Sunday – Lincoln Durham – Rumba Cafe

lincoln_durhamGo see Lincoln Durham this Sunday night at the Rumba Cafe.  It’s really that simple.  He’s a one-man band playing raw, ferocious, dark songs of love, loss, and redemption on hand-me-down instruments.  Lincoln sounds like a Southern Gothic Preacher driving a car with a skull on the shifter, dice on the mirror and duct tape holding the whole thing together.  And he’s doing 90 on the freeway with Jack White tied up in the trunk.  And the car’s on fire.  It’s a glorious sound.

Check out Lincoln Durham at the Rumba Cafe on Sunday night. It’ll be worth the ride. Doors at 7pm, $12 cover.




Columbus Calling Podcast #1 – Lost Weekend Records


Lost Weekend Records sits at the corner of Crestview and High in Clintonville. The store – owned by Kyle Siegrist – has a homey feel and there are a few small rooms of records to dig through and Kyle’s laid-back unpretentious attitude is felt throughout the store.

The store has a nice selection of used and new records with a focus on classic rock and blues. Lost Weekend also carries plenty of records by new artists.

Kyle also has a strong focus on local bands, and the store sometimes seems like a hangout for local musicians. I always tend to find some killer local releases there, most recently new releases by Kizzy Hall and St. Lenox.

I interviewed Kyle about the store, record business and the “Vinyl Resurgence”. Give it a listen, and next time you’re in Clintonville, stop in — you never know what you’ll find or who you’ll meet.

Bummers Vinyl Release – Strongwater – March 6

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Do you like crowd surfing? How about real surfing? If you do come on down to Strongwater Food and Spirits March 6th from 9pm-2am for a rager of a time. Local surf-punks Bummers will be releasing their self-titled debut album on vinyl. It’s The Beach Boys meets The Sex Pistols wrapped up in a pretty little Columbus package.They’re bringing along their friends Comrade Question and Psychic Wheels to kick the night off with some tunes. It’s not to be missed.

Check out this creamy tune off their first EP:

A Month of Sundays (and a Monday)


One day later this month Spring will arrive.  In the meantime there are three great Sunday evening shows to catch in March.

Sunday, March 1st, American Aquarium.  7pm, Rhumba Cafe.

Their latest, Wolves, was produced by  Brad Cook of Megafaun, currently on the road with Sharon Van Etten.

Sunday, March 8th Ryley Walker and Kevin Morby, Double Happiness

Ryley Walker will appear at the Nelsonville Music Festival in May (and the Pitchfork Festival in July).  He will release a new record in April on Dead Oceans.  Stereogum premiered “Sweet Satisfaction”

Kevin Morby, formerly of Woods, recently released a set of irresistible covers, the Germs, Dylan and Silver Jews.   He has released two great records very quickly.

Monday, March 16th Perfume Genius and Jenny Hval at the Wexner Center

Perfume Genius wowed David Letterman and Jenny Hval will release her next record on Sacred Bones.  This is a Monday show because Perfume Genius is on a bill with the Lone Bellow and Mina Tindle at Cincinnati’s MusicNOW the night before.

Sunday, March 29th Steve Gunn and Riley Walker, Spacebar

Steve Gunn, formerly of Kurt Vile’s Violators, released a record that made a number of best of 2015 lists, Way Out Weather.  Live his band delivers and then some.  For a taste, listen to the NYC Taper capture from his fall set.   If you have talked to me about music in the last six months, I have encouraged you to give him a listen.  This will be the last of US headlining dates for him for awhile.  He will open for Wilco in May and July and will be play the Pitchfork Music Festival in July.  See you Sunday!

If you were at Nelsonville last year you may recognize folks from the crowd at his stage.


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The Liner Notes finish Bowie, move on to Young

Having succeeded year after year with the Beatles Marathon, the core group of musicians are expanding their repertoire and tackling a classic album a month in a live performance.

This weekend, The Liner NotesNate Rothacker (vocals), Joe Peppercorn (keys, vocals), Rob Bradley (guitar), Drew Stedman (guitar), Chris Bolognese (bass) and Jesse Cooper (drums) – performed David Bowie’s seminal Ziggy Stardust album in it’s entirety.

YouTube user AROTRBeatlesByCarney shot The Liner Notes performing the title track from that album at The Tree Bar.

Next up for The Liner Notes is a March 28th performance at Rumba Cafe of Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush.