More ambient and atmospheric than Thrice, but more intense than modern minimalists such as Mogwai, Atlanta experimental quintet O’Brother is attention-getting in a jarring, disquieting and epic kind of way.
Witness the tunes on the band’s brand-new sophomore release, Disillusion. A little heavier than its predecessor, Beneath Your Garden Window, the record makes full effect of the band’s three-guitar lineup.
On its first headlining tour, O’Brother plays The Basement Friday, Sept. 20. Openers include Native, Daylight and The End of the Ocean.
Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
The weekend offers two chances to see legendary punk bands from different parts of the Commonwealth diaspora.
The Rumba Cafe welcomes Canada’s D.O.A. Saturday, Sept. 21. Playing epic and hard-charging classics from throughout its 35-year history, D.O.A. is on its Farewell Tour. Hells Fire Sinners and Children of Reagan open. Tickets are $13. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
Sunday night sees Aussie cult legends Cosmic Psychos at Ace of Cups.
This show is a rarity, as the band hasn’t toured the U.S. since 1999. The show will include a screening of a recent documentary about the band. Visit aceofcupsbar.com.
Acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble Cantus opens the Chamber Music Columbus season with a Saturday, Sept. 21, concert in the Southern Theatre.
The nine-member group has no conductor or music director, and the collectivist mentality pervades the group’s expressive musicality and balanced harmonies.
Cantus’ CMC program will include works by Leonard Bernstein, Jean Sibelius, William Billings and more.
Tickets are $15-$45. Visit cmcolumbus.org.
Captivating, graceful and enthralling, singer-songwriter Angel Olsen offers literate pop, both robust and restrained.
Perhaps the most gorgeously engaging of the modern folk-pop sirens, Olsen’s tone bears hints of classic voices such as Patsy Cline, Judy Garland and Brenda Lee. She controls and manipulates her instrument to charming effect on her sophomore release, Half Way Home.
New England indie-pop quartet Potty Mouth and Chicago’s adventurous Pillars and Tongues open for Olsen’s Sunday, Sept. 22, show at Double Happiness. Tickets are $10. Visit doublehappinessohio.com.
Hopeful, genuine and organic, the world-beat-flavored rock of Michael Franti and Spearhead makes it hard not to smile. Or tap your toes. Or sing along.
The cross-genre Franti, who also boasts an unabashed conscience, is again criss-crossing North America, and stops Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Newport Music Hall. Moon Taxi opens.
Tickets are $22.50/$25. Visit promowestlive.com.