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Photos: Panic! at the Disco at the Schottenstein Center

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Panic! at the Disco at the Schottenstein Center

Brendon Urie brought the alt-pop sounds of Panic! at the Disco to the Schottenstein Center on a soggy Tuesday evening for the band’s Death of a Bachelor Tour, celebrating the success of their fifth studio album of the same name with a 35-date arena headlining tour that included Columbus, much to the delight the loud, and mostly […]

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Photos: Arnold Sports Festival 2017

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Arnold Sports Festival 2017

March has arrived. For Columbus that means a rolled D60 for temperature, possible snow; possible sun, and the annual gathering of human brick-walls, protein shake pushers, many thousands of out-of-towners hoping to capture an intimate moment with Arnold’s statue, and the 18,000 athletes that spread themselves all over the metro area to compete in around […]

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Columbus Crew Draws Chicago Fire in First Home Game of 2017

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Columbus Crew Draws Chicago Fire in First Home Game of 2017

It won’t go down as an opening day classic, but Columbus Crew SC’s 1-1 Saturday afternoon draw with Chicago Fire delivered a point, although more importantly it gives a currently under construction team a foundation to build upon after the failures of last season. After the usual pre-season merry-go-round of MLS trades, cuts and signings, […]

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Photos: Resist Trump Rally

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Resist Trump Rally

Editor’s Note: On Monday night, thousands of locals gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for the “Resist Trump – Rally for the 99%” event, organized by the grassroots activists at Ohio Revolution. Protestors made specific demands for the denial of Trump cabinet positions, for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to not be built, for equal rights […]

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Photos: Blitzmas 2016

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Blitzmas 2016

The 2016 edition on Blitzmas barged its way into Express Live! on Thursday night as the last of the season’s radio Christmas shows brought four bands to town to festively yell at microphones, batter some drums and swing around guitars while a sold-out crowd wildly raised their hands in salute to those that certainly came […]

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Concert Review: The Struts at EXPRESS LIVE!

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Concert Review: The Struts at EXPRESS LIVE!

105.7 may no longer be the X radio station, but that didn’t ruin the Christmas party for the four bands that brought some high energy rock and roll to the Express Live! stage on a wintry Friday evening. Opening the show were local band Daymare — who I unfortunately missed. Iowa four-piece Holy White Hounds […]

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Concert Review: Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band at Ace of Cups

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Concert Review: Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band at Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups played host on Monday night as Kevin Devine and his Goddamn Band, Pinegrove and Petal rallied against the undercurrent of a broken America to deliver a highly enjoyable evening of guitar-centric hook-filled rock and roll to a sold-out Columbus crowd. First up were Pennsylvania’s Petal, a band based around singer/guitarist Kiley Lotz […]

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