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Photos: Dave and Jimmy’s Jingle Jam 2017

 Matt Ellis Photos: Dave and Jimmy’s Jingle Jam 2017

December means Christmas, and Christmas means Christmas radio shows in the concert world as Express Live! hosted WNCI 97.9’s annual family friendly pop-spectacular, Dave and Jimmy’s Jingle Jam. This years instalment featured a collection of the new and the old, finishing up with pop-rock stalwart headliners, Fall Out Boy who did what they do best […]

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Crew SC and Toronto FC Go Scoreless in Finals Matchup

 Matt Ellis Crew SC and Toronto FC Go Scoreless in Finals Matchup

Toronto FC is the happier team after last night, but the Eastern Conference Finals result is far from decided as the team from way up north and Columbus Crew SC played out 90 scoreless minutes to set up a difficult, but not impossible, second-leg in Canada next week. Columbus came into the game knowing Toronto […]

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Photos: Japandroids and Cloud Nothings at the Newport

 Matt Ellis Photos: Japandroids and Cloud Nothings at the Newport

Japandroids are the kind of band that want their fans up close and personal — close enough that they can reach out and touch them, and definitely close enough that they can leave their ears ringing with the deafening sound of classic guitar rock-infused punk that the Canadian two-piece have become known for. For the […]

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Concert Review: The Struts at Express Live!

 Matt Ellis Concert Review: The Struts at Express Live!

British hook-heavy guitar band The Struts brought their shamelessly retro-fetishist glamour-rock to Express Live! on Friday night for an evening of good time over-the-top frontman lead rock and roll. Despite a fairly undersold Express Live! crowd, The Struts, and particularly the never stationary lead singer and perma-smiling Luke Spiller cranked up the energy as the […]

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Photos: Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City FC

 Matt Ellis Photos: Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City FC

Columbus Crew SC made another night to remember as the play-off run continued with a 4-1 walloping over a stunned New York City FC in the first leg of the Eastern Semifinals at a feisty MAPFRE Stadium. With #SavetheCrew dominating the stands, a healthy attendance turned the stadium into a cauldron of noise as fans […]

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Concert Review: The Front Bottoms at Express Live!

 Matt Ellis Concert Review: The Front Bottoms at Express Live!

New Jersey’s worst kept secret, The Front Bottoms continued their stumbling and somewhat unexpected trajectory towards the modern rock mainstream with a stop in Columbus on a chilly Saturday night at an almost sold-out and incredibly loud, Express Live! Opening up the show were the contrasting talents of the radio-friendly indie rock tunes of Bad […]

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Photos: Highball Halloween Fashion Show & More

 Matt Ellis Photos: Highball Halloween Fashion Show & More

The second night of Highball Halloween took place on Saturday, featuring more costumes, more music and the official fashion runway show. Check out some of the great costumes and couture from last night in the photos below, or CLICK HERE for more photos from Friday night’s festivities. For more info, visit www.highballcolumbus.org. All photos by Matt […]

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