Author: Keith Adams

Show Review: Band of Skulls

Sometimes playing to the right room can make all the difference in the world. That was my first thought after leaving last Friday’s excellent Band of Skull’s show at Skully’s Music Diner. I had seen the band before, on their last visit to town at Newport Music Hall two years ago. It was a really good show. But the cozier confines of Skully’s, and perhaps the energy the more confined space brought, made all the difference in the world. Opening with the brooding almost title track In Love By Default from their excellent new LP “By Default”, eased the band and audience...

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Band of Skulls at Skully’s Music Diner

As temperatures continue to remain scorchingly hot, so does the concert scene in Columbus, with a number of noteworthy upcoming shows selling out in recent days. The Lydia Loveless record release show at Ace of Cups is sold out! Sturgill Simpson at Express Live is sold out! And that just announced Green Day show at the Newport Music Hall probably sold out in the time it took you to read this. But fear not concert goer, there’s an excellent show taking place Friday night at Skully’s Music Diner that hasn’t sold out yet, Band of Skulls. The band will...

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Promowest Fest Wrap Up

It’s been a couple weeks since the inaugural Promowest Fest wrapped up, and we’ve had some time to digest the performances, the setting and the overall experience. As folks would inevitably ask how it was, I had a lot of things to say. Performances I wanted to tell them about (“Brand New killed it!”), how McFerson Park proved to be an excellent setting for a large event, how easy it was to manage and navigate. But as I got a little distance from the weekend, I keep returning to one thought: it felt like a real festival. When Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds took the stage around 6:30 Friday to a sparsely populated park, I was a little concerned. While that might mean you could easily get a great view of the stage, but it’s not goingto represent our city well to the performers. But as it turns out, it might have just been early on a work day, because by the time the Flaming Lips took the stage later that night with their elaborate stage show, the crowd had filled in, and it began to feel like Promowest Fest had found it’s footing. Here was Wayne Coyne and company, entering to “Race for the Prize” and immediately dumping what felt like a hundred multicolored balloons on the audience. Their lasers and high production, while well worn on the...

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Promowest Fest 2016: Day One

So the first day of the inaugural Promowest Fest is in the books. We’ll do a full recap of festival thoughts and highlights after the weekend is over, but for now, just a few quick thoughts. Ryan Adams and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds would have been one of my “can’t miss”shows of the summer on it’s own, and seeing them at the festival last night did not disappoint. Singing along to Oasis tunes as the sun hung low in the summer sky is one of those moments festivals wish they could advertise, put in on a postcard and...

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Promowest Fest 2016: Show Up Early (or Late) and Catch These Bands

The inaugural edition of Promowest Fest is finally almost here. And while the first installment of this three day music festivals boasts impressive top line names such as Noel Gallagher, Ryan Adams, Snoop Dogg, Brand New and Modest Mouse, part of the fun of any music festival experience is checking out new artists. Sure they might play earlier in the day, but they normally play on smaller stages where it’s less crowded and there’s more room to dance and easier to get close to the stage. So while you’re catching big acts like Garbage, don’t forget to seek out some...

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