The Ballad of Friday, Nov. 9

  • Anberlin
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow
  • Metalocalypse: Dethklok
  • Grass Widow
  • Joe Pug
  • Killer Mike
  • Maserati
  • The Tins
From the November 8, 2012 edition

None of the noteworthy musicians stopping through Columbus this Friday commands a widespread fan base. Even the best-known of Nov. 9’s visitors exists in a niche. (The act playing the biggest venue, Adult Swim-spawned cartoon metal band Dethklok, definitely exists in a niche.) Which one do you inhabit?

Metalocalypse: Dethklok

Openers: All That Remains, Machine Head, The Black Dahlia Murder

The gist: Live musicians perform heavy metal behind cartoon video projections, Gorillaz-style.

Selling point: High potential for visual stimuli, plus they have a song called “I Ejaculate Fire.”

Go if: You are both a metal nerd and a nerd nerd.

LC Pavilion

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9

405 Neil Ave., Arena District

Killer Mike

Openers: Envelope, PATH

The gist: Dungeon Family associate (hear him on “The Whole World” among other OutKast jams) is reborn as hipster favorite after teaming with producer El-P.

Selling point: Few rappers manage to be so maniacally intense and technically precise at once.

Go if: You like to get real fired up.

Ace of Cups

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9

2619 N. High St., Campus

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Openers: Casket Girls

The gist: Mysterious Pittsburgh weirdos gleefully detonate genre boundaries, keep pop sensibility intact.

Selling point: New LP Cobra Juicy sounds genuinely unique.

Go if: You are curious.

Skully’s Music Diner

9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9

1151 N. High St., Short North


Openers: Morning Parade, IAMWE

The gist: Christian mall-punks keep evolving their dramatic sound to keep up with the times (enter: electronics).

Selling point: Other than the nu-rave cash-ins, they make downright respectable anthems.

Go if: You like to rage emotionally.

Newport Music Hall

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9

1722 N. High St., Campus

Grass Widow

Openers: Sex Tide

The gist: San Fran group applies twee-damaged girl group harmonies to eerie Instagram post-punk.

Selling point: It’s dreamy, catchy and off-kilter.

Go if: You own one or more 7-inch records.

Double Happiness

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9

482 S. Front St., Arena District


Openers: I Mustache You a Question, Stations

The gist: After a death in the band, propulsive krautrock combo keeps surging forward.

Selling point: If they ever remade “Top Gun,” the new Maserati VII would make a killer soundtrack.

Go if: You’re looking to quicken your pulse.

9 p.m. Cafe Bourbon Street

Friday, Nov. 9

2216 Summit St., Campus

Joe Pug

Openers: ?

The gist: Making the sort of smoky, bare-bones folk-rock Iron & Wine should be making, but isn’t.

Selling point: Somehow manages to make the singer-songwriter thing feel fresh.

Go if: You want to recover from your fear of the term “singer-songwriter.”

Rumba Cafe

9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9

2507 Summit St., Campus

The Tins

Openers: Cliffs

The gist: Buffalo dudes bang out ebullient pop-rock.

Selling point: They have that harmony thing down pat.

Go if: You just want to have fun.

The Summit

9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9

2210 Summit St., Campus