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Concert Preview: Robbie Fulks at Natalie’s Coalfired Pizza

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Robbie Fulks at Natalie’s Coalfired Pizza

Upland Stories, the thirteenth album by alt-country singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks, is an honest and contemplative chronicle of his formative years in North Carolina and Virginia. If you’re seeking a catchy, kitschy country record, you’re not going to find it here, but the beauty of this work by Fulks lies in the tracks’ ebb and flow […]

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Photos: Bully at Ace of Cups

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Bully at Ace of Cups

Nashville-based pop-punk indie band Bully brought their 90s-tinged garage rock to Columbus’ Ace of Cups for a surprisingly low-key sold-out show on Friday night. Riding the wave of critical praise over their debut LP, “Feels Like”, Alicia Bognanno and company delivered a fairly short but satisfying set packed full of crunchy rock riffs and screeching […]

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Concert Preview: Andy McKee at Rumba Café

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Andy McKee at Rumba Café

The acoustic guitar marvel will arrive in Columbus on April 30 as one of the stops on his "The Next Chapter" Tour.

When I was 25, I woke up one day and convinced myself I should learn to play the guitar. You see, it was 2001. John Mayer was on every radio station imaginable singing about his quarter-life crisis (I could relate…), Jack Johnson had become the new sensitive, swoon-worthy troubadour of the moment, and you couldn’t […]

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Review: Ben Folds with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Grant Walters Grant Walters Review: Ben Folds with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

The alt-rock singer, songwriter and producer joined the talented CSO at the Ohio Theatre for a memorable Saturday night as part of the BravoPops! series

A bearded Ben Folds walked onto the Ohio Theatre stage Saturday night, joining his symphonic collaborators for the evening as the capacity audience cheered and applauded zealously. After seating himself at a grand piano, the ensemble launched a two-hour-plus performance with “Effington” from Folds’ 2008 album Way to Normal. Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson and his […]

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Carabar Planning Relocation and Name Change

Walker Evans Walker Evans Carabar Planning Relocation and Name Change

It’s been known for the better part of a decade that Olde Towne East music venue Carabar would eventually be relocating or closing. The ongoing Interstate 70/71 reconstruction project calls for the eventual demolition of the building that Carabar is currently housed in at 115 Parsons Avenue, along with the former E.T. Paul tire shop […]

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Concert Review: Wolf Alice

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Concert Review: Wolf Alice

It’s cold outside; it’s wet outside. Thankfully, on Friday night we had a good old fashioned rock and roll show to help us all forget Ohio still thinks it’s January as a sold-out and sweaty A&R bar welcomed two of the best bands to spring out of England in many a year in the musical […]

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Concert Preview: Sammy Miller and the Congregation

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Sammy Miller and the Congregation

The vibrant jazz ensemble from New York will play two shows in Columbus at The Refectory and Dick's Den on April 7.

Upon hearing the opening notes of “Mahogany Hall Stomp”, the lead track from Sammy Miller and the Congregation’s EP Say, Say, Say, I smiled wryly. When the band wrote to me last month and asked me to preview their back-to-back shows at The Refectory and Dick’s Den on April 7th, they described themselves as purveyors of […]

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