Author: Chip Midnight

Look Who’s Talking: Ruston Kelly

Photo: Alexa King Download: ColumbusCalling.com – Ruston Kelly interview (or listen below) Here’s a challenge for you: Go to the website of your favorite live venue, scroll through the upcoming concert calendar, pick out a name that you don’t recognize and check them out on YouTube, Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc. Most of the time, you won’t find your next favorite band but when you get lucky … it’s pretty amazing. Such was the case in December when I was scrolling through the Promowest site looking for bands that I might want to interview. The name Brothers Osborne was familiar, I...

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Look Who’s Talking: Andrew Combs, Erin Rae

With all the Nashville artists we’ve featured in the last year, you might think we should rename this site to Nashville Calling. Once the Country Music Capital City (well, it actually still is), the talent coming out of Nashville the last few years has been amazing. From the bluesy-rock of Larkin Poe to the old soul sound of Andreson East to the dirt emo of Ruston Kelly to the post-grunge punk of Bully, there’s really something for all music listeners. Andrew Combs puts a ’70 AM pop (ala Jackson Browne, Harry Nilsson, Paul Simon) spin on traditional folk-country music and has...

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Look Who’s Talking: Larkin Poe

Photo by Robbie Klein The Lovell sisters – Rebecca (vocals, lead guitar) and Megan (vocals, lap steel) – just wrapped up a run of dates opening Bob Seger’s farewell tour including a stop at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, January 19th. Kicking off at 8pm, with nearly a full house already in their seats, the Lovell sisters – who play under the name Larkin Poe – held the attention of the appreciative and receptive crowd, playing 7 songs including the single “Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues” and a familiar Lead Belly cover, “Black Betty”. Larkin Poe had a busy week leading...

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Look Who’s Talking: Sonia Sturino of Weakened Friends

Pretty impressive, the three-piece Portland, Maine band Weakened Friends recently was named the Alternative/Indie Artist of the Year at the 2018 Boston Music Awards. It’s an honor well deserved as Sonia Sturino (vocals/guitar), Annie Hoffman (bass) and Cam Jones (drums) put out the amazing album Common Blah on Don Giovanni Records in September and spent the better part of last year slaying fans around the world with a style that, to my ears, pays homage to late the mid ’90s bands that started on indie labels before jumping to majors and having tons of success (Juliana Hatfield, Veruca Salt...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Festival Tickets

It’s hard to think about spring and summer concert festivals as we head into the long, cold winter, but now’s the perfect time to give the gift of (live) music to the music fans on your Christmas list. Here are a few of the already-announced festivals in the central Ohio area with some recommendations as to who you might want to buy tickets for. Not included in this list: Bunbury Music Festival (Cincinnati) and Nelsonville Music Festival (Nelsonville) as lineups are not yet available (though tickets are). __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Melted Music Festival, February 24, The Bluestone (Columbus) Who You Should...

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