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Concert Preview & Interview: Spencer Sutherland

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview & 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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Interview: New Kids on the Block

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: New Kids on the Block

After carving out their own place in pop music history more than three decades ago, the New Kids continue their lengthy legacy with "The Mixtape Tour"

“This tour has been an absolute blast. It’s been one of the most fun ones that we’ve done,” New Kids on the Block founding member Jonathan Knight-Rodriguez tells me over the phone during a day off in between shows in Des Moines and St. Paul. The Mixtape Tour, which kicked off on May 2 in Cincinnati, will stop […]

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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: 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: Josie Dunne

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Josie Dunne

Gaining momentum with her Motown-inspired debut EP, "To Be The Little Fish," the Chicago native visits Columbus as part of Andy Grammer's "The Good Parts Tour" at Newport Music Hall on Wednesday night

Josie Dunne’s debut EP, To Be The Little Fish, reflects the copious level of joy the rising 21-year-old singer-songwriter is finding at each new stop along her career path. “It’s been unbelievable,” she rhapsodizes during our phone conversation on Monday afternoon. “I feel like this is a really cool particular phase, too, in any musician’s time […]

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Band Interview: KT Tunstall

Grant Walters Grant Walters Band Interview: KT Tunstall

With new music on the horizon for later this year, the Scottish native returns to Columbus July 11 with the Barenaked Ladies and Better Than Ezra on the "Last Summer On Earth 2018" tour ticket

Author’s Note: This article is the first of a three-part series profiling each of the artists on the tour. Stay tuned for interviews with Better Than Ezra and the Barenaked Ladies over the next week.  The last time KT Tunstall and I spoke was in February 2017, when she was on her way to Columbus […]

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Band Interview: Plain White T’s

Grant Walters Grant Walters Band Interview: Plain White T’s

More than a decade after their meteoric rise with "Hey There Delilah," the Illinois quintet visits Columbus on Tuesday to preview their forthcoming studio album, "Parallel Universe"

The two new tracks the Plain White T’s have chosen to tease their first studio album since 2015’s American Nights are a fascinating, and purposeful, contrast. The first, “Your Body,” is an R&B-infused ballad that’s in line with much of what audiences might expect from a T’s single of yore: a simple, guitar-strummed melody with lead […]

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