Columbus is about to get very progressive. A three-day stretch will see visits from prog-rock forefathers Rush, who'll play Sunday at Nationwide Arena, and the genre's latter-day torchbearers Coheed and Cambria, who join Circa Survive and The Dear Hunter on Friday at LC Pavilion.

Columbus is about to get very progressive. A three-day stretch will see visits from prog-rock forefathers Rush, who'll play Sunday at Nationwide Arena, and the genre's latter-day torchbearers Coheed and Cambria, who join Circa Survive and The Dear Hunter on Friday at LC Pavilion.

As we approach a weekend of long hair and even longer drum solos, it seems appropriate to see how these paragons of prog stack up.

In short :

Rush: Helped pioneer and popularize prog rock

Coheed and Cambria: Brought prog rock to Hot Topic

Formed :

Rush: 1968 in Toronto

Coheed and Cambria: 1995 in New York

Current lineup :

Rush: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Coheed and Cambria: Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Michael Todd, Chris Pennie

Most recognizable feature :

Rush: Peart's indulgently massive 360-degree drum kit

Coheed and Cambria: Sanchez' indulgently massive, frizzy hair

Best-known song :

Rush: "Tom Sawyer"

Coheed and Cambria: N/A; you're either completely in or completely out with this band

Famous contemporaries :

Rush: King Crimson, ELP, Triumph

Coheed and Cambria: The Mars Volta, Circa Survive

WTF?! :

Rush: Rather than biographies, official website includes band members' gear lists

Coheed and Cambria: Originally known as "Shabtie"

Current tour :

Rush: The Time Machine Tour features 1981 album "Moving Pictures" in full plus material from the upcoming "Clockwork Angels"

Coheed and Cambria: Supporting their fifth LP, "Year of the Black Rainbow," a prequel to previous concept albums

Indie rock intersection :

Rush: Lee name-checked by Stephen Malkmus in Pavement's "Stereo"

Coheed and Cambria: Covered The Smiths' "A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours" for AV Club

Most progressive moment :

Rush: Focused on synthesizers over guitars in the '80s, to the chagrin of rock purists

Coheed and Cambria: Each of their releases are concept albums based around characters named Coheed and Cambria, complemented by a series of graphic novels

Most pretentious moment :

Rush: "2112," a 20-minute suite inspired by the writings of Objectivism philosopher Ayn Rand

Coheed and Cambria: See above; basically their entire career has been one sustained pretentious moment