Normally, I try to give a local music suggestion for the weekend, but I just can't do it this time. This Saturday, the glut of choices is just too good. If you've ever had any interest in local music, you owe it to yourself to be out at one (or many) of these shows Saturday night.

Consider the following:

Normally, I try to give a local music suggestion for the weekend, but I just can't do it this time. This Saturday, the glut of choices is just too good. If you've ever had any interest in local music, you owe it to yourself to be out at one (or many) of these shows Saturday night.

Consider the following:

At Carabar, three of the biggest (and loudest) bands in the local indie/punk arena will come together: Times New Viking, El Jesus de Magico and The Feelers. Joining them will be TNV's labelmate Pink Reason, the one-man band that has all the lo-fi enthusiasts in a frenzy. This is the kind of show that will be legendary years from now when the future 23-year-old writers are exploring Columbus rock history.

But there's another such show on the same night up at Cafe Bourbon Street. More of the city's best indie rock bands will convene, this time on the pop side of things. Terribly Empty Pockets (a 2005 Alive band to watch) will make an increasingly rare appearance, joined by recent sensations The Lindsay (a Chris DeVille band to watch in 2005), wunderkind Blake Miller (an Alive band to watch this year) and the excellent Beard of Stars (a band to watch in all of our hearts).

But you always hear about those bands at Sensory Overload, and maybe you've gotten sick of seeing them (though with the quality of those acts, that's doubtful). The greatness doesn't stop there!

Mike Brewer a.k.a. The Sportsman's Club (pictured above) is releasing his new album with an intriguing show at MadLab Theater featuring some of the city's best songwriters. Brewer will be joined by Lizard McGee (of Earwig), Jon Chinn, Ryan Horns (of Alive band to watch Paper Airplane), Chris McCoy and Brewer's reunited band Lori. Check out John Ross's excellent preview here.

Other accomplished songwriters are on display at Rumba Cafe acoustic night, including Joe Peppercorn on the Whiles, Jason Quicksall, the Floorwalkers, Sweet Wednesday (not sure who these folks are) and Eric & Janine, who will celebrate a CD release.

Over at Andyman's Treehouse, local rock veterans Vena Cava, Paul Nini and Todd May.

Meanwhile, at Ravari Room, hard rock rules with Salvage, Lo-Pan and the Brown Notes.

And last but most certainly not least, the Danger Media benefit at Little Brother's is for a worthy cause: The development and distribution of a documentary about all this local music stuff. Read my feature here, then check out Red Dahlia, Zero Star, Marvin the Robot, Carson Drew, Retoric, DJ Zack Starkey and a mystery guest.

I'm sure there are many more worthy shows happening, but that just proves my point: This Saturday, there's no excuse not to catch some great local music.