Music: Anything but Nickelback

By Columbus Alive
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.

Nickelback

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

schottensteincenter.com

Skeletonwitch

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

starwoodpresentsinfo.webs.com

Howler

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

bencopresents.com

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:

Carabar

9 p.m. Sunday, April 15

115 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East

birdmanrecords.com/gregashley