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Concert Preview & Interview: Anderson East

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Anderson East

With a Grammy nomination and the strength of his second album, "Encore," in his back pocket, East brings his brand of southern soul to Newport Music Hall on Saturday night.

Anderson East was the first musician I interviewed after I started my tenure with CU in 2015. He had just released his outstanding debut album for Elektra, Delilah, and was on his way to Columbus on his first major national tour with The Lone Bellow. He was kind, humble, and wonderstruck by his escalating success. […]

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Concert Preview Q&A: Bryce Vine

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview Q&A: Bryce Vine

New York-born, Los Angeles-raised rapper Bryce Vine is poised to strike big with his forthcoming studio album and Sire Records debut, Carnival. His radio breakthrough came last year in the form of single “Drew Barrymore,” which earned major spins in multiple formats and 140 million online streams. Soon, Vine booked appearances on Late Night with […]

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Comedy Preview & Interview: Piff the Magic Dragon

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview & Interview: Piff the Magic Dragon

The two-time "America's Got Talent" contestant and Las Vegas comedy stalwart kicks off "The Lucky Dragon" tour with a sold out show tonight at the Lincoln Theatre

“Hello. This is Piff,” says the voice on the other end of the call I received last week on my cell phone. For the unenlightened, Piff, or more properly, Piff the Magic Dragon, is the stage name of acclaimed British magician and comedian John van der Put, who is now synonymous with his green satin […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Boasting perhaps the most gleeful band names in the business, the acclaimed North Carolina quintet plays a sold out show tonight at Express LIVE! in support of their latest album "How To: Friend, Love, Freefall"

Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s vividly colorful name lives up to the splashes of sonic magnificence on their major label debut album for Elektra Records, How To: Friend, Love, Freefall. The Boone, North Carolina quintet was formed in 2013 when lead vocalist and principal songwriter, Sam Melo, and rhythm guitarist Darrick “Bozzy” Keller met as students at […]

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Columbus Alternative High School Seeks District Support for Facility Improvements

Grant Walters Grant Walters Columbus Alternative High School Seeks District Support for Facility Improvements

Last week, students, staff, families, community members, and media were invited to Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS) to discuss ongoing concerns regarding the physical integrity of its aging North Linden campus buildings. Working with the WORTH Foundation, a local leadership and civic engagement organization, the facilitated conversations aimed to provide a first-hand look at the […]

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Local Music Spotlight: After-Death Plan

Grant Walters Grant Walters Local Music Spotlight: After-Death Plan

Columbus musicians Lesley Ann Fogle and Constantine Hondroulis fuse their expert instincts on the band's excellent sophomore album, "Psycho Social Sexual"

Columbus duo After-Death Plan is the enmeshed talents of Lesley Ann Fogle (Mal VU) and Constantine Hondroulis (Earwig, Our Flesh Party, Salt Horse), which they’ve poured into their recently released sophomore album, Psycho Social Sexual, a follow-up to their 2016 debut, Literature. Described by its creators as ‘American Gothic nous rock,’ Psycho Social Sexual is rife with delicious textures, weaving […]

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Comedy Q&A with Claudia Oshry, “Girl With No Job”

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Q&A with Claudia Oshry, “Girl With No Job”

The Instagram star brings her virtual comedy to the live stage at the Columbus Funny Bone on Thursday

I am the complete opposite of a social media influencer. I gleefully post clichéd pictures of plane wing sunsets and our dogs on a whim, ineffectively hashtagged and heavily Insta-filtered with vivid shades of ‘Juno’ (sometimes Hefe, if I’m feeling fancy). My ‘like’ hearts pop up in single digits, and I’m relentlessly followed by overseas […]

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