Author: Chip Midnight

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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Oh Holy Night!

Flasher photo by Jen Dessinger CD102.5’s annual holiday shows – Side A (headlined by The Struts, Dec. 7) and Side B (headlined by Manchester Orchestra, Dec. 9) – are rapidly approaching. Typically, these shows have a strong headliner with some really great smaller/lesser known bands on the undercard. Looking at the artists playing Columbus on Wednesday night, I wish CD102.5 had decided to add a third night so that it wouldn’t be so hard to decide which of these shows to attend. Let’s pretend like all 4 of these bands are on the same bill and discuss them in...

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Look Who’s Talking: Orenda Fink of Closeness

It’s hard to believe that Orenda Fink has never played a show in Columbus as a solo artist, as the co-leader of Little Red Rocket or Azure Ray (both with Maria Taylor) or as a touring member of Rilo Kiley, but neither of us can remember a tour stop throughout the prolific singer/guitarist’s 20-year musical career. On Monday night, Fink makes her Columbus debut, not at Ace of Cups (the title of the first song on her 2014 solo album, Blue Dream), but at Skully’s, with her husband/bandmate Todd Fink (The Faint) under the name Closeness opening for what...

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