I liked The Midnight Organ Fight from the first time I heard it, back in the days when spring was unfurling into summer. Since then, I've only become more enamored with the second album from Selkirk, Scotland's Frightened Rabbit. It's an incredibly personable guitar pop album with lots of Kiwi pop influence (think The Clean, The Bats) but more than enough accessibility to appeal to those who have never heard of Kiwi pop. It reminds me of the Frames too in that the lyrics are melancholy and introspective but always hopeful, never imploding into mopey wankery. It's such a solid record, and the more I've gotten into it, the more bummed I've become that I skipped the band's stop in Columbus last June. Thankfully, they're returning tonight to play Skully's, 1151 N. High St., along with Spinto Band and local house show kings Tin Armor. My understanding is Spinto Band is actually headlining this, which should put Frightened Rabbit second. This one doesn't have a time listed, but most of BenCo's shows at Skully's lately have been 8 p.m. door, 9 p.m. show, so plan for that. Your $10 at the door will be well worth it.
A quite humongous show is happening up the road at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St., where Atmosphere brings its emo-fried (but now mature) hip-hop all the way down from Minnesota. Columbus' own Blueprint is on tour with his Rhymesayers labelmate, so expect lots of local love tonight. Doors open way early — 6 p.m. — so I guess that means we can expect music to start by 7? Tickets are $22.
Also, the World Series begins tonight, and it doesn't feature Boston or L.A., which is a good thing! So good, in fact, that ESPN devoted two separate columns to the subject.
Anyway, FRIGHTENED RABBIT. They are good. Go see them.