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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

Chance The Rapper to perform at LC Pavilion for Ohio State students

October 14, 2014
  An up-and-coming rapper is set to make his popular mixtape come to life close to campus. Chance The Rapper’s booking agency, CAA Touring, confirmed Tuesday morning that he is set to perform for Ohio State students at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion — a PromoWest Productions venue — on Oct. 27 with doors set to open at 8 p.m. Chance The Rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, is a Chicago-born hip-hop artist. His breakout 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap” included rapper Childish Gambino, the rap alias of Donald Glover, and he was also featured in Justin Bieber’s single “Confident.” Jeff Weiss of Pitchfork.com — who rated “Acid Rap” with an… Read more

Concert review: Jimmy Eat World a blast from the past but sings of ‘Futures’ in Columbus set

October 14, 2014
Nineties era legends met Columbus in “The Middle” on Monday evening. The middle of High Street, that is. Jimmy Eat World performed at Newport Music Hall with minibosses and reminded everyone in attendance why they have been around for more than 20 years now. Marking the 10-year anniversary of the album “Futures,” Jimmy Eat World played mostly songs from the album. They started the show off with “Kill,” “Drugs or Me” and “Polaris,” among others. I arrived at the show expecting to hear more songs I would recognize, such as “The Middle” (which the band did not play), but I was not disappointed by the set list. “I have probably… Read more

Opinion: Worst Kept Secret Fest spills beans for sixth time, gets better with age

October 13, 2014
As warehouse Dude Locker returns to the regular hum of band practices, Columbus’ music fans battle hangovers, and the plethora of artists nurse their (head-)bang-overs. It’s not quite confidential that Worst Kept Secret Fest 6 was another huge stride for the Columbus arts community. “This year, it was easier. We had a lot of people who we could trust working for us, and everyone had their own job and everyone did it,” said Pat Chase, one of the five heads who organized the sixth fest. “There are volunteers for the volunteers,” said James Amos, a WKSF volunteer. The event was greeted with chilly, scattered showers and overall crap weather, as… Read more