Author: Chip Midnight

Shot in Columbus: The National @ Express Live

Photos by Kim Rottmayer / Picture the Love The National performed at Express Live on June 24, 2019. \   Setlist You Had Your Soul With You Quiet Light The Pull of You Hey Rosey Don’t Swallow the Cap Bloodbuzz Ohio Oblivions So Far, So Fast Where Is Her Head Wasp Nest Lemonworld Brainy Day I Die Pink Rabbits The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness Hard to Find I Am Easy to Find Graceless Fake Empire Rylan Encore: Green Gloves Mr. November Terrible Love Light...

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Just Announced: Cracker @ The Athenaeum Theatre (Nov. 29)

When I was at OSU in the early ’90s, there was a wealth of independent record stores – Used Kids, Magnolia Thunderpussy, Singing Dog, World Record, Johnny Go’s House of Music along the High St. corridor. Sometime around 1991, a chain from St. Louis called Streetside Records set up shop where, I believe Bibibop is now. It was a 3-story record store and, if memory serves correct, prices were in line with other chain stores like Camelot Records. In other words, you could drop $15 on a new CD or go down to one of the many used stores...

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Tuesday: Bloxx, Hembree, Warbly Jets @ Rumba Cafe

(Pictured above – Hembree) You’re like, “Man, I can’t wait for the Twenty One Pilots shows later this week! I need to get out, I need to get intimate and close to some up-and-coming bands that may, in the future, be tapped to share stages with the likes of Twenty One Pilots.” Good news, Tuesday night at Rumba Cafe, you can catch the Sirius XM Alt Nation Advance Placement Tour featuring Bloxx, Hembree and Warbly Jets. So what can you expect? Let’s take a listen, shall we? “Curtains” is the song/video that turned me onto Bloxx. I think I...

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Look Who’s Talking: Lucy Spraggan

It’s probably old news to her legion of fans but for those not aware of Lucy Spraggan’s history, the singer was thrust into the UK spotlight in 2012 when she appeared on X Factor. Her audition, an original song called “Last Night (Beer Fear)”, became a viral sensation and while she didn’t win the competition, the exposure helped Spraggan get a record deal which led to touring around the world with the likes of Melissa Etheridge. Seven years after that fateful audition, Spraggan is now five albums into a career that shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. In...

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Thursday: Juliana Hatfield @ Rumba Cafe

Don’t call it a comeback … Juliana Hatfield has never gone too long between albums, even dating back to the start of her solo career which began after the Blake Babies broke up in 1991. But, Hatfield’s last three albums have really put a spotlight on singer starting with 2017’s Pussycat which took aim at predatory men including the one currently occupying the White House. 2018’s Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John didn’t so much re-imagine ONJ’s songs as it did showcase that beyond all the ’80s glitz and glamour, the songs are really, really good. This year’s Weird may...

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