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Six String Concerts has been doing its thing for 25 years now, bringing countless acoustic, performing songwriter shows to central Ohio.
The shows have included ones given by artists who are household names, and some that perhaps one day will be.
In recent years, Six String has taken to calling some shows "Trust Us" shows, highlighting emerging artists the series' braintrust feels are worthy.
Such is the Saturday, March 2, show with David Myles and Connor Garvey at the McConnell Arts Center.
Six String encountered both at last year's Folk Alliance International Conference, and booked them together by way of introducing them to local audiences.
Tickets are $5-$23. Visit sixstring.org.
If the genre "outlaw bluegrass" didn't already exist, then Nashville's The SteelDrivers has invented it.
Rootsy, crisp new-grass blended with a harsh intensity borrowed from someone such as Steve Earle, the quintet could also be the devil spawn of Hank Williams and Ralph Stanley.
On tour in support of its recently-released third record, Hammer Down, The SteelDrivers will play Woodlands Tavern Saturday, March 2. Tickets are $20. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
The Brass Band of Columbus will be joined by euphonium soloist Jason Ham for its annual gala concert, set for Sunday, March 3, at the Lincoln Theatre.
Ham, of the West Point Band, will be featured on Johan de Meij's UFO Concerto.
This is a free concert; a freewill offering will be collected. Visit brassbandofcolumbus.org.
An East Coast bar band in the post-Coldplay indie-ambient era. That's Brooklyn's Ex Cops.
Influences run the gamut here, from Velvet Underground to Eddie Money to the Stone Roses to Snow Patrol.
Ex Cops is touring in support of its latest release, True Hallucinations, and will play Kobo Monday, March 4. Tin Armor and Kidrunner open. Tickets are $5. Visit kobolivecom.
You ever get the feeling that Muse is trying to achieve world domination through music? The U.K. trio is arena rock for a new generation, but it's still massive.
Sure, The Beat is always leery of stuff the critics universally laud, but it's hard to argue with the results Muse achieves from a sonic perspective.
Once again headlining arenas, this time in the wake of the release of its third album, Absolution, Muse will play the Schottenstein Center Tuesday, March 5. Tickets are $39.50/ $49.50. Visit schottensteincenter.com.
Minus the Bear gets somewhat preferential treatment from The Beat because we like the name. The whole "cool name" thing has worked in favor of a handful of acts over the years here at The Beat.
MtB is a Seattle-based quintet making smart indie-pop with ambient overtones. Think if Ben Folds fronted Arcade Fire.
Minus the Bear co-headlines the Waves Overhead Tour with Circa Survive (named for the bands' respective latest albums, Infinity Overhead and Violent Waves). The tour stops at the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, March 6. Tickets are $20/$22. Visit promowestlive.com.
BONUS: In other cool-band-name news, the Wexner Center hosts killer (ha) New York City jazz quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing Saturday, March 2.
Upright bassist Moppa Elliott leads trumpeter Peter Evans, sax-man Jon Irabagon and drummer Kevin Shea in a set that careens through a host of jazz idioms.
Tickets are $18. Visit wexarts.org.
Iconic without being a diva, a pop star and party girl while minimizing the unfortunate trappings of said, Pink is back on the road in support of her latest album, The Truth About Love.
The Beat finds Alecia Moore a consummate showperson, fully capable of carrying an evening herself.
That sensational pop-rock quintet The Hives opens her Wednesday, March 6, show at the Schottenstein Center, is icing on the cake.
Tickets are $29.50-$89.50. Visit schottensteincenter.com.
Acclaimed Canadian duo Whitehorse embodies subdued passion, the real-life married couple Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet offering glimpses of romance and vignettes of modern life.
Fundamentally a guitar-and-harmonies duo, the pair swap instruments in and out liberally, using looping technology to full effect.
The tunes on the band's sophomore effort, The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss, were enough to sway The Beat, but the clincher was a video of Whitehorse performing Devil's Got a Gun in which the pair takes a well-earned beer break about three-and-a-half minutes in.
Check out Whitehorse Wednesday, March 6, at The Basement. Daniel Romano opens. Tickets are $10. Visit promowestlive.com.
With Tenacious D, even the subtleties are overblown.
The comic-rock duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass is back with a new record, titled Rize of the Fenix, chock full of ginormous satire and rock 'n' roll abandon.
Not unlike their live shows, including a planned Wednesday, March 6, stop at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Tickets are $39.50/ $42. Visit promowestlive.com.