Head out to The Basement Friday, July 11, because you'll definitely want to catch this show with Bear Hands.
The groovy Brooklyn indie/experimental quartet offers more than just an opportunity for The Beat to use the above play on words. Touring in support of its second album, Distraction, Bear Hands turns out dynamic and eclectic indie rock, laden with pop hooks disguised in a melange of stylistic elements ranging from psychedelic to punk.
Junior Prom and Total Slacker open. Tickets are $12/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
Columbus Recreation and Parks' Rhythm on the River concerts will host an evening of serious zydeco as Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience play the Riverfront Amphitheater on Friday, July 11.
This is party music, people. And the concert is free!
The music starts just as Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's Twilight Ride bike tour of Downtown wraps up.
Visit sciotomile.com for concert information and a link to register for the ride.
The Columbus Jazz Orchestra opens its ninth summer season of JazZoo concerts at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Friday, July 11.
Singer Dwight Lenox joins the CJO in paying tribute to the "Smooth 70s: Bacharach, Rawls & Beyond."
Tickets are $20-$35 and include zoo admission. For more information, visit jazzartsgroup.org.
Speaking of the smooth '70s, underappreciated R&B vocal group The O'Jays helped define soul music in that decade thanks to tunes like Love Train and For the Love of Money. Eddie Levert Sr. and Walter Williams Sr., half of the group's co-founders in Canton, Ohio, in the 1960s, remain with the group today.
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra welcomes The O'Jays to Picnic With the Pops Saturday, July 12. Adult general admission tickets are $23/$25. Table seating also is available.
Boy and girl musicians meet, fall in love, form a duo, make a name for themselves with gentle folk-pop covers online, get married, release an album of original music and head out on tour, chronicling their time together with food pix and selfies just like the rest of your Facebook friends.
Yep, Us the Duo's Michael and Carissa Alvarado are the quintessential modern couple -- cute, smart, thoughtful. Even their music marks the times -- melodic and minimalist soundtracks to moments of daily living, sung in falsetto tenor (him) and airy soprano (her).
Touring in support of their new No Matter Where You Are, Us the Duo will play The Basement (moved from the A&R Music Bar) Saturday, July 12. Caroline Glaser opens.
Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.
For whatever reason, The Beat finds the band name Hundred Waters compelling.
The Florida quartet's pleasant-if-difficult electronic pop is laced with experimental, progressive and modern jazzy flavors. Evidence of this abounds on the new The Moon Rang Like a Bell.
Check out Hundred Waters Sunday, July 13, at The Basement, with opener Mas Ysa. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
An evening of fresh-faced dreaminess and an abundance of pop-rock catchiness is in order at the Rumba Cafe Monday, July 14, courtesy of Tyler Hilton.
More modern acoustic music fills the bill thanks to Tony Lucca and Anna Rose.
Tickets are $15. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
Husband-and-wife team Johnnyswim mines the full spectrum of Americana forms, from country and folk to jazz and pop, setting the results of this excavation in fresh, contemporary works. One example is Home, the lead single from the duo's debut LP Diamonds.
A tour in support of the record will stop at the Rumba Cafe Thursday, July 17. Tickets are $15. visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
You think there's a host of Nashville-based singer-songwriters that make likeable, listenable modern folk -- so many that there's no possible way you could keep track of them all.
You're right, of course, and The Beat sympathizes. And so we bring your attention to Annalise Emerick, doing so because she deserves your attention amidst the aforementioned host. Emerick boasts a poetic sense of love pursued, lost and/or found, and offers it up via a clear, honey-kissed mezzo-soprano.
She's playing in a free show at Woodlands Tavern Thursday, July 17, so seriously ... visit woodlandstavern.com.
The Giving Tree Band is as genuine a roots outfit as you're likely to find.
The band's members live together, work together, write together and travel together -- the group's vocal harmonies a metaphor for a shared existence. You get the feeling these young fellows could go full-on modern roots in the post-Mumford vein, but instead they hew more closely to acts such as The Band and CSNY. No kidding.
Check 'em out Thursday, July 17, at The Basement. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.