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Jonsi to play the Newport

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There’s not much that makes me happier than seeing incredible live acts work their way through Columbus. On that note, I’m pleased to announce the news of Jonsi‘s solo performance at The Newport on Saturday, November 6th.

He released his debut solo album Go this past April and has been touring on it since. Though I’ve never had the chance to see Sigur Ros live, Jonsi’s New York show on May 8th at Terminal 5 was honestly one of the best shows both aesthetically and musically that I’ve ever seen. If you’re a fan of the record, be sure to also pick up a copy of his full length DVD, Go Quiet, in which he performs the entire album unplugged.

He will be supported by Mountain Man. Despite the name, the band is actually comprised of three Vermont women (Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath) whose harmonizing and instrumentation combine to create a mellow, euphoric sound. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster July 31st. Mountain Man video after the jump. Continue reading

Saturday in Columbus: On Fillmore and Rachel Grimes

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The Wexner Center has had an interesting Spring and Summer series, boasting current indie giants Mumford and Sons, The xx and Midlake. While any show there is usually well visited, some seem to fall under the radar more than others. I hope this will not be the case on Saturday night as the performance space will host a double bill with On Fillmore and Rachel Grimes.

On Fillmore is the project of Glenn Kotche (Wilco’s drummer) and Darin Gray (experimental bassist from St. Louis). The two have finished three records now, the most recent being Extended Vacation (released on Dead Oceans). Their musical flexibility is best illustrated in the juxtaposition between their primitive, star-gazing last release and the perfectly creepy soundtrack they composed for J.T. Petty’s 2006 documentary, S&Man.

Rachel Grimes (of instrumental Louisville band Rachel’s) will be gracing the Wex the other half of the night. Grimes, an unbelievably talented pianist, has recently released a solo record entitled Book of Leaves and will be touring on it in both in the US and Europe through the fall. She has also found success as a film composer by recording work for Gregory King’s film Rotating Mirror. Her ability to intertwine the sounds of nature and her piano is breathtakingly alluring. Whether you’re a fan of classical music, serious musicianship or both, this show is not to be missed. Visit Grimes’ site for more film footage.

Alix Reese Compilation Album

It’s been three weeks since our friend Alix Reese was tragically shot in the neck while driving on the east side. Multiple fundraisers have taken place and the support for them has been and continues to be incredible. In yet another selfless effort to raise money for medical expenses, Jacob Wooten has gathered the help of 20 local businesses and musicians to release a special limited-edition record for Alix.

The album features 15 different singles, including unreleased tracks by Phantods, Winter Makes Sailors and Wing and Tusk. Only 500 copies will be made, and 100% of the sales will be contributed to the Reese family to help pay for medical bills. The album will be released July 2nd at KOBO. Bands on the album will be performing all night. Albums will also be sold Saturday July 3rd at Skully’s Music Dinner, with Mr. Fahrenheit and The Loverboys with special guest Phantods.

Other contributors to this album include The Compressions, Karate Coyote, Saturday Giant, Sleepers Awake, Way Yes, New City Gypsy, Maza Blaska, Stretch Lefty, LES Crew, Ghost Shirt, Old Worlds and Two Cow Garage.

Video(s): Fanfarlo – “Fire Escape”

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MP3: Fire Escape- Fanfarlo (Sitek Remix)
Earlier this week London-based Fanfarlo released a new music video directed by Jamie Thraves. (Amongst others, he’s directed videos for Radiohead’s “Just,” Coldplay’s “The Scientist” and Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”.)

Well, at this point it’s actually two videos. Along with the official video, there is an alternative with a dark ending which will satisfy optimists and pessimists alike. They’ll also be releasing a digital EP on July 13th of their single “Fire Escape” that will include remixes from TV On The Radio’s David Sitek (mp3 above), The Horrors, Toro Y Moi and a new mix by Tom Elmhirst. Alternative ending after the jump. Continue reading

Alix Reese Benefit shows in Columbus

Alix Reese is no stranger to many of us in Columbus. Chances are you’ve seen her at shows at Ravari Room or Carabar, dancing at Skully’s or singing karaoke at Bourbon Street. Always with a smile on her face, always with a charismatic greeting. Even if you don’t actually know her on speaking terms, I bet you’ve always admired her magnetic, charming aura.

Alix was tragically shot in the neck last week after driving through the crossfire of two groups of young men. She was merely giving a friend a ride. Columbus isn’t always as safe as we’d like it to be, but it is a strong close-knit community. This has been and continues to be illustrated in the overwhelmingly kindness of both friends and strangers alike. Writers Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis and director/producer Kevin Smith have posted links to her donation page on their own Twitter accounts. The Phantods show last weekend at Ravari raised over $3000 to go toward the cause! If you haven’t yet taken part in donating to Alix’s medical bills and/or want to show support, you’re still in luck as there are many other events happening. Those upcoming are as follows: Continue reading

Nelsonville Music Festival: Perspective #1


If I were to make a video montage of my experience at the Nelsonville Music Festival last weekend it would go something like this: Cue Michael Hurley’s unamplified voice fighting to be heard over The Detroit Cobras, Man Man‘s ability to be a public spectacle anywhere, some bitchin’ mullets (and mild honky-tonk fans) hootin’ and hollerin’ at an impressive (and tired) Loretta Lynn and Sharon Jones infiltrating mid-Ohio like it was her very own stomping ground. All of that in just two days is well worth the drive and ticket price and lack of phone reception.

