Author: Chip Midnight

Opening Act: DRMCTHR @ Donato’s Basement

While it’s billed as a co-headlining bill, there’s got to be a band to close out the night and on Wednesday, at Donato’s Basement (2084 N. High St), that honor goes to New Jersey’s Toy Cars, a band described in a press release as a “unique blend of Americana and Emo” (I’d say the recently-released album Paint Brain leans more to the Emo side of that comparison). That means tour partner DRMCTHR, by default, is considered (one of) the opener(s). Weller, Minor ‘Love, Mountain-House and Haley Butter are also on this stacked bill. I was intrigued by DRMCTHR’s name (took me...

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Look Who’s Talking: Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner

Low Cut Connie play Rumba Cafe on Wednesday, January 24. Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage will open the show. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Despite having fans like President Obama and Elton John, Philly’s Low Cut Connie isn’t exactly an overnight success story but when people do discover the band’s ’50s-style piano-based rock and roll, they tend to become super fans. And, Low Cut Connie’s live shows have been described by many as legendary. We caught up with lead singer/piano player Adam Weiner shortly before Low Cut Connie hit the road for another swing...

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(C)MTV – The Damn Thing – “Crooked Eye”

Call it a supergroup if you’d like, call it a fun project by some long-time Columbus music veterans if you’d rather, The Damn Thing features Marcy Mays (Scrawl), David Holm (Ugly Stick, Bigfoot, Cherry Chrome), Pat Murphy (Bob City) and Ben Kemp (The Honey’s). There’s a rumor that the band has been recording some music for a debut release and you can get a sneak preview of these songs by checking out a couple of tracks on Bandcamp. With a head’s up from Ben Kemp (“I think you’ll love the fourth song in our set, it’s probably our heaviest...

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Wednesday: Benjamin Cartel Used Kids In-Store

Benjamin Cartel, one half of the band Kaiser Cartel (we’ll let you guess which half), is doing a quick, end-of-year tour to promote his forthcoming album, Flickering Lights and will take the Used Kids stage around 6pm on Wednesday to perform a FREE show. Expect to hear some delectable pop tunes that bare a strong ’70s AM radio influence. In a review posted on the No Depression website, Cartel’s Flickering Lights earns comparisons to ELO and Alan Parsons and while I haven’t heard anything other than the stunning single “Down Now”, I’d venture to say Cartel is in the same league...

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Look Who’s Talking: Goodbye June

It’s been a great year for newer long-haired, guitar-driven rock bands. Greta Van Fleet is one of the most promising up-and-coming bands in the rock world and along the way they’ve introduced their sold-out audiences to other like-minded bands like The Glorious Sons and Goodbye June. Now, you might be excused for thinking Goodbye June leans towards the country side of things – I may have even thought that for a minute or two when I saw that the band is based in Nashville and is coming to The Bluestone in Columbus to open for country-rockers Whiskey Myers on...

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