Cuddle Magic, Columbus Symphony, Lights, West Side Story (and more!) join the latest Fab Five
In honor of our recently completed "Sweetest 16 Band Name Bracket" (winner: Lt. Dan's New Legs - read online at www.ThisWeekNews.com), we dedicate one entry in this week's Fab Five to a few that likely wouldn't have made the cut but which The Beat finds cool/clever/interesting nonetheless: At once rootsy and arty, Akron's Shivering Timbers employs a freewheeling approach to rock n' roll that places them somewhere between Bonnie Raitt and The Black Keys (also from Akron). Shivering Timbers plays Rumba Café Saturday, April1 4. Tickets are $10. Visit www.columbusrumbacafe.com. Brooklyn-based chamber pop collective Cuddle Magic is a pop-music incarnation of 20th-century composers like Krzysztof Penderecki, John Cage or Arnold Schoenberg. Tunes suggest a certain level of indiscrimination, like an arrangement that sounds like the players and singers were making their parts up on the spot with no idea what the others were playing; or the ultra-organization of serialism in its often-disjointed melodies. Cuddle Magic opens for Anais Mitchell at Rumba Café Wednesday, April 18. Tickets are $12. Visit www.columbusrumbacafe.com. Las Vegas' Imagine Dragons are touring in support of new EP, Continued Silence, full of epic, angular modern rock. See 'em at the A&R Music Bar Wednesday, April 18. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit www.promowestlive.com. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has a magical, monumental and maiden program set for this weekend (concerts Friday and Saturday, April 13-14) at the Ohio Theatre. The magical and monumental are courtesy Mozart's Overture to Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) and Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra. As for the maiden, that would be the world premiere of Worthington resident Donald Harris' Symphony No. 2. The composer and Ohio State University professor emeritus composed the work over five years. It is the first commissioned piece for the CSO in more than 20 years. Tickets are $68-$24.75. Visit www.columbussymphony.com. Valerie Anne Poxleitner, otherwise known as synth-pop siren Lights, has a Susanna Hoffs or Sheena Easton heart in a Lady Gaga world. Her self-programmed electro-rock ranges far afield, willingly experimenting with sonic textures and lapsing into comfortable grooves. She is on tour in support of her latest CD, Siberia. Lights plays The Basement Monday, April 16. Tickets are $15. Visit www.promowest.com. The touring production of the 2009 remount of West Side Story on Broadway hits Columbus for eight shows in six days starting Tuesday, April 17, at the Ohio Theatre. The Beat would like to point out the obvious pluses and minuses to such an endeavor. The pluses center on the fact that this is among musical theater's greatest triumphs, a wonderfully modern and classic tale that stands the test of time and has equally timeless songs (Somewhere might be The Beat's favorite Broadway ballad). The minuses tend to congregate on the idea that, because it's a classic, you run the risk of really fouling it up - it's not like you're going to make it better, hmm? Fortunately, the producers did not foul it up, earning an extended run and a Grammy Award along the way. Tickets are $88-$28. Visit columbus.broadway.com.