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Photos: Chvrches at Express Live!

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Chvrches at Express Live!

It’s pretty hard to believe it was seven years ago when I last covered Scottish indietronica synth-pop band Chvrches at their massive outdoor LC show, yet here we are, three UK Top Ten albums and countless hours of local radio spins later for another massive show, this time on the indoor stage at Express Live! […]

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Photos: Silversun Pickups at the Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Silversun Pickups at the Newport Music Hall

Los Angeles alt-rockers, Silversun Pickups returned to Columbus on Monday night at the Newport Music Hall with a best-of set pulled from the band’s 20 years of fuzzy-guitar led radio-rock hits. Hitting the stage at the early time of just after 8 p.m., the band (guitarist/singer Brian Aubert, bassist Nikki Monninger, drummer Christopher Guanlao and […]

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Photos: Alkaline Trio & Bad Religion at Express Live!

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Alkaline Trio & Bad Religion at Express Live!

2021 has already had a handful of top-notch co-headlining tours, and on Wednesday evening, another big one came to town with a double dose of American punk-rock pioneers in the shape of Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio. While COVID and construction kept many shows outside, we were back inside on the Express Live! stage as […]

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Concert Preview: A Conversation with Wolf Alice

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: A Conversation with Wolf Alice

Returning to Columbus for the first time in three years on the heels of their widely acclaimed third studio album, "Blue Weekend," the British foursome takes the stage at Newport Music Hall on Tuesday night.

In a particularly robust year of highly anticipated album releases from the UK, Wolf Alice’s outstanding third studio effort, Blue Weekend, holds up mightily among its contemporaries. Leaping between genres across arrangements that range from decadent to dirty, the set’s 11 tracks are evidence of the London-based trio’s simpatico. None of lead vocalist Ellie Rowsell’s, […]

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Photos: Idles at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Idles at Newport Music Hall

British rock band Idles came to the Newport Music Hall on Sunday night for a sold-out show packed full of sweat, unity and hell of a lot of noise as a massive mosh-pit jumped and screamed along to 90 minutes of singer Joe Talbot’s heart-on-his-sleeves messages of empathy. After years of going largely unnoticed by […]

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Photos: Des Rocs & The Velveteers at The Basement

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Des Rocs & The Velveteers at The Basement

Is there really anything better than the sounds of pounding drums and dirty guitars while crammed in a tiny and sweaty pit of like-minded fans? Not for me, and on Thursday night at The Basement two massive high-energy acts came to town to bring rock ‘n roll back to the people. The Velveteers were a […]

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Photos: Julien Baker at Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Julien Baker at Newport Music Hall

Tennessee born indie singer-songwriter Julien Baker stopped by the Newport Music Hall on Tuesday evening as heart-wrenching songs of pain, addiction and redemption enthralled a moderate yet warmly enthusiastic crowd. After several years running mostly solo, Baker hit the stage with a full band and the additional layers only helped to add to the emotional […]

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