The music on this year's official Red, White & Boom stage will be surprisingly hip this year, with appearances from the likes of Phantods, Ghost Shirt, The Compressions and Alleyes Path, plus Queen cover band Mr. Fahrenheit and the Loverboys.

The music on this year's official Red, White & Boom stage will be surprisingly hip this year, with appearances from the likes of Phantods, Ghost Shirt, The Compressions and Alleyes Path, plus Queen cover band Mr. Fahrenheit and the Loverboys.

That said, Friday's music schedule offers quite a bit of counterprogramming. Here's the lowdown on five notable Friday shows for those who'd rather not brave Downtown's massive throng of humanity.

Times New Viking

What: In the wake of well-received Merge debut "Dancer Equired," local indie rock heroes return to the Wex for a hometown showcase (and roast!) with help from Psandwich and the Mike Rep/Tommy Jay duo.

Boom factor: Low. Traffic won't be light near Campus, but it should be a shadow of the madness Downtown.

Attend this show if: You have pride in your city's cultural output and/or you enjoy a bitchin' chorus.

Wexner Center for the Arts

9 p.m. Friday, July 1

1871 N. High St. Campus

wexarts.org

Jim Jones and Juelz Santana

What: Dipset rappers return to Columbus, where their frenemy Cam'ron used to roam.

Boom factor: High. Good luck getting into Downtown while everybody else is trying to get out.

Attend this show if: You know songs by these guys besides "We Fly High" and "Pop Champagne."

The Mansion

10 p.m. Friday, July 1

303 S. Front St., Downtown

ticketmaster.com

Owl City

What: Adam Young's basement electro-pop project returns to play the LC's amphitheater under the fireworks in support of "All Things Bright and Beautiful," his first chance to score a hit since dominating the radio with breakthrough "Fireflies."

Boom factor: High. The LC will be in the heart of Red, White & Boom

Attend this show if: You are too young to remember The Postal Service.

LC Pavilion

6 p.m. Friday, July 1

405 Neil Ave., Arena District

promowestlive.com

Radical Dads

What: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah drummer Robbie Guertin teams with more Brooklyn kids to form the bastard love child of Times New Viking and Band of Horses.

Boom factor: Low, though you might have trouble finding a parking spot if desperate Boom-goers end up leaving their vehicles that far north.

Attend this show if: You consider yourself a connoisseur of current trends in underground music.

Cafe Bourbon Street

10 p.m. Friday, July 1

2216 Summit St., Campus

thesummitproject.com

Mike Perkins

What: Hippie-friendly acoustic nice guy breaks from his stripped-down, loop-heavy weekly gigs for a special full-band engagement featuring O.A.R. saxophonist Jerry DePizzo.

Boom factor: Mid-range. The Short North will surely be dealing with some runoff from fools making a last-ditch effort to get in or out of Downtown.

Attend this show if: You are a chill bro.

Skully's

9 p.m. Friday, July 1

1151 N. High St., Short North

mikeperkins.net