Staff Pick: Parquet Courts at Cafe Bourbon Street

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In the dreary dregs of the first week of the year, on the Monday night when the reality of a full work week has sunken in (along with your eyes), an early contender for concert of the year will transpire at Cafe Bourbon Street.

Frankly, an all-local lineup starring the lo-fi “pop” triad of Connections, Psychedelic Horseshit and WVWhite would be sufficient grounds for excitement, but none of those bands is even headlining. So what’s got them gathering on a school night?

That’d be Parquet Courts, a Brooklyn-based, Texas-bred post-punk combo that taps common record nerd sweet spots — Mission of Burma, Devo, Sonic Youth, any band with a motorik pulse — with uncommon grace. 2012 LP Light Up Gold crams 15 songs and endless ideas into 33 minutes, breezing through a nimble, roughshod, melodious half-hour with breakneck momentum.

It’s a party the way Necropolis shows used to be a party; Monday will be too if we all show up to wild out.

Café Bourbon Street

9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7

2216 Summit St., Campus

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