A wide variety of shows are happening tonight; most exciting for me is the latest chance to see The Moon and Badtimes, the latest psych/prog/shoegaze project from some of the fellas that brought you Freedom. Bandleader Dustin White listed some of his favorite records for us this week, so check that out, then check out the show at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. Bad Times begins the night around 10:30, with Rahdunes and Malabar Bros. on later.
EDIT: Nearly forgot Columbus' best punk band The Feelers are playing tonight at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. Newbies Cheap Dates and Denmark's Cola Freaks complete the loud, nasty lineup. 9:30 p.m. door, $5 door charge.
British singer Holly Golightly, who I associate more with dingy rock bars like Athens' The Union, will play the pristinely sterile The Basement tonight as well. Fans will be lucky to see her because she has had some visa problems lately. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for this $12 show.
If you're into these sort of things, Hanson is at Newport Music Hall (7 p.m. doors, $25) and Tony Bennett, who inexplicably won like 17 Emmys last weekend, is at the Ohio Theater (7:30 p.m. start, $25-$65). Bennett is making up for a postponed date earlier this year, and I'm pretty sure I saw two girls on sleeping bags already lined up for Hanson yesterday. Their intense cult audience continues to boggle the mind.
As for TV, what can I tell you?
There's a lot of reality shows that I couldn't care less about (although the new season of Beauty and the Geek features some central Ohio residents) and an ABC tribute special called Elvis: Viva Las Vegas featuring Toby Keith, Chris Isaak and 50 Cent.
You should probably go out to a show.