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Many shows of note this weekend, here’s my picks:

FRIDAY

A two-night celebration of Brett Helling’s life and musical loves takes place Friday and Saturday night at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza. Brett was an active musician in Columbus for a number of years, playing in bands like The Cabdrivers, The Kyle Sowashes and Winter Makes Sailors, before ending his life last February after a medical procedure went wrong and led him into a downward spiral into depression. Check out the Alive feature for a preview of which of Helling’s favorite songs are going to be performed by his friends. Friday night’s lineup includes: Winter Makes Sailors, Bicentennial Bear and The Kyle Sowashes. Saturday night’s lineup includes: The Moving Parts, Fisted Mister, Colin Gawel and The Whiles.

A West Virginian kid doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of his coal-miner father so he moves to Columbus and starts a gritty punk rock band (Grafton). Years later, the angst is still there but channeled into murder-ballad style numbers. Lou Poster’s Drift Mouth are celebrating the release of their debut single (“The Ghost of Paul Weaver” / “I Suppose”) at Ace of Cups with a stacked lineup that also includes The Bygones and Cotton Candi (hmm, wonder who this is?). Check out the full-line up, along with set times, here.

Keeps are a Nashville, Tennessee psychedelic dream pop band that were scheduled to play at Rumba a few months ago but experienced some travel issues. They are making up for that date by rolling into Spacebar. She Bears, Noble Vices and The Yugos open.

Got an email head’s up about High Wasted’s show at Six 3 Collective (1055 W.3rd Ave) along with a link to the NYC band’s new video for “Party in the Back”. They may look like cool party kids, but they sound like a ’60s garage pop band. Fun stuff.

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Space Pony

Space Pony

We’ve got another great rock show going on in Columbus this weekend. Space Pony is playing with Buried in Concrete, Groot, and One in the Chamber. These bands span the range from Pearl Jam to Pantera with Space Pony and One in the Chamber at the ends of the spectrum respectively. So, what I’m telling you is that, if you like rock of any kind, then you will hear something you like at this show.

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greenhornaceofcups

I’ve told this story countless times but back in the days before the interweb, the best way to find out who was playing at Stache’s was to go to the club and look at the calendar. And, whenever you saw Greenhorn’s name, you knew to cancel all other plans. Outside of a few 45s, there was no music available by the Spurgeon and McGann brothers so a live show was how you got your fill of the noisy, guitar-driven rock.

Inevitably, as most bands do, Greenhorn parted ways by the mid-90s and members moved on to different music and non-music related projects. A reunion in 2005 yielded a CD full of new music – something a ’90s Greenhorn fan never thought would happen – and the guys played some shows to support the CD but, it being a new era, the crowds didn’t turn out en masse the way they once did.

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