Weekender: Feb. 16-17

Menomena

Saturday, Feb. 16

Zanzabar
2100 S. Preston St.
zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com
$12-$14; 9 p.m.

The Portland-based indie pop-rockers with one of the best names in the game almost didn’t make it to see another year on the road. Danny Seim and Justin Harris, friends since high school some 20 years ago, found their band at a crossroads when co-leader Brent Knopf decided to leave in 2011. The split had been coming for a while, and no one had been happy; songs were written separately, and weeks on the road had become increasingly tense and quiet as the old friends had moved in different directions. Still, the remaining duo decided to continue on as Menomena, and their latest album, the delightfully titled Moms, proves their decision was wise. A more lyrically mature (though musically playful) work, this Moms is worth a listen. —Peter Berkowitz

 

•Old 97s

Sunday, Feb. 17

Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road
headlinerslouisville.com
$15-$18; 8 p.m.

It’s Valentine week, and everyone should be packing into Headliners Sunday night, because the Old 97s are returning to show some love to Louisville. The guys will be spreading the seed of their folky blend of country, Southern rock and just old-fashioned rock from wall to wall. The band’s albums have been revered from mainstream to independent sources, but their live shows are almost unparalleled in a world of glossed-over posers. Lead singer Rhett Miller will also be pulling double duty, opening the show with a solo set before joining the band to pay tribute to the 15th anniversary of their roots-rock classic, Too Far to Care. —Brent Owen

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