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Interview: Nina West’s Big Debut on the Small Screen

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Nina West’s Big Debut on the Small Screen

Columbus' own is set to sparkle as a contestant on season eleven of the VH1 reality series, "RuPaul's Drag Race"

After entertaining Columbus audiences for nearly two decades, Nina West is mere hours from being an international phenomenon. Tonight, viewers around the world will watch her inaugural appearance on the 11th season of the award-winning VH1 reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Casting for each season’s 14 competitors is an intensive process. West’s ninth audition proved […]

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Comedy Interview: Matt Braunger

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Matt Braunger

The acclaimed stand-up, podcaster, and MADtv alumnus comes to Columbus tomorrow night for a one-night-only engagement at the Funny Bone

Matt Braunger’s latest hour of comedy, Finally Live in Portland, is inescapably relatable. Much like his other stand-up contemporaries who have commanded a niche as storytellers, his ace is in the spin and delivery – smart, accessible, and nuanced by his point-of-view that feels familiar and comfortable, but unique to the point that you want […]

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Interview: Tyler Ramsey

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Tyler Ramsey

Previewing his forthcoming album, "For The Morning," the North Carolina multi-instrumentalist will share the stage with My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel on Monday night at Rumba Café

One of the indisputable joys of being a music writer is discovering new artists and their recorded works, and I have many publicists and managers to thank for the growing list of phenomenal albums, EPs, and singles that now play in heavy rotation through my headphones. Hearing the stories behind their songs is an even […]

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Interview: Anderson East

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Anderson East

With a Grammy nomination and the strength of his second album, "Encore," in his back pocket, East brings his brand of southern soul to Newport Music Hall on Saturday night.

Anderson East was the first musician I interviewed after I started my tenure with CU in 2015. He had just released his outstanding debut album for Elektra, Delilah, and was on his way to Columbus on his first major national tour with The Lone Bellow. He was kind, humble, and wonderstruck by his escalating success. […]

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Interview: Bryce Vine

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Bryce Vine

New York-born, Los Angeles-raised rapper Bryce Vine is poised to strike big with his forthcoming studio album and Sire Records debut, Carnival. His radio breakthrough came last year in the form of single “Drew Barrymore,” which earned major spins in multiple formats and 140 million online streams. Soon, Vine booked appearances on Late Night with […]

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Comedy Interview: Piff the Magic Dragon

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Interview: Piff the Magic Dragon

The two-time "America's Got Talent" contestant and Las Vegas comedy stalwart kicks off "The Lucky Dragon" tour with a sold out show tonight at the Lincoln Theatre

“Hello. This is Piff,” says the voice on the other end of the call I received last week on my cell phone. For the unenlightened, Piff, or more properly, Piff the Magic Dragon, is the stage name of acclaimed British magician and comedian John van der Put, who is now synonymous with his green satin […]

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Interview: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Boasting perhaps the most gleeful band names in the business, the acclaimed North Carolina quintet plays a sold out show tonight at Express LIVE! in support of their latest album "How To: Friend, Love, Freefall"

Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s vividly colorful name lives up to the splashes of sonic magnificence on their major label debut album for Elektra Records, How To: Friend, Love, Freefall. The Boone, North Carolina quintet was formed in 2013 when lead vocalist and principal songwriter, Sam Melo, and rhythm guitarist Darrick “Bozzy” Keller met as students at […]

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