Author: Chip Midnight

Opening Act: Devon Gilfillian (April 13, A&R Music Bar)

Photo by Jennifer Elrod There are a number of up-and-coming artists that have a throwback sound to when rock was young and soul music served as an influence. Anderson East, two albums into what promises to be a very long career, is a great example – his weathered vocals shine in the Stax-influenced R&B music. On this current tour, which hits the A&R Music Bar on Friday night, East has brought along another up-and-comer whose music is timeless – Devon Gilfillian. Devon is originally from Philadelphia but moved to Nashville with the dreams of making it in the music...

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Look Who’s Talking: Trevor Terndrup (Moon Taxi)

With a decade-long steady diet of touring and opportunities to both get decent lineup slots on major festivals (Coachella, Forecastle, Bonnaroo) and appearances on the talk show circuit (most recently, Jimmy Kimmel Live), Nashville’s Moon Taxi’s earned their solid reputation as a consistently great live band. The band’s earliest work fell under the “jam band” umbrella though as time has passed, Moon Taxi’s alt-pop sound has expanded their fanbase to included more than just wake-and-bake college students. The band’s most recent effort – and sixth studio album – Let the Record Play contains the hit single “Two High” which...

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Friday: Royal Thunder @ Spacebar

For a while, it seemed like Royal Thunder was rolling through Columbus every couple of months. The Atlanta-based hard rock band opened for the likes of Baroness, Pallbearer and Dillinger Escape Plan during the 2012/2013 tour for their debut album, CVI. With the powerful vocals of Mlny Parsonz and the classic hard rock guitar playing of Josh Weaver, I’ve often described the band’s sound as “Ann Wilson of Heart fronting Led Sabbath”. Some shit must have gone down between CVI and the follow up, Crooked Doors, as the sophomore album (named #8 Best Metal Albums of 2015 by Rolling Stone)...

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Opening Act: JD & The Straight Shot (Eagles, April 8, Nationwide Arena)

Photo by Kristin Barlowe If you’re heading to the Eagles show at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, you might want to show up in time to see opening act, JD & The Straight Shot who will be hitting the stage promptly at 7pm. Led by frontman/guitarist James Dolan, JD & The Straight Shot’s brand of roots-inspired rock will serve as a pleasant lead in to the Eagles Southern California country-rock. I recently caught up with JD & The Straight Shot guitarist Marc Copely to ask a few questions about the band and his impressive resume which includes playing with everybody from B.B....

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Saturday: Drift Mouth album release show at Rumba Cafe

Photo by Ryan Miller What is it about young punks growing up to be old folk storytellers? Maybe it’s that the punks live a fast life through their teens and 20s and by the time they hit their 30s they need to slow down and reflect and thank their lucky stars they are still alive. I’ve always found country/folk to be like coffee or bourbon – something that can’t be appreciated until you’re older and just like these punks who grew up to become introspective adults, I didn’t really start listening to country/folk – or should I say I...

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