When most people hear the name Jack Tatum, they think football - especially in Columbus, where Tatum's punishing hits helped the Buckeyes to a national title. Similarly, Blacksburg, Virginia, conjures images of Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech Hokies gridiron gang.

When most people hear the name Jack Tatum, they think football - especially in Columbus, where Tatum's punishing hits helped the Buckeyes to a national title. Similarly, Blacksburg, Virginia, conjures images of Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech Hokies gridiron gang.

But Jack Tatum from Blacksburg, Virginia, plays infectious indie-pop in passionate tribute to the downcast sounds of the '80s underground. Debut "Gemini" embodies nostalgia in sound and spirit; Tatum takes what should taste stale and musty and blows it back in cool, fresh gusts.

Twin Sister will open for his Basement show Thursday.