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Photos: Idles at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Idles at Newport Music Hall

British rock band Idles came to the Newport Music Hall on Sunday night for a sold-out show packed full of sweat, unity and hell of a lot of noise as a massive mosh-pit jumped and screamed along to 90 minutes of singer Joe Talbot’s heart-on-his-sleeves messages of empathy. After years of going largely unnoticed by […]

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Photos: Des Rocs & The Velveteers at The Basement

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Des Rocs & The Velveteers at The Basement

Is there really anything better than the sounds of pounding drums and dirty guitars while crammed in a tiny and sweaty pit of like-minded fans? Not for me, and on Thursday night at The Basement two massive high-energy acts came to town to bring rock ‘n roll back to the people. The Velveteers were a […]

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Photos: Julien Baker at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Julien Baker at Newport Music Hall

Tennessee born indie singer-songwriter Julien Baker stopped by the Newport Music Hall on Tuesday evening as heart-wrenching songs of pain, addiction and redemption enthralled a moderate yet warmly enthusiastic crowd. After several years running mostly solo, Baker hit the stage with a full band and the additional layers only helped to add to the emotional […]

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Photos: Coheed and Cambria & The Used at Express Live!

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Coheed and Cambria & The Used at Express Live!

New York prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria brought their guitar-fueled, sci-fi metal to Express Live! on Saturday night for another massive co-headlining show with fellow rock veterans, The Used. The highly impressive, and very energetic, Meet Me @ The Alter opened the show before The Used lit up the packed crowd with singer Bert McCracken leading […]

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Photos: Violent Femmes and Flogging Molly at Express Live!

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Violent Femmes and Flogging Molly at Express Live!

The mid-pandemic co-headlining tour trend hit Columbus once again on Wednesday evening, as alternative rock pioneers Violent Femmes and Irish/American Celtic punks, Flogging Molly belted out their classic hits on the outdoor stage at Express Live! Joining the two vintage headliners were the kings of punked up classic covers, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, […]

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Photos: Wonderbus Music & Arts Festival 2021

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Wonderbus Music & Arts Festival 2021

The Wonderbus Music & Arts Festival made a triumphant return this past weekend as the lawn at CAS hosted three stages of music and thousands of happy people that came to drink, dance and bake under a scorching hot late summer sun. There was a little something for everyone’s musical tastes as both local and […]

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Interview: Lee DeWyze

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Lee DeWyze

Returning to Columbus for the first time in two years, the singer-songwriter brings his latest studio album, 'Ghost Stories,' to the stage on Wednesday night.

It’s fitting that Lee DeWyze is my first touring artist interview since, well…[motioning widely] all of this happened.  Our paths have crossed several times over the past four years, partially because Lee stops in Columbus frequently when he’s on the road. But most importantly, we make a point to connect whenever he’s headed in this […]

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