Alive's monthly Summer Music Tour rolls along this Friday with a stop at Carabar. There we'll assemble some of the city's best, brightest and scuzziest, from esteemed rock veterans (Eye, Psandwich, Guinea Worms) to promising upstarts (Steamboat, Raw Milk). Music begins at 9 p.m. sharp and continues through last call, so show up early and stay late.

Alive's monthly Summer Music Tour rolls along this Friday with a stop at Carabar. There we'll assemble some of the city's best, brightest and scuzziest, from esteemed rock veterans (Eye, Psandwich, Guinea Worms) to promising upstarts (Steamboat, Raw Milk). Music begins at 9 p.m. sharp and continues through last call, so show up early and stay late.


EYE

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Pretty Weapons and Teeth of the Hydra were two of the greatest metal bands to ever pummel this burg. So when members of those trios joined forces to form Super Silver - now known as EYE - ears perked up.

They were rewarded with thunderous Sabbath riffs and mind-altering freakouts, the greatest combination of indestructibility and elasticity since T-1000.

The band's been hard at work on recordings, but at the moment you've got to see EYE live to hear them. Conveniently, listeners can do just that around 1 a.m. Friday, when they'll close our showcase.


Psandwich

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The Rock Potluck is an annual event in which Columbus musicians are reshuffled into new bands for a day. Most of those groups are one-and-done, but Psandwich has persevered. In three-plus years together they've released singles, played South by Southwest and recorded "Northren Psych," the smart, bombastic punk-rock party record you didn't realize your life was missing.

Fronted by local legend Ron House (Great Plains, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments) and featuring members of Brainbow, The Lindsay, The Tough & Lovely and Washington Beach Bums, it's a Columbus rock all-star team worth rooting for. Follow House's advice around midnight Friday: "Release your inner sandwich and let the meat fly!"


Guinea Worms

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A decade's worth of Will Foster's skewed genius was compiled on "Sorcerers of Madness (4rd Year in a Row!)," the double-vinyl mother lode coughed up by Columbus Discount Records last spring. Since then, Guinea Worms traded drummer Chuck Della Lana for Mat Bisaro (Necropolis, Altered States of the United Snakes) and kept on kicking out the "worm rock."

They'll bring their unique perspective to the stage at 11 p.m. Friday.


Steamboat

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There's an air of fearless spontaneity about Steamboat's roughshod indie rock.

If their winding guitar riffs weren't so carefully constructed, you might think they'd veer off into oblivion. If their rhythm section wasn't so stout, it could very well collapse under the weight of all the relentless pounding. If Charlie Smith wasn't such an arresting frontman, his passionate crooning could just as easily come off as pretentious preening.

But none of those tragedies befalls Steamboat. Instead, they're one of the greatest Columbus rock bands you've probably never heard. Rectify that at 10 p.m. Friday.


Raw Milk

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Though barely a blip on the Columbus music radar, the debut album from Ben Hilt's tough-to-pin-down electro-folk project Raw Milk became a surprise college radio hit. "Tired Giant" also made waves in the Alive office; Jesse Tigges recently called it "pure sad-bastard joy."

We liked Raw Milk so much, in fact, that we approached Hilt to make the project's debut live performance at Carabar on Friday. Make sure to show up by 9 p.m. sharp to catch Raw Milk in the flesh.