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One Direction set to play ‘Shoe in 2015

October 23, 2014
British boy band One Direction is set to perform at Ohio Stadium next year after new dates for its “On the Road Again” tour were announced Thursday. The pop group is set to perform in Columbus on Aug. 18, making it the second concert announced at the venue for next summer. “We knew they were planning a stadium tour, and we just went for it,” said Gary O’Brien, OSU spokesman for business advancement. The pop group, which formed out of the embers of its members’ failed solo acts on “The X Factor,” also did a sell-out stadium tour in 2014. Ending Oct. 5, it grossed more than $290 million from… Read more

Opinion: Gwen Stefani just as cool at 45 as in her No Doubt days

October 23, 2014
She’s old enough to be my mom, but she still has a major cool factor. At 45 years old, it’s crazy to think that Gwen Stefani has been an it girl for more than 20 years, and is still going strong. Earlier this week, Stefani released a brand new single, “Baby Don’t Lie.” It’s her first song as a solo artist since “The Sweet Escape” album in 2006. The song is heavy on the synth and drums and features her unique vocals hovering over the track. I dare you not to at least nod along to this one. She’s even released a music video for this song, featuring a fantasy… Read more

Opinion: ‘Billboard’ shakes off men, makes it all about the babes

October 23, 2014
If you have checked the Billboard Hot 100 chart recently, you might have noticed that the top five spots belong exclusively to female artists. You might not have known it’s an unprecedented phenomenon. “For the first time in the 56-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, solo female artists have occupied the top five positions on the chart for six consecutive weeks,” according to a Billboard article by Melinda Newman. Two of those songs include guest spots by other female artists, so there are eight women who have been running the show. Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” leads the pack, followed by Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Iggy Azalea’s… Read more

Concert review: Walk the Moon get back to its roots in Columbus show

October 22, 2014
Once the bubble bursts, it is nearly impossible to recapture what was there before. Walk the Moon’s bubble burst about two years ago, when “Anna Sun” became an unexpected hit and the Ohio-bred band went from waiting for its big break to seeing it unfold before its eyes. The band members toured across the country and through Europe, along the way becoming alt pop radio mainstays. Booking a Columbus show at the relatively small venue The Basement might have been the band’s way of rediscovering its roots, but there is nothing like quickly selling out a gig to remind you that there are more people who want to hear your… Read more

Opinion: Taylor Swift’s fandom more a product of her lifestyle, not music

October 21, 2014
Early Tuesday morning, an eight-second clip of garbled white noise swiftly rose to the top of the Canadian iTunes music chart. The clip, vaguely titled “Track 3,” was a simple placeholder on the listing for Taylor Swift’s soon-to-be-released album “1989.” The track was released because of an apparent glitch in the iTunes system, but nevertheless, its lack of content did nothing to deter countless fans from spending 1.29 Canadian dollars on the download and propelling it into the coveted No. 1 slot. “Track 3”’s ability to soar atop today’s latest hits on the charts is every bit as impressive as it is confounding — an accomplishment that serves as a… Read more

Opinion: Taylor Swift’s use of ‘sexist,’ Beyonce’s new bangs both a little bold

October 20, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Taylor drops the ‘S’ bomb Set to release her new album, “1989,” next Monday, Taylor Swift is (finally) retaliating against all those wild and wacky critics who label her as a whiney, boy-crazy looney tune who uses her past relationships as her own personal piggy banks. “That’s a very sexist angle to take,” Swift preached on Australian radio show “Jules, Merrick and Sophie” — and she’s right. “No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes,… Read more

Concert review: Christine McVie helps Fleetwood Mac stage a jubilant return to Columbus

October 20, 2014
It’s a marvel that Fleetwood Mac was even on stage to perform last night. It is a band that has gone through a great deal of emotional turmoil, and more recently, physical stress, as bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer roughly one year ago. Two other members have died within the last three years, one to suicide and the other to a hemorrhage. They have four members who have gone through two failed relationships (one divorce) within the band and have had several key members come and go. They even bared their emotional and romantic troubles out on their 1977 multi-platinum album “Rumours.” And when the band finally gained… Read more

Concert review: Crowd makes the experience, bring energy at Bassnectar show

October 17, 2014
Let me start this article by saying that I have been to a lot of concerts. When I say a lot, I mean an absurd amount. This was my second show this week. But with all the shows I have been to, Bassnectar has been the best experience of my life. Not only was the sound quality and music amazing, but the people were the best I have ever encountered in my life. I was a little nervous going in — it was my first ever electronic dance music show, and I wasn’t sure if I would know anyone there. The doors at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion opened at 7… Read more

Columbus band Mama ‘destined not to be cool’

October 17, 2014
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. Rock ‘n’ roll changed music forever. It scared the hell out of parents, teachers and politicians, and yanked open the door to new possibilities in music. But as the decades pile up, another musical breakthrough as huge as the ‘60s and ‘70s rock explosion has been substituted with an extensive catalogue of descriptors placed in front of genre roots to portray styles of new bands. Modern musicians are running out of ridiculous adjectives, buzzwords or trends to describe and influence their sound. “We’re not… Read more

Spotify study: Ohio State listens to the most classical music

October 16, 2014
If asked to compile a playlist of music that embodies the Ohio State student experience, perhaps the chorus of “Hang on Sloopy” or the bombastic sounds of the OSU Marching Band would come to mind. But what about Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” or Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”? While a playlist filled with Mozart or Strauss might not initially evoke images of Ohio Stadium or Brutus Buckeye, a recent Spotify study has identified OSU as the U.S. university that listens to the most classical music. The study, which was conducted by music subscription service Spotify, used the music intelligence services of its newly acquired subsidiary, The Echo Nest, to track… Read more