Dolfish, the nom de rock of former Columbus denizen (and current Clevelander) Max Sollisch, takes a conversational approach to songwriting. Tunes like "Grown Ups," about a young child coping with his mom's alcoholism, unfold like intricate short stories peppered with eye-witness detail ("Boy Meets World" playing on the TV, the mother vomiting in the kitchen sink, etc.).

Dolfish, the nom de rock of former Columbus denizen (and current Clevelander) Max Sollisch, takes a conversational approach to songwriting. Tunes like “Grown Ups,” about a young child coping with his mom’s alcoholism, unfold like intricate short stories peppered with eye-witness detail (“Boy Meets World” playing on the TV, the mother vomiting in the kitchen sink, etc.).

Like Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, who takes a similarly literary approach to his music, Sollisch’s whinny-of-a-voice can be a hurdle for some, but he utilizes it beautifully to bring a range of bruised characters to three-dimensional life.

This concert doubles as a birthday celebration for the singer, so he should be in high spirits even in those moments the narrators in his songs are struggling with the day-to-day grind.

Photo courtesy of Dolfish