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Interview: Rüfüs Du Sol

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Rüfüs Du Sol

Earning new fans at a breakneck pace, the Sydney, Australia-originated alternative dance trio brings their award-winning sound to Skully's Music Diner on Wednesday night

2016 has been a banner year for Sydney, Australia’s EDM exports Rüfüs Du Sol. The trio, comprised of musicians Tyrone Lindqvist (vocals and guitar), Jon George (keyboards), and James Hunt (drums), have already conquered the Australian charts with two consecutive number one albums: recently-released Bloom, and their 2013 debut, Atlas. “You May Be Right,” Bloom‘s lead […]

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Interview: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

English-born Leftwich will perform Monday night at The Basement during a stop on his national tour supporting his second album, "After the Rain"

York, England-born singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich, who is currently on tour in support of his sophomore album, After the Rain, will play a headlining show at The Basement in the Arena District. Released in August, the album has received strong critical praise; his delicate ballads comprise a true listener’s record. Opening track “Tilikum” is particularly […]

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Concert Preview: Aaron Lee Tasjan

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Aaron Lee Tasjan

The Columbus native will play one of a few of his full-band, headlining shows of the year at Rumba Cafe this week to mark the release of his excellent new album, "Silver Tears"

Roots rocker Aaron Lee Tasjan’s just-released major label debut, Silver Tears (New West Records), is a beautifully crafted piece of Americana worthy of the tremendous praise it’s already received from multiple industry outlets. Tasjan’s voice is accessible and earnest, adrift in a haunting current of acoustic and slide guitars and an appropriately restrained rhythm section. […]

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Interview: Tegan and Sara

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Tegan and Sara

The Canadian-born singers, songwriters, and activists continue the second leg of their world tour to support their new album "Love You to Death" with a stop at EXPRESS LIVE! on October 25th

As sonic landscapes go, the distance between the Calgary, Alberta-born duo Tegan and Sara’s debut album, 1998’s Under Feet Like Ours, and their recently-released Love You to Death, couldn’t be wider. The looser, neo-folk jams of their earliest records seem half a world away from the precise synth-driven sharpness of new cuts like “Boyfriend” and […]

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Interview: Two Decades of Thrice

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Two Decades of Thrice

Their ninth album "To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere" brings the band back on the road for the first time in four years

California post-hardcore veterans Thrice stopped in Columbus this past week to promote their ninth album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. Their show at Newport Music Hall on Wednesday night was a midpoint of the second leg of their fall US tour, which will wrap on October 9th in Santa Ana. To Be Everywhere […]

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Interview: Constance Gadell-Newton, Green Party Candidate for Ohio House District 18

James Payne James Payne Interview: Constance Gadell-Newton, Green Party Candidate for Ohio House District 18

Constance Gadell-Newton is the Green Party’s candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives District 18, which includes The Ohio State University’s campus, the Short North, and Downtown, among other areas. Gadell-Newton is running against the newly appointed Rep. Kristin Boggs, a Democrat; the Republican candidate has left the race. I met Gadell-Newton almost a decade […]

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Interview: Musical Musings with Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Musical Musings with Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon

The veteran pop-rock band will be on stage this Friday night at Columbus Commons as part of 90s Fest

melomaniac (\ˌmel-ō-ˈmā-nē-ˌak\) noun. 1. A passionate or obsessive enthusiast for music. 2. Also in weakened sense: a music lover. I’d been trying to find an appropriate term to define my relationship with music; “audiophile” seemed too restrictive because it really means the individual is primarily focused on the sound reproduction and quality. I do care about […]

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