A modern-day pop troubadour, Tennessee's Drew Holcomb combines indie pop with traditional acoustic singer-songwriter fare.

A modern-day pop troubadour, Tennessee's Drew Holcomb combines indie pop with traditional acoustic singer-songwriter fare.

When performing alongside his wife, Ellie, and other friends as Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Holcomb is a special treat. In fact, the Neighbors pretty much rock. (Doesn't hurt that The Beat caught him solo, opening for one of our personal faves, Needtobreathe, either.)

Holcomb and company have a new record, Good Light, out, and it's chock-full of bold Americana tuneage.

And they're on the road in support, with a stop planned Friday, March 22, at The Basement. Elijah Aaron opens. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.

Choral ensemble The Newberry Consort is perhaps the highlight program for Early Music in Columbus' 2012-2013 season.

The concert, "Celestial Sirens," features an ensemble of eight women accompanied by organ and viola da gamba, and repertoire from the Baroque convents of Italy and Mexico, where virtuoso music was composed and arranged by women, for women.

The concert will be held Friday, March 22, in downtown Columbus' St. Joseph Cathedral. Tickets are $12-$27. Visit earlymusicincolumbus.org.

From the "that didn't take long" department:

We're not going to pretend to be experts on Fifty Shades of Grey, but we pay enough attention to know that Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, is a quick turnaround. Spank probably didn't have to venture far from the source material to find absurdist comedy, but the creators have done so nonetheless, and added in some good, semi-clean musical fun for good measure.

Spank plays the Southern Theatre Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Tickets are $35.75-$45.75. Visit capa.com.

Darwin Deez makes clean, catchy post-pop music with an absurdist bent. Sort of a next-generation Ben Folds, if you will.

He's touring in support of his optimistically named record, Songs for Imaginative People, and stops at Ace of Cups for a Monday, March 25, show. Caged Animals opens.

Visit facebook.com/aceofcupsbar.

Canadian trio The Good Lovelies (is The Beat the only one who's noticed the abundance of talented girl folk groups coming from north of the border?) virtually sparkle with crystalline harmonies and engaging, cheerful countenances.

Self-accompanied on a variety of stringed instruments, these ladies have three records of original material and are poised to make hay outside of their home country -- starting with Columbus, as CityMusic presents them at Via Vecchia Winery Sunday, March 24. Tickets are $25.

Visit citymusiccolumbus.org.


Martha Wainwright is a female singer-songwriter who qualifies as both good and lovely. And you may notice her last name -- indeed Martha is from the second family (after the Guthries) of American folk. Daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and brother of Rufus Wainwright, Martha stands on her own as a talent both as writer and performer.

She'll play The Basement on Wednesday, March 27. Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.