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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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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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Concert Preview: Fast Romantics at Woodlands Tavern

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Fast Romantics at Woodlands Tavern

The melodic Toronto-based indie pop outfit will perform a headlining show at Woodlands Tavern tonight.

Returning from a set of dates in their Canadian homeland with Vancouver prog-pop band The Zolas and an appearance at SXSW last month, Toronto’s Fast Romantics will play a headlining show tonight (April 5) at Woodlands Tavern. Their latest single, “Animal”, pairs piercing synths with Matthew Angus’ soaring lead vocal – which is especially excellent […]

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Photos: Genevieve at The A&R Music Bar

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Genevieve at The A&R Music Bar

Genevieve Schatz, formally of Company of Thieves and currently the happiest looking person on the planet, brought her infectiously radiant smile and volcano-dipped hair to the A&R Bar to bring a little warmth during a winter-in-April Monday night in Columbus. An intimate but healthy crowd braved the early spring chill as Genevieve took center stage […]

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Concert Preview: Ben Folds with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Ben Folds with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

The acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer joins forces with CSO on Saturday, April 9 to perform orchestral interpretations of his brilliant catalog - including a concerto featured on his most recently released album "So There".

I reach out regularly to agents and publicists to request interviews with big-league musicians who announce upcoming tour dates in Columbus. They receive hundreds of emails like mine on a daily basis – every one of us who sends them is hoping the stars will align and we’ll be able to steal a few precious […]

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Concert Preview: Yonatan Gat at Ace of Cups

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Yonatan Gat at Ace of Cups

The eclectic guitarist and his band mates will bring their critically revered live show to Columbus on March 24.

Renowned New York-based guitarist Yonatan Gat will perform this Thursday, March 24 at Ace of Cups in Old North Columbus. Gat’s music is genre-defying, as evidenced by his most recent release, Physical Copy. Broken into two movements, Gat and drummer Gal Lazer fuse psychedelia with African, South American, and Middle Eastern influences – each gain […]

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