turning into a useless hippie, Sam Beam kept Iron & Wine good and draped his tunes in Peter Broderick's vigorous violin.

Opening acts: Chicago's undistinguished but perfectly pleasant folkie Joe Pug will set the stage.

Reason to go: For three albums, including last year's superb House With No Home, Horse Feathers have quietly established themselves as one of music's most arresting, understated presences.

Reason to stay home: You would prefer to watch the 1932 Marx Brothers film Horse Feathers instead. (OK, this isn't lame, but can't you save the DVD for later?)