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Month: August 2016

New Two Cow Garage song – “Beauty in Futility”

Thanks to former (you’re welcome back anytime) Columbus Calling contributor Blair Hook for throwing up a new Two Cow Garage song on YouTube from the band’s forthcoming album, Brand New Flag. Blair calls it his favorite song from the album (lucky guy must have gotten an advance copy) and it’s easy to hear why – all the classic elements of a Two Cow song from the spitfire, I-don’t-need-no-stinkin’-diary-I-write-songs lyrics to the midwest-meets-southern-rock guitar twang. Brand New Flag will be in stores and on-line on October...

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Interview: Chris “Woody” Wood of Starwood Presents

With new singer Adam Clemans in tow, the Athens, Ohio-based metal band Skeletonwitch makes their noisy return to Columbus on Saturday night in support of the recently released EP, The Apothic Gloom. The show at Ace of Cups has significance as the co-promoter of the event, Starwood Presents, is treating it as a 10th anniversary celebration. Tickets are still available ($15) for the show that will also feature Fuck You Pay Me, Nukkehammer and Fever Nest. If you’ve followed the metal scene in Columbus over the last decade, chances are you’ve attended one of the 300 mostly metal shows that Chris “Woody” Wood has booked under the Starwood Presents name, starting out at Ravari Room before moving onto other clubs like Ace of Cups and Park Street Saloon. I’ve known Woody for well over 20 years, first meeting him as a drummer when he was in the band The Gingerbread Men (at least that’s where I think I met him) and have – many times over the years – been very thankful that he’s gotten into the booking game as he’s brought some of my favorite bands to Columbus (Helmet, The Dollyrots, Royal Thunder, etc.). While we’ve all attended Starwood Presents shows, I realized I didn’t really know the history of the promotions company so I sent Woody some questions to ask him for some background. How did you...

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Interview: Lou Gramm, performing at Obetz Zucchini Fest on Friday

I feel like I take a band like Foreigner for granted. For as long as I’ve been listening to music, I’ve been able to turn on the radio, find a classic rock station, and hear one of a dozen (or more) of Foreigner’s greatest hits. Lou Gramm is the voice behind those hits and was the lead singer from 1976 to 1990 and then again from 1992 to 2003. Gramm’s 2013 biography – Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock n’ Roll – documents his career, from his start with early days with Black Sheep to his days in Foreigner and as a solo artist to the discovery of a brain tumor in 1997 that was, thankfully, benign and is a good read (and it’s available from the Columbus Public Library). These days, Gramm is playing the shows he wants to play rather than hoping in a tour bus and criss-crossing the country on a regular basis and he’s got a free show Friday night (9pm) at the Obetz Zucchini Festival. As you’ll read below, expect to hear a night of recognizable hits. I’ve interviewed hundreds of artists but will admit that having the opportunity to do a phone interview with Lou Gramm was a bucket list item that I still can’t believe happened. Here’s what he had to say. You’re playing Friday night at the Obetz Zucchini Festival....

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Photos: PromoWest Fest Day 3

The last day of PromoWest Fest featured Pup, The Worn Flints, Atlas Genius, Black Pistol Fire, Garbage, The Black Lips, Brand New, J Roddy Walston and finally Modest Mouse. Atlas Genius The Worn Flints Black Pistol Fire Garbage Modest Mouse Pup The Worn Flints Atlas Genius Black Pistol Fire Keith! Garbage Black Lips Brand New J Roddy Walston Modest...

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(C)MTV: Lydia Loveless, Mary Lynn, Kid Runner, Manda Marble, Plaid Brixx, Aaron Lee Tasjan

Been a while since we’ve turned the cable dial to (C)MTV to check out new videos by Columbus (or former Columbus) artists. Here’s some videos to check out. Lydia Loveless – “Longer” from Real (Bloodshot Records), out on August 19 Mary Lynn – “Two and Two” from My Animal (Anyway Records), out on August 19 Kid Runner – “Give Me Something to Love” from Body Language, released on August 12 Manda Marble – “It’s Over” Plaid Brixx – “Since You Came” from Plaid Brixx EP Aaron Lee Tasjan – “Little Movies” from Silver Tears (New West Records), out on October...

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