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Photos: FIDLAR Return to Columbus to Rock Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: FIDLAR Return to Columbus to Rock Newport Music Hall

California rockers FIDLAR made a long overdue return to Columbus on Monday night as they hit the Newport Music Hall stage. It was a night packed with mosh-pit-ripe guitar-punk and weirdly infectious songs about drug and alcohol abuse. Along for the ride were a double hitter of some outstanding talent from Canada in the forms […]

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Photos: Car Seat Headrest at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Car Seat Headrest at Newport Music Hall

Car Seat Headrest came through town on a dismally wet Sunday night to bring their low-fi indie rock to a sold-out Newport Music Hall. Car Seat Headrest spawned from the humble beginnings of home and car seat solo recordings of singer and chief writer, Will Toledo. In recent years they’ve blossomed into a full touring […]

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Interview: Anne-Marie

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Anne-Marie

With her fast-rising debut album, "Speak Your Mind", and a handful of big radio hits in tow, the UK singer-songwriter stops by A&R Music Bar on Monday night

Just days after her debut album, Speak Your Mind (Warner Bros. Records), was certified gold in the U.S., British singer-songwriter Anne-Marie and I connected to preview her show at A&R Music Bar on September 10 – one of just a handful of Stateside solo headlining dates that will divert her from the stadium tour bill […]

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Columbus Named 1 of 20 Cities to Host American Idol Pre-Game Auditions this Friday

Hope Madden Hope Madden Columbus Named 1 of 20 Cities to Host American Idol Pre-Game Auditions this Friday

American Idol did it first, right? And more importantly, American Idol is going to do it in Columbus. On September 12, the Great Darwinian Spectacle hits Columbus to partake of our local talents. We are one of 20 cities whose musical hopefuls can vie for a shot at singing in front of Katy Perry, Luke […]

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Concert Photos: Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Concert Photos: Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday

A co-headlining double whammy of moshy-rock hit a thunderstorm splattered Columbus on Monday night as the mighty New York based mop-top fronted metal-rockers Coheed and Cambria hit the Express Live! outdoor stage alongside fellow emo-rock old timers, Taking Back Sunday for an evening of power guitars, pounding drums and a lot of jumping around. Opening […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: JD Eicher

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: JD Eicher

Ohio born-and-raised, the sought-after singer-songwriter visits Columbus on Friday night in advance of a new single release, "Ain't My Scene"

Youngstown native JD Eicher recognizes his northeastern Ohio roots have provided him with a unique perspective as a singer-songwriter. “The first time it was really brought to my attention was in an article – an early review, actually of my band – where they said ‘you could hear the rust belt in his songs.’ And […]

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Photos: Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra & KT Tunstall – The Last Summer On Earth 2018 Tour

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra & KT Tunstall – The Last Summer On Earth 2018 Tour

From start to finish, the Columbus stop on The Last Summer On Earth 2018 Tour Wednesday at Express LIVE! was a raucous school bus on its way to field day, and its drivers — the Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra, and KT Tunstall — each joyfully took a turn at the wheel. Shortly after 7 p.m., […]

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