Author: Chip Midnight

(C)MTV: Black Coffee, Connections, Bava Choco, Matt Monta

Been a while since the last (C)MTV (Columbus Music Television) post. Lots of great videos hitting YouTube in the last couple of months including the debut video from Black Coffee, a throwback classic rock band in the vein of Greta Van Fleet, The Glorious Sons, Wolfmother, and The Rival Sons, and Bava Choco’s DIY video for their cover of Cactus’s “Evil”. If you’re a Columbus band that has released a new video, let us know by emailing Black Coffee – “I Barely Know Her” Connections – “Love Me Still” Bava Choco – “Evil” Matt Monta & The Haymakers...

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Tuesday: Chaos Chaos at Big Room Bar

The story sounds like one you might see fictionalized for a Netflix teen series. Two young girls visit a music store where a member of a well-known indie band (in this case, Death Cab for Cutie’s Jason McGeer) works when not touring, strikes up a conversation about drums and then starts taking lessons from said musician. The sisters learn how to write songs, record some demos, and play their first show when they are 6 and 8 which leads to journalists discovering the duo and record labels offering record deals. You may have caught singer/keyboardist Asy and drummer Chloe Saavedra...

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Look Who’s Talking: Corey Flood

Four-piece Philly “dark pop” band Corey Flood was formed after bassist/singer Ivy Gray-Klein (who also plays in the band Littler) and drummer Juliette Rando played a party as members of a Ween cover band last summer. Em Boltz (guitar/vocals) and Noah Jacobson-Carroll (guitar) joined the ride and within a month of changing their Facebook status to “in a relationship”, the quartet was recording songs for the Wish You Hadn’t EP. With a sound reminiscent of mid-90s indie rock, Corey Flood’s already received plenty of love from the likes of Stereogum and Pitchfork (where Gray-Klein interned between high school and...

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Look Who’s Talking: Sarah Shook (Sarah Shook & the Disarmers)

Photo by John Gessner The video for 2017’s “Nothin’ Feel Right But Doin’ Wrong” opens with a trucker-hat wearing, bare-tattooed-arms-exposed Sarah Shook playing guitar on a front porch with a full ashtray and a bottle of Jack at her feet. Without even hearing a lick of music, the visual is a perfect description of a picture is worth a thousand words. Shook and her band, the Disarmers, are punk in spirit as they deliver 10 twangy, outlaw-country-inspired songs about drinkin’ and broken relationships on their second album for Bloodshot Records, Years, which was released in early April. Sarah Shook &...

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Look Who’s Talking: Stef Smith (Varsity)

Photo by Kristina Pedersen Chicago’s Varsity finds the sweet pop spot between jangly and dream pop on the recently released Parallel Person (Babe City Records). Led by Stef Smith, Varsity’s been releasing music since 2015 and have been touring just as long with numerous midwest stops every year. The band returns to Columbus on Wednesday, May 2 to play with Snarls and Betsy Ross at the Big Room Bar. Parallel Person by VARSITY Stef answered a few questions I sent her way recently. You’ve had the chance to share bills with some pretty big names in today’s indie rock world....

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