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Photos: Awolnation, Nothing But Thieves and Irontom

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Awolnation, Nothing But Thieves and Irontom

A triple-hitter of cd102.5 spun alt-rock bands hit the Express Live! stage on Saturday night as Awolnation, Nothing But Thieves and Irontom swung through Columbus. Exuberant indie-rock act with bits of Awolnation, Irontom opened the night with an enjoyable set, while England’s Nothing but Thieves delivered a fairly no-thrills collection of radio-ready rock numbers. Silhouetted, […]

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Photos: Nothing More at Express Live!

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Nothing More at Express Live!

San Antonio hard-rock band Nothing More stopped by Express Live! on Wednesday to attempt to shake away the ice and warm everyone up with an evening of loud guitars, screaming vocals and a little bit of steam punk machinary. Along for the ride were fellow Texans, Big Story, and Indianololis’ prog-metal band with a seeming […]

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Photos: Dave and Jimmy’s Jingle Jam 2017

Matt Ellis 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 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 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 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 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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