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Concert Preview: TLC

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: TLC

With their fifth and final studio album returning them to the spotlight, the best-selling female group in American music history will take the stage as part of "90s Fest" on Saturday night

I reserve almost all of my singing for the safe and judgment-free confines of my Volkswagen. Because a 41-year-old man belting out the bridge of TLC’s “Red Light Special” in falsetto — with pitch-perfect conviction, I’ll add — is something that really should be enjoyed by an audience of just himself in complete isolation. While […]

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Concert Preview: Better Than Ezra

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Better Than Ezra

Still enjoying the momentum from their most recent album, "All Together Now," and with new music due next year, Better Than Ezra comes to Columbus with The Wallflowers for an outdoor show at the Columbus Zoo

It would be really easy for me to start this article with some sort of journalistic capitalization on the title of Better Than Ezra’s 1995 breakthrough single, “Good.” So I’m not going to. Rather, I’ll tell you that the Baton Rouge-born, New Orleans-raised alt-rock quartet is on the cusp of its thirtieth anniversary as a […]

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Comedy Preview: Jim Breuer

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Jim Breuer

One of the most beloved working stand-up comedians in the country, who can now add heavy metal vocalist and sports network mogul to his resume, will stop at the Columbus Funny Bone this weekend on his "Family Warrior" Tour

If you’re enthusiastically holding tickets in your hand for one of Jim Breuer’s four shows this weekend at the Columbus Funny Bone, his own excitement to play in the Arch City on his current Family Warrior Tour promises a pretty outstanding return on your investment. “Seeing me live — that’s where I thrive the best,” […]

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Photos: Billy Gardell at Columbus Funny Bone

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Billy Gardell at Columbus Funny Bone

Veteran stand-up comedian and actor Billy Gardell performed four sold-out shows last weekend at the Columbus Funny Bone. His hour-plus set was a hilarious exploration of his marriage, life with his teenage son, and the exploits of his intrepid septuagenarian father, among other anecdotes. With the addition of a few well-placed expletives, Gardell’s stand-up is […]

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Photos: Switchfoot & Lifehouse’s “Looking For Summer Tour” at EXPRESS LIVE!

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Switchfoot & Lifehouse’s “Looking For Summer Tour” at EXPRESS LIVE!

West coast alt-rock exports Switchfoot and Lifehouse stopped by EXPRESS LIVE! in the Arena District last Wednesday night on their double-billed Looking For Summer tour. After a strong opening from Boston newcomer Brynn Elliott, which featured her latest single “Might Not Like Me,” Switchfoot kicked off their half of the show with the title track […]

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Artist Spotlight: The Shadowboxers

Grant Walters Grant Walters Artist Spotlight: The Shadowboxers

With rhythmic energy, tight harmonies, and a batch of new songs in hand from their studio sessions with Justin Timberlake, the rising Atlanta pop-smiths played The Basement Saturday night.

Atlanta-derived pop outfit The Shadowboxers descended on Columbus Saturday night for a much-anticipated show at The Basement in the Arena District. Founding members Adam Hoffman (vocals and guitar), Matt Lipkins (vocals and keyboards), and Scott Schwartz (vocals and guitar) met while they were first-year students at Emory University in 2008 as each sought an outlet […]

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Comedy Preview: Billy Gardell

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Billy Gardell

The veteran stand-up comedian and star of "Mike & Molly" and "Million Dollar Quartet" is celebrating thirty years on stage this weekend at the Columbus Funny Bone

“Sorry, can you hear me now? Is that better?” The mobile gods were not smiling down on me when I interviewed Billy Gardell a few weeks ago as I flailed around our office building looking for a signal like an unhinged Muppet. Luckily, my subject took it in stride. “Listen…it doesn’t matter what I pay […]

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