Columbus used to host the sprawling More Than Music Fest, which started out as a hardcore thing but expanded into all sorts of underground sounds. That’s been dead for a decade. Now we’ve got Less Than Music Fest, which is unaffiliated with MTM and is really more like a glorified punk show at Bourbon Street — rightfully glorified, though, because the bands are awesome.
Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds in particular know how to accent their no-nonsense post-punk with just the right proportions of noise and melody. Michigan’s No Bails plays voice-slurring, beer-clinking punk, while Pittsburgh’s Crazy Scorpion Group splits the difference between hardcore and party-time punk. Locals Messrs and Windowless Van round out the bill.