Portland's Thrones headline a bill packed with quality locals tonight at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. The songs I've listened to are all over the map. "Obolus 1" sounds like a damned spirit trapped in an old Apple desktop computer. "Trmph Lfe" is bassy and droning. "Nuts and Berries" delivers the same bass blasts through a filter of skips and stutters before eventually bringing back the computer ghost effect. It's sure to be a fascinating set, but the trio of Deerhead, Nukkehammer and El Jesus de Magico is a strong argument that somebody from Columbus will steal the show tonight. This thang is free, and it starts at 10 p.m.
I also had to quench my curiosity about the excellently named Forever the Sickest Kids, who'll be playing with quite a lot of acts (White Tie Affair, Friday Night Boys, Cash Cash, Tina Parol, Everyday Sunday) tonight at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. They're your typical emo-damaged post-Blink pop-punk act, but I'm enjoying their songs quite a bit this morning. OK, not so much the ones with the obligatory hip-hop/vocoder influence. Nonetheless, I hereby endorse this show for those of you who aren't down with Carabar's trip to the dark side. Between these guys and my newfound appreciation for Fall Out Boy (who'll be here tomorrow, as I will undoubtedly remind you), I don't know what is coming over me. This show costs $17 and doors open at 6 p.m.
There's also the Veronicas at Skully's, but I'll let DoneWaiting handle that preview.