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The Rolling Stones to play ‘Shoe in May

March 31, 2015
The Rolling Stones are scheduled to play Ohio Stadium, the only stop in the Buckeye State on their upcoming tour. The band’s May 30 stop at the Horseshoe is the second concert of a 15-city tour that will kickoff in San Diego six days prior. While the ‘Shoe has not hosted a concert since 2003, the Stones announcement makes it the third show scheduled for 2015. At the behest of athletic director and vice president Gene Smith, Ohio State has begun work to make the stadium a more active venue during the off-season. Stadium shows come with major costs, but they can bring in major dollars to the local economy,… Read more

Zappa Plays Zappa plays Newport

March 30, 2015
Dweezil Zappa is a musician. He never had a choice — his father listed “musician” as the religion on his birth certificate. As the son of late songwriter and composer Frank Zappa, Dweezil has had a lifetime of exposure to varying influences. Now a “devout” musician, he’s been performing for more than 30 years and he currently heads up the band Zappa Plays Zappa, which recreates the music of his father, a man Dweezil often quotes with: “Progress is not possible without deviation from the norm.” And Dweezil is certainly deviating from the norm this year. He is wrapping up his first studio album in 10 years, “Via Zammata.” He… Read more

Greek myths and westerns inspire local band

March 29, 2015
In an attempt to shine light on local music, The Lantern’s “Columbus’ Own” is a weekly series that will profile a new Columbus band each week. Inspiration for the title of The Helionauts’ January debut album, “El Rancho Notorious,” came from a 1952 western with the same title. “The western is kind of like a laid-back almost whimsical story, but the underlying themes are more dark. That correlates with our songs because they might not sound too dark on the outside but if you listen to the lyrics more … there’s deeper meaning than you’d notice on the first listen,” said frontman Adam Brandt. Brandt formed his Columbus band in… Read more

Concert review: The Gaslight Anthem keeps it simple, nostalgic in Newport show

March 29, 2015
“The last day of tour feels like the last day of high school,” said singer and guitarist Brian Fallon during a Saturday night show. The sold out concert at Newport Music Hall was the last of the Gaslight Anthem’s spring North American tour, with support from opening bands Northcote and Sammy Kay. This was the first show I had been to at the Newport as an Ohio State student. The first time I went to the venue was to see pop-punk band All Time Low for my 13th birthday. One of the things my friend and I noticed while waiting for the Gaslight Anthem to come on was that the… Read more

Concert review: The Newport gets rowdy with Circa Survive

March 28, 2015
On Friday night, Circa Survive took over the Newport Music Hall with their modern progressive-rock songs and impressive technicolor backgrounds. While one might think that the perfect show might be a sold out one, seeing the crowd that attended last night’s show would put that myth to shame.  There were fans scattered throughout the entire venue, filling up the general admissions floor as well as the balcony. While Circa Survive’s performance was the highlight of the night, openers Chon and Balance and Composure didn’t disappoint. An hour after doors were open and fans were comfortably inside the warm venue, San Diego natives Chon took the stage and enthralled the crowd… Read more

Opinion: Columbus offers many alternatives to drinking for Ohio State students

March 26, 2015
Drinking is a social event for college students. With nothing to do, nowhere to go and nothing to talk about, students are thirsty — thirsty for entertainment and adventure. More often than not, students quench their thirst with booze at the dozens of nightclubs and bars catered to the students 21 and over. But what about the students under the age of 21 who are just as parched without the same access to happy hour? Or those who simply want to break up the monotony of party-going and barhopping? Regardless of the fact that I fall one month short of being legal myself, I truly believe Columbus is a city… Read more

Ohio State alum has ‘Pride’ in his band

March 26, 2015
This Saturday and Sunday The Capital Pride Band will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Spring Concert Band performance at Lincoln Theater. The Capital Pride Band of Columbus, or CapPride for short, is an Ohio-based LGBT performing arts organization, with marching and concert bands featuring volunteer musicians from the Columbus area of all styles and skill levels. Since the band’s formation in 2003, membership has grown from the 28 original members to the over 90 musicians who work with the marching and concert bands. Artistic Director Leigh Briggs said that in addition to the physical growth of the Capital Pride Band, the quality of performances has improved as well.… Read more

Opinion: Hip hop’s creativity reawakened over spring break

March 25, 2015
Drake has never been more prophetic than when he declared on his 2014 single, “0-100/The Catch-up,” that “We already got spring 2015 poppin’.” He was referring to his October’s Very Own labelmates, but he could well have been talking about hip-hop as a whole. After a year that saw few high-profile rap releases, 2015 already appears to have surpassed it. Drake put out a mixtape in February that broke the Internet and is currently prepping an album, Kanye West finally looks ready to follow up “Yeezus,” and three of the most talented young rappers currently working released new albums in the span of one week. Kendrick Lamar, 27, has been… Read more

Opinion: Drama could lead to One Direction’s demise

March 23, 2015
Last week, Zayn Malik announced that he was taking a break from the “On the Road Again” tour because of stress. Unofficial sources even said that he’s trying to get out of the band for good. Many are pointing to the controversy over pictures that surfaced of him nestling up to a fan, when he has a fiancee, as the cause for his break, but it’s been a long time coming. Fans know that even since the early days, Malik has had trouble adjusting to the spotlight, as the shyest member of the group. Suspicions began to arise in November when he missed out on the huge album release event… Read more

Slow pace of rural life led Columbus band’s members to music

March 22, 2015
In an attempt to shine light on local music, The Lantern’s “Columbus’ Own” is a weekly series that will profile a new Columbus band each week.  Pace of Glaciers is really a “wannabe band,” its members said. They’re still five days out from their first gig: a Saturday show at Donato’s Basement on High Street. They’ve also only had about three months to refine their sound, described on their website as “dark-indie written for night drives through small towns.” It’s a concept inspired by their backgrounds — all come from small towns in Central Ohio. “When I was really little, I used to be into skateboarding, and we moved (to… Read more