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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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Photos: Hundreds of Locals March Downtown for Justice

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Hundreds of Locals March Downtown for Justice

Editor’s note by Walker Evans: Nearly 1,000 locals marched through Downtown tonight in the latest of an ongoing string of protests targeted at the upcoming Trump administration. The crowds gathered at Goodale Park and marched to the Ohio Statehouse with a wide variety of protest signs that ranged from “Liberty and Justice for All” to […]

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Photos: Goo Goo Dolls at Express Live

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Goo Goo Dolls at Express Live

Multi-platinum 90′s mega-rock band Goo Goo Dolls played Express Live! on Saturday night as an energetic John Rzeznik and a constantly smiling Robby Takac brought their truck load of radio hits, including “Name”, “Slide” and the almost permanent Billboard charts resident, “Iris” to a sold-out generation-spanning Columbus crowd. CLICK HERE to read our full interview […]

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Photos: The Naked and Famous at The Newport

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: The Naked and Famous at The Newport

New Zealand’s electronic indie-rock band The Naked and Famous came to town on Monday night to play to a small but enthusiastic crowd at the Newport Music Hall. Support came from brother/sister duo, XYLO and Kamtin Mohager’s The Chain Gang of 1974. To view more upcoming live music events, CLICK HERE to visit our Events Calendar. […]

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Concert Photos: Grouplove

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Concert Photos: Grouplove

Los Angeles dance-rock five-piece Grouplove came to Columbus on Thursday night as the hyper infectious Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi led the band through a set list of sing-and-bounce-along hits that had the Express Live! crowd jumping from the very first strikes of a shirtless Ryan Rabin’s drums. Fellow LA dark pop band MUNA offered […]

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