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Photos: Weezer & Pixies at the Schottenstein Center

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Weezer & Pixies at the Schottenstein Center

If your roots spent any time steeped in 90s alt-rock, it was hard not to bask in the guitar-buzzed glow of the Weezer & Pixies double bill last Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center.  A respectable number of ticketholders showed up at seven o’clock to check out the opening act – the Ipswich, England-reared rock quintet, Basement. Opening […]

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Artist Spotlight: Savannah Conley

Grant Walters Grant Walters Artist Spotlight: Savannah Conley

The rising Nashville singer-songwriter talked about her latest EP "Twenty-Twenty" and growing up in the heart of country music territory during her visit to Columbus earlier this month

By the time I met Savannah Conley’s tour manager at the door to interview her backstage at Newport Music Hall a few weeks ago, the line for the sold-out show, which was headlined by beloved local indie-folk duo, Caamp, stretched well down the block along High Street. It’s not often I get to interview artists […]

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Photos: Gin Blossoms, Tonic & Vertical Horizon at Express LIVE!

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Gin Blossoms, Tonic & Vertical Horizon at Express LIVE!

With my feet now planted firmly, though wistfully, in my 40s, it’s hard not to feel at least a little nostalgic when it comes to the music that shaped my college years. I used to harmonize to the Gin Blossoms’ “Follow You Down” while I wrote papers until the wee hours of the morning (which […]

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Photos: Vance Joy at Express LIVE!

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Vance Joy at Express LIVE!

The Australian singer-songwriter and opening act Alice Merton were a big draw for concert-goers last Wednesday night at Express LIVE!

Although the mid-May heat made it feel more like July, it proved to be no hindrance for Vance Joy’s capacity crowd last week as they eagerly packed the lawn (still a little damp from soaking showers earlier in the day), pit, and everywhere else in between where they could find a spot to catch a […]

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Photos: Shawn Colvin & Lyle Lovett at Ohio University

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Shawn Colvin & Lyle Lovett at Ohio University

Two of the country's essential singer-songwriters brought their harmony and humor to OU's Memorial Auditorium last Wednesday night

The persistent rain of the day had mostly stopped as I drove down to Athens for Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett’s show in Athens last week, pulling into town just as the bulk of the Wednesday evening crowd was making their way through the front doors of Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium in the heart of OU’s […]

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Photos: Lee DeWyze’s “Live At Shawshank,” August 27, 2017

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Lee DeWyze’s “Live At Shawshank,” August 27, 2017

Armed only with an acoustic guitar and his distinctive voice, the acclaimed singer-songwriter staged a memorably personal concert at the Ohio State Reformatory on Sunday evening

In the amber shadows cast by five small book lanterns placed strategically around its old wooden pulpit, the chapel at the Ohio State Reformatory looked more like a glowing Roman ruin than it did a decaying prison vestry. It was by far the most unusual concert venue I’d ever experienced — haunting is probably an […]

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Photos: Better Than Ezra & The Wallflowers – August 10 at Columbus Zoo

Grant Walters Grant Walters Photos: Better Than Ezra & The Wallflowers – August 10 at Columbus Zoo

New Orleans alt-rock veterans Better Than Ezra took the stage just after 8 p.m. on a beautiful summer night at Columbus Zoo’s Water’s Edge Events Park. Kicking off their hour plus set with the appropriately titled “King of New Orleans,” lead vocalist Kevin Griffin, bassist Tom Drummond, drummer Michael Jerome, and keyboardist James Michael Payne […]

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