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


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.


Tim Easton’s back in town this weekend and, as Tim Easton always does, will be playing multiple shows. Saturday night you can find him at Dick’s Den, Sunday night he’ll be at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza.

Former Foxygen touring drummer (and voice of the cartoon character Tim Possible from the show Kim Possible) Shaun Fleming – performing under the name Diane Coffee – is playing a makeup date at Rumba after having to cancel a show last fall due to illness. Self-described as “psychedelic Motown”, this show should be a spectacle to behold.

The Alive revealed 2016’s Bands to Watch in Thursday’s paper – Correy Parks, Playing to Vapors, Mary Lynn, Nuclear Moms and The Fallen. And now, the Class of 2016 will show why they were picked by performing a FREE show at Skully’s.


Heard it’s supposed to get into the 50s and even flirt with the low 60s next week. It makes total sense that Minnesota’s The Pines are helping usher in the warmth as their latest, Above the Prairie (due out Feb. 5), is the musical equivalent of a warm blanket on a cold winter night. Really beautiful, yet somber, Americana rock. Rumba’s got a late show happening on Sunday night so this one (Year of the Buffalo opens) will start around 8 and be over by 10.