It’s great to see family and eat tons of food over the Thanksgiving holiday but undoubtedly you’ll need to get out of the house this weekend to drink some beer and listen to some live music. Tis the season.


Baroness is kicking off their tour in Columbus at Ace of Cups. The band – and its heavy riffage – is no stranger to Columbus, they seem to hit the capital city every time they’re on the road and it never gets old with fans, the proof being that this show is SOLD OUT. Doors at 8, Earthling opens and Baroness goes on around 10.

I’d suggest that had Baroness asked for a local opener, Mount Carmel or Brujas del Sol would have been good options. However, those two bands are teaming up for a show at the Big Room Bar. If you missed out on Baroness tickets, this is a great alternative. $8 in advance, $10 at the door and you can bring along your kid brother or sister … the show is ALL AGES. Brujas del Sol starts at 9 with Mount Carmel to follow.

It’s been months since Puddle of Mudd’s lead singer Wes Scantlin has been in the news (he had a string of DUIs this summer) so maybe this show will go off without a hitch at the Alrosa. As with most Alrosa shows, this one has a buttload of openers – Before the Day, Dorothy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Dogmatik Method all hit the stage before Puddle of Mudd. $20 will get you in the door (which, by the way, opens at 6pm).

If hard rock isn’t your thing, you can groove to the tried-and-true reggae sounds of The Ark Band at Rumba Cafe ($8 cover), drink some fine craft beer while singer/songwriter Ryan Smith provides the Americana soundtrack at Hop Yard 62 in Grove City (FREE!), chill to some jazz from Stan Smith, Lisa Bella Donna and Roger Hines at Brothers Drake Meadery or work off your turkey hangover with the Primusy-funk of Zuck’s Turkey Farm, Victory at the Crossroads (Pittsburgh) and Detroit Red ( Detroit) at The Tree Bar.


Here’s some interesting trivia … on November 30, 2013, Anna Ranger, Psychic Wheels, Good Buddy (Nashville) and Psychedelic Horseshit played a show at Ace of Cups. This year, Nathan Snell’s (formerly of Anna Ranger) new project, Tan (based in Nashville), Psychic Wheels, Good Buddy and … The American Jobs … will perform at Ace of Cups. Three out of four. I haven’t checked to see if a combination of these bands played at Ace of Cups last Thanksgiving but I wouldn’t be surprised. Doors at 9, first band hits the stage at 10. $6 cover (if you do the math, it’s only costing you $1.50 per band … how’s THAT for some great holiday savings?)

This is one of those evenings where, if you’re an indie rock fan, you’ve got some tough decisions to make. Across the street from Ace of Cups, Sega Genocide, Connections and Mary Lynn will be making the Spacebar stage feel like Stache’s circa 1994. I’ve been hearing that Mary Lynn’s new album is AMAZING though we common people won’t be able to hear it until 2016 so hearing new songs live will have to suffice.

Brothers Drake Meadery is hosting a one-night only concept show by Doni Jai who has lined up an impressive lineup of guests to reinterpret the music of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. If this sounds up your alley, you’ll want to arrive early as space is limited and it undoubtedly will be a full house (9pm, $5).

And … DUDE … O’Shecky’s (at the Continent) is hosting a tribute band double-bill with Sweet Leaf (Sabbath) and Evil or Divine (Ronnie James Dio) setting up on the two stages and alternating sets back and forth all night which means very little, if any, down time between bands. For $10 you can relive metal from the ’70s and ’80s.


Pale Angels formed after the guitarist and drummer did an impromptu set of Nirvana covers at a festival in Florida and that’s the kind of noisy punk rock the band continues to perform 4 or 5 years later. While most of the band members live in New Jersey, the bassist lives in Wales so this is truly an international band. Pale Angels are on tour with Cincinnati’s Vacation and will team up with Pittsburgh’s Edhochuli and our own Nervosas for this end-of-the-long-weekend show at Spacebar – 8pm doors, $7 cover. Was thinking this Pale Angels song might be a cover of the Rocket from the Crypt hit – it’s not, but it’s a good sample of what these guys sound like.