The bright side to ComFest shutting down early this year: plenty of time to make your way to the myriad entertainment options congesting the club schedule Friday and Saturday nights. Here are a few recommendations.

The bright side to ComFest shutting down early this year: plenty of time to make your way to the myriad entertainment options congesting the club schedule Friday and Saturday nights. Here are a few recommendations.

Nick Tolford and Company

See them:

10 p.m. Friday, June 25

Carabar, Olde Towne East

myspace.com/nicktolford

The city's new soul royalty celebrate the release of their first record Friday before headlining Saturday's edition of the fest. The vinyl single is a precursor to a full-length recorded live to two-inch tape at Musicol.

Juicy!

Get down:

10 p.m. Friday, June 25

Circus, Short North

myspace.com/roevy

Headlined by the furious, foreboding masked DJ duo roeVy, Circus' Friday dance party will be metal as hell. Self Help and Attak & Carma will also spin.

Weightless Michael Jackson tribute

Beat it:

10 p.m. Friday, June 25

Skully's Music Diner, Short North

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Host Blueprint and his Weightless cohorts have lined up a slate of top local DJs to pay tribute to the King of Pop a year to the day after his shocking death. Detox, Pos 2 and Rare Groove will be on the decks. Don't injure yourself trying to moonwalk.

Bookmobile

Rock out:

10 p.m. Saturday, June 26

Carabar, Olde Towne East

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Dan Bandman's dream project will soon be laid to rest, but not before they unveil "The New Patriot" Saturday with help from Silo the Huskie, Speed Governor and Ghost Shirt. Take them up on the free download at their Tumblr, then get to Carabar to enjoy one last dose of neon keyboards, smart riffage and Sean Gardner's yearning narration.

Ruckus Roboticus

Shake it:

10 p.m. Saturday, June 26

Kobo, Campus

ruckusroboticus.com

Dance or Die has become a well-known Columbus franchise thanks to Self Help and DJ Barticus, but it started in Athens with Ruckus Roboticus. The Dayton scratch master unleashes his "Chicks" EP with a special appearance Saturday at his signature party in the former Oldfield's on High. The title track chops up old-timey samples and stitches them into a disco-house beat that ought to please LCD Soundsystem fans and club fiends alike.

Love Culture & The Spruce Campbells

Listen up:

10 p.m. Saturday, June 26

Skully's Music Diner, Short North

myspace.com/loveculturesound

Love Culture, the city's premiere shoegaze unit, will share the spotlight at the release party for second EP "Drag." Co-headliners The Spruce Campbells have an EP of their own to unveil. Titled "Mosques, Museums, and Mausoleums," it's the first in a series of EPs by the art-pop troupe to explore life's yin and yang. The Lost Revival and Portland's The Prids play too.