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Photos: Blitzmas 2018 at Express Live!

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Blitzmas 2018 at Express Live!

The season of giving continued to overload our worn down senses on Friday night. Local mainstream rock station The Blitz brought a handful of bands to the Express Live! stage to festively yell at microphones and beat-up instruments to a packed crowd. The blitz-nation ended the year with headbanging and devil-horns for this year’s Blitzmas 2018. Featured on this year’s […]

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Review: CD102.5 Holiday Show Side B

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Review: CD102.5 Holiday Show Side B

It’s Chriiiiiiiiiiistmas! (again), and after the high tempo and fun-packed evening we were given from Side A on Friday, the CD102.5 Holiday Show Side B on Sunday evening had a lot to live up to, and it did, sort of, but mostly thanks to a blindingly brilliant closing set from Manchester Orchestra. Opening the evening […]

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Review: CD102.5 Holiday Show Side A

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Review: CD102.5 Holiday Show Side A

It’s Chriiiiiiiiiiiiistmas! Or, at least, it’s Christmas concert season, and for CD102.5 that means not one, but two value packed concerts cram packed with a mix of some of the best established and up and coming talent currently taking up airtime on our treasured local radio station. Friday night’s Side A show featured four bands […]

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Photos: Gang of Youths Play for a Packed A&R Music Bar

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Gang of Youths Play for a Packed A&R Music Bar

With a number one album, gigs in front of tens of thousands of adoring fans, and a whole host of awards, it’s fair to say that Gang of Youths are a pretty big deal in Australia. Although they were the first band to perform for the Aussie version of MTV Unplugged, they’re still relatively unknown on […]

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Photos: Elle King at a Packed Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Elle King at a Packed Newport Music Hall

California-born and Ohio-raised alt-country rock star Elle King stopped by Columbus on Friday night, performing to a packed crowd at the Newport Music Hall. King is currently out on tour for her second album, Shake the Spirit. Nashville country rock act Cordovas opened for the evening. Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands […]

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Photos: Single Mothers’ Intimate Show at The Basement

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Single Mothers’ Intimate Show at The Basement

It’s a Wednesday evening in Columbus, and British-American soft-rock-band-turned-soap-opera Fleetwood Mac are across the street playing to a packed Nationwide Arena. Upstairs, it’s one-man-dance-party and presser-of-buttons Robert DeLong entertaining a sold out A&R Bar. But downstairs at the Basement? Well, downstairs is where the cool kids are, all 10 of them, for the blisteringly good, […]

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Photos: Columbus Crew’s Win Against the Red Bulls

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Columbus Crew’s Win Against the Red Bulls

A managerial stroke of genius from Columbus Crew SC boss Gregg Berhalter set up the black and gold to grab a precious victory during Sunday’s first-leg Semifinal. Crew SC held off the Supporters Shield winning New York Red Bulls 1-0 at a euphoric MAPFRE Stadium. Berhalter did the unexpected and put midfield maestro and on-form […]

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