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Author: Annalisa Hartlaub

Twin Peaks @ The A&R

Twin Peaks are group of young rockers hailing from Chicago. They came through Columbus as their first stop on a tour promoting their newest album Down in Heaven, which is a softer more vulnerable take on the teenage-beloved garage rock they’re known for. Before the show there was some fan upset about the movement of the show from the “dinge” of The Basement up to the A&R, but the heat and smoke pouring in from the summer night brought all the dinge necessary. It was like standing in a virtual sauna with steam and cigarette smoke permeating all around. However, these conditions seemed to only amp up the crowd as they screamed and sweat through every song. Teenage boys moshed and shook off sweat like wet dogs. A chorus of female screams split the air over screaming guitars during a brief guitar make out sesh curtesy of Clay, Twin Peaks guitarist and singer. For a brief moment I thought the heat had gotten the best of me, but hey nothing wakes you from a warm lull like a crowd surfer’s foot to the back of your head. It was everything you think of when you think of a punk rock show. Filth and sweat and kids going absolutely crazy. Even through slower songs like Walk To One You Love and Wanted You, the moshing and crowd surfing didn’t subside....

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Eagulls Interview

Eagulls are an English rock band currently finishing up the American leg of their tour in promotion of their newest album “Ullages.” During their Columbus stop at The Basement they sat for a couple questions. (“Ullages” is available for purchase here more tour dates can be found here.) Who is the most underrated musician or songwriter? George: Scott Walker Liam: Oz? Mark: (Laughing) G: Oz? Nah Scott Walker, I feel like he doesn’t really get enough attention for his work. The albums from 1, 2, 3, and 4 are amazing. It seems like he’s pretty underground, it’s quite strange really.   What do you consider greatest album? G: Mine changes all the time, but the one that I always go back to is the Iggy [Pop] “The Idiot” album because it’s just the best of both worlds of Bowie and Iggy. So it’s just perfect.   If you could tour with any band living or dead, broken up or together, who would it be? G: It’s a tall whiff… L: Probably more current bands. The bands I like to tour with are bands that we’re friends with. We’re quite good friends with Protomartyr, who we spent the evening with last night in Detroit. It’d be hard to say, “Oh I want to tour with someone as big as Bowie” because… G: It would be good to watch him though. L: It...

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Drowners Interview

New York’s prettiest post-punk rockers Drowners were gracious enough to give us an interview in anticipation of their show at Ace of Cups on June 13th (Doors at 8pm, Friendly Faux opens). They’ll be touring throughout the U.S. to promote their new album out June 24th entitled  “On Desire” If you could tour with any band living or dead, broken up or together, who would it be and why? The Clash.  Seeing them play every night would be totally awe inspiring.    Who is the most underrated musician/songwriter? Vini Reilly of the Durutti Column.  He’s a real genius a lot of people pass over.      What is the first record you ever bought? First record I bought – Jimi Hendrix ‘Are You Experienced’… But the record with the biggest impact on me – Fugazi ’13 Songs’    What is a band you love, that you think people would be surprised by? ABBA.  We’re all huge fans.   If you had to pick another occupation, what would be your dream job outside of being a musician? I’ve always wondered about the guy who changes the lights at the top of the Empire State Building. That or a lighthouse keeper.  There’s a thread here I think.      What’s on the tour van playlist? A lot of ABBA. Beach Boys. Harry Nilsson. And GG Allin.  But that was just today’s drive.    ...

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