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‘Innovative’ Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band to bring improvised sound for Next@Wex

November 20, 2014
A band coming to Columbus on Friday looks to break the concert mold. “We don’t actually do a show,” said Chris Forsyth, guitarist and composer for Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band. “The set list changes every night. It’s a living, breathing thing.” Forsyth said the amount of material available from two full albums as well as solo material from the other three members of the band allows them to change it up every night. However, the band is not limited to its pre-existing material. “Sometimes we literally just make things up on the spot,” Forsyth said. “There are things that aren’t rehearsed at all.” The band is set… Read more

Cal Scruby’s confidence shines in music industry

November 20, 2014
Drake started his music career after starring on popular Canadian TV show “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Chance the Rapper recorded his first mixtape during a 10-day suspension while he was in high school. Ohio State 2014 alumnus, Cal Scruby, recorded his first project, “Best Foot Forward,” in the Whisper Room on the third floor of the Science and Engineering Library — now called the 18th Avenue Library — while he was a student studying new media and information technology. “It’s like a phone booth sized recording area where the walls are all insulated professionally,” Scruby said. “I just recorded and mixed my own stuff. That whole process probably took (about)… Read more

Donatos Basement serves pizza, beer, local music

November 19, 2014
Pizza isn’t the only thing you can find at Donatos on High Street. The basement of the chain pizza joint at 2084 N. High St. holds a venue — aptly named Donatos Basement — used for a variety of events. Donatos Basement has seen everything from bridal showers to comedy events to hardcore music shows. The space features a full bar, stage, sound system and even a dumbwaiter for pizzas. Trevor Jewell, the bar manager and venue coordinator for Donatos, said the reaction to the venue has been positive. “Most of the time, (audiences are) pleasantly surprised,” he said. He said there are many other Donatos locations with party rooms,… Read more

Album review: Lorde the real heroine, makes ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ soundtrack

November 19, 2014
The shimmering choral battle cries and looming bass lines that create the star-studded 14-track collaboration of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” soundtrack will find itself in the new alt-psych-pop genre’s hall of fame. Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” can be seen coursing through the veins of the new album, giving die-hard Lorde fans somewhat of a sequel to her soaring debut album. The earlier unveiled track list admitted the loss of past soundtrack contributors: Maroon 5, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Taylor Swift, whose larger-than-life “1989” dropped a couple weeks ago. However, the loss of these superstars does not seem to have an effect when upcoming stars like Ariana Grande, Charli… Read more

Opinion: New generation, new line of stars help heal with Band Aid 30

November 19, 2014
In 1984, a group of the UK-centric pop stars came together to form Band Aid. The group recorded a song to raise money for the famine that was crippling Ethiopia at the time. The resulting single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” raised about $14 million for the cause. Artists included Duran Duran, Boy George, George Michael, Sting and Bono. It’s my favorite Christmas song because of its upbeat tempo and heartfelt message. I remember watching the video for the song with my dad, and he would name all of the artists as they appeared on the screen. However, they all looked the same to me because of the helmets of… Read more

On the Fitz: Pop, soul sextet set to take LC Pavilion

November 16, 2014
Nothing happens by accident.  Fitz and the Tantrums, a six-piece band of music industry veterans, proves a formula of experience, artistry and understanding can set the stepping stones for success. The band’s tour promoting its sophomore album, “More Than Just A Dream,” is set to hit Columbus on Wednesday. Although the band formed in 2008, each member is well-seasoned in the industry. Their previous experiences and understanding of musicality and their audiences came in handy when the band created its first album, keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna said. Ruzumna said the industry experience added to part of the band’s success because it allowed the members to execute their vision clearly and concisely.… Read more

Kid Runner to premiere EP with support of friends

November 13, 2014
Fans all the way from Italy, Mexico and the Philippines have shown love on their Facebook page, but Columbus will always be home for pop band Kid Runner. “Columbus loves to support its local artists, and we love being able to put on shows in our hometown,” singer Drew Lizon said in an email. Friday night marks the EP release show for the band at Skully’s Music-Diner, located in the Short North. Each member of the audience will receive a copy of the “Wake Up Now” EP with ticket purchase. “Think Foster the People meets Passion Pit, but Foster still has a thing for Imagine Dragons and Phoenix. It’s complicated,”… Read more

The Pools drowns Columbus with heavy guitar, garage pop sound

November 13, 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.  There is no formula when it comes to making good music in the long haul. In reality, where the things considered incredible could also be perceived as terrible, the best case scenario for success settles on a platform that compromises with the trend of the times. All the same, some musical collaborators can beg, borrow and steal into the niche dream, whatever that might be. Might as well begin with half a drum set and a bunch of guitar players. “It’s called cocktail style, it’s… Read more

Opinion: Ariana Grande could learn a thing or two from Taylor Swift

November 11, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Let’s talk Ari G Ariana Grande has been battling diva rumors for months now, and though she protests, the rumors persist. She has responded to these accusations with the same highly sophisticated three-step plan. (The thought process behind which I have attempted to recreate below.) Step 1: Defensively deny the rumors via Twitter. Deny, deny, deny. Anyone who thinks Ariana is a diva is obviously stupid and knows nothing about her. (Note: This isn’t the time to be level-headed — you have to get emotional and defensive if… Read more

Album review: ‘Sonic Highways’ delivers solid ‘dad rock,’ but not Foo Fighters’ best

November 11, 2014
It might not be cool to like the Foo Fighters, the kings of popular stadium “dad rock,” but I’m not a cool guy, so I’m the perfect one to defend the 20-year-old rock titans’ newest, most experimental and ambitious album, “Sonic Highways.” Yes, it might be dad rock, but it’s dad rock done damn well, and I love my dad rock, damn it. This eclectic new album should make the Foos and the currently underappreciated genre of rock some new fans. Big, brash and earnest stadium rock in the form of the Foo Fighters, U2 and several others has become unfairly polarizing in today’s world. Critics and hipsters alike can… Read more