The Weeks, Freelance Whales, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and more in this edition of the Fab Five.

Mississippi's The Weeks have secured decent patronage for sure.

The manic, anthemic pop-sters find themselves on Kings of Leon's record label, Serpents and Snakes, and are on the road in advance of the release of the debut full-length, Dear Bo Jackson.

The band's tales of growing up in the South might be what captured the hearts of its benefactors. If so, they're not the only ones.

The Weeks plays Skully's Music Diner Friday, Jan. 18. Brujas del Sol opens. Tickets are $5/$7. Visit

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Ohio Theatre.

The show features aerialists, acrobats and like-minded artists performing concurrently with live orchestral music.

This marks the return of the unique and wild concert experience to the CSO, an experience of which conductor Peter Stafford Wilson once told The Beat the performers are "a little closer (to me) than I would like!"

Tickets are $25-$65. Visit

The Beat credits ourselves with coining the term "quirk-pop," but since no one really noticed and we took no legal steps (and since we can't prove that it didn't already exist), we don't really get the credit.

We first used the term in reference to New York's Freelance Whales, which would be squarely in the center of the quirk-pop scene, if there was one.

Feel free to decide for yourself whether the band's name, instrumentation (including harmonium, glockenspiel, antique drum kit) or layered, textured tunes is the reason.

Hundred Waters opens the band's Sunday, Jan. 20, show at the A&R Bar. Tickets are $13/$15. Visit

A shooting star or flash in the pan. Regardless of your assessment, The Darkness made serious waves not quite a decade ago with its over-the-top persona and performances. (The band toured in late 2012 with Lady Gaga, if that helps.)

But only a couple years after 2004's hit I Believe in a Thing Called Love propelled the band to sudden stardom, it was undone by self-induced health issues and fractured relationships. It would be five years before members of the quartet could be in the same room together, but the reunion sparked their creativity, and, subsequently, the release of last year's Hot Cakes.

The Darkness headlines the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, Jan. 23. Hell or Highwater opens. Tickets are $25/$28. Visit

Dayton's Heartless Bastards may be from the opposite side of the state, but Erika Wennerstrom channels Akron's own Chrissie Hynde without being derivative, carving out a classic-style rock n' roll niche all her own.

Completing the Ohio connection, Wennerstrom's mother and brother now call Columbus home.

Arrow, the band's fourth record, is a Wennerstrom tour de force -- an earthy, quirky collection of garage-y rock 'n' roll.

Last year, she told The Beat part of the credit was because of having played the songs live for several months before heading into the studio.

Which means there is at least a chance you'll hear some not-yet-released material at the band's Thursday, Jan. 24, show at The Basement. Tickets are $15. Visit