One by one, they traveled to New York and wiggled their way into the music scene, playing rock, pop, Americana and whatever else they fancied. Eventually, they decided to pool their talents and form the Madison Square Gardeners.

Lots of musicians move out of Columbus and continue to pursue their craft, from Tim Easton to RJD2 to Adulture's Garrett Shrigley. But most of them also come back frequently to play for the hometown crowd. Two of the city's most promising exports return this week - one from Chicago, the other from Brooklyn.

One by one, they traveled to New York and wiggled their way into the music scene, playing rock, pop, Americana and whatever else they fancied. Eventually, they decided to pool their talents and form the Madison Square Gardeners.

The sextet comprises self-proclaimed Buckeyes Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mark Stepro, Johnny Kengla and Rob Heath plus fellow musical journeyman Bryn Roberts and Rich Hinman, all of whom have extensive, intertwined music resumes.

The Gardeners claim to play "heathen rock 'n' roll," but in fact they may be the poppiest band in Brooklyn. That's not necessarily a problem, just don't expect to hear anybody getting down and dirty on the group's latest, Tune it Up, Dime it Out!

The music is reminiscent of some of Wilco's most pleasant backyard BBQ tracks, but rather than world-weary Jeff Tweedy ruminations, these tunes are topped off by Tasjan sounding bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in crisp, saccharine tenor.

Things are liable to get a bit louder and raunchier when they rumble into Rumba on Monday to play with You're So Bossy.