thedollyrots

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 $10.

alexdezen

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 this album featured a full backing band, I was expecting tour dates to be Alex standing on a stage with an acoustic (as he’s done the last 3 or 4 times I’ve seen him). To my surprise, the current tour features a full compliment of musicians playing not only music from Alex’s two solo albums but also some Damnwells cuts.

Not sure if any of Columbus Calling’s readers have checked out Thirty One West in Newark, but that’s where Alex will be playing on Saturday night along with his touring partner Mike Dunn and Melodime, an Americana-inspired band from Virginia. Tickets for the show are $15 at the door.

Been waiting to see this one after the video’s director Paul Cunningham told me the concept behind the Gudger video he shot near his Cool World Photography studio in┬áMarysville this past July.

The Lancaster-based trio released their second album, II, in October and have been very active on the local touring circuit the last few months. While you’re waiting for the next local gig (at the Dark Horse Tavern in Reynoldsburg on April 8), check out the brand new video for “Death from Above” and dig the Sabbath/Monster Magnet vibes.

Love that bands are still making videos. YouTube is the new MTV and anybody/everybody can get some video views rather than having to hope and p(r)ay to get one showing at 1:47am during “120 Minutes” (R.I.P.)

Following last year’s video for “Wasted on You” featuring guest vocals and appearance by Lydia Loveless, Earwig returns with another killer video. This time, the band enlists Columbus legend Nina West as a co-star along with a brief cameo by an underage bartender ­čśë Musically, one of the most diverse Earwig songs in the band’s discography and ya gotta dig Lizard’s Michael Jackson jacket.

Earwig – “Bring Yrself 2 Me”

James Allison put plenty of miles on the Digisaurus tour van in 2016, building a name for his electro-pop project. After wrapping up the fall portion of the tour, James ventured to Nashville to shoot a video for “I Don’t Feel Alright” with director Evan Spencer Brace (Phantogram, White Arrows). The song and video feature backing vocals by Fran Litterski (Kid Runner, Planes & Fields, Magic Man).

Digisaurus – “I Don’t Feel Alright” (featuring Fran Litterski)

roots

Yeah, I’ll admit it … I missed out on the whole Sepultura thing back in the mid-90s. The band came of age in the transition between grunge and nu metal and while I don’t shy away from HEAVY metal, I just sort of assumed the Brazilian band would be a bit too brutal for my liking.

So, here we are, 21 years after the release of Sepultura’s sixth studio album, Roots, and I’m finally paying attention. There’s no denying by this point in their career, the band was incorporating some of what was going on around them (aka “groove metal”) and – for 1996 – made a very relevant-sounding album that fit in with some of the bands whose popularity was skyrocketing (namely Korn).

Founding vocalist Max Cavalera left Sepultura at the conclusion of the Roots tour and his brother, drummer Iggor, left ten years later (the two formed Cavalera Conspiracy in 2007). With an opportunity to go back and celebrate the anniversary of Max’s last album with Sepultura, the brothers hit the road last year to perform Roots in it’s entirety and that tour has extended into the new year bringing the Cavalera brothers to the Alrosa this Saturday night.

This will be a chance for me to catch up on something I missed and I suspect the Alrosa will be packed with metalheads moshing like it’s 1996. Doors open at 5:30 and there’s a stacked lineup (The Whiteouts, Mithridium, Crucible of Hate, Full of Hell, Immolation) set to get the crowd fired up before Max and Iggor hit the stage. Tickets are $25 at the door.