Tonight a much-hyped experimental venue debuts as indie rock legends Silver Jews inaugurate the revamped gymnasium at Milo Arts, 617 E. Third Ave. Promoter Ben Hamilton (pictured) hopes to turn Milo into a go-to venue for major indie rock acts; read all about it here. Silver Jews, meanwhile, are making their second Columbus appearance since frontman David Berman decided to lift his ban on touring. You can read my e-mail interview with Berman here. And if you still need tickets for tonight's show ($13 advance/$15 at the door), go here. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show is likely to be over by midnight. Fellow Nashville artist Cortney Tidwell opens.
Elsewhere tonight, scrappy locals Dolby F--kers make their last appearance before braintrust Lee Keeler heads back to Savannah for another year of grad school. They'll play after Flotation Walls, Day Creeper and touring act The Silent Years — a John Ross favorite — at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. $5 cover and 10 p.m. start on this one, with the promise of no F--king until after Silver Jews lets out.
One more show of note: Ghost Shirt, a new act featuring members of the Shatters and other Treehouse regulars, makes its debut at The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd. Talking Heads-produced act Mad Happy will also appear. 10:30 p.m. start, $4 cover.