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Friday: Alberta Cross/Everest at The Basement

Here’s how it happened it my head …

“Hey Chip, it’s Marissa from PromoWest. Listen, we’re looking to book one of those shows that, in a few years, people will say ‘I was there!’. We’ve got an opening at The Basement on Friday, July 6. Can you think of two bands that have already paid their dues, already have a few releases under their belts, have played on BIG stages opening for well-established acts that might be a good fit?”

“Funny you should ask, Marissa. I’ve got the perfect bill for you, and they are already touring together! Alberta Cross has played at The Basement as headliners and opened for Pete Yorn at The Newport, toured with Dave Matthews and Oasis, and performed at Bonaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury, South by Southwest, and Lollapalooza. Everest, meanwhile, has performed at The Newport twice – opening for Minus the Bear and Guster, was handpicked by Neil Young to open his 2008 arena tour (along with Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie), is opening Young’s fall 2012 tour and has been featured in a Corona commercial … AND … did I mention that both bands appeared in video sessions that we did with Electraplay?”

Marissa made the conversation in my head a reality. You won’t want to miss this one.

Alberta Cross and Everest, with special guest – Columbus native – Aaron Lee Tasjan, will perform Friday, July 6 at The Basement. Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 at the door.
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Saturday: Malefactors of Great Wealth, Harper Blynn, Enemies!, Taurus @ Rumba

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You’ve got plenty of good options for Columbus shows on Saturday night. Here’s some facts about one of ’em:

Ex-Beetkeeper/Burn Barrel frontman J.P. Olsen‘s Malefactors of Great Wealth come back to Rumba backed again by a full band that’s almost the Madison Square Gardeners, except Chris Morrissey (Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings) is on bass and Mark Stepro switches from bass to drums (as he often does). Olsen has a lot more music in the works for 2012.

Taurus is Chris Morrissey’s project with Rich Hinman, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Stepro, who described Taurus as “a bit of a nod to the ’90s-Pedro the Lion meets Nirvana.”

Enemies! is fronted by Tasjan with Hinman, Stepro and John Kengla. The new band just recorded an EP with Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo). Stepro said Enemies! is “a much darker, ’90s-oriented, Teenage Fanclub/Oasis/Nirvana/My Bloody Valentine [band], as opposed to the Gardeners, who usually operate out of the classic rock/’70s FM radio playbook.”

Harper Blynn is the only band without ties to the Madison Square Gardeners extended family, but you may know them as the guys who back up the Damnwells, Cary Brothers and others. They’ve also got a new Christmas single you can grab here for free.

Schedule for the night at Rumba Cafe: 9pm – Taurus, 9:45 – Harper Blynn, 10:30 – Malefactors, 11:30 – Enemies!