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Author: Chip Midnight

Interview: Mariel Beaumont of Church Girls

(Photo: Charlie Wrznasty) Last week, Philadelphia’s dreamy indie-pop band Church Girls released their sophomore album, Hidalgo, produced by Brian McTear (Dr. Dog, Marissa Nadler); on Thursday night, Church Girls will perform at Spacebar with locals GaHWNS and Church Camp. Doors are at 9pm and cover is $5. After spending time listening to both Hidalgo and the band’s 7-song 2016 debut, Thousand Lives, I decided to take a different approach when coming up with questions for lead singer Mariel Beaumont. Rather than dig deep into the band’s history, inspirations, meaning behind songs, I thought it might be fun to base...

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Interview: Colin Newman of Wire

(Photo: Mike Hipple) On Monday night, the UK post-punk band Wire makes their first ever Columbus stop for a sold-out show at Ace of Cups. The band’s first three albums – released in rapid succession (1977 – Pink Flag, 1978 – Chairs Missing, 1979 – 154) – are widely considered to be among some of the most influential albums of the late ’70s. Bands from The Cure to Sonic Youth, R.E.M. to Guided by Voices have cited (and, many times, covered) Wire’s earliest releases as an influence though the band’s most recent releases (2015 – Wire, 2016 – Nocturnal Koreans, 2017 –...

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You can say that again: *repeat repeat opens for Beach Slang at Rumba

Nashville trio *repeat repeat, who will be releasing their Dangerbird Records debut album later this week, will serve as Beach Slang’s opening act Monday night at Rumba Cafe. It’s a pretty good gig if you can get it! While Beach Slang’s sound mixes The Replacements garage rock with SoCal’s early-90s emo-punk, *repeat repeat’s got more of a sunny, pop disposition with hints of ’60s surf rock bolstered by the charming back-and-forth vocals of married band members Jared and Kristyn Corder. Doors open at 8pm and some tickets ($20) should be...

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Interview: Jerry Gaskill of King’s X

As a fan of ’80s hard rock, I also found King’s X to be a bit of an anomaly. The (at-the-time) Houston-based trio (dUg Pinnick – vocals/bass, Ty Tabor – guitars/vocals, Jerry Gaskill – drums/vocals) played melodic rock that, while heavy at times, was not the textbook definition of heavy metal even though that’s the genre that the band most often fell into. As you’ll read in this interview with Jerry Gaskill, conducted via a phone call on Labor Day, there’s a reason why King’s X got lumped into that category. Between 1988 and 1996, King’s X released six...

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Olivia Millerschin plays Rumba on Tuesday, talks about America’s Got Talent and more

In 2014, an aspiring trio by the name of Livy, Matt & Sammy made it to the quarter-finals on America’s Got Talent performing covers of Bastille’s “Pompeii“, Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya” along the way. What viewers didn’t know was that Michigan’s Olivia “Livy” Millerschin had been performing live for a few years prior to the appearance on the NBC reality show and had quite a bit of touring under her belt. While the show offered good exposure (just ask Columbus’s own Josh Krajcik, runner up on 2011’s X-Factor), Olivia didn’t sit around waiting for fame and...

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