In the spirit of Jason & the Scorchers or The Jayhawks is Dallas, Texas' Old 97's, blending the spirit of the South with an urban bar-band ethic – fire up the Fenders, put your head down and charge onward.

In the spirit of Jason & the Scorchers or The Jayhawks is Dallas, Texas' Old 97's, blending the spirit of the South with an urban bar-band ethic – fire up the Fenders, put your head down and charge onward.

Old 97's boasts 20 years of sweat-inducing shows and shout-it-out-loud records. The anniversary celebration includes a new record, Most Messed Up, and a tour that brings the quartet to the Newport Music Hall Friday, June 6.

Columbus' own Lydia Loveless opens. Tickets are $17/$20. Visit


Brooklyn's Parquet Courts is a garage punk outfit in the classic sense – short, immediate and sharp-edged tunes, delivered raw and with an attitude, evincing hints of Black Flag and Sonic Youth.

'The band's sophomore effort, Sunbathing Animal, finds it harder and more intimate, with a sort of ragged urgency.

Touring with Detroit-based post-punk quartet Protomartyr, Parquet Courts plays Double Happiness Friday, June 6.

Tickets are $10. Visit


Think of a place made slightly more comfortable thanks to the presence of a little dust and a little booze – a honky-tonk bar, your back porch – and Phil Lee is the soundtrack.

The one-time itinerant roots rocker has played with, recorded with or driven trucks with pretty much everyone in the rock 'n' roll game. You live that kind of life, and people are going to hear your songs. If they're good, people will like 'em, and tell others that they should, too. Neil Young, was that kind of patron for Lee, who makes his home these days in Nashville, writing songs and hitting the road to share 'em with folks.

Like he'll do Friday, June 6, at the Red Door Tavern. Tickets are $10. Email


From winsome pop-folk ballads to jaunty, foot-stomping pub tunes, Britain's Skinny Lister lives in a sort of timeless place that's at once aged and proper and yet young and spirited. Let's put it another way – SL has toured with both Boy George and Dropkick Murphys.

The ever-expanding group now boasts six players and singers, adding color upon color to the core of siblings Lorna and Max Thomas, who would sit and sing together as children in Leicester as Max played the melodeon. The new bandmates have readied but not yet released a follow-up to their debut CD Forge & Flagon.

Hear brand-new songs Friday, June 6, at The Basement. Openers include Onward, Etc., Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks and Gentleman.

Tickets are $13/$15. Visit


You know, given The Beat's predisposition toward interesting band names, that we're going to call attention to a local show by Florida's Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, who play Park Street Saloon Saturday, June 7.

But it's Cedarville, Ohio, post-hardcore youngsters Wolves at the Gate who carry the day for this show, as the faith-based quartet marks the release of its second album, VxV.

The slate also includes Phinehas, The Orphan, The Poet, Artifex Pereo, Oceanspeak and Here Comes Quincy. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit


The Newport Music Hall welcomes a remarkable rock 'n' roll pairing Saturday, June 7.

British trio Band of Skulls headlines, its raw and expansive guitars capped with boy-girl give-and-take lead vocals.

That band's straightforward intensity is matched by the straightforward rowdiness of all-female rock duo Deap Vally. The Los Angeles-based rockers' lead single is a tune titled Bad for My Body. This is a party rock act, friends.

Tickets are $18/$20. Visit


Shelton Hank Williams III – known on stage and in studio as Hank3 – does not easily bear the legacy of his famous music-making father and grandfather, but his decision to pick up a guitar and enter the music biz fray was made, it seems, with more than a slight nod to family tradition, despite being raised in a regular working-class home by his mother.

No, he's not a rebel for rebellion's sake, and yes, Hank3 is at home making both alt-country or punk rock records – indeed, he released one of each just last fall, Brothers of the 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat, respectively.

That tour stops at the Newport Music Hall (originally scheduled for the A&R Music Bar) Sunday, June 8. Tickets are $18/$20 (tickets bought before the venue change will be honored). Visit


Joe Ely is at once brilliant and understated. He brings an almost punk-rock ethic to his country-and-rock-inflected folk tunes (Ely toured with The Clash, who loved the Texas native's songs and energy, in the late '70s – no kidding).

He still makes his home in Texas, but has made his way to Columbus a handful of times in recent years, both solo and with the classic Texas songwriting trio The Flatlanders (with Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore). This show will feature virtuoso sideman Jeff Plankenhorn.

See Ely Sunday, June 8, at the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom. Tickets are $25. Visit


Minneapolis electronica outfit Polica have released a "deluxe" version of last year's well-received record, Shulamith, complete with remixes and new tunes, including a cover of Leslie Gore's You Don't Own Me.

The new version retains the laid-bare tone and mesmerizing sonic design that have drawn attention to the band as a standout performer of electro-pop/neo-goth.

Polica plays The Basement Sunday, June 8. Reputante opens. Tickets are $15. Visit


Dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling made a name for herself with transformative arrangements of popular songs posted to YouTube.

A debut album complete with 12 original tracks did nothing to slow her momentum, nor did her staunch refusal to abandon the instrument of her youth – Stirling maintains the authenticity of her musical training roots on her EDM tracks with a "real" sound that she and her fans appreciate.

Stirling plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Wednesday, June 11. Scott Gold opens. Tickets are $28/$30. Visit