San Diego-based metalheads Mower lead a double life.

San Diego-based metalheads Mower lead a double life.

Sometimes a classic modern metal act balancing melodic, riff-based tunes with the growling delivery the kids just can't get enough of - and sometimes jazz-lounge act "Slower," played with a wink and a scowl.

The Alrosa Villa hosts Mower Friday, Aug. 28. Morpheem opens. Tickets are $6. Call (614) 885-9125.

Two fine young indie-rock acts from Brooklyn will grace Columbus club stages in the coming week.

Girl-band trio Vivian Girls (think Debbie Harry-fronts-The Go-Go's) are decidedly lo-fi and high class. See 'em at The Summit Friday, Aug. 28. Tickets are $10/$12. Call (614) 268-9377.

Savoir Adore is a duo with added players for gigs that approaches straight-up pop-rock but pulls the rug out from under you at just the right moment. For example, Thursday, Sept. 3, at Circus. Tickets are $5. Call (614) 421-2998.

Not since Boston's Tom Scholz played his way into the rock 'n' roll pantheon has a guitarist displayed such a sense of the grandiose as Mark Tremonti.

Tremonti's sublime hammer-fall riffs, in The Beat's estimation, were largely responsible for the millions of records Creed sold, and for the strength shown by new band Alter Bridge after the band parted ways with wayward singer Scott Stapp.

With Stapp now back in the fold, Creed is touring with New Zealand-bred rockers Like a Storm, with a stop at Nationwide Arena Wednesday, Sept. 2, on the itinerary. Tickets are $85-$10. Call 1-800-745-3000.

Country music star Gary Allan has had an interesting and often sad personal life, and his experiences have led him to record songs (some of which he has co-written) at least as thoughtful as modern pop-country can be.

The California native has also retained much of the Bakersfield sound despite his move to Nashville, and, while he's never been the flavor-of-the-month, he has carved a successful career for himself in a fickle business.

Allan plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Thursday, Sept. 3. Tickets are $25/$27. Call 1-800-745-3000.

Vanguard jazz-funk-groove-hop trio Medeski, Martin & Wood is as unconventional as its members are gifted.

Formed nearly 20 years ago, MMW blazed new territory for the standard jazz trio (piano, upright bass, drums) and made itself at home in the jazz, rock and jam-band communities.

Check 'em out Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Newport Music Hall. Tickets are $20/$22. Call 1-800-745-3000.