Author: Chip Midnight

Oh Holy Night!

Flasher photo by Jen Dessinger CD102.5’s annual holiday shows – Side A (headlined by The Struts, Dec. 7) and Side B (headlined by Manchester Orchestra, Dec. 9) – are rapidly approaching. Typically, these shows have a strong headliner with some really great smaller/lesser known bands on the undercard. Looking at the artists playing Columbus on Wednesday night, I wish CD102.5 had decided to add a third night so that it wouldn’t be so hard to decide which of these shows to attend. Let’s pretend like all 4 of these bands are on the same bill and discuss them in...

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Look Who’s Talking: Orenda Fink of Closeness

It’s hard to believe that Orenda Fink has never played a show in Columbus as a solo artist, as the co-leader of Little Red Rocket or Azure Ray (both with Maria Taylor) or as a touring member of Rilo Kiley, but neither of us can remember a tour stop throughout the prolific singer/guitarist’s 20-year musical career. On Monday night, Fink makes her Columbus debut, not at Ace of Cups (the title of the first song on her 2014 solo album, Blue Dream), but at Skully’s, with her husband/bandmate Todd Fink (The Faint) under the name Closeness opening for what...

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Look Who’s Talking: Drew Thomson (Single Mothers)

Maybe I’m jaded. Okay, I am. Very rarely does a band make me a convert after hearing just 10 seconds of a song but that’s exactly what happened when I clicked on a link sent from Single Mothers’ publicist in early 2015. The guitars reminded me of mid-90s Bad Religion and when Drew Thomson started his half-singing/half-spoken word thing, I knew there was no going back. Shortly thereafter, Single Mothers, from London, Ontario, rolled into Columbus for a show with fellow Canadian punks, The Dirty Nil and it was a raucous affair as the “kids” were bouncing Double Happiness...

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Look Who’s Talking: Sam Lewis (Rumba Cafe, October 12)

Photo by Ryan Musick Though rooted in Americana music, the introduction of keys, organ and horns lend a soulful and bluesy touch to Sam Lewis’s music. The Nashville-by-way-of-Knoxville songwriter has been honing his craft professionally since 2012’s self-titled album and has developed working friendships with the likes of Chris Stapleton who has compared Lewis to Townes Van Zant – not a bad endorsement if you can get it. This year’s Loversity found Lewis setting aside the acoustic in favor of an electric guitar which, while not straying too far from the successful formula, gives the music a little more...

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