Just announced: Swervedriver at Skully’s, Sept. 2

Swervedriver’s first Columbus show since June 10, 1998 (those of you who I know personally have most likely heard my story about missing that Little Brothers show due to a friend’s Bachelor party and a watch with a dead battery) has just been announced. Touring in support of their excellent comeback album I Wasn’t Born to Lose You, Swervedriver will perform at Skully’s on September 2 with special guest Gateway Drugs. Tickets ($18) are on sale this Friday.

Rock on the Range 2015 preview

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We know, Rock on the Range might not be your thing, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty cool we’ve got a major rock festival with some pretty huge talent performing in our backyard. Spend some time on the Rock on the Range Facebook page and you’ll see that hard rock fans from across the country and even some from around the world are making the pilgrimage to Mapfre Stadium for a carefree weekend of throwing horns and headbanging.

We break it down day-by-day and tell you the bands you shouldn’t miss (and the ones you should) and the bands that we think might fly under the radar but are worth checking out.

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Turtle Island Tour Takes Off

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Columbus’ own psychedelic dream boys Turtle Island are heading out on tour. They’ll be touring the east coast throughout May with Blond (Athens). Come help kick off their tour at 8pm this Friday May 15th at Double Happiness. The show is only $5 and as one of the live best live acts Columbus has to offer, it’s sure to be well worth the money. In preparation for the tour their label Flowerpot Records is releasing a new, exclusive cassette. It’s currently available for preorder on FPR’s site and features Turtle Island’s two newest singles and two live recordings.

 

Check out their tour dates below:

5/14 Athens, OH @ Smiling Skull Saloon
5/15 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness w/ Urban Tropic, Colossal Brother
5/16 Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
5/17 Detroit, MI @ TBA
5/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Mantua Yatch Club w/ The Reflexes, Alps
5/22 Manhattan, NY @ PIANOS w/ Abakis, Anna/Kate, Lilly Virginia
5/23 Brooklyn, NY @ TBA

Austin Psych Fest bands head to Columbus

Columbus is naturally a tour stop for bands who just finished performing at the Austin Psych Fest in Texas, right? I mean, we’re just a hop, skip and jump away from the Lone Star state. Actually, as it is, three international bands that performed at the Psych Fest (side note … man, while festivals like SXSW and Riot Fest have grown so large, this fest seems like one I’d LOVE to check out some day) will be in Columbus this week – two you probably don’t know and one that might be hard to get tickets for.

MondayThe Holydrug Couple from Chile will be at Double Happiness with locals Brujas del Sol and WV White. Back in 2013, upon seeing the band’s “It’s Dawning” video, I wrote “Plug in and turn knob to ‘Tame Impala'”. Check it out and let me know if you disagree! On Tuesday, The Holydrug Couple will be releasing Moonlust and if the first single is any indication, the band’s moved beyond the Tame Impale influence and gone down a dreamy psych-pop path.

Tuesday – Chui Wan from China will be at Double Happiness. Minnesota’s Flavor Crystals and Columbus’s Floorian round out the bill.

Saturday – Tame Impala from Australia and Mini Mansions are at the LC.

Not too bad a week for those into psych-rock who weren’t able to make it to Austin this past weekend.