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Interview: Chase Atlantic

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Chase Atlantic

The Australian alt-pop trio bring their dreamy new album, "Phases," to life on stage Thursday night at Newport Music Hall

I’ve long had an affection for Australian music and artists, and my phone conversation this week with Chase Atlantic rhythm guitarist and vocalist Christian Anthony reaffirmed how much I appreciate their characteristic candor and affability. But more than that, there is also an inherent, specific passion for their craft, and a genuine esteem in which […]

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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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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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Concert Preview & Interview: Vance Joy

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Vance Joy

Australia's prodigal folk-rock son stops in Columbus tonight in support of his latest album "Nation of Two"

Australian folk-rock export Vance Joy’s much-anticipated sophomore album, Nation of Two, arrived in February, following his widely embraced 2014 debut, Dream Your Life Away. Although Joy’s rise to international acclaim has happened in a relatively short time frame, it’s hard to remember when his thick, expressive tenor and penchant for ballooning melodies hasn’t been a […]

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Concert Preview & Interview: Radnor & Lee at A&R Music Bar

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & Interview: Radnor & Lee at A&R Music Bar

Meshing their passions for music, Columbus-born actor Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee bring their collaborative work as Radnor & Lee to A&R Music Bar on Sunday

A kismetic meeting on the set of How I Met Your Mother in 2006 guided actor Josh Radnor and singer-songwriter Ben Lee unwittingly down a path that would lead them to an unexpected blossoming musical partnership. A decade later, the two are now co-founders, principal songwriters, and front men of indie duo Radnor & Lee, […]

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Concert Preview: Moon Taxi

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The rising Nashville indie-rock quintet brings new music from their latest album 'Let The Record Play' to Newport Music Hall on Thursday night

The contagiously positive hit “Two High,” one of last year’s most recognizable radio singles, was a hard-earned culmination of over a decade of indie rockers Moon Taxi’s long list of road shows, festival appearances, and four notably good studio albums. In its current configuration, the band has been performing and recording since 2006, although founding […]

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The Urban Living Tour returns (with strict safety guidelines) on Aug 30!