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Sponsors reconsider involvement in Fashion Meets Music Festival with R. Kelly as the headliner

July 24, 2014
Some of the more than 30 sponsors of Columbus’ Fashion Meets Music Festival are reconsidering their involvement in August’s inaugural fest, which is set to feature R&B artist R. Kelly. In 2002, R. Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was indicted in Chicago on soliciting a minor for child pornography, seven counts of producing child pornography and seven counts of videotaping the acts. The case stemmed from a videotape — which was sent anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2001 — of Kelly allegedly having sex and performing sexual acts with an underage girl. He was arrested in Davenport, Fla. after the indictment was handed down and was… Read more

R. Kelly’s spot on FMMF bill causes Saintseneca to cancel performance, others to reconsider involvement

July 23, 2014
Indie folk rock band Saintseneca announced on its website Tuesday that it will cancel its performance at Columbus’ inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in August. Citing that the headliner of a big music festival is the “symbolic figurehead,” Saintseneca expressed in a post on its website the members’ disappointment in the festival’s selection of R. Kelly to be on the top of FMMF’s bill. “We feel his selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault,” the post read. “We feel it is an affront to all survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our society.” FMMF announced Kelly as the headliner along… Read more

Royal Blood set to grace Columbus stage

July 23, 2014
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher might fall under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, but the rock duo’s name, Royal Blood, is inspired by another country’s sovereignty. “It’s a bit of a long story, really,” Thatcher said. “Mike (Kerr) was traveling in Eastern Asia, and he got to stay with this royal family out there, and he got really friendly with the princess,” Thatcher said. “Mike came back from traveling, and I picked him up from the airport, and he was like, ‘I thought of a really good name for the band.’” Although they are no longer mingling with nobility, lots of exciting things are happening for the up-and-coming U.K.… Read more

Ohio State graduates introduce mix of jazz, orchestral violin concertos in tour of Ukraine

July 22, 2014
When Ohio State alumni and childhood friends Douglas Droste and Christian Howes reunited in February to perform an unconventional orchestral piece, neither musician imagined the international attention a single YouTube recording would garner. “I was kind of shocked and really excited,” said Howes of his initial reaction to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine’s offer to sponsor the musicians’ involvement in an ongoing cultural exchange. Both Columbus natives, Droste and Howes grew up playing together in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and went on to study under the same violin teacher at OSU, Howes said. A classically-trained violinist who has been playing since the age of 5, Howes graduated from OSU… Read more

Review: Neutral Milk Hotel proves ageless with fresh sound

July 21, 2014
“You should put into your article that these guys are the only hipsters to ever melt people’s faces off.” This opinion by the man next to me seemed to be one the rest of the audience at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion shared, as Neutral Milk Hotel took the stage amid thundering applause Sunday night. Earlier in the evening, though, as the people trickled in and I staked out my spot on the lawn, the Columbus band Connections opened the festivities for the 2014 Next@Wex Fest, a show put on by PromoWest Productions, the Wexner Center for the Arts and alternative Columbus station CD102.5. Given the picnic-like vibe on the lawn,… Read more

Review: New melodic mold awakens in Rise Against’s latest effort

July 20, 2014
Fans of Chicago outfit Rise Against eager to listen to the band’s latest record will be welcomed by a mix of the band’s edgy, older sound, a newly minted blend of backup vocal harmonies and guitar harmonics. “The Black Market,” the punk rock band’s seventh studio album and first since 2011, was released Tuesday and features 12 new tracks. The instrumental work is what has always made Rise Against’s brand of hardcore tick fundamentally, but lead singer Tim McIlrath’s vocal delivery has been the calling card that has differentiated the band from other crowd-rousing modern takes on punk rock. But “The Black Market” could be a sign that points to… Read more

Gallery: 5k colors Columbus streets

July 20, 2014
The Color Run dyed downtown Saturday. Monikered the “Happiest 5k on the Planet,” according to its website, the un-timed 5k drenches runners with various colored pigments at each kilometer marker. Participants are instructed to wear white at the starting line and end up resembling something like a kaleidoscope when done. At the finish line, there is a festival with music, dancing and even more color. The organization hosted more than 170 events in 2013 in more than 30 countries. The Columbus race began at 9 a.m., starting on West Long Street, crossing the Scioto River and ending on West Spring Street.  … Read more

Gallery: Band of Horses, Midlake take the stage at LC Pavilion

July 20, 2014
Band of Horses with special guest Midlake performed Friday at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Band of Horses, a Seattle-based rock band, last released a studio album in 2012 (“Mirage Rock”) and recently put out a live disc of a two-night gig at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The band is known for singles “The Funeral,” “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “Is There a Ghost,” among others. Denton, Texas-based Midlake is a folk rock band whose latest effort, “Antiphon,” came out in 2013. The band’s known singles include “Roscoe,” “Young Bride” and “Acts of Man.”  … Read more

Opinion: Ohio’s ruralists, urbanites have chance to unite at State Fair

July 16, 2014
Growing up in Columbus, the State Fair was an inevitable part of summer. It descended upon the fairgrounds annually and brought with it scads of sweaty ruralists and a determination to deep fry something more outrageous than the year before. I was never a fair type-of-kid. It might have been because I went to a high school of mostly suburban students and lived in a neighborhood just a few miles north of downtown. I desperately wanted to be considered an urban kid, and, to me, the fair was for farmhands who dreamed of butter cows and looked forward to the last week in July like Christmas morning. And the cliche… Read more

Opinion: Reality TV frames virginity as a burden

July 15, 2014
The summer before I began my freshman year at Ohio State, I decided to take my chances on this guy. During our “first date,” we parked ourselves on a picnic table at a local park in West Chester, Ohio. I was nervous, as it had been a while since a guy was romantically interested in me, so while talking, I fidgeted with a ring that had been fixated on my right middle finger since freshman year of high school. It was a simple, sterling silver band. “What is that? A purity ring?” this charming bachelor asked in a mocking, sarcastic tone. “Oh, no! It’s just a ring,” I said while… Read more