Columbus expat returns to read from 'The Offense Book of Books' and play intimate living room show

Mark Eitzel wasn't in Columbus long, but it still feels like a homecoming whenever the former American Music Club frontman comes to town. Ohio State initially brought Eitzel here in the late '70s, and soon after he formed short-lived punk-rock act the Cowboys, followed by the Naked Skinnies, a Joy Division-inspired precursor to AMC that he formed with Greg Bonnell (Moviola), Nancy Kangas and John Hricko.

While here, Eitzel also penned 18 pieces for music fanzine The Offense, writing under the name Billy Lee Buckeye in nine issues of Tim Anstaett's handmade publication in the early 1980s. To celebrate Anstaett's recently published two-volume compilation, The Offense Book of Books, Eitzel will read from the book at Records Per Minute on Friday, April 19.

Eitzel came to town in 2017 for a Rumba Cafe show in support of his most recent solo album, the lovely (and, I'd argue, overlooked) Hey Mr Ferryman. This time around he'll play an intimate set on Thursday, April 18, in a local resident's living room (tickets, address and more details at undertowshows.com). Decades later, Columbus is still a city Eitzel recalls fondly. “Columbus is a great place because it's not snotty,” he told Alive in 2017. “People were so cool — and by cool I mean, they were interested, interesting and friendly. As opposed to interested, interesting and assholes.” (Don't miss it)