Songmeister Marvin Hamlisch will make beautiful music with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in the orchestra's last Pops Series concerts of the season (we hope just "of the season") Friday and Saturday, May 30-31, at the Ohio Theatre.

Songmeister Marvin Hamlisch will make beautiful music with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in the orchestra's last Pops Series concerts of the season (we hope just "of the season") Friday and Saturday, May 30-31, at the Ohio Theatre.

Tickets are $60-$18. Call (614) 228-8600.

The Beat often seeks advice in the form of checking in with our expert Critic Cronies, which we did in the case of Rick Ross, the hip-hop star who brings his Big Boss Tour to Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Friday, May 30.

We found Ross' voice and rhymes a bit slow and his beats uninteresting, but we felt it was important to get another perspective, so we sought the advice of our hip-hop Crony, who offered, amidst a brief description, "I don't like him. To me he brings nothing new."

Affirmation! Vindication!

Tickets are $35/$75. Call (614) 431-3600.

Collective Soul. 3 Doors Down. Saliva.

And now comes Saving Abel, a Memphis-based quintet that should be the next big American-big-rock band, on the strength of tunes like Addicted and 18 Days.

Catch 'em in a club while you still can - Saturday, May 31, at the Alrosa Villa.

Tickets are $10. Call (614) 885-9125.

If you, upon seeing that the name of a band is Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, think "That's probably some art-pop/free-pop outfit whose tunes are filled with an air of self-importance," no need to keep reading. You're spot on.

Those still reading should know the Montreal-based band is an art-pop/free-pop outfit whose tunes are filledÉ

Skully's Music diner hosts SMZ and Eric Chenaux Tuesday, June 3. Tickets are $12/$14. Call (614) 291-8856.

Let's say your favorite power-pop band -- Motion City Soundtrack perhaps -- was instructed to play the music of Polyphonic Spree as a re-recorded backdrop to the dance/segue sequences on Laugh-In. (Just let's sayÉ)

You'd be pretty close to Nashville-based indie-popsters De Novo Dahl.

Or maybe Devo plays the hits of Stevie Wonder.

DND plays The Basement Wednesday, June 4. Tickets are $8/$10. Call (614) 431-3600.