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Photos: Arnold Sports Festival 2020

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Arnold Sports Festival 2020

The 2020 edition of the Arnold Sports Festival came to Columbus over the past weekend, and despite the COVID-19 ban on spectators, the show (mostly) still went ahead. Although the Expo and several of the sporting events unfortunately had to be canceled, athletes still took part in a wide range of events that took place […]

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Photos: The Glorious Sons at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: The Glorious Sons at Newport Music Hall

Canada’s finest five-piece rock-and-rollers, The Glorious Sons popped by the Newport Music Hall on Friday evening for a night of sing-along alt-rock. Thanks to a string of solid singles often heard on CD102.5, the Sons, consisting of Brett and Jay Emmons, Chris Koster, Adam Paquette and Chris Huot, just about sold out the Newport as […]

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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

The 2020 MLS season kicked off in Columbus Sunday as Columbus Crew SC started off the year with a 1-0 win over New York City FC. The return of the MLS also meant the return of MLS refereeing as it took all of three minutes before NYCFC saw center-back Maxime Chanot dismissed with a straight […]

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Photos: The Blue Stones at A&R Music Bar

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: The Blue Stones at A&R Music Bar

Canadian two-piece blues rockers The Blue Stones stopped by Columbus on Friday night for a sold-out gig inside the A&R Music Bar. Originally scheduled for downstairs in the Basement, the show was bumped up due to demand coming off of local radio support that’s been spinning recent release “Shakin’ Off the Rust” on fairly high […]

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Photos: Saint Motel at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Saint Motel at Newport Music Hall

I’ll tell you what, I do enjoy a good visual live music show! And on Tuesday night we got just that and more as L.A.-based funky indie-rockers Saint Motel stopped by the Newport in support of currently released The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1. Spawned out of film school in the late noughties, it […]

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Photos: CAAMP at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: CAAMP at Newport Music Hall

Local folk-pop band CAAMP closed out a highly successful year for the Upper Arlington High School graduates and friends with three sold-out nights at the Newport Music Hall. With their second album, By and By, hitting record shelves this year, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, heavy radio play for current single “Peach Fuzz” and […]

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Photos: Slayer at Nationwide Arena

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Slayer at Nationwide Arena

Hugely influential thrash metal legends Slayer descended upon Columbus on Tuesday evening as the foursome’s (Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph) long farewell brought aggressive flames, aggressive guitars and a lot of aggressive vocals to a packed Nationwide Arena. Along for the ride on “The Final Campaign” were experimental funk-rockers, Primus and […]

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