Columbus hosts an abundance of music festivals and a handful of film festivals, but few have successfully merged the two, and rarely with a lineup this strong.

Columbus hosts an abundance of music festivals and a handful of film festivals, but few have successfully merged the two, and rarely with a lineup this strong.

Eric Mahoney and Scott Johnson's inaugural Ohio Film + Music Festival is among the most ambitious events on the Columbus cultural calendar, matching an impressive array of homegrown films with a downright gnarly lineup of Ohio-bred musicians. Here's what to look forward to on stage and screen.

Thursday at The Summit

9 p.m. Eye - The psych-metal powerhouse will set a high bar Thursday.

10 p.m. The Main Street Gospel - The interwoven guitars of Barry Dean and Vug Arakas are among this city's sweetest sounds.

11 p.m. Nick Tolford and Company - To paraphrase SportsCenter's glory days: You can't stop Tolford; you can only hope to contain him.

DON'T MISS: 12 a.m. Buffalo Killers - The path to retro rock glory is treacherous; one false step will send you plummeting into the depths of tired mimicry, but for those who can hack it, golden nostalgic bliss awaits at the summit. In this case, it literally awaits at The Summit, where Cincinnati's incredible Buffalo Killers will show you exactly where Kings of Leon went wrong.

Friday at Skully's

9 p.m. R. RING - The Breeders' Kelley Deal rides again, partnering with Mike Montgomery from Cincinnati's Ampline.

DON'T MISS: 10 p.m. Cloud Nothings - Dylan Baldi has come a long way from his parents' suburban Cleveland basement. That's where Cloud Nothings began, Baldi channeling his precocious pop-rock talents into fuzzy laptop demos. In the grand Ohio tradition, Baldi's knack for melody shined through the static; now he's playing adrenaline-rush anthems worldwide at breakneck speed.

11 p.m. Heartless Bastards - Erika Wennerstrom returns with more soul and twang Sturm und Drang

12 a.m. New Bomb Turks - Loud, literate and lascivious, Ohio's preeminent punks spring back to life periodically to remind us who's boss.

Saturday at Skully's

9 p.m. Envelope - The populist Columbus MC will likely showcase his upcoming "This Could Go Either Way" EP.

10 p.m. Blueprint - Printmatic's daring "Adventures In Counter-Culture" shows he's still vital a decade after surging into the national hip-hop underground.

DON'T MISS: 11 p.m. Icebird - Remember when Danger Mouse teamed with Cee Lo Green for a seemingly innocuous side project called Gnarls Barkley? Icebird could be a similar shot in the arm for producer RJD2 and vocalist Aaron Livingston if their music gets in the right hands. The duo's debut "The Abandoned Lullaby" is a psychedelic soul record with genuine pop bona fides.

12 a.m. RJD2 - The locally raised Renaissance man holds court.

Buffalo Killers (Credit: Erin Volk photo)