Fischer's Fab Five

Two terrific shows at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in the coming days have sold out, so if you haven't got your tickets for Saturday's show with The Avett Brothers or Wednesday's Of Monsters and Men date, bummer for you. Here are five other Fab-worthy shows for your consideration.


Part of Dark Star Orchestra's mission is to keep the Dead alive.

DSO is a Grateful Dead tribute band of sorts. The band takes a set list from an actual Dead show and plays it straight through -- not as a note-for-note attempt to re-create the original, but with unique interpretations and improvisations.

And this weekend, the band hosts the second annual Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley in Thornville (Licking County). Special guests include bands featuring two Grateful Dead members, the Mickey Hart Band and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band. Other performers include Yonder Mountain String Band, The Wailers, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat and New Orleans Suspects.

Single-day and weekend passes are available. Legend Valley allows for a variety of camping experiences. Details are available at


From lo-fi rock to garage punk to shoegaze fuzz, Brooklyn's Radical Dads have recent indie trends down pat.

Yet there's something charming and fresh about this trio - Lindsay Baker and Chris Diken on guitar and Robbie Guerten on drums - a sort of capriciousness that draws the ear. The band's new record, Rapid Reality, is ample evidence.

Radical Dads plays Kobo Saturday, May 25. Total Babes and Dan Gerken and Billy Peake (of Miranda Sound) share the bill. Tickets are $5. Visit


You might not remember or recognize the name Lee Ranaldo, but you for sure recall the band he co-founded, Sonic Youth.

More recently devoted to visual art, production and installations, in particular multi-projection light-and-sound events with his wife, Leah Singer, Ranaldo found time in 2012 to record a solo EP, Between the Times & the Tides. He's now on tour with a backing band he's calling The Dust, and stops at Ace of Cups Saturday, May 25.

Connections and Psandwich open. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit


Modern power-punk doesn't get much more dramatic or creative than Chicago's Alkaline Trio.

The band's brand-new record, My Shame is True (and lead track I Wanna Be a Warhol) demonstrate the band's ability to try new things while retaining a delicate balance of raw energy and restrained melodicism.

Alkaline Trio, with opener Bayside, plays the Newport Music Hall Sunday, May 26. Tickets are $18.99/$23. Visit


Throwback street corner jazz, ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and back porch moonshine-era Americana -- all are the playground of Washington, D.C.-area duo Bumper Jacksons.

With Chris Ousley on guitar and banjo and Jess Eliot Myhre on clarinet, washboard, ukulele and more, the Jacksons make hay in a variety of pre-WWII forms.

Check out Bumper Jacksons at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza Thursday, May 30. Tickets are $5. Visit