Author: Keith Adams

Rock on the Range 2015 preview

We know, Rock on the Range might not be your thing, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty cool we’ve got a major rock festival with some pretty huge talent performing in our backyard. Spend some time on the Rock on the Range Facebook page and you’ll see that hard rock fans from across the country and even some from around the world are making the pilgrimage to Mapfre Stadium for a carefree weekend of throwing horns and headbanging. We break it down day-by-day and tell you the bands you shouldn’t miss (and the ones you should) and the bands that we think might fly under the radar but are worth checking out. FRIDAY Don’t Miss: Marilyn Manson – As a pretty big Manson fan, I’m biased here, but whether you’re an old fan or have never seen him before, this is the year to see Manson live. Touring in support of his best in a decade album “The Pale Emperor”, Manson’s live show has shown a return to form. I caught the band earlier in the year when they were still playing large theaters at Stage AE in Pittsburgh and it was the best Manson show I’ve seen in years. He’s sober (ish), has an excellent band that still features longtime bassist and songwriter Twiggy Ramirez and they’ve been selling out around the country for most of the...

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The Liner Notes perform OK Computer

It was a great weekend for live music this past weekend in Columbus. The LC Pavilion hosted it’s first outdoor show of the season – a sold out Hall and Oates – while upcoming UK rockers Wolf Alice delivered a killer set next door at The Basement. So with this kind of national (and international) talent in the Capital City, how did I walk away so jazzed about a local band? And not just a local band, but a local cover band? Wha? So full disclosure, I’ve never been a fan of cover bands. I don’t think I was ever fully sold on the idea of tribute bands either until I saw the magnificent ZOSO perform Led Zeppelin in a way that, well let’s face it, I’m never going to see Zeppelin now am I? But I digress. I heard via social media that local outfit The Liner Notes were performing Radiohead’s seminal masterpiece OK Computer in it’s entirety at King Ave 5. To say I was intrigued would be an understatement. There are certain things you just don’t attempt to translate, whether due to musical expertise, vocal uniqueness, fan adoration of the album, etc. There are a lot of good reasons not to tackle something like OK Computer. However, The Liner Notes are no strangers to tackling albums in their entirety, having performed Neil Young’s After the Gold...

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Torche, Nothing and Wrong at Skully’s

This Monday is definitely not going to suck. Or Monday night at least. With the forecast in Columbus calling for sunshine and near 70 degree temperatures during the day on Monday, we’re also seeing a 100% chance of some heavy rock at Skully’s that night as Torche and Nothing roll into town with Wrong opening the show. Torche are touring on their recently released Restarter release which ups the melodic rock ante of “Harmonicraft” without sacrificing any of the sludgy riffs or power they’ve come to be known for.   Prior to their performance is a band I’ve been...

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Tuesday – Elder at Ace of Cups; new Brujas del Sol track

Elder with Mos Generator and Brujas del Sol play the Ace of Cups on Tuesday, March 10. Doors at 8, show starts at 8:30. Cover is $10. As winter slowly comes to an end Starwood Presents is once again offering ample opportunity for the hesher set to dust off their denim jackets and get out for some awesome metal shows in March. The mighty YOB returns to Ace of Cups on March 18 with Ecstatic Vision and Lazer/Wulf and Iron Man with Yesterdays Saints will appear at Ruby Tuesday Live on March 21st. The show that has me most excited, however, is Elder at Ace of Cups on March 10th, in what I believe is their first Columbus appearance. There was an ill-fated house party show that was supposed to take place over the 4th of July back in 2012, but never materialized, as house party shows are known to do (still bummed I never got use that #redwhiteanddoom hashtag). This time the Capital city gets their only Ohio appearance and it looks to be a good one as they tour in support of their new album, Lore. Their previous album, Dead Roots Stirring is one of my absolute favorite entries in the stoner rock genre in recent memory. That second album showed an understanding of both epic down-tuned riffing and melody that many bands never quite achieve throughout...

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