Let's run down the weekend's best entertainment options, shall we? (Assuming you don't just want to keep seeing the Jonas Brothers' 3D movie all weekend, which is a legitimate possibility, I suppose.) So many options...
It seems tonight's hot ticket is Matt and Kim (pictured), who are growing on me with every spin through "Daylight." Considering I was originally going to trash them in my preview, I'd say they've basically won me over. Local lads Tin Armor, who we dubbed a Band to Watch not too long ago, will start this thing off around 9 p.m. Sandwiched between two indie pop acts, Chicago hipster rapper Hollywood Holt might seem like the odd man out, but I have a feeling he plays a lot of shows with rock bands. (Check the very LCD-worthy triangle hits on "Fresh Man"!) Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Oh, it's at Skully's, 1151 N. High St.
What else is going on tonight? (All these are at 10 p.m.) •Country-tinged alt-rockers Ghost Shirt and Blue Eyed Gunslingers will play The Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd. •A bunch of talented young indie rock bands will play Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. You might even call them quite watchable! Karate Coyote, Our Cat Philip, Blastronauts and Moondrones.. •And a punk show extraordinnaire is happening at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., featuring Necropolis (sporting a spiffy new self-loathing MySpace URL), Cheater Slicks and Toledo's acclaimed Puffy Areolas.
Saturday begins with a full afternoon and evening of "indie folk pop" for a good cause. Read all about Cafe Bella's Giving Garden Gala in this week's paper. Then turn out from 2-10 p.m. to support efforts to feed and educate the urban poor while enjoying some of the city's best newish bands and ordering some of Bella's home-cooked cuisine. The show costs $10, not including any food you purchase, but I think you'll find it worthwhile. Good vibe over in that place, which can be found at 2593 N. High St.
Once the gala disappears into the darkness, there's a boatload of Saturday night shows for the choosing. (Or a buttload, depending on how you're feeling.) They're all at 10 p.m. •"Energy rockers"-turned-stoner metal antiheroes Lo-Pan (pictured) are releasing their second album, Sasquanaut, with a show at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St. Read more in my feature. •Some of the town's weirdest/loudest/most abrasive bands are getting together at The Summit, 2210 Summit St., to celebrate Josh McGregor's birthday. (He drums in Greenlawn Abbey and Sick Thrills, fools!) Sick Thrills, The Unholy Two, Devil in Exile, Guinea Worms and Outer Spacist will be on hand for this. Only $5, kid. •The brash yet introspective young gentlemen in The Slide Machine will rock Skully's alongside two Cleveland acts (Hot Cha Cha and Freedom) and, playing their second show in two nights, Moondrones.
And remember, Ray Lee's Siren is at the Wexner Center Friday and Saturday night. (Check my review from earlier today. Also, word is you can get $10 tickets — a $2 discount — for dropping the password "ALARM" at the box office.)