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Action Item lives the ‘American dream’

August 13, 2014
They might be unsigned and often take second billing, but New Jersey pop group Action Item is no stranger to the big stage. They’ve opened for the likes of Justin Bieber, and this week, they roll into Columbus as support for MKTO’s “American Dream.” They’ve also been busy recording new material, and their smooth vocals and catchy pop sound are also infused into their latest release “Great Mission: Life.” Action Item began with four best friends including Anthony Li and Brian Cag (both singers and guitarists), bassist David Buczkowski and drummer Dan Brozek. “We had been really life-long friends for pretty much our entire lives,” Cag said. “When we started… Read more

Album review: FKA twigs debut album ahead of its time

August 13, 2014
Maybe that whole alternative R&B phase came and went too early. Maybe we should have waited for something that can actually be considered alternative to come along. Frank Ocean and Miguel are great, sure, but they are alternative only in the sense that they make better music than what we are used to hearing from mainstream R&B. FKA twigs was late to the alternative R&B party, but forgoing labels for her music may be for the best. Because like that lyrical prophet ODB, there is no father to her style. The woman born Tahliah Barnett, a former backup dancer in music videos for the likes of Ed Sheeran and Taio… Read more

Capital Cities, GRiZ, Captain Kidd set to play Ohio State Welcome Week Concert

August 4, 2014
Capital Cities, with special guests GRiZ and Captain Kidd, is scheduled to perform at Ohio State’s 2014 Welcome Week Concert Aug. 29. OUAB made the announcement at 6 p.m. Thursday. Capital Cities, a pop duo from Los Angeles, has been opening for Katy Perry on her current world tour. The group’s recognition grew greatly after their 2011 single “Safe and Sound” reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band signed to Capitol Records in 2012 and released an album, “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery,” in June 2013. The 2013 Welcome Week Concert was headlined by country group The Band Perry with supporting act Charlie Worsham.… Read more

Iggy Azalea’s Columbus stop postponed

July 31, 2014
Iggy Azalea’s Thursday concert at the Lifestyle Community Pavilion has been postponed until Aug. 6. The Australian singer and rapper’s show was postponed Thursday due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to the LC Pavilion’s website. Azalea released a comment on Twitter shortly before noon, saying “I am so sorry Columbus I am not feeling well but I will be with you on the 6th.. thank you x.” Azalea’s debut studio album “The New Classic” was released in April, and its single “Fancy” held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. Refunds are available from… Read more

Review: Panic! at The Disco proves to age like a fine wine in LC show

July 30, 2014
Panic! at the Disco. Live. It was my 8th grade dream coming true. But before that, Walk the Moon made my junior year of high school dream come true. Before that, Magic Man made my freshman year of college dream come true. The truth is, any of the three bands playing at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Tuesday night could have headlined and done exceptionally well, but instead they were put together on one bill, for what was one of the best line ups I’ve ever seen. Waiting in line, some friends and I were trying to guess which band people were there to see. The hipsters were there for… Read more

R. Kelly pulled from Fashion Meets Music Festival lineup after backlash

July 28, 2014
R. Kelly has been pulled from the lineup of Columbus’ inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival following negative reaction from both bands and sponsors in regard to the R&B artist’s headlining spot on the bill. Kelly was scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Nationwide Arena. After the festival announced Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kennedy, as the headliner, two Columbus-based rock bands, Damn the Witch Siren and Saintseneca, announced that they would no longer perform at the festival. Damn the Witch Siren withdrew from FMMF July 3, while Saintseneca withdrew July 23. “We feel (R. Kelly’s) selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations… Read more

Review: Michael Bublé caters to all with a clinic of classics

July 27, 2014
If you didn’t know whose name was on the marquee Saturday night at the Schottenstein Center, you wouldn’t have been able to figure it out from the concert-going clientele waltzing around the concourse. Older women, young men and even toddlers, all dressed in any-and-every attire imaginable, filled the halls before making their way down to the dimly lit arena. When the curtain opened and a clean cut, bow tie-clad crooner stood front and center, however, the eclectic audience immediately made sense. From the time the curtain lifted until it came crashing down at show’s end, Michael Buble made a marked effort to cater his versatile vocals to each group of… Read more

Review: Royal Blood rocks every inch of The Basement’s stage

July 27, 2014
British rock band Royal Blood came in with a grand entrance, rocked the night away and left fans wanting more. The Worn Flints, a rock band from Columbus, opened for Royal Blood Friday night at The Basement. The opener consists of three members, Jake Smith on drums, Steven Trabulsi on bass and Kenny Stiegele on guitar, piano and lead vocals. The Worn Flints played a six-song, 30-minute set (give or take on both quantities). And between the head-banging, jumping around on stage, Smith throwing out the peace sign to the crowd and Stiegele getting up-close and personal with the fans, the band got the crowd to come alive. At one… Read more