Staff Pick: Ezra Furman at Rumba Cafe

From the August 9, 2012 edition

Ezra Furman and the Harpoons have visited Columbus on several occasions, but this time Furman is traveling sans Harpoons in support of his new solo effort “The Year of No Returning.” Instead, Friday’s gig at Rumba is billed as Ezra Furman and His Band.

The record is looser and milder than the Harpoons’ exercises in nervous tension, but it still rocks with neurotic swagger between bits of emotional bloodletting. When he’s not wailing nasally like the dude from Born Ruffians, Furman even busts out the piano to channel prime period Elton John for a spell.

No matter who’s backing him up Friday, it ought to be good.