CD102.5 Holiday Show boasts irresistible indie-rock headliners

You know Spoon by now. You know the Austin band is indie-rock royalty, and that the crown is deserved, as Britt Daniel and Co. have released album after album of consistently great rock music. Each record finds the band experimenting with new sounds and ideas, and yet each one is instantly recognizable as Spoon. There's a Spooniness to Spoon that makes each album, including 2017's excellent Hot Thoughts, instant canon.

If you saw Spoon at the Newport in May, you probably know that seeing the band twice in a year in Columbus is a gift. But maybe you've been tempted to overlook Toronto's Alvvays for the same reason you've been avoiding new Clintonville restaurant Blunch. Because the name is annoying. I understand, but I've been hearing good things about Blunch, and similarly, you shouldn't sleep on dream-pop act Alvvays, another band playing this CD102.5 Holiday Show.

Even if you somehow don't care about Spoon (*shudder*), Alvvays' warm-and-fuzzy, synth-driven pop songs are as addictive as they are clever. “Alter my state to get through this date,” frontwoman Molly Rankin sings on “Lollipop (Ode to Jim),” a track from the band's newest album, Antisocialites, which is already popping up on Best of 2017 lists, and rightly so.

The Aces and local act Dave Buker and the Historians round out the bill.