Drums Downtown, Bombay Bicycle Club, Yonder Mountain String band join Fab Five

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Drums Downtown, featuring the Ohio State University Percussion Ensemble and many friends, is more than just an evening of percussive beats.
Oh, it's percussive beats, for sure, but it's just more than that.

OSU student dancers and musicians will collaborate on this multimedia performance, which is highlighted by the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning guest composer-in-residence Steve Reich, himself a crack drummer.

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Drums Downtown IX will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at the Riffe Center Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $15/$10. Visit http://percussion.osu.edu.

Time was there wasn't a fresher, more unique sound-band in rock than Jane's Addiction. (Full disclosure - The Beat was not a fan, but that doesn't mean we didn't recognize a jarring new sound when we heard it.)

A couple years and a new record - 2011's The Great Escape Artist - into the band's second incarnation, and, well, it's hard to be different and the same all at once.

Collegians of the '90s will want to make sure to check them out Saturday, Feb. 25, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Tickets are $43/$45.

Youngsters or those with an eye toward the future might prefer to dig Bombay Bicycle Club Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the A&R Bar.

This collection of sort of British hipsters (Bripsters?) makes a delicious musical stew such that adjectives like dancy, jaunty, obtuse, progressive and winsome all apply in equal measure.

Tickets are $12.

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Newgrass masters Yonder Mountain String Band wins The Beat's award for nice use of historical rural lingo in a band name (not a real award).
Colorado-based YMSB builds off a jam-grass foundation, fully comfortable with elements of jazz and even punk - mandolin player Jeff Austin told The Beat in an interview a few years back, "(Bluegrass) was not the music of our youth, not for a single one of us."

YMSB's Thursday, March 1, show at the Newport Music Hall also serves as a nice look-ahead to the annual Memorial Day weekend Hookahville festival, to which the quartet returns this year.

Meantime - tickets are $25. Visit www.promowestlive.com.