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Concert Preview & Interview: Little Big Town

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Little Big Town

The three-time Grammy Award winners, who picked up their latest trophy last month, make a stop on 'The Breakers Tour' tonight at the Schottenstein Center

If you haven’t heard Little Big Town’s The Breaker, you’re missing out on one of the best country albums of the past year. Actually, it’s unfair of me to narrow it down to a single genre, because while there are enough moments on the record to satiate its purists, there are just as many places where […]

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Local Spotlight: Earwig Re-Releases “Gibson Under Mountain”

Grant Walters Grant Walters Local Spotlight: Earwig Re-Releases “Gibson Under Mountain”

Columbus' own alt-rockers re-release their excellent 2011 studio album and give CU's readers an exclusive live video debut

Today, Columbus’ indie-rock sons Earwig are re-releasing their 2011 album, Gibson Under Mountain.  Perhaps one of Earwig’s least-known recordings, the album, which followed 2006’s Center of the Earth and preceded their most recent release, 2016’s Pause for the Jets was, by the band’s own admission “criminally under-promoted” when it initially arrived. “We released what I think is […]

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Review: Josh Blue at the Columbus Funny Bone

Grant Walters Grant Walters Review: Josh Blue at the Columbus Funny Bone

Veteran stand-up comedian and winner of season four of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Josh Blue sold out a five-show engagement this past weekend at the Columbus Funny Bone, the very same club at which he’d first appeared as a headliner early in his career. Blue’s exceptionally funny set during his first performance on Friday night wove […]

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Local Music Spotlight: Cousin Simple

Grant Walters Grant Walters Local Music Spotlight: Cousin Simple

The winners of Groove U's 2017 Instaband competition are gaining traction as an emerging Columbus success story

Cousin Simple took the stage on an oppressively hot August afternoon at the Columbus Food Truck Festival, playing through an hour-long set that was mostly inclusive of what was at the time their still-forthcoming debut album. I marveled at their energy in spite of the swelter, leaping around and savoring every square inch of the […]

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Comedy Preview: Josh Blue at The Funny Bone

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Josh Blue at The Funny Bone

The "Last Comic Standing" winner comes to Columbus this weekend for a special five-show engagement at the Funny Bone.

Like much of the country, I became acquainted with Josh Blue as his humble, disarming humor propelled him into the national spotlight as winner of season four of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. His affability and winsome wit made him easy to root for, and he would eventually best an impressive list of comedians who auditioned for […]

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Photos: St. Vincent at Express LIVE!

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: St. Vincent at Express LIVE!

Awash in vibrant hues and strobes, the acclaimed singer-songwriter played to a full house at Express LIVE! last Wednesday night

Packed in tightly on both levels of the venue, St. Vincent’s Columbus fans buzzed as the talented multi-instrumentalist tackled an impressive 22-song set list at Express LIVE! last Wednesday night. The Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter recently released her fifth studio album, Masseduction, in mid-October to wide critical and commercial acclaim. The set became her first top 10 album on […]

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Will Hoge at Skully’s Music-Diner

Grant Walters Grant Walters Will Hoge at Skully’s Music-Diner

Re-energizing his career with acclaimed album "Anchors", the Nashville-based singer-songwriter will be on stage at Skully's Music-Diner tonight with guests Augustana and Dan Layus

The making of Will Hoge’s latest album, Anchors, was an exercise in partially deconstructing a career that had given him almost two decades of progressive success. Before inking a songwriting deal with BMG Nashville and taking his talents to Music Row in 2012 to write for other artists, he and his band had released seven […]

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