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Concert Preview & Interview: Spencer Sutherland

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Spencer Sutherland

The Pickerington native brings his debut EP, "NONE of this has been about you," to a hometown tour stop at Express LIVE! on Sunday night

The R&B smolder of Spencer Sutherland’s debut EP, NONE of this has been about you, doesn’t exactly evoke the humble proclivity of suburban Columbus. But the Ohio native-turned-Los Angeleno received his formative musical education growing up in Pickerington, with much of the credit being owed to his family that insisted on spinning albums at home […]

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Band Interview: Raven Black

Grant Walters Grant Walters Band Interview: Raven Black

The dark metal foursome lands their first spot at the festival's second iteration this Saturday in Mansfield.

Los Angeles-based dark metal ensemble Raven Black, currently on a nationwide ticket with four other bands, Static-X, DevilDriver, Wednesday 13, and Dope, are en route to this weekend’s Inkcarceration Festival at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. Self-branded as ‘a theatrical act influenced by gothic, classical, and carnival music,’ lead vocalist and principal songwriter Raven, […]

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Interview: New Kids on the Block

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: New Kids on the Block

After carving out their own place in pop music history more than three decades ago, the New Kids continue their lengthy legacy with "The Mixtape Tour"

“This tour has been an absolute blast. It’s been one of the most fun ones that we’ve done,” New Kids on the Block founding member Jonathan Knight-Rodriguez tells me over the phone during a day off in between shows in Des Moines and St. Paul. The Mixtape Tour, which kicked off on May 2 in Cincinnati, will stop […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Collective Soul

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Collective Soul

On the cusp of releasing their tenth studio album, "Blood," the Georgia alt-rockers are in Columbus with the Gin Blossoms on Saturday night

Every so often, our family would road trip to escape the wide open spaces of Winnipeg for…the wide open spaces of Minnesota. Shortly after you cross the U.S.-Canada border at Pembina, North Dakota, you could pick up a signal for Magic 96, the FM radio station that served up top 40 tunes to the bustling […]

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Interview: Emily King

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Emily King

With her fantastic new studio album, "Scenery," as the backdrop, the R&B singer-songwriter will perform in Columbus Friday night at A&R Music Bar

First and foremost, let me say that it’s been a privilege to explore Emily King’s phenomenal new album, Scenery. The fusion of her smoked sugar voice and sultry, minimalist grooves are like the most perfect summer night personified – warm and soul-satisfying. It’s no surprise that Scenery has evoked unanimous critical and fanatic praise across […]

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Music Interview: Tori Kelly

Grant Walters Grant Walters Music Interview: Tori Kelly

The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter brings her latest tour, "The Acoustic Sessions," and new music to Columbus Friday night

For Wildomar, California native Tori Kelly, her current headlining tour, The Acoustic Sessions, is a return to a familiar, unostentatious place where her now-flourishing music career began. “Just me and my guitar is really how it started,” she recalls in our phone conversation a few weeks ago. “Putting out stuff on YouTube, it was just […]

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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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