It’s great to see family and eat tons of food over the Thanksgiving holiday but undoubtedly you’ll need to get out of the house this weekend to drink some beer and listen to some live music. Tis the season.


Baroness is kicking off their tour in Columbus at Ace of Cups. The band – and its heavy riffage – is no stranger to Columbus, they seem to hit the capital city every time they’re on the road and it never gets old with fans, the proof being that this show is SOLD OUT. Doors at 8, Earthling opens and Baroness goes on around 10.

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The days of videos making or breaking bands is done and, for a long time, bands haven’t even bothered because it seemed like a waste of money to shoot something that would never make it on air. But with the ability to shoot and edit videos on the cheap and having a distribution network like YouTube where bands don’t have to hope and prey to get added to a playlist, more and more smaller artists are shooting videos to help promote the stuff they’re working on.

Here’s a sampling of videos by Columbus bands that have recently been released. Ladies and gentlemen, Columbus Music Television (CMTV).

This came out of nowhere!

I asked bassist Mike Lovins about Bava Choco, a band – also featuring vocalist Patrick Monroe (BA Baracus, Intercontinental Champs), guitarist Eric French (Josh Krajcik) and drummer Corey Gillen (Josh Krajcik) – that seemingly sprang up out of a sludgy Southern mud pit.

“Eric has a studio and I met him while doing a recording with Chuck Oney,” Lovins told me. “Eric, Corey and Patrick have been friends for a while and had also worked on various projects together in the past.”

Without any sort of social media presence, I had to know, is this a one-off song recorded by guys with some time to kill or is the start of the next great Columbus band.

“We have an album’s worth of material recorded,” Lovins said. “This is a real band and, yes, there are plans to play live. I think the hope is to get the recording process done first. Hopefully we’ll start planning shows before the end of the year.”

Bring it on!