There's no one show happening tonight (of the rock or television variety) that makes me go "That's it! That's the one!" But there are a crapload of worthy entertainment offerings going down. Let's start with the rock, divvied up by neighborhood:
We begin in the Short North, with good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll performed by The Beatdowns and The Fancy Lads at Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. This one (as with the rest of these shows) kicks off at 10 p.m.
Over in Grandview, folk singer-songwriter/master fiddler Megan Palmer begins a three-night stand in celebration of her new album, Take You Away, at Andyman's Treehouse, 887 Chambers Road. Tonight's show also features Miss Molly. John Ross has a great feature on the record in today's paper.
Across town in the North Campus/"Washington Beach" region, a night of droning psychedelia is in store at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. For their latest visit to Columbus, Hopewell, a Brooklyn act with ties to Mercury Rev, will be joined by The Main Street Gospel and TV Eye, two local acts that seem like a perfect fit.
And up at the bottom fringes of Clintonville, the new-drummer-equipped Two Cow Garage plays the Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. Bush League All Stars and Katy Mae round out the bill. It's really a rootsy night around town, huh?
And now let's continue with the Rock. 30 Rock, that is, which keeps its endless stream of guest stars coming tonight with a visit from The Sopranos' Edie Falco as Jack's new love interest, a Democratic congresswoman from Vermont. Tune in to NBC at 8:30.
And keep watching at 9 for the last new episode of The Office until the strike is resolved.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (10 p.m., FX) airs its final episode of the year tonight as well, but thankfully it's the scheduled finale and not due to strike-shortening.
A final programming note: At 8 p.m. CBS is airing mtvU's Woodie Awards, with no Amy Winehouse as scheduled but lots of other acts trapped in the space between indie and mainstream. For the few of you who haven't heard Tokyo Police Club, check them out.