Overkill, Weedeater, Cannabis Corpse, Wizard Rifle and even a few non-metal bands rock Columbus

Wizard Rifle

We listed off a bevy of great live music options for the week in the latest issue of Alive. Here's another bevy, heavy on the heavy. Keep reading and eventually we'll get to something other than metal.

Wizard Rifle
Openers: Ocean Ghosts
When: 8 p.m. Sunday, April 22
Where: Kobo, 2590 N. High St., Campus
Why: Because this Portland combo kicks serious ass, and not in some cliche, knuckle-dragging manner. I mean, listen to this. Doesn't it kick ass? (more info)

Openers: ASG, Cough and Churches Burn
When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 20
Where: Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., Campus
Why: Because nobody dredges up the sludgy sounds of the South like Weedeater, and because even if Weedeater comes to town somewhat frequently, openers ASG and Cough don't. (more info)

Openers: God Forbid, Diamond Plate, Sudikara
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23
Where: Screamin' Willie's, 1921 Channingway Center Dr., Reynoldsburg
Why: If there's any place to enjoy classic metal, it's the suburbs. I say that without a shred of irony; Metallica and Pantera instantly conjure visions of growing up in Westervile for me. (more info)

Cannabis Corpse
Openers: Ramming Speed, Locusta, Artillery Breath
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 24
Where: Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East
Why:Because for fans who live in the marijuana/heavy metal Venn Diagram overlap, every day is 4/20. (more info)

And now for a sharp turn...

Barry Manilow
Openers: No one dares open for Barry.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21
Where: Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr., Campus
Why: Because it just feels good, OK? (more info)

Jahman Brahman & Ultaviolet Hippopotamus
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21
Where: Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. 3rd Ave., Grandview
Why: Because the band names are almost as funkee as the jams. (more info)

Timmy's Organism
Openers: AS*US, Psychedelic Horseshit
When: 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19
Where: Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., Campus
Why: You like your garage punk with a skewed sci-fi bent, like Clone Defects/Human Eye mastermind Timmy Vulgar delivers it. (more info)

Honey Locust
Openers: Deadwood Floats, Trains Across the Sea
When: 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19
Where: Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High St., Campus
Why: The Nashville indie-folks don't do anything surprising; they just do it well.