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Month: September 2015

All Dogs featured on Kids Interview Bands

                      I may know a thing or two about Kids Interview Bands. On Friday, Piper had the chance to interview one of my favorite Columbus bands, All Dogs, at the Dairy Queen on Indianola. This might be one of my favorite interviews – having the chance to do it with a fun and friendly band and not having to worry about wrapping it up so the band can get to soundcheck was great. All Dogs had just gotten back to Columbus that morning having wrapped up a short tour in support of their debut release, Kicking Every...

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Photos: Independents’ Day Festival

Independents’ Day has grown so much since its beginnings on Gay St. A few years ago the festival expanded into East Franklinton and this year there were seven stages for two days of music and performances. Soul Position – Bluprint and RJD2 Bicentennial Bear Illogic Craftin’ Outlaws Merchant Tent these guys… Cherry Chrome Krystal Something Something during Nina West and Friends Nina West Narrow / Arrow Human foosball Arials III Atmospherics Copywrite… …made everyone sit down during the set. Good English The Skulx Soul Position Fireworks! The Receiver Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments Betsy Ross roeVy Sunday Bummers Time & Temperature...

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Show’s On, Tune In, Get Out: 9/25-9/27

Musicians, music appreciators, and night life junkies, here is your weekly guide to the Columbus music scene. Whether you’ve got a rock n’ roll heart or a craving for heavy EDM drops, there is something for you. Check out what Columbus has to offer you this weekend. ROCK Are you ready to rock the night alongside one of these bands? Your first option on Friday is a full-fledged indie concert. Alex and the XO’s is playing with Sweet Teeth, Something Keen, and Noble Vices at The Tree Bar. This show ranges from some riff-based, heavier (but still indie) rock to poppier melodies. If you are in the market for some summertime, easy-to-digest rock music, get a spot at the Rumba Café to see EZTV and Shilpa Ray. Turnin’ up the volume this Friday are Hemi Devils and Downspeed at O’Sheckys Live Bar & Restaurant. With songs like “Baptized in Gasoline,” “Outlaw,” and “Electric Wine,” these guys hit hard with their metal. Lastly on Friday, New Park Drive is getting rowdy and nostalgic with all your favorite 90’s and early 2000’s rock. You’ll hear your favorites like Blink-182, Weezer, and The Black Keys. Don’t miss them at Park Street Tavern. Saturday night’s alright for fightin’ this weekend in Columbus. Bringing it back to the British invasion is The Inside Four at Ruby Tuesday. They have elements from all the greats...

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Interview: Klaus Meine (Scorpions)

By Kevin Elliott If ever there was a Mount Rushmore of metal pioneers, there would be the usual suspects — Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden — and there would certainly be debate about who was left out. Given that much of Hannover, Germany’s Scorpions veneer is defined by stadium-ready rockers (“Rock You Like A Hurricane”) and that ubiquitous ballad (“Wind of Change”), many would make the case that they aren’t exactly a metal band in the true sense of the word. For years I’ve been guilty of having the same perception, that was until I took the plunge through the band’s extensive and ever-shifting discography. What you’ll find in digging is that, much like Maiden and Priest, the Scorpions, though distinctive thanks to the heavy accent of crooner Klaus Meine, were a band that rarely compromised. They dabbled in proto-doom with their debut Lonesome Crow, psychedelic speed metal with In Trance and Fly to the Rainbow, ’70s excess in Lovedrive and Animal Magnetism, and classic tracks that cemented them as ’80s radio icons in Blackout and Love at First Sting. Yet, after 50 years, it never seems they have been rightfully acknowledged as masters of metal and a force among their peers. Thankfully this current tour — their “out-of-retirement again” tour — which not only serves as a celebration of their half-century as a band, but as a...

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Show’s On, Tune In, Get Out: 9/18 – 9/20

Musicians, music appreciators, and night life junkies, here is your weekly guide to the Columbus music scene. Whether you’ve got a rock n’ roll heart or a craving for heavy EDM drops, there is something for you. Check out what Columbus has to offer you this weekend. ROCK Here are the bands in town to help us party it down this weekend. Friday night there is a pop-rock powerhouse stadium show at the Schottenstein Center. Twenty One Pilots hits their hometown with Echosmith and Finish Ticket. These bands need little introduction. If you listen to any radio station playing today’s Top 40 then you have heard these bands’ songs. While they are Top 40, I would not categorize them that way. These bands feature a full spectrum of sound with rock roots holding them together. For a smaller, funk and blues-based show, check out the LC Pavilion to see The Frank Harrison Group. These guys like to throw it back to the old greats of all that is blues and rock n’ roll. Some of their influences include Hendrix and Jeff Beck. Scaling down again, Clay Otter is playing at Ruby Tuesday with The Color Why¸ Coya Hill, and  E.A.D. Clay Otter seems experimental because their sound ranges from smooth electric riffs to heavier distortion with screaming vocals. Fans of Nirvana and the Strokes should go see what they’re...

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