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Photos: Vance Joy at Express LIVE!

 Grant Walters Photos: Vance Joy at Express LIVE!

The Australian singer-songwriter and opening act Alice Merton were a big draw for concert-goers last Wednesday night at Express LIVE!

Although the mid-May heat made it feel more like July, it proved to be no hindrance for Vance Joy’s capacity crowd last week as they eagerly packed the lawn (still a little damp from soaking showers earlier in the day), pit, and everywhere else in between where they could find a spot to catch a […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Red Sun Rising

 Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Red Sun Rising

Riding the success of their latest album, "Thread", the Akron alt-rockers will be spotlighted on the main stage at Rock on the Range this Sunday

I can’t tell you the last time I had a meaningful discussion at a gas station that wasn’t purely transactional, but if you’re as lucky as Red Sun Rising founders Mike Protich and Ryan Williams, a chance rendezvous at a service station in Tallmadge can be life-altering. It’s the stuff of a great Ohio success […]

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Comedy Interview: Damon Wayans, Jr.

 Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Damon Wayans, Jr.

The writer, comedian, and actor best know for his starring roles in "Happy Endings" and "New Girl" will take the stage at the Columbus Funny Bone on Friday and Saturday night

Unlike most stand-up comedians who branch out to the small screen after years of developing their comedic instincts on stage, Damon Wayans, Jr.’s career effectively launched when he, at the age of 20, became a staff writer for the ABC prime-time sitcom, My Wife and Kids — a prodigious job that made him one of the youngest […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Vance Joy

 Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Vance Joy

Australia's prodigal folk-rock son stops in Columbus tonight in support of his latest album "Nation of Two"

Australian folk-rock export Vance Joy’s much-anticipated sophomore album, Nation of Two, arrived in February, following his widely embraced 2014 debut, Dream Your Life Away. Although Joy’s rise to international acclaim has happened in a relatively short time frame, it’s hard to remember when his thick, expressive tenor and penchant for ballooning melodies hasn’t been a […]

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Photos: Radnor & Lee at A&R Music Bar

 Grant Walters Photos: Radnor & Lee at A&R Music Bar

If Josh Radnor and Ben Lee have retained any sense of surprise about the success of their independent music collaboration Radnor & Lee, the full house at A&R Music Bar on Sunday night — a hometown crowd for Bexley-born-and-raised Radnor — should have done nothing but further cement their confidence in their journey. Performing with […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Radnor & Lee at A&R Music Bar

 Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Radnor & Lee at A&R Music Bar

Meshing their passions for music, Columbus-born actor Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee bring their collaborative work as Radnor & Lee to A&R Music Bar on Sunday

A kismetic meeting on the set of How I Met Your Mother in 2006 guided actor Josh Radnor and singer-songwriter Ben Lee unwittingly down a path that would lead them to an unexpected blossoming musical partnership. A decade later, the two are now co-founders, principal songwriters, and front men of indie duo Radnor & Lee, […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Echosmith

 Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Echosmith

The Sierotas will bring their 'Inside A Dream' Tour to Columbus Thursday Night to build momentum for their forthcoming studio album and latest single "Over My Head"

It’s been nearly five years since California indies Echosmith launched their debut album, Talking Dreams, anchored by the Top 20 sleeper hit, “Cool Kids.” Buoyed by the four Sierota siblings: Sydney (lead vocals, piano, keyboards), Graham (drums, percussion), Noah (bass, background vocals), and Jamie (lead guitar and vocals), the band found its commercial footing rather quickly […]

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