Music: Anything but Nickelback

From the April 12, 2012 edition

Ever since Creed went riding into the sunset, hair and skin glistening from various oils, Nickelback has ascended as the go-to punching bag for rock fans who prefer their music to be “intelligent,” “forward-thinking” and “good.” We fully intend to uphold that tradition.

With the Canadian butt-rock superstars set to headline the Schottenstein Center this Sunday, Alive presents the case for three superior Sunday showcases of musical muscle: Skeletonwitch, Howler and Greg Ashley.


In brief: The biggest (though not necessarily stinkiest) turd in the toilet bowl that is modern rock radio

Openers: Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days

Is Chad Kroeger the lead singer? A resounding yes

Selling point: You read that right — Gavin Rossdale is back! For those of us who purchased “Sixteen Stone” with our allowance, the chance to lift a lighter during “Glycerine” might be the only redeeming aspect of this concert.

If you must:

Schottenstein Center

6 p.m. Sunday, April 15

555 Borror Dr., Campus


In brief: Ohio’s heavy metal heroes bring their blood-curdling, bone-crushing, brain-melting live show up from Athens.

Openers: Dismemberment, Kingsblood and Arise the Titan

Is Chad Kroeger the lead singer? Negative.

Selling point: You know exactly what you’re getting, and it’s good: animalistic howls, harmonized shredding and kick pedals blasting at heart-attack speed.

Worship the witch:

Skully’s Music Diner

5 p.m. Sunday, April 15

1151 N. High St., Short North


In brief: Prodigious Minneapolis teen Jordan Gatesmith goes mining in a mountain of Strokes and Ramones records and comes up with gold.

Openers: None publicized

Is Chad Kroeger the lead singer? Nuh uh.

Selling point: Seeing this band play a Rumba-sized club at this moment in time seems like the kind of decision you’ll look back on proudly a few years from now.

America give up:

Rumba Cafe

7 p.m. Sunday, April 15

2507 Summit St., Campus

Greg Ashley

In brief: Bay Area psych royalty for his stint as frontman of Gris Gris, Ashley now dabbles in everything from old-school country (2011’s “One Thin Heroine” 7-inch) to avant-garde composition (2010’s “Requiem Mass and Other Experiments”).

Openers: Cheater Slicks, Pink Reason

Is Chad Kroeger the lead singer? Nerp!

Selling point: There’s probably no bigger wild card on stage in Columbus this Sunday.

Do it for the Bay, OK:


9 p.m. Sunday, April 15

115 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East