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We Are Scientists hope to bring ‘new love’ to Columbus’ The Basement

April 21, 2014
The New York-based alternative rock band We Are Scientists is aiming to bring a live experience unlike any other to the Columbus stage. They hope to invoke feelings of a “new love” by creating an intimate, audience-involved show, the likes of which they said are rare in today’s music industry. Established as a side project to “have a hobby,” We Are Scientists formed in 2000. The current touring group consists of vocalist and guitarist Keith Murray, bassist Chris Cain and percussionist Keith Carne. “It (the band) certainly was unexpected. In the early days, we absolutely didn’t start the band because we thought it would be a good career idea,” Cain… Read more

Ron Pope to perform songs with ‘emotion that people understand’ in Columbus

April 21, 2014
Alternative artist Ron Pope said it is thrilling have his music featured in other mediums, such as on television and movies. Pope’s music has been heard on shows such as “The Vampire Diaries” and “90210.” “It’s really enjoyable to see other people that are creating different kinds of art, whether it’s people who are dancers, or people who are making television shows or movies or whatever and they’re including the music. When I’m making music, I’m going to record the songs, people are going to listen to it in their house and maybe they’ll get to see me on tour and maybe I can play the songs for them. So,… Read more

Review: Karmin goes from classical training to Columbus stage

April 20, 2014
Karmin boasts a new, uncharted model in the pop genre. The blueprints of the duo in itself, consisting of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, aren’t unique. Music has exhibited the power of the dyad for decades from the likes of famous twosomes Simon and Garfunkel, Sonny and Cher and Johnny and June. However, the Top 40 doesn’t exactly embrace the concept of a two-person group. In fact, in the sea of solo acts and boy bands amongst Billboard’s pop-induced ranks, the only pair in practice is Macklemore and his inconspicuous other half, Ryan Lewis. “That’s the thing — there really isn’t a model for (musical duos),” Noonan said in an… Read more

Basement to big stage, Saintseneca to be Next@Wex

April 17, 2014
The transition folk-rock band Saintseneca made from playing Columbus basements years ago to large-scale settings now — like a set at Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival this summer — has not been a difficult one to cope with, said the band’s singer and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little. “It’s a fuzzy kind of transition. It’s more of a continuum,” Little said. “It’s less of two discrete worlds unto themselves. To me it all feels kind of connected.” Little mentioned that Saintseneca still plays basement shows on occasion, but its upcoming release show for its most recent album, “Dark Arc,” at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Performance Space Saturday is a departure from… Read more

Columbus’ Dude Locker to host Worst Kept Secret Fest

April 17, 2014
From the sidewalk of East Hudson Street, the faint sounds of electric guitar ballads and the occasional hammering drum solo can be heard over the noisy hum of I-71. Here lies local music safe haven, the Dude Locker — a practice space and intimate concert venue primarily aimed toward musicians who are actively a part of the Columbus music scene. This “garage band style” venue is set to open its gates Friday at 6 p.m., for the masses to experience local independent artists and musicians uniting into what is known as Worst Kept Secret Fest. Worst Kept Secret Fest V, the fifth of a twice a year event, is set… Read more

Review: Bruce Springsteen croons classics, appeases ‘High Hopes’ of Columbus crowd

April 17, 2014
Bruce Springsteen showed up to Columbus ready and able. In a 26-song, three-hour set (give or take on both quantities) Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena, Springsteen proved he was phosphorescent, incapable of burning out. Even when he seemed on the verge of quitting from exhaustion, the Boss would reckon a shout in the form of, “Columbus, do you have anything left?” There is precedence for a Springsteen show. It was expected from reputation that the 64-year-old New Jersey musician, backed with the latest brand of the E Street Band, would plow through an unrelenting list of hits and refusing, with a smile, to settle down. Springsteen did sprinkle in some… Read more

Columbus hardcore band Colors illustrates love through ‘a lot of sadness’

April 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 every week.… Read more Upon first listening to Colors, vocalist Jordan Byrd’s distinct sound might not invoke the word “love” in one’s mind. Love, however, is exactly what the “screamo and melodic hardcore” group — as drummer Antonio Foushee described — was founded upon. “We all really, really, really love each other,” Foushee said of his four fellow bandmates. “We just bring completely different things to the table that end up binding really, really well.” The loving relationships of Colors begin with a simple philosophy, both Foushee

Opinion: Jay-Z, Beyonce tour, new Magic Mike movie make pop headlines

April 17, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Power Couple Does a Power Tour Sources told the New York Post Wednesday that Jay-Z and Beyoncé will be touring together this summer. Cue worldwide applause and bowing. Few details are known so far besides that it will be a stadium tour (duh, the Newport can’t handle that) and will start in late June. I am assuming that ticket prices will be queen-sized. I am hoping with crossed fingers that Blue Ivy is the opener. Coachella The only musical festival I’ve enjoyed going to is Warped Tour (moment… Read more

LeBoom to thump Columbus stage

April 17, 2014
LeBoom is set to bring thundering bass-heavy dubstep to make the Columbus party explode. Scheduled for Saturday, LeBoom is an electronic music and dubstep party hosted monthly at Skully’s Music-Diner. This weekend LeBoom is hosting the Blood, Sweat and Bass tour, featuring Downlink and Dieselboy as headliners with Mantis and Attak and Carma as supporting artists. Bass musicians Taylor Scott and Paul Ollinger, a duo who make up Mantis, and are two local artists who helped to create the reoccurring LeBoom EDM shows. Scott and Ollinger said in an email that their music has parallels to their experiences with metal music. “Our biggest influences had to be our past musical… Read more

Opinion: Black Lips, Band of Horses on forefront of Forecastle festival

April 15, 2014
For all of its maritime aesthetic, Forecastle — a term also used to describe the front end of a sailing ship where sailors slept — is actually anchored right outside of Appalachia. Set for July 18-20 in downtown Louisville, Ky., the only thing arguably aquatic is the Ohio River that runs on the banks of the festival. But, eh, even though it’s contrary to a preconception, the festival books some easily highlightable acts (just look at the headliners: Jack White, OutKast, Beck). Even in how condensed it seems to be, especially to a region mate like Bonnaroo, Forecastle charges a fair price ($74.50/day or $184.50/weekend, though prices are expected to… Read more