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Interview: Curtis Stitt on his Tenure at COTA and the State of Public Transit in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Curtis Stitt on his Tenure at COTA and the State of Public Transit in Columbus

Curtis Stitt’s last day at the helm of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) was September 29. His five years as president and CEO capped nearly 19 in all at the agency. Columbus Underground sat down with Stitt for a wide-ranging interview just before he left, touching on everything from Smart Columbus, to the recent […]

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Concert Preview: Everclear

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Everclear

The alt-rock veterans want you to bask in the "Afterglow" with them as they celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their watershed album this Sunday at Express LIVE!

The first 40 seconds of the opening and title track of Everclear’s 1997 landmark album, So Much For The Afterglow, is a Brian Wilson-esque chorale, an aqua-hued Malibu wave that descends into a crash of loud guitar riffs and frontman Art Alexakis’ incisive lead vocal. That melange of contemporary alt-rock bite and classic pop references were the driving […]

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Interview: David Gray

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: David Gray

The most recent leg of the multi-platinum singer-songwriter's 25th anniversary tour stops in Columbus tonight in support of recently-released "The Best of David Gray"

David Gray and I connected by phone a few weeks ago when I was in England for business. Just a few hours before, I had been listening to his most recently released project, The Best of David Gray, while riding a train from London to Sheffield – watching the English countryside whiz by as we […]

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Interview: Kathy Griffin

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Kathy Griffin

About a half-hour before my call with Kathy Griffin was scheduled to begin, my cell phone dinged with a Twitter notification: @GrantWalters76 Are you ready for our interview?? Those six words will tell you almost everything you need to know about Griffin’s character. She’s one of the busiest and most renowned comedians in the world, […]

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Concert Review & Interview: Vanessa Carlton at Rumba Café

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Review & Interview: Vanessa Carlton at Rumba Café

Supporting her newest album, "Earlier Things Live," the singer, songwriter, and pianist played to a full house at Rumba Café on Tuesday night

“We’re just gonna start with this one. I’m gonna let this baby cry,” Vanessa Carlton declared before she launched into the familiar arpeggio intro of her 2002 debut single “A Thousand Miles.” The crowd, which filled Rumba Café shoulder-to-shoulder, immediately cheered and began to sing loudly with Carlton nearly note-for-note. Save for a few digital toys […]

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Concert Review: Automagik at Rumba Café

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Review: Automagik at Rumba Café

The fun-loving Cincinnati-based rockers brought new music from their EP "Dark Daze" to the SoHud bar on January 6th and are planning a return to Columbus in March.

The members of Automagik made an unassuming entrance onto Rumba Café’s performance stage; typical set up, typical mike check. The crowd was palpably subdued – possibly feeling a bit wistful after the conclusion local troubadour Sam Bodary and his outfit Hello Emerson’s skilled but pensive set. Looking decidedly more rock-and-roll than their predecessors (Grand Rapids […]

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Mark Wood on the Past, Present and Future of the Short North

Brent Warren Brent Warren Mark Wood on the Past, Present and Future of the Short North

It’s been almost three years since we last checked in with Short North developer Mark Wood, President of the Wood Companies. At that time, construction was just starting on the addition of three floors of apartments to the existing single-story retail building at 937-951 North High Street. Not only is that project now fully complete (and the […]

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