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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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PromoWest to Rename Express Live! with New Exclusive Naming Rights

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman PromoWest to Rename Express Live! with New Exclusive Naming Rights

KEMBA Financial Credit Union has announced the exclusive naming rights for the Arena District entertainment venue formerly known as EXPRESS LIVE! The venue will now be known as KEMBA Live! The naming rights are a part of a 10-year partnership that “further highlights their commitment to the local community,” read a press release announcing the […]

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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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Photos: Wolf Alice at the Newport Music Hall

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Wolf Alice at the Newport Music Hall

Now, let’s be honest. We’re pretty spoiled in Columbus when it comes to live music when on any given night you can see a fantastic local band at the Rumba, a mega-massive-pop-star at Nationwide, or like on this Tuesday evening you can go to the Newport Music Hall and see Mercury Prize winners, UK number […]

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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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Bar, Live Music Venue Slated for Long-Vacant Building on Hudson

Susan Post Susan Post Bar, Live Music Venue Slated for Long-Vacant Building on Hudson

In the next year, a long-vacant building on Hudson will be transformed into neighborhood gem. Bobby Miller has big plans for the one-time theater at 367 E. Hudson St. in Old North Columbus. Lovebirds will be many things in one: a bar, live music venue and coffee shop, with games (including bocce), plenty of patio […]

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