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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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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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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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Interview: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

The former Columbusite comes home to Newport Music Hall on Tuesday night in support of his latest album, "Upside Down Flowers"

The only thing better than listening to Andrew McMahon’s storytelling through his exquisitely crafted compositions is watching him bring them to life on stage. I was invited to McMahon’s last performance at Newport Music Hall in 2017, and it was a phenomenal sensory blast. Eyes clenched shut and hunched over his piano like a Glass Houses-era […]

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