The music gods can be a cruel lot. This is certainly the case on Sunday, Sept. 15, when a trio of can’t-miss acts — Spiritualized, Savages and Queens of the Stone Age — all hit the stage at roughly the same time on the exact same night. So short of cloning oneself, what’s a Columbus music fan to do? Here we break things down to try and make the decision a little easier.
Most recent album: Sweet Heart Sweet Light
What you probably know: Frontman Jason Pierce is responsible for some of the most drugged-out music ever put to tape, including the epic Spaceman 3 bootleg Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To, an album so trip-inducing it could give listeners a contact high.
What you may not know: Pierce wrote and recorded the band’s latest while ingesting an experimental drug cocktail of a different kind — one designed to treat a degenerative liver disease.
See them because: The band rarely tours, and new songs like “Hey Jane” are as gorgeous and epic as anything in its impressive catalog.
Skip them if: You already hear enough about God, drugs and the power of love from your parents.
Most recent album: Silence Yourself
What you probably know: The London post-punk quartet takes its music bloody serious, going so far as to ask fans to silence their cell phones during concerts because “only with full experience will the words we speak be true.”
What you may not know: According to a lengthy feature on Pitchfork, the all-woman crew first asked friend Johnny Hostile to front the group (he declined), a move that would have undoubtedly taken some bite out of the band’s female empowerment anthems.
See them because: Few young groups make music this focused, forceful and vital.
Skip them if: You could never get into bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and Public Image Ltd.
Queens of the Stone Age
Most recent album: ...Like Clockwork
What you probably know: Singer Josh Homme is the lone constant in the desert rock collective, and famous friends like Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl and Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner contributed to the recording of the band’s latest.
What you may not know: New songs like “I Appear Missing” (sample lyric: “Shock me awake/Tear me apart/Pinned like a note/In a hospital gown”) were inspired by a near-death experience Homme had while undergoing leg surgery in 2010.
See them because: Queens make artful rock music that’s loud enough to shake the earth and still sexy enough to rattle headboards.
Skip them if: You’d prefer to see Savages or Spiritualized break it down in far more intimate settings.