THE BEAT

Fischer's Fab Five

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Three guys offering three distinct takes on rootsy singer-songwriter fare will make stops in Columbus in the coming days.

First is crazed Americana songwriter Tommy Womack. Womack is one of those guys whose songs you’ve heard recorded by others, but has garnered a loyal following as a performer as well. He’s off-the-wall funny and as honest a songwriter as you’re likely to find. Check him out at the Red Door Tavern Friday, March 15. Tickets are $10. Email bteaguei@aol.com.

Young country singer Thomas Rhett stops at The Bluestone Saturday, March 16. As trite-sounding as his song Beer with Jesus might seem by its title, it is ultimately a sensitive and well-crafted tune that maintains broader appeal. Chris Cavanaugh opens. Tickets are $15. Visit liveatthebluestone.com.

Sean Rowe evokes some of the spirit of Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon. Blessed with a heart-rending and bone-crushing baritone, Rowe’s imaginative approach makes him a refreshing take on post-Mayer pop-rock. Rowe plays Woodlands Tavern Thursday, March 21, joined by Marcus Foster and Ruston Kelly. Visit woodlandstavern.com.

Milo Greene stands out from the melange of post-modern indie collectives by applying its quirky sensibilities to accessible pop songs. The distinction is subtle, but the melodic appeal is undeniable.

The L.A.-based quintet, if the current buzz generated by its self-titled debut album is any indication, is destined to play venues larger than The Basement, so consider this an opportunity to say you saw ’em when.

The show is Tuesday, March 19 at The Basement. Kopecky family band opens. Tickets are $12. Visit promowestlive.com.

 

As a (ahem, ahem)-year-old man, The Beat is not moved by Kate Nash’s tunes, although we do find her most clevah. Given a choice between her, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, we’d choose Nash every time.

Her cleverness is just one reason we’ll forgive her for discovering and bringing along on tour New York bubblegum girl group Supercute, whose members might fit the description but whose tunes are more distracting performance art than pop. The other reason is that Nash is affiliated with the “Because I am a Girl,” campaign, which addresses the special needs and challenges of girls and young women living in poverty and, sometimes, slavery, in third-world nations.

Nash will be in concert Wednesday, March 20, at the A&R Music Bar. Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.

 

Rip-snortin’, foot-stompin’, moonshine-brewin’ acoustic country blues. That’s the stuff of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

The larger-than-life trio, which hails from the foothills of southern Indiana, blends a keen, razor-sharp musicality with all the blunt force of a sledgehammer, a barnyard-blues explosion that will knock the mud from your boots – if you haven’t danced it off yourself by the time they’ve finished. Witness (in every sense of the word) the band’s latest, Between the Ditches.

The band is on tour with special guests Jimbo Mathus, known for his work with swing revival band Squirrel Nut Zippers and Buddy Guy, and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart. The tour stops in Columbus for a show at the new Woodlands Backyard (the former Loose Goose on Grandview Avenue, under new management by Jimmy Woodland of Woodlands Tavern) on Thursday, March 21. Visit woodlandstavern.com.

 

Manchester, England quartet The 1975 serves up sweet, sugary confections of arty, electro-pop love songs. (Well, many are about love, if they aren’t specifically odes, per se.)

Why don’t we just point out that two of their buzziest tracks are titled Sex and Chocolate, and leave it at that, hmm?

The band recently released the third in a series of EPs titled Music for Cars, and is on tour hoping to take this side of the Atlantic by storm much as it has done back home. The tour stops at The Basement Thursday, March 21. Kid Runner opens.

Tickets are $5. Visit promowestlive.com.

 

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