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Review: Panic! at The Disco proves to age like a fine wine in LC show

July 30, 2014
Panic! at the Disco. Live. It was my 8th grade dream coming true. But before that, Walk the Moon made my junior year of high school dream come true. Before that, Magic Man made my freshman year of college dream come true. The truth is, any of the three bands playing at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Tuesday night could have headlined and done exceptionally well, but instead they were put together on one bill, for what was one of the best line ups I’ve ever seen. Waiting in line, some friends and I were trying to guess which band people were there to see. The hipsters were there for… Read more

R. Kelly pulled from Fashion Meets Music Festival lineup after backlash

July 28, 2014
R. Kelly has been pulled from the lineup of Columbus’ inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival following negative reaction from both bands and sponsors in regard to the R&B artist’s headlining spot on the bill. Kelly was scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Nationwide Arena. After the festival announced Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kennedy, as the headliner, two Columbus-based rock bands, Damn the Witch Siren and Saintseneca, announced that they would no longer perform at the festival. Damn the Witch Siren withdrew from FMMF July 3, while Saintseneca withdrew July 23. “We feel (R. Kelly’s) selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations… Read more

Review: Royal Blood rocks every inch of The Basement’s stage

July 27, 2014
British rock band Royal Blood came in with a grand entrance, rocked the night away and left fans wanting more. The Worn Flints, a rock band from Columbus, opened for Royal Blood Friday night at The Basement. The opener consists of three members, Jake Smith on drums, Steven Trabulsi on bass and Kenny Stiegele on guitar, piano and lead vocals. The Worn Flints played a six-song, 30-minute set (give or take on both quantities). And between the head-banging, jumping around on stage, Smith throwing out the peace sign to the crowd and Stiegele getting up-close and personal with the fans, the band got the crowd to come alive. At one… Read more

Ohio State Marching Band performs for first time following band director’s dismissal

July 26, 2014
“It’s been…a busy week. Thank you to all the Buckeye supporters.” The band’s announcer hesitated in his introduction, but it was met with the applause and cheering from supporters who came out to see the Ohio State Marching Band perform with the Columbus Symphony at Picnic with the Pops Friday night. The concert, held at Columbus Commons Bicentennial Pavilion, was the marching band’s first performance since Thursday’s announcement that head director Jonathan Waters had been terminated. The announcement came in light of a 23-page investigation report that found the band’s culture was “an environment conducive to sexual harassment,” according to a released statement from President Michael Drake Thursday. Waters’ name… Read more

R. Kelly’s spot on FMMF bill causes Saintseneca to cancel performance, others to reconsider involvement

July 23, 2014
Indie folk rock band Saintseneca announced on its website Tuesday that it will cancel its performance at Columbus’ inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in August. Citing that the headliner of a big music festival is the “symbolic figurehead,” Saintseneca expressed in a post on its website the members’ disappointment in the festival’s selection of R. Kelly to be on the top of FMMF’s bill. “We feel his selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault,” the post read. “We feel it is an affront to all survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our society.” FMMF announced Kelly as the headliner along… Read more

Royal Blood set to grace Columbus stage

July 23, 2014
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher might fall under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, but the rock duo’s name, Royal Blood, is inspired by another country’s sovereignty. “It’s a bit of a long story, really,” Thatcher said. “Mike (Kerr) was traveling in Eastern Asia, and he got to stay with this royal family out there, and he got really friendly with the princess,” Thatcher said. “Mike came back from traveling, and I picked him up from the airport, and he was like, ‘I thought of a really good name for the band.’” Although they are no longer mingling with nobility, lots of exciting things are happening for the up-and-coming U.K.… Read more

Review: Neutral Milk Hotel proves ageless with fresh sound

July 21, 2014
“You should put into your article that these guys are the only hipsters to ever melt people’s faces off.” This opinion by the man next to me seemed to be one the rest of the audience at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion shared, as Neutral Milk Hotel took the stage amid thundering applause Sunday night. Earlier in the evening, though, as the people trickled in and I staked out my spot on the lawn, the Columbus band Connections opened the festivities for the 2014 Next@Wex Fest, a show put on by PromoWest Productions, the Wexner Center for the Arts and alternative Columbus station CD102.5. Given the picnic-like vibe on the lawn,… Read more

Clutch second half keys Crew comeback win over Montreal Impact

July 21, 2014
The Columbus Crew seemed to be heading for another disappointing result Saturday night when they entered halftime trailing 1-0 to the Montreal Impact, but the sellout crowd of more than 21,000 at Crew Stadium was in for a redemption tale. The Crew (5-7-8) mounted a second-half comeback to notch a 2-1 victory on a pair of goals by midfielder Bernardo Anor. “I think we actually get more benefit out of a win like this than if we had come out and won 3- or 4-0,” Crew team captain and defender Michael Parkhurst said after the game. “It brings the team together when you have to grind out a win like… Read more

Review: New melodic mold awakens in Rise Against’s latest effort

July 20, 2014
Fans of Chicago outfit Rise Against eager to listen to the band’s latest record will be welcomed by a mix of the band’s edgy, older sound, a newly minted blend of backup vocal harmonies and guitar harmonics. “The Black Market,” the punk rock band’s seventh studio album and first since 2011, was released Tuesday and features 12 new tracks. The instrumental work is what has always made Rise Against’s brand of hardcore tick fundamentally, but lead singer Tim McIlrath’s vocal delivery has been the calling card that has differentiated the band from other crowd-rousing modern takes on punk rock. But “The Black Market” could be a sign that points to… Read more