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Students arouse their creativity in campus radio

March 4, 2015
Ben McConnell remembers the very moment someone on the Oval asked him, “Dude, do you want to be a DJ?”  Little did he know, that moment would lead to his becoming the president of the Amateur Radio Organization for Undergraduate Student Entertainment, leading and encouraging dozens of students to express themselves through their own live radio sessions. The first show deejayed by McConnell, a third-year in finance, was titled “Hypnotic Kung Fu Power Hour” and featured a mixture of punk and East Coast Rap. “I just remember being really excited to be able to do something like that at Ohio State,” McConnell said. AROUSE began at Ohio State in 2011,… Read more

Ensembles of hundreds to perform Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ at OSU

March 4, 2015
Verdi’s famous funeral mass will come to life when five Ohio State music ensembles come together to perform “Requiem” this Sunday at Mershon Auditorium. “‘Requiem’ is full of fire and beauty,” said Kristina Caswell-MacMullen, conductor of Women’s Glee Club and the Symphonic Choir. Those groups will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra, Chorale, and Men’s Glee Club. “One moment, we’re experiencing tour de force dramatic presentation, and then in the next movement, it might be much more introspective and much more pious as this composer weds music and text to help us understand what happens at death’s doorstep,” said Robert Ward, director of chorale activities at Ohio State who conducts… Read more

Student organization plugs into sustainability with Buckeye Blackout concert

March 3, 2015
While concerts at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion and Nationwide Arena are powered by spotlights and floor to ceiling speakers, Buckeye Blackout aims to focus energy elsewhere. Started last year, Buckeye Blackout is a student organization that puts on a concert to raise awareness for energy conservation and sustainability. Concert-goers are asked to turn off their lights and unplug appliances before attending. “We hope to one day, when the event gets bigger, to have all of campus blacked out,” founder Rachel Skwerer said. “It’s a statement event.” Skwerer and Clay Perry, the other founder, met when they were sustainability chairs in their hall councils last year: Skwerer, a second-year in exploration,… Read more

Opinion: Lady Gaga’s enigmatic facade got old

March 2, 2015
This is part of a weekly series called in which The Lantern’s Ty Anderson offers his take on the week’s pop culture news. My earliest memories of Lady Gaga stem from my mother. By many accounts, my mother is a relatively normal individual. She cooks, she cleans, she scrapbooks. In many ways, she’s like any other mom. But there was a dark time. A solid set of three years when Mom referred to me solely as “Alejandro.” In the wee hours of the morning, she would tiptoe down the hallway, enter my bedroom, slowly fade up the lights and wake me up for school with a deep, creaking “rah-rah-ah-ah-ah.” Her… Read more

Deadwood Floats’ songwriters find grandiosity in mundane subjects

March 2, 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. If a seed grows into a tree, then Drew Williams and Adam Schutz are the seeds and Deadwood Floats is the tree. Stemming from a two-man band, Columbus folk sextet Deadwood Floats members express their emotions through ambiguity and enigma. The six-piece includes founding members Schutz and Williams, as well as Joel Arter, Katie Kramer, Luke Fleeman and Tommy Williams. Their wide choice of instruments ranges from acoustic guitar to accordion and violin to ukulele. Drew Williams said the band’s music is a mixture… Read more

Concert review: MisterWives gives enthusiastic performance, but lacks in fine details

March 1, 2015
It was hard not to feel happy after MisterWives played in Columbus. The band’s songs inherently make you feel good, and it’s easy to jump around to the pop beats. It’s just happy music. When the six members came out to “Our Own House,” the song their tour was named after, it seemed like every head was nodding at the Saturday night show. The group put on a good performance, but it was MisterWives’ first headlining tour and in some ways, it showed. There were benefits of it being the band’s first top-tier tour. It seemed that the band members were genuinely grateful to be performing, and between songs they… Read more

Concert review: Hozier brings the power and the glory to the LC

February 28, 2015
It’s incredible how much things can change in six months. Back at the end of August, there’s a good chance you had never heard of Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known by his stage name of Hozier. Back then he was simply an Irish artist about to release his first LP — just another drop in the bucket that is the global music scene in the internet age. Friday night, however, was much different. The golden-voiced yet soft-spoken 24-year-old came to Columbus for the first time to sing to all those fans he’s gained in the past months — and the results were extraordinary. Backed by the success of one of the biggest… Read more

Photographer and cellist explore aesthetic of industry within nature

February 25, 2015
Nestled a mile and a half upstream from the Ohio River in Cheshire, Ohio, lies the Gavin Power Plant. The plant consumes over 25 thousand tons of coal a day, making it the largest coal fired power facility in Ohio. But to photographer Mitch Epstein, it’s also art. Epstein and cellist and composer Erik Friedlander are set to collaborate in the Wexner Center for the Arts’ upcoming show, “American Power,” an audiovisual act centered on Epstein’s photo series that surveys how the American landscape is affected by various power sources. During 2003-08, Epstein traveled to 25 states across the U.S. taking pictures of power sources such as dams and nuclear,… Read more

Old Hundred’s numbers the sum of each member’s contributions

February 24, 2015
In a quaint brewery nestled in the middle of farmland, the members of Old Hundred crooned and strummed guitars. On Feb. 15, rock band Old Hundred played for a small audience at Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster. Although not one to perform in large-scale tours, the down-to-earth band draws fans to the venues where they do perform and has a strong following within Ohio. The group’s most recent album, “Let in the Light,” recently was named third best local album of 2014 by Columbus Alive. Old Hundred began with childhood friends Nate Gelinas and Jon Helm and soon after added members Blake Skidmore, Hal Hixson and Gordy Smith. They started out… Read more

Sam Smith to play the Schott in July

February 23, 2015
Two weeks off his big sweep at the Grammys, singer Sam Smith has been scheduled to play at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State. Smith is set for a July 29 date in Columbus after beginning his North American tour on July 18 in Charlotte, N.C. Smith’s debut album, “In the Lonely Hour,” recently jumped back up to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart after his claim to four Grammys, the most for a U.K. artist’s debut. Smith won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album, and the album’s lead (and multi-platinum) single, “Stay With Me,” was awarded Best Song and Best Record on Feb. 8.… Read more