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Local Music Spotlight: Ghost Soul Trio

Grant Walters Grant Walters Local Music Spotlight: Ghost Soul Trio

The threesome's debut set of infectious, glimmering tracks, "Too Many Futures", will be front-and-center during their album release party tonight at The Basement

I’m always happy to hear from local artists like Ghost Soul Trio who are tirelessly working to shape Columbus’ diversifying musical palette. My first taste of their material was the thick vintage R&B thump of their recent singles “Pantherland” and “Potassitorium,” both of which spotlight the obviously adept chops of bassist Nate Gelfand and drummer […]

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Interview: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

The former Columbusite comes home to Newport Music Hall on Tuesday night in support of his latest album, "Upside Down Flowers"

The only thing better than listening to Andrew McMahon’s storytelling through his exquisitely crafted compositions is watching him bring them to life on stage. I was invited to McMahon’s last performance at Newport Music Hall in 2017, and it was a phenomenal sensory blast. Eyes clenched shut and hunched over his piano like a Glass Houses-era […]

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Interview: Tyler Ramsey

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Tyler Ramsey

Previewing his forthcoming album, "For The Morning," the North Carolina multi-instrumentalist will share the stage with My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel on Monday night at Rumba Café

One of the indisputable joys of being a music writer is discovering new artists and their recorded works, and I have many publicists and managers to thank for the growing list of phenomenal albums, EPs, and singles that now play in heavy rotation through my headphones. Hearing the stories behind their songs is an even […]

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Interview: Anderson East

Grant Walters Grant Walters 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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Interview: Bryce Vine

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: 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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Interview: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Grant Walters Grant Walters 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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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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