Ron Pope, Odd Future and Royal Thunder highlight this week's Fab Five.
1) Young, quirky and handsome singer-songwriters from both sides of the Atlantic will melt the hearts of central Ohio's young ladies in the coming days. Monday, Sept. 10, British sensation Ed Sheeran brings the buzz to the States, with a local show planned at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.
(The buzz seems to be catching on, as this show was originally scheduled for the Newport Music Hall.) Hits like The A Team and Lego House display a wit and sensitivity that should make this youngster a star. Passenger opens. Tickets are $20/$22. Visit promowestlive.com.
More earnest and lovelorn is Georgia-born and NYC-based Ron Pope. Soft and sensitive (witness A Drop in the Ocean), he plays Rumba Cafe Tuesday, Sept. 11, with openers Kevin Daniel and Megan Tonjes. Tickets are $12. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
2) If you've been waiting for the inevitable Adele-inspired blues-pop chanteuses, wait no longer – ZZ Ward is coming your way out of the Pacific Northwest. Ward has the chops and the looks to make some waves, and she's backed by the folks at Disney (you may have heard drops of her songs in ads for ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars), so expect to hear more stuff from her debut CD, Criminal. Ward and opener Zach Heckendorf play The Basement Tuesday, Sept. 11. Tickets are $8/$10. Visit promowestlive.com.
3) One of the rappers in alternative hip-cop collective Odd Future is named Earl Sweatshirt. That makes these kooky So-Cal fellas winners to The Beat's way of thinking.
That said, their lyrical content is (not surprisingly, perhaps) overly adolescent, and their shows often have a ... err ... physical nature to them. Tickets for Odd Future's Wednesday, Sept. 12, show at the Newport Music Hall are $23/$25. Visit promowestlive.com.
4) Royal Thunder is just the kind of band for which fans of classic metal who've drifted away from the sluggishness of stoner rock or the aggro-vocals of metalcore have been waiting. Heavy riffing, sharp guitar work and the stunning vocals of bassist Mlny Parsonz characterize this Atlanta-based four-piece.
Royal Thunder shares the stage with Pallbearer Thursday, Sept. 13, at Ace of Cups. Visit facebook.com/aceofcupsbar.
5) A&R Music Bar will host a rollicking romp courtesy of piano-based blues-rocker J. Roddy Walston and The Business. Touring in support of a self-titled debut, Walston and mates and openers The DewDroppers will play Thursday, Sept. 13. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.