So I'm headed out of town until Monday night. Action should resume around these parts next Tuesday. In the meantime, here are a few local rock shows worth checking out on the homefront:

•Bicentennial Bear, a new band formed from former pieces of Miranda Sound (Billy Peake, Sean Sefcik, Scott Haynes) plus bassist Adam Dowell (The Last Hotel, Celebrity Pilots), makes its debut Friday at The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd. They already have a logo and everything! Also performing: their old pals The Moving Parts and Hope Vitellas. (What ever became of her? Back in '06 she was blowing up all over the place.)

•Friday's show at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., featuring The Receiver, Six Gallery and Hotel Eden should be hawt stuff. The Receiver has a new album in the pipeline, and the other two would have been legit Bands to Watch picks. Note: The formerly all-instrumental Six Gallery now features former Pirate frontman Daniel Francis on vocals.

•Lost Weekend Records is hosting another one of its two-night, 12-band anniversary extravaganzas Friday and Saturday at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St. Full schedule here, the highlight being the Columbus debut of Moons, the latest evolution of Dustin White's prog-psych wanderlust. (Freedom --> The Moon and Badtimes --> Moons.)

•Lastly, I'm intrigued by a show TONIGHT at Ruby's (big weekend for that place!) that matches a couple of precious folk-pop acts, Our Cat Philip and Kingsli, with indie dance party DJ Self-Help, one of the forces behind Athens' popular Dance or Die parties. The bands will folk your face around 9, then Self-Help drops the needle (literally or figuratively... not sure about his setup) on some party tracks. Should be an interesting contrast.