Fischer's Fab Five

The Beat may be alone, but we wonder things like: Do the members of Australian alt-rock trio Sick Puppies ever wish they'd have given themselves a name that doesn't now sound so dated?

The power trio's melodic rock sounds anything but dated, however, so perhaps they're not as concerned about the name thing.

Sick Puppies headlines the Revolver magazine Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour, which also features Italian goth-metal purveyors Lacuna Coil, Arizona metal outfit Eyes Set to Kill and New York hard-rockers Cilver.

The tour held a contest to add a local band to the bill, but as of press time the Columbus act had not been announced.

The local tour stop is set for Friday, Feb. 28, at the Alrosa Villa. Tickets are $24.99/$30. Visit


Early Music in Columbus welcomes chamber ensemble The Sebastians to Capital University's Mees Hall Friday, Feb. 28.

The program examines music originating from two Italian cities. Venetian Romance, Roman Vigor features music by Castello, Merula, Fontana, Corelli and Vivaldi.

Tickets are $27/$22/$12. Visit


New Orleans indie collective Royal Teeth fairly shimmers with gleeful pop melodies and bursts forth with with oddball exuberance. Witness the tunes on the band's aptly titled debut CD, Glow.

With support from Chappo and Paradise of Lights, Royal Teeth plays The Basement Tuesday, March 4. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit


Mike Silverman is indeed That 1 Guy. You know, that one who's a little bit Frank Zappa, a little bit Blue Man Group, a little bit Les Claypool and a little bit Rube Goldberg?

Yes, how to describe the classically trained double bassist who performs on an instrument he invented called The Magic Pipe, a contraption made of miked and linked steel pipes and a single bass string, operated with the help of a bunch of other not-originally-intended-as-musical-instruments musical instruments?

No foolin'.

See and hear for yourself Thursday, March 6, at The Basement. Tickets are $13/$15. Visit


Renown-ed percussionist Cyro Baptista makes joyous party music that shakes away worn-out labels world beat, modern jazz, progressive and the like.

The Brazilian-born New Yorker has long been sought after as a collaborator by no less than Paul Simon, David Byrne, John Zorn, Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio and others. His Banquet of the Spirits show blends unique colors and tones and never fails to surprise.

Baptista brings his quartet to the Wexner Center for the Arts Thursday, March 6, as part of the center's ongoing Via Brasil initiative. Tickets are $18/$13. Visit