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Concert Preview & Interview: Gin Blossoms

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Gin Blossoms

On the cusp of releasing "Mixed Reality," their first studio album in eight years, the Arizona alt-rockers join Tonic and Vertical Horizon tonight at Express LIVE!

If you thought for a fleeting moment you might have seen Gin Blossoms lead singer Robin Wilson out and about in Columbus over the past couple of days, your eyes may not have been deceiving you. “It’s really awesome to be in Columbus,” he offers immediately as we begin our phone interview. “This town has […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Tonic

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Tonic

With two decades of hits in their rear-view mirror and new music on the horizon in 2019, the alt-rock trio performs in Columbus on Wednesday night with road mates Gin Blossoms and Vertical Horizon

My interview with Tonic’s frontman Emerson Hart wasn’t the first that began with a discussion about hockey, but the Nashville resident and avid Predators supporter uttered a symphony of words that are enough to make a Jets fan weep with joy. “I tell you what, man, I was really impressed,” he exclaims during a phone […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Red Sun Rising

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Red Sun Rising

Riding the success of their latest album, "Thread", the Akron alt-rockers will be spotlighted on the main stage at Rock on the Range this Sunday

I can’t tell you the last time I had a meaningful discussion at a gas station that wasn’t purely transactional, but if you’re as lucky as Red Sun Rising founders Mike Protich and Ryan Williams, a chance rendezvous at a service station in Tallmadge can be life-altering. It’s the stuff of a great Ohio success […]

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Local Music Spotlight: Cousin Simple

Grant Walters Grant Walters Local Music Spotlight: Cousin Simple

The winners of Groove U's 2017 Instaband competition are gaining traction as an emerging Columbus success story

Cousin Simple took the stage on an oppressively hot August afternoon at the Columbus Food Truck Festival, playing through an hour-long set that was mostly inclusive of what was at the time their still-forthcoming debut album. I marveled at their energy in spite of the swelter, leaping around and savoring every square inch of the […]

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Concert Preview: LANY

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: LANY

With their personal brand of electropop on the rise across the digital music landscape, the Los Angeles-based trio brings their "Super Far" tour to Columbus Thursday night

Los Angeles-based alt-rock trio LANY is cashing in on their quickly-rising stock with their ambitious 35-city Super Far North American tour, which will stop by Newport Music Hall in the University District on Thursday night. Band mates Paul Jason Klein (lead vocals, keyboards, guitars), Jake Clifford Goss (drums), and Les Priest (keyboards, guitar, backup vocals) […]

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Concert Preview: Better Than Ezra

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Better Than Ezra

Still enjoying the momentum from their most recent album, "All Together Now," and with new music due next year, Better Than Ezra comes to Columbus with The Wallflowers for an outdoor show at the Columbus Zoo

It would be really easy for me to start this article with some sort of journalistic capitalization on the title of Better Than Ezra’s 1995 breakthrough single, “Good.” So I’m not going to. Rather, I’ll tell you that the Baton Rouge-born, New Orleans-raised alt-rock quartet is on the cusp of its thirtieth anniversary as a […]

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Concert Preview: Switchfoot

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Switchfoot

Sharing the bill with west coast colleagues Lifehouse, the California alt-rockers bring their inspired catalog with them to the EXPRESS LIVE! stage tonight

Along with co-headliner Lifehouse, San Diego alt-rock outfit Switchfoot will take the outdoor stage tonight at EXPRESS LIVE! Brothers Jon (lead vocals and guitar) and Tim (bass and backing vocals) Foreman and drummer Chad Butler founded the band in 1996, adding guitarist/keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas and guitarist Drew Shirley to the mix later on. Over the next […]

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