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Author: Chip Midnight

Noteworthy shows this week: Mitski, Sunflower Bean, Whitney Peyton

We might not be getting a tour stop from the Pixies, but two artists who are on the undercard on the Pixies current tour will be making pit stops in Columbus in this week. Mitski Miyawaki, who will hop on the Pixies bill Saturday night in Grand Rapids, plays Skully’s on Wednesday night with Stef Chura. Mitski is touring to support her critically-acclaimed 2016 release Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans Records), a pretty-yet-dangerous, art-rock album that has earned comparisons to artists ranging from St. Vincent to Frankie Cosmos to Julian Baker. Doors open at 7:30 and tickets are $18. Mitski...

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Interview: Matt Pond

In August, Matt Pond released his 12th full album, Still Summers, on his own 131 Records label. In this case, the title fits – Matt’s got a gentle, introspective way of delivering mood-setting lyrics and there’s a late summer/early fall sound to music. When I gave Matt a call last week, we talked about the album’s tone and how there’s a few different meanings behind the album’s overall concept. Just as he is on record, Matt’s a very pleasant and down-to-earth guy in person and though he was raised in the Northeast part of the country, his approach to life...

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As Shot in Columbus: Biffy Clyro at A&R Music Bar

One of those things that continues to not make any sense … Scottish band Biffy Clyro, who regularly gets prime billing on European festivals, plays smaller clubs in America. Of course, when they play a venue like the A&R Music Bar, as they did on September 14, they pack the place with die-hard fans. Columbus Calling’s Kim Rottmayer snapped a few shots at the show.                    ...

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Interview: Heart’s Nancy Wilson talks about her new band, Roadcase Royale

(Photo: Jeremy Danger) As 2016 came to an end, so did Heart. Whether or not that’s a permanent ending remains to be seen but the Wilson sisters immediately jumped into new projects – Ann released an EP while Nancy put together an all-star band, Roadcase Royale, featuring members of Heart and Prince’s New Power Generation. Roadcase Royale’s debut, First Things First (Loud & Proud Records), was released last week and is a wonderful new chapter for Nancy Wilson – an engaging fusion of R&B and rock, showcasing each member’s backgrounds and talents. In addition to the originals the band wrote together...

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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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