Wow, what a big weekend! I'm happy to say seven different nightspots are getting their due with these picks. Let's get right to it. (All shows 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)
•Deadsea, 333, Night Soil: Triple CD release party at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St. It's going to be more metal than most can stand. Prepare accordingly. (And check out John Ross' review of the new, self-titled Deadsea disc.) By the way, all three records were cut at Capital City Studjoe.
•The Slide Machine 7-inch release show at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. The self-titled record has two great songs; expect to hear a lot more about this band in the near future. In the meantime, get a little background on the up-and-comers in my show preview. Did I mention Brainbow, Rosehips and Colossus are playing? (Plus a late-breaking fifth band, Bob's Country Bunker.)
•The Receiver, The Black Canary and Flotation Walls at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. This is a great roundup of some of town's best ethereal indie rockers. The Black Canary will be high-tailing it back from their CMJ showcase in New York, so show up and show some love.
•Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., has the much-anticipated Psychedelic Horseshit album release party with Times New Viking and Sic Alps. Honestly, you must acquire the new Magic Flowers Droned at your earliest convenience, especially if you crave music in the Swell Maps/Fall/Pavement vein. I can't say enough good about it. If TNV and Horseshit are on, this has the potential to be the show of the weekend. Read more about Psychedelic Horseshit here.
•It sucks that the season for outdoor shows at LC Pavilion is coming to a close because Queens of the Stone Age outdoors would be pretty fun, while the indoor LC space is less than optimal. Alert me if I'm making a mistake, but I have no desire to see opener Biffy Clyro on a pure judging-book-by-cover bais. The Black Angels, on the other hand—well, I hear things. $26 advance/$28 day of show, 7 p.m. doors.
•Two of the city's finer rock enterprises, The Lindsay and Mors Ontologica, take the stage at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. I gotta say I'm not a big fan of headliners The Nuclear Children, but Ross likes them so maybe you will too. Also appearing: Atlanta's The Futurists.
•The only big show I've run across for Sunday night is Adam Franklin at Andyman's Treehouse, 887 Chambers Road. Franklin, known for his work with Swervedriver and Toshack Highway, brings a band to play Andyman's under his Christian name. His new Bolts of Melody is quite good; here's why. Also appearing are the inimitable Heavy Mole, who are hopefully working speedily on an LP. Their four-song EP is one of the great Columbus releases of the past few years, but it's about two years old now and I need more ASAP. This show is $10, with doors at 8 p.m. and music at 9.