Fischer's Fab Ten


1) Don’t be fooled – Twenty One Pilots is a duo. Can you imagine finding a rocker van for all those members? Their record label is Fueled By Ramen, for pete’s sake!

The band returns to its hometown (A Critic Crony tells The Beat drummer Josh Dun cut his teeth at both the Northland Sam Ash store and a Beechwold-area church) for a celebratory concert (the following day marks the first day the band’s debut full-length, Vessel, to be released in January, will be available for pre-order) Friday, Oct. 19, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.

Tickets are $15/$20.


Another show with Columbus connections happens at the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, Oct. 24, as Divine Fits (featuring former New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown) headlines a show with special guest Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (Spencer played a while with local legends Gibson Bros.).

Tickets are $18/$20. Visit


2) Grout’s text A History of Western Music says of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral,” “its enduring appeal testifies not to the accuracy of its landscape painting but to the way in which the emotions of a love of nature have been captured in great music.”

Why search for a better description?

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform this favorite in its concerts this weekend. The program also includes a suite of dances by French Baroque composer Jean-Fery Rebel and the classic overture to Rossini’s opera William Tell.

Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21, at the Southern Theatre. Tickets are $65/$25. Visit


3) Tools for remaining at the vanguard of singer-songwriter folk music for a quarter-century: a great ear for melody, musical chops and a clever wit. That’s Christine Lavin’s toolbox, anyway, and she’s still handy with each.

Additionally, Lavin is a favorite with Six String Concerts audiences, having made her fair share of well-received appearances with the series, including its second-ever show.

She returns again, joined by young Mississippian Teneia Sanders, for a Friday, Oct. 19, concert at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $22/$25. Visit


4) An electric week of music in central Ohio begins Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Basement, courtesy of Detroit six-piece Electric Six. The band boasts a nutty sense of humor and serious rock ‘n’ roll chops.
Tickets are $12/$14.

Thursday, Oct. 25, finds NoCal collective Electric Guest offering up its trippy, mutant psych-pop at the Newport Music Hall. How can you not like a band that boasts a member who goes by Cornbread?

Tickets are $15/$17. Visit


5) British pomp-popsters Wolf Gang employ a sweeping, symphonic approach to songwriting, blending a little of the bluster of bands like The Killers with the restrained grace of fellow countrymen Coldplay.

Successful singles including The King and All His Men and Lions in Cages have led to the band’s first full-length, Suego Faults.

Wolf Gang plays the A&R Bar Saturday, Oct. 20, with openers The Royal Concept and Frank & Derol. Tickets are $45. Visit


6) Sic Alps reaches back in time, drawing just enough inspiration from its San Francisco home to infuse its low-fi garage rock with hints of flower-power-era harmonies. Dig the quartet’s self-titled debut CD.

Or dig them in concert Saturday, Oct. 20, at Double Happiness. Visit


7) Road warriors Carbon Leaf are in their 20th year as a band, somehow managing a host of well-received records amongst the constant travel.

The quintet builds on an acoustic-Americana framework, but the style is catchy and melodic, with loads of pop sensibility. Think of a U.S. version of Great Big Sea.

Carbon Leaf plays Woodlands Tavern Sunday, Oct. 21. Visit


8) Mali’s desert blues masters Tinariwen play the Wexner Center for the Arts Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Real-life exiles, nomads and rebels, Wexner Center Director of Performing Arts Charles Helm likened them to John Lee Hooker and Bob Marley in one brief interview. Heady stuff.

Tickets are $18. Visit


9) The Beat confesses to be a very late comer to the music of The Smiths – and a never-comer to the music of frontman Morrissey following The Smiths’ breakup.

The crown prince of mope-pop knew how to sing the modern version of the jangled-up blues, but the singer’s invective tone never resonated with us. But while we always thought of Bob Mould and Mike Watt as musically interested post-college rockers, it was Morrissey who captured the imagination of a whole new generation of alt-rock fans.

He still cuts a stylish figure today, which should be evidenced at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Wednesday, Oct. 24. Tickets are $45.



10) Christian hip-hop star TobyMac, late of CCM modern-rock pioneers dc talk, continues to chart his own course.

The five-time Grammy Award winner has a new record, Eye On It, and (what with the weather turning here of late) knows how to put on a hot show.

He’ll be in concert Thursday, Oct. 25, at Grove City Church of the Nazarene. Chris August and Jamie Grace open.

Tickets are $25/$30. Visit