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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: 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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The League Bowlers Some Balls Deluxe Release Party December 23 at Big Room Bar

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The League Bowlers Some Balls Deluxe Release Party December 23 at Big Room Bar

Some of the best music anywhere, as soon as it combusts, vanishes into a haze of evaporating whiskey and stories. Columbus has a slew of these. One of my favorite examples, The League Bowlers, are reissuing their one overlooked album Some Balls almost 15 years after its debut with five new tracks. I met with […]

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R&B Singer Bilal Comes to Notes June 16

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford R&B Singer Bilal Comes to Notes June 16

Over the last year-plus, Notes has hosted #HereFridays, a showcase bringing R&B back to downtown in a more consistent way than anything I can think of since Brownstone on Main closed. This home base has featured some of Columbus’ prime talent including B-Jazz and MojoFlo, beloved expats like Talisha Holmes, and national acts like Eric […]

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Garage-Punk Festival Cheap Heat Takes Over Summit St April 14-15

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Garage-Punk Festival Cheap Heat Takes Over Summit St April 14-15

One of the best things the internet has done for music is put the tendency of like-minded bands, labels, and fans together at a greater rate than before. The touring circuits and connections started in the ’80s have gone into overdrive with booking and correspondence getting much faster response times and word about shows traveling […]

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Concert Preview: Lee DeWyze

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Lee DeWyze

Supporting his latest studio album, "Oil and Water," the acclaimed singer-songwriter will play an intimate show on Wednesday night at Rumba Café

Lee DeWyze’s latest single, “Weight,” aptly describes its atmosphere – a hushed, melancholic lead vocal suspended in a dense fog of persistent keys and percussive thunderclaps. It’s just under two-and-a-half minutes long, but its short duration is a beautiful ride. The fact that it has a pronounced cinematic quality isn’t just coincidence. “[It] really was […]

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75 Dollar Bill Comes to Ace of Cups April 5

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford 75 Dollar Bill Comes to Ace of Cups April 5

NYC’s 75 Dollar Bill has been known to leave a certain brand of music fan speechless. We’re very lucky to have them coming through Ace of Cups on Wednesday (tickets on Ticketfly). When they played The Basement, not often a room suited for adventurous sounds, opening for Six Organs of Admittance two years ago, I […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!