Aside from the obvious big name highlights of the festival, seeing local acts shine outside of Columbus was particularly fulfilling. Both Moon High and The Alwood Sisters played to eager crowds. Rounding out the weekend is my recommendation to check out Louisiana-based GIVERS. This band showed some serious enthusiasm that was easily matched by its rowdy audience.

More photos here.

Wednesday at the Wex: Laura Marling

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MP3: My Manic and I

I don’t know that I can actually pinpoint the moment I first heard of Laura Marling, but I can say that she has had a strong presence on my favorites playlist for a good two years now. She may be perceived in the States as being a new face on the scene because she is just now out on a solo headlining tour, but just two years ago Mumford & Sons were her tour support on a co-headlined tour with Johnny Flynn.

At just 20 years of age, Marling has been charming both American and UK audiences since 2007. Aside from being a notable member of the London folk scene, she has also been a component in acts such as The Rakes, Noah and the Whale and Mystery Jets. (Yes, SHE’S that sweet voice in “Five Years Time” and “Young Love.”)

Marling’s new record I Speak Because I Can was released on April 6th via Virgin Records. She hits the stage on Wednesday at the Wexner Center’s Black Box with friends Smoke Fairies and Pete Roe. Tickets here.

Interview: Cate Le Bon

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MP3: Shoeing the Bones

Few new solo artists captivate my ears strongly enough to stay in my personal playlist rotation for very long. Singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon has done just this for me. With the Welsh countryside and some dark childhood memories serving as a musical backdrop, she manages to join psychedelia and folk quite naturally. (Supporting Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals and getting her album released in the UK on his label Irony Bored hasn’t hurt her track record either.) I was lucky enough to catch up with this lovely gal while at SXSW last month.

DW: You’ve been compared to Nico. Is this something you can’t get away from now or something you’ve just embraced and go with?
Cate: I think it’s out of my hands now. I think everybody has drawn these comparisons and especially if you’re female they look for the closest female match and it always seems to be Nico, which is fine. But I think it’s just that our voices are deep, it’s the only thing I can think of. And I’ve got an awful smack habit… (laughs). No I haven’t.

DW: Do you have a job in Wales or have you been able to become a full time musician?
Cate: At the minute I’ve been lucky enough to just concentrate on the music. It’s so nice to just fully concentrate on the one thing you want to do. I don’t lead a very elaborate life so I don’t need much money. Just want to continue working on it so I don’t have to go back to the cafe or keep answering the phones for awful fat businessmen.

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Interview: Fanfarlo

(Photos of interview by Alysse Gafkjen)

In anticipation of their Columbus show this week at Outland, I caught up with Simon Balthazar, Amos Memon and Leon Beckenham of Fanfarlo while in Austin for SXSW. I must say it’s a bit intimidating walking into an interview being the face of Columbus to a group of musicians who are not only talented and finding success right now, but foreign to our Midwestern scene… quite literally. (Full disclosure: This is due to the fact that I both write for donewaiting and work for Benco.)

Donewaiting: How was Fanfarlo born and how has it developed into it’s current state?

Simon: Ok, so, the short story is.. Fanfarlo used to be a recording project and it kinda came about just before I moved to London [from Sweden]. We pretty much started releasing 7″ on friends labels [in London] straight away before there was really a band. From that recording project, I started meeting people and now it’s become this dysfunctional family of a band we are today.

DW: How long have you been playing together?

Amos: It’ll be the 4th year, later this year together. Originally we were 6, but now we’re 5 people.

S: For the last year, we’ve been playing with guest guitarists.

Leon: We’ve gone through about 6, haven’t we, in the last couple of years?

A: We’ve chewed them up, spit them out.

DW: London seems like a good place to make music, all things considered…

S: It is and it isn’t. It’s a really active scene, there’s all sorts of stuff going on. There’s a very quick turn around, things get old really quickly. And that’s a downside, I think. It’s good in the sense that there’s always something fresh to be excited about. But me personally, I’ve tried to stay a little bit out of the blog bands, you know buzz bands.

DW: In regards to your album Reservoir, how long did it take from start to finish to get out to the general public?

A: I think it was like 7 months.

S: We spent the first two months deliberating over the sequencing, the name and cover art. It’s funny, I mean we did put it out ourselves but I think if we would have had a label kinda whipping us into shape we would have gone through that quicker. I don’t know how interesting it is, you know, the way you sell a record. But for us it was interesting, it was really fun and encouraging to see how many people would get your record directly from you. Continue reading

Monday in Columbus: Joanna Newsom at the Southern Theatre

When I consider the music of Joanna Newsom in the context of how it makes a listener feel, I’d describe something visceral, cerebral, and, maybe more importantly, imaginative. On one side of the page, I wish I knew nothing of her musical background and only had a mental image of the hours she may have spent icing her little fingers after long sessions spent glued to her harp.

It’s obvious that one so dedicated to an instrument such as the harp would do their damnedest to master such an undertaking. However, it’s refreshing to hear just how meticulously she has worked (and with whom she’s worked) to get where she is when so many musicians these days seem to be picking up an instrument one day, recording a Youtube video the next week and touring the country before you know it.

The Milk-Eyed Mender and Ys collectively have provided a key point on my musical spectrum of taste by creating impressive, lovely songs that showcase Newsom’s strengths as both a harpist and vocalist. I’ve purposely not listened to the entirety of the new record Have One on Me because I’m anticipating the show on Monday in the same way I would be anticipating a new acquaintance. There are those moments that you need to introduce yourself to new music like you would introduce yourself to another, and live, in-person is always the most conducive to developing a healthy relationship.

Come see Joanna play a Wexner Center show on Monday night with Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes) at the Southern Theatre and appreciate.