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Comedy Spotlight: Get to Know Matt Rife

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Spotlight: Get to Know Matt Rife

Born and raised a Buckeye, the comedian and aspiring actor has found a national audience as a contestant on NBC's "Bring The Funny"

Comedian and Columbus area native Matt Rife may have traded the wide open spaces of Champaign County for the perpetual buzz of Sunset Boulevard a few years ago, but he’s quick to offer praise for his Buckeye roots. “Ohio’s just such a fun place to grow up because everybody played outside, and [we lived in] […]

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Music Interview: Spencer Sutherland

Grant Walters Grant Walters Music 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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WonderBus Festival Aims to Spread Mental Health Awareness Through Music

Grant Walters Grant Walters WonderBus Festival Aims to Spread Mental Health Awareness Through Music

The Shipyard will launch its inaugural music and arts showcase on August 17-18 to benefit mental health programs at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center

With an impressive artist lineup that includes Walk The Moon, X Ambassadors, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Revivalists, Jenny Lewis, Bishop Briggs, Mt. Joy, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the inaugural WonderBus Music & Arts Festival will take place on August 17-18. WonderBus is the realized vision […]

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Interview: Rockbridge CEO Jim Merkel on Planning for a North Market Hotel

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Rockbridge CEO Jim Merkel on Planning for a North Market Hotel

The unveiling last week of a new plan to redevelop the North Market parking lot was greeted with great interest by those who wondered if the project — first proposed in 2016 — was ever going to move forward. The new design features a tower that is both shorter and wider than the one that […]

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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: Picture This

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Picture This

Ireland's prodigal sons expand their global audience with their sophomore album, "Mdrn Lv," and a tour stop in Columbus on Friday night.

Picture This is the biggest band in Ireland, a badge they’ve earned in a relatively short time since their inception in 2015. With their second studio album, the energetic, ambitious Mdern Lv, arriving earlier this year, the foursome from Athy, County Kildare, a small market town southwest of Dublin, are now on their first headlining […]

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Interview: Patton Oswalt

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Patton Oswalt

The acclaimed comedian and actor brings a new hour to the Ohio Theatre on Sunday night

My wife, Julie, and I sat in the audience at the Palace Theatre during Patton Oswalt’s last show in Columbus in 2017 — a set that echoed much of what would be seen in his then-forthcoming Netflix special, Annihilation.  While his astutely acidic take on his surroundings has never failed to make me laugh, he displayed […]

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