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Concert review: Mary Lambert gives inspiring performance in Columbus show

October 31, 2014
One can hardly begin to describe Mary Lambert. Charismatic, witty, charming and immensely talented are a few words that come to mind ­— but these are just the tip of the iceberg. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform Wednesday at the A&R Music Bar on Neil Avenue ­— a rather intimate venue for an artist of her caliber — with a congregation of less than 100. One might remember Lambert from rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love.” This same song was performed at the Grammys with the assistance of Madonna while couples of various races, ages and sexual orientations were married by entertainer Queen Latifah. Opener… Read more

Review: Chance the Rapper tells his story to Ohio State students in energetic concert

October 28, 2014
Chants broke out for Chance the Rapper at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. The rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, performed Monday evening in a concert sponsored by the Ohio Union Activities Board. Tickets to the concert were free for Columbus campus students with a valid BuckID. The performance was sold-out, with more than 2,000 OSU students in attendance. Leading up to the concert, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the audience. The 21-year-old rapper isn’t quite a household name. His biggest claim to mainstream success is arguably his featured verse on the Justin Bieber single, “Confident.” I figured that those who were less familiar with the artist would… Read more

Album review: Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ cliche, easily shrugged off

October 27, 2014
A few years ago, it was not hard to ignore Taylor Swift. After her first album, she found herself among the Nashville country-pop stars, whose fan base was large, yet specific enough that the average listener wouldn’t hear her early hits like “Our Song” or “Teardrops on my Guitar” regularly. But that began to change a few years ago. Swift slowly replaced her cowboy boots with something a little more hipster, and the country twang with a dubstep-ish bass wobble and BOOM — she became one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. “1989” is Swift’s furthest departure yet — perhaps too far. “Red” was a major success because… Read more

Opinion: ‘Honey Boo Boo’ cancellation a long time coming; Nick Jonas photos a bit shocking

October 27, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Honey Boo Boo goes bye-bye Raise your hands. Throw a party. Eat some cake. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has been canceled and I couldn’t be more excited! TLC pulled the plug on the reality TV smash after reports that Mama June (June Shannon) was dating a convicted sexual offender. Mark McDaniel, who spent 10 years behind bars for sexual abuse, was recently photographed spending time with Mama June and family, according to TMZ. June denies the dating rumors, but to be honest, I don’t really care if… Read more

Witches, magic, wolves: Damn the Witch Siren’s imaginative style makes for mystical electro-pop

October 27, 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 every week. There’s nothing like a fresh start, especially when it’s all made up. Columbus electro-pop two-piece Damn the Witch Siren was built on equivalent pillars of imagination, armed with alter egos and a desire to collapse every portion of the arts into one magnificent music project. “I came up with Bobbi Kitten ­­— I wanted something androgynous but feisty and cute, and my friends always called me ‘kitten’ – so I liked ‘Bobbi,’” vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Krista Botjer explained of her stage name. “It’s fierce-sounding.”… Read more

Halloween-themed EDM music festival quietly making noise

October 26, 2014
Quintessential Halloween songs will be remixed into monster mashups when electronic dance music artists and DJs from around the world take the stage at Columbus’ first–ever Haunted Fest music festival. Presented by Prime Social Group, a Columbus-based concert promotions company, Haunted Fest is scheduled to take place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Hall on Friday. “It is not often that you get to go to an entire music festival on the same night as Halloween,” said Mat Herbers, national director of marketing for Prime Social Group. “It felt like Columbus was missing a big Halloween event, and it is always great to infuse the Halloween theme with big… Read more

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