Y'all know that I'm not much into the reunion phenom that seems to govern the modern legacies of 80s/90s underground bands. But the enviable lineup for this year's Columbus Music Co-Op Parking Lot Blowout gets a free pass, since I don't think Scrawl ever officially broke up, and the New Bomb Turks haven't been gone long enough to really mark the appearance as a "reunion". The Gibson Brothers, who haven't performed together in a great many years, also earn a get-out-of-jail-free card because they will likely frighten the living hell out of anyone who doesn't know what to expect from them.
Regardless, were I to make the trek for this (which I won't be, unfortunately), the uber-attraction for my five bucks would definitely be Scrawl. Scrawl! Far and away one of the classiest and most unique bands of their era—no one's ever managed to emulate their sound, in spite of them being frequently cited as a huge influence on the Riot Girl bands of 15+ years back. Listen here, as they perform one of my favorite songs in their repertoire, the awesome "Begin" from the Smallmouth LP (1989, Rough Trade Records.)
Also, it's good to see that NJ will be representing in the form of Ted Leo, who's performing at the afterparty. Rumors of a Puzzlehead or Hell No reunion remain unsubstantiated as of this time.