The much-publicized and thus R. Kelly-less Fashion Meets Music Festival is finally upon us.

The much-publicized and thus R. Kelly-less Fashion Meets Music Festival is finally upon us.

If you've watched The Beat's regular video features, you know very well that we don't have much to offer when it comes to fashion (which means we should probably check out the weekend's style-related events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center). When you've got the Arena District filled for the weekend with shows at existing venues and temporary stages (lots of free concerts, folks), well, the "Meets Music" part of the inaugural event figures to draw plenty of interest as well.

Veteran rock acts such as New Found Glory and Switchfoot are of particular interest to The Beat, but cool indie acts such as Scientists, Brick & Mortar and Citizen dot the weekend as well, plus a host of local acts. In fact, some of the shows from the rest of our Fab 10 fall under the festival umbrella as well.

A one-time purchase of a $35 badge is required to gain entry to any official Fashion Meets Music Festival After Party venue (including the Basement, Brothers Drake, Park Street Complex) for the entire weekend. Visit

Three consecutive nights of electronic music at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion begins Friday, Aug. 29, with British DJ/producer Rusko. This lad gave the first dubstep wave perhaps its crowning anthem, the potty-mouthed rave Cockney Thug. Tickets are $29.50/$35.

Pretty Lights protege Paper Diamond turns the LC into a dance hall Saturday, Aug. 30. PD brings the beats, but lacks a bit in the melody department. Tickets are $15/$20.

Dig veteran LA DJ/producer Destructo, known for his work with, among others, Lord of Acid and Basement Jaxx, at the LC Sunday, Aug. 31. Tickets are $20.


Yeah, Woodystock is a bad play on words, but it's a radio station-sponsored music festival, so we can be a little lenient. It also happens to be a two-day country music fest that features Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town, so perhaps more than a little lenience is in order.

Kip Moore, Gloriana, Cassadee Pope and more round out the bill, which hits Legend Valley Music Center in Licking County Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30. A two-day general admission pass is $100. For detailed ticket and camping information, visit

Philly-based punk rockers The Menzingers play The Basement on Friday, Aug. 29, in a show you can check out if you've got a Fashion Meets Music Festival badge. You also can just buy $15 tickets if you just want to check out this show -- The Beat doesn't care which, but thinks you'll be glad you did either way.

This is East Coast bar punk at its new-age finest, blending traditional influences such as the Ramones with contemporary sounds such as Against Me! We much liked the video for the lead track from the band's new record, Rented World, the specific song title for which we shouldn't share in a family publication.


Look up "late-summer chillin' " in the dictionary (yes, we know it's probably not actually in a dictionary) and you just might find a Saturday-night show with Slightly Stoopid in the definition.

The rock-funk-reggae-hip-hop outfit from Southern California is kooky enough to entertain no matter what your personal reason for clinging to the last threads of summer might be.

Brett Wilson (of Roots of Creation) opens for the group at the Newport Music Hall on Saturday, Aug. 30. Tickets are $22.50/$25. Visit promowest

To call Chicago prog-pop quartet Maps & Atlases offbeat is to call tofu bland, cliff-diving dangerous or "dog sees itself in mirror" viral videos funny.

The band's latest CD, Beware and Be Grateful, is chock full of jarring, asymmetrical rhythms, gathered instrumental tones and stark vocals. The Beat can't decide if a short attention span or ultimate concentration serves the listener better.

In a show that also falls under the Fashion Meets Music Festival banner (if you so choose), Maps & Atlases plays the A&R Music Bar on Sunday, Aug. 31. Tickets are $15. Visit

Bands such as Jelly Bread, besides having a cool name, also challenge music writers to incorporate as many stylistic descriptors as possible, so we highly recommend you take in these soul-funk roots-rock jam-groove rockers from Nevada when they play Park Street Patio on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

This is a free concert. No excuses.

Visit patio.woodlandsproductions. com.

British alt-popsters Thumpers is a friendly collective built around the vision of Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr., ebullient and exuberant and whatever other joyous adjectives you'd care to employ. For reference, The Beat felt a strong Los Campesinos feel to what we heard from Thumpers.

This is unbridled living-room pop (the pair record most of the basic tracks at the home they share) and it's evident on tracks such as Unkinder.

Check 'em out Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the A&R Music Bar, with opener Hollow & Akimbo. Tickets are $5. Visit

Wilco is cool enough to have been and still be different things to different people -- alt-rock, nu-country, jangle-pop. It's all good.

No, seriously. In Wilco's case, it was -- and is -- all good.

Wilco plays the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Bahamas opens. Tickets are $45. Visit

Eastern Pennsylvania noise-rockers Creepoid flirt, on the off occasion, with melody, but the quartet seems mostly concerned with drones and tones, and a bit of attitude. This is faux-serious stuff, and the band's self-titled sophomore record is overflowing with evidence.

Creepoid plays Ace of Cups on Thursday, Sept. 4, on a bill that also includes The Pools, SRVVLST and Tiny Moving Parts.