I've always associated Hopewell with Mercury Rev because frontman Jason Russo once played with the psych-pop favorites, and with the Flaming Lips because producer Dave Fridmann, best known for producing most of the Lips' most acclaimed work, also works with Hopewell.

I've always associated Hopewell with Mercury Rev because frontman Jason Russo once played with the psych-pop favorites, and with the Flaming Lips because producer Dave Fridmann, best known for producing most of the Lips' most acclaimed work, also works with Hopewell.

Sonically, those ties make sense. Hopewell rocks harder than the Lips or Mercury Rev, but they're close cousins due to a fascination with space-age psychedelia. But maybe I need to start dropping Jane's Addiction as a reference point for these guys.

Russo's howls throughout the new Good Good Desperation are straight out of Perry Farrell's bag of tricks, and the album does include a mountain song, though it's not much like "Mountain Song."

One more act inextricably linked to Hopewell in my mind: The Main Street Gospel. The recent Alive Band to Watch has played at every Hopewell show in Columbus for several years now, and they'll continue the streak on Memorial Day at Skully's.

Also appearing Monday will be Floorian. The long-dormant Columbus psych outfit recently returned to the stage brandishing a new album, More Fiend, their first since 2002's What the Buzzing. If ever there was a band fit for playing with Hopewell, it's these guys, whose brain-fried epics should match Russo's crew blow for blow.