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Month: March 2017

Monday: The Dollyrots at Rumba Cafe

It’s been a few years since The Dollyrots have rolled through Columbus though they have an excuse – singer/bassist Kelly Ogden and guitarist Luis Cabezas got married and started a family (River was born in 2013, his sister Daisy in November 2016). With a new album – Whiplash Smile – coming out on March 24 (stream the whole thing here), the entire family decided to hit the road. After playing at Bernie’s, The Summit, Ravari Room, A&R Bar and Skully’s in the past, The Dollyrots make their Rumba Cafe debut on Monday night with The Two Tens. Doors open at 8 and cover is...

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Saturday: Alex Dezen at Thirty One West (Newark)

Not quite a year ago, I had the chance to check out Alex Dezen (The Damnwells) perform a solo, happy hour set at Schuba’s in Chicago while I was there on a business trip. A great coincidence as Alex is, in my opinion, the Dylan of our generation and an artist that I try to see anytime I’m in the same city he is. After the show, Alex told me he had just completed his second solo album and said he’d send me a link to stream it. Hours later, as I sat in my hotel room, an email with a link hit my in-box. As a fan of The Damnwells since basically their origin, I have some idea what to expect with the music Alex writes but I was not prepared to the new material. I fired off a response as I finished out my first listen. “Whoa, Alex. You know I LOVE everything you do but after just one listen, I’m thinking this might be some of my favorite songs I’ve ever heard you do. I detect an ’80s vibe to some of the songs and you know I love the ’80s.” The album, that I’ve been listening to since last May, finally was released to the masses a few weeks ago and the reception from fans and critics alike has been overwhelmingly positive. And even though...

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