Grab-bag of good stuff this weekend, starting with tonight's Nick Lowe semi-tribute show at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., featuring Columbus Power Squadron, The Libertines (US) and The Exceptionals. The three garage rock greats will play two songs each from the Lowe catalog to celebrate the reissue of his seminal The Jesus of Cool LP. They'll also play their usual highly enjoyable strains of rock and/or roll. 10 p.m. start for this freebie.
Over at Andyman's Treehouse, 887 Chambers Road, the elusive pop monster Jon Chinn + 1803 will make an appearance in the company of retro-futuristic hip kids The Black Canary and some dudes called Farewell System. 10 p.m. start on this one too, and probably a $5 cover.
What about Saturday, say you? Perhaps pay a visit to Cafe Bourbon Street, where DC's oft-changing, hard-charging Apes will perform with three of our town's most out-there ensembles. Weird punks Necropolis are probably still my favorite local band to see in concert, while the thrashy, spazzy Hills are playing their second-to-last show ever, and Hugs & Kisses you have to see to understand. 10 p.m., $5?
And what about that other pillar of local hipsterdom, Carabar? Its Saturday show is as enticing as that Friday tilt, with awesome old punk dudes Cheater Slicks and awesome young punk dudes Vegetative State bookending a set by The Jellyhearts, whose age is probably somewhere in the middle. Also 10 p.m. Also free.
As for Sunday, I say screw the Oscars and go to the Wexner Center to watch St. Vincent. My preview tells you all you need to know about Annie Clark and band. 9 pm. start, $12 cover. See you there.