All too often, the story of the blue-collar rock band ends in a bittersweet resignation and phrases like "We were only in it for the love of the music." Ball-busting Columbus combo Lo-Pan is on course for a happy ending, though.

All too often, the story of the blue-collar rock band ends in a bittersweet resignation and phrases like "We were only in it for the love of the music." Ball-busting Columbus combo Lo-Pan is on course for a happy ending, though.

Lo-Pan's spaced-out sophomore LP "Sasquanaut" was re-released last year on Detroit's reputable Small Stone Recordings. Though they've returned to compact structures for "Salvador," their latest album for Small Stone, everything else about the album is huge, from Brian Fristoe's industrial-strength riffage to Jeff Martin's mountaintop howls. It's workmanlike rock from one of the city's hardest-working combos.

Hometown gigs are getting rarer as Lo-Pan continues to build a devoted following on the road, but they'll celebrate "Salvador" at Ravari Room on Friday with Eye, Fight Amp and Before the Eyewall.