Author: Chip Midnight

Friday: The Allman Betts Band @ Express Live (indoors)

Photo by Tour Manager 101 You’ve got to know what to expect from The Allman Betts Band even without hearing a full-length album from the prodigy of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, founding members of The Allman Brothers. While Devon Allman and Duane Betts have had a certain level of success as solo performers, put the two on stage together and you go from smaller clubs to larger venues like Express Live (indoors) where the band plays on Friday night.  If previous show setlists are an indication, expect a satisfying mix of southern rock originals, Allman Brothers covers and...

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Look Who’s Talking: Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane)

Photo by Daniel Dorsa There have been a number of features written about Ahmed Gallab’s transformation from local drummer in bands like Sweetheart and Pompeii, This Morning to touring musician in of Montreal and Yeasayer (here’s one, and another one, and then there’s this one, and don’t forget this one, and while not the last, here’s one final one for you to check out). This is not going to be another coming-of-age feature. Rather than rehash well-covered territory, I decided to focus on some Columbus-related questions that don’t necessarily have as much to do with Sinkane’s music as they...

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New show: Thom Yorke, Switchfoot, Black Mountain, Frankie Cosmos, Volcano, more

(Pictured above – Black Mountain) Lots of newly announced shows: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke dropped a surprise tour announcement earlier this week including a stop at Express Live on September 30. Billed as the Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour, Yorke and collaborators Nigel Godrich and Tarik Barri will likely play new music from Yorke’s forthcoming solo album (haven’t seen a release date for it yet). Tickets are $49.50 and go on sale on June 21. Fresh off the presses – Switchfoot plays The Athenaeum Theatre on October 13. Tickets are $39.50 and go on sale on June 19. If you’re looking for...

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Tickets on Sale: Manchester Orchestra, Nebula, Sleater-Kinney, more

(Pictured above: Nebula) Lots of recent concert announcements with tickets now on sale: The Brewdog Annual General Mayhem festival featuring Manchester Orchestra, CAAMP, Waxahatchee, Diet Cig and Kevin Devine takes place on August 24 at BrewDog USA (96 Gender Road, Canal Winchester). General admission tickets can be purchased for $30. Stoner rockers Nebula play their only Ohio date at Ace of Cups with special guest Sasquatch on September 8. Tickets for this gig can be purchased for $15. There are a number of upcoming Promowest shows that have recently gone on sale: Sleater-Kinney at the Newport Music Hall on November 1 (tickets $35), Wallows with Remo Drive at the Newport Music Hall on September 7 (tickets $24), Magic...

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Saturday: Mystic Braves @ Ace of Cups

The Echo Park, Los Angeles band Mystic Braves sounds like the hip psychedelic music your dad (or grandpa) may have been groovin’ to in their wood-paneled, shag-carpeted basement crash pad circa 1967. And, they’ve got the facial hair and wardrobe that will make you think the Ace of Cups front door is a time machine that has transported you back some 50 or so years. It’s nice to hear exotic instruments that aren’t so common in today’s computer-generated pop world – you’ll hear an organ, tambourine, Mellotron keyboard and sitar sprinkled into Mystic Braves’ music along with the traditional...

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