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Interview: Lily & Madeleine

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Lily & Madeleine

The Indianapolis-based sister act is in Columbus to support their newest album, "Keep It Together," at Rumba Café Thursday night

Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkewicz have a vocal blend that is so close that you could almost mistake it for the most precise and mechanical double-tracking of a singular singer. Even among other sibling groups, their tonal parity is jaw-dropping – and decadently rich and achingly beautiful. As recording artists, they’ve been exceptionally prolific – […]

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Concert Preview: Aaron Lee Tasjan

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Aaron Lee Tasjan

The Columbus native will play one of a few of his full-band, headlining shows of the year at Rumba Cafe this week to mark the release of his excellent new album, "Silver Tears"

Roots rocker Aaron Lee Tasjan’s just-released major label debut, Silver Tears (New West Records), is a beautifully crafted piece of Americana worthy of the tremendous praise it’s already received from multiple industry outlets. Tasjan’s voice is accessible and earnest, adrift in a haunting current of acoustic and slide guitars and an appropriately restrained rhythm section. […]

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Interview: Bronze Radio Return

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Bronze Radio Return

The high-profile Hartford-based band can be heard in countless promos and commercials, but tonight they'll just play for their own captive audience at Rumba Cafe.

Hartford-based American indie/roots rock outfit Bronze Radio Return will take the stage Saturday night at the Rumba Cafe. Their bright, sing-a-long-worthy first single, “Light Me Up”, seems as if it was almost intentionally written as soundtrack material. TV has certainly taken the bait – it’s been featured in promos for the new Showtime original series, […]

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Concert Preview: Oxymorrons at Rumba Café

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Oxymorrons at Rumba Café

Making much headway with their new single "Asleep" and a growing reputation among industry heavyweights, the urban/alt-rock outfit readies their first EP

New York-based quintet Oxymorrons will appear Saturday night at Rumba Café along with Minneapolis hip-hop artist Astronautalis. The band’s current single, “Asleep” – freshly released this week – is a torrent of drums, synths, and singable refrains that perfectly exemplifies their urban/alt-rock crossover approach. Swedish producer Felix Snow, who was recently on the controls for Kiiara’s […]

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Concert Preview: Andy McKee at Rumba Café

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Andy McKee at Rumba Café

The acoustic guitar marvel will arrive in Columbus on April 30 as one of the stops on his "The Next Chapter" Tour.

When I was 25, I woke up one day and convinced myself I should learn to play the guitar. You see, it was 2001. John Mayer was on every radio station imaginable singing about his quarter-life crisis (I could relate…), Jack Johnson had become the new sensitive, swoon-worthy troubadour of the moment, and you couldn’t […]

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Concert Review: Automagik at Rumba Café

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Review: Automagik at Rumba Café

The fun-loving Cincinnati-based rockers brought new music from their EP "Dark Daze" to the SoHud bar on January 6th and are planning a return to Columbus in March.

The members of Automagik made an unassuming entrance onto Rumba Café’s performance stage; typical set up, typical mike check. The crowd was palpably subdued – possibly feeling a bit wistful after the conclusion local troubadour Sam Bodary and his outfit Hello Emerson’s skilled but pensive set. Looking decidedly more rock-and-roll than their predecessors (Grand Rapids […]

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Concert Preview: Great Lake Swimmers

Grant Walters Grant Walters Concert Preview: Great Lake Swimmers

The Toronto-based roots band brings their lush orchestral folk-pop offerings to the Rumba Café on November 16th.

A Forest of Arms, the sixth studio album by Canadian indie-folk outfit and Juno Award nominees Great Lake Swimmers, is a resounding affirmation for those who wonder if pop music with a conscience is still being made.  Saying the record is carefully constructed is an understatement given the measures the Swimmers have taken to shape […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

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