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Friday: The Regrettes @ The Newport

Music fads come and go. How many of you are guilty of owning a Cherry Poppin’ Daddies or Big Bad Voodoo Daddy CD from the now-regrettable Big Band revival of ’97? Thanks to the success of artists ranging from Amy Winehouse to Sharon Jones & The Daptones to Adele, there’s an ongoing ’60s R&B/soul revival in full steam and, fingers crossed, unlike the Big Band revival (or the Ska revival that took place in the early ’90s), this homage will stand the test of time and not burn out as quickly as it started.

We’re lucky to have two really great-sounding soul revival acts in Columbus (if there are more, let me know) – Nick Tolford & Company are poised for national (international?) success with Tolford’s Ray Charles-like voice tapping into the hearts and souls of an audience ranging from Carabar hipsters to those who were around the first time rock n’ roll met soul. And The Regrettes, a group that hasn’t even been together a full calendar year, is taking a giant leap forward and hoping to elevate their status from “opening act for touring bands” to “big stage headliners” with the release of their well-crafted Don’t Talk Back on Friday night at The Newport Music Hall.

If you want to learn more about the history of the band, check out the feature in this month’s (614) Magazine. If how the band formed doesn’t mean a whole lot to you, here’s your chance to let The Regrettes convince you (as they have me) through their music (Listen to Don’t Talk Back in it’s entirely here). I’m sold – hook, line and sinker – on the female harmonies, foot-tapping grooves, and the Memphis horns.

Whether or not this style of music weathers the storm remains to be seen, but dig it now while you can and join The Regrettes, The DewDroppers and Washington Beach Bums Friday night at The Newport. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Anyway Records celebrates 20 years with a two-night blowout at Ace of Cups (Dec. 21 & 22)

Just in time for Christmas, Bela Koe-Krompecher issued the following note regarding Anyway Records 20th anniversary celebration:

In celebration of 20 years of debt-making Anyway will host a two nights of shows at Ace Of Cups, December 21-22. Bands playing include: The New Bomb Turks, Moviola, Kyle Sowashes, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Connections, Obnox, Necropolis (covering Gaunt), Greenhorn, Belreve, Jenny Mae, St. Lennox, Orchestraville, Winter Makes Sailors, County Pharaohs and more. Proceeds from the show will go to three charities (Peloton, Columbus Music Co-Op and NAMI Ohio). On Saturday, there will be a free kids show starting at 6 PM. Admission will be $7.

We’ll have much more information as the shows get closer, but clear your calendars now, this is one (two) not to be missed.

Listen: Ryne Doughty

It was a happy accident stumbling upon singer/songwriter Ryne Doughty in a bar last night in Des Moines. Truth be told, when I found out I needed to come to Iowa for a business trip, I did a little poking around to see what bands might be performing (on the docket for tonight – Columbus’s own Blueprint at Vaudeville Mews) and I knew Doughty was going to be playing at El Bait Shop, a beer joint not that different from places like World of Beer and Bodega in Columbus (in other words, they have probably 100 beers on draft and another couple hundred in bottles).

Turns out, the people I was with wanted to grab a drink after work and we headed to El Bait Shop. I couldn’t have planned it better. Doughty and guitarist Darren Matthews (Thankful Dirt) set up in a corner and started playing around 8pm. We only stayed through the first set, but I became a fan within seconds of the first note being strummed. Doughty’s one of those guys who’s not really an alt-country artist but I think he’s probably influenced by performers like Ryan Adams and Steve Earle (who he covered during the set). Columbus readers might understand this reference, Doughty’s deeper vocals reminded me quite a bit of Sean Beal’s (Feversmile, Train Meets Truck, Big Back Forty) and that, for people who know me, is a great compliment as Beal is one of my favorite singers to come out of Ohio.

Take a listen to Doughty’s most recent release, To the Factory. He did tell me, during a break, that he’s planning on releasing new material in the near future so stay tuned.

Friday: Morning Parade opening for Anberlin @ The Newport

My posts here have been coming a little less frequently due to my work on a site that I launched in mid-August. The site, Kids Interview Bands, features my 6th grade daughter Olivia and her friend Connie interviewing bands that are passing through Columbus. The girls got their start at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati where they interviewed 8 bands including Neon Trees, Minus the Bear and Imagine Dragons. Since that time, they’ve knocked out 33 or so interviews and have 6 more scheduled in the next 10 days.

In September, the girls had a chance to talk with the UK’s Morning Parade, who were in town on tour with The Wombats (also interviewed by the girls), following the band’s Big Room performance at CD 102.5. Since that time, Morning Parade has done dates with Smashing Pumpkins and are now on the road with Anberlin who they’ll be opening for Friday night at The Newport.

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show. IAMWE is also on the bill.

Watch: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – “Something for Nothing”

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band was one of the highlights of the inaugural Bunbury Festival held this past summer in Cincinnati. Ripping through guitar licks straight from the crossroads, the Rev’s swampy blues sound harkens back to a pre-pop music world.

Here’s the Indiana-based band’s new video, “Something for Nothing”.

The road warrior trio has dates booked through the end of the year including a Nov.23 date in Indianapolis and a Nov.24 in Cincinnati (both within driving distance of Columbus).

Contest: Win tix to see Xavier Rudd at The Newport on 10/26

Who’s ready for a quick contest? We’ve got a pair of tickets (well, actually, guest list spots) for this Friday night’s Xavier Rudd concert at The Newport.

We could make you do something fancy like answering some sort of trivia question or we could randomly select a number from a hat and use that to pick a winner. But, time is of the essence here so … the first person to email will win the tickets.

Good luck with your fast fingers!

Thursday: The Dig @ Kobo

The stunningly gorgeous indie dream-pop sounds of New York’s The Dig will fill Kobo on Thursday night as the band hits Columbus as part of their Rocktober tour with Portland’s The We Shared Milk.

The Dig, whose sound falls somewhere between Vampire Weekend and The Antlers, have shared stages with the likes of The Walkmen, Portugal the Man, and Scott Lucas & The Married Men.

This is a Fireball Whisky Presents show meaning Fireball Whisky shots are only $3 all night. Locals Strangers in Daylight and The George Elliot Underground fill out the bill.

Monday: Two Door Cinema Club, Friends, Guards @ The Newport

We were digging Friends’ ’90s-Luscious-Jackson-vibe when the Brooklyn-based band was in Columbus late last year. In June, Friends released Manifest! featuring a dozen danceable, new wave, pop nuggets that fans of Madonna’s earliest work might enjoy.

Friends returns to Columbus on Monday night performing with CD 102.5 favorites Two Door Cinema Club and Guards, featuring Richie James Follin (Willowz, Cults), at The Newport. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Tonight in Columbus: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown at Rumba Cafe

In the 2009 documentary “Rock Prophecies”, photographer Robert M. Knight talks about his neverending quest to find the next Stevie Ray Vaughn. Knight was a close friend of Vaughn’s and after the guitar god’s tragic death, believed that while Vaughn’s physical presence might be gone, his spirit would live on in others. That led Knight to Honey Grove, Texas where he discovered the teenage prodigy Tyler Bryant.

Though maybe not a well-known name in the global rock world, Bryant’s definitely somebody to keep an eye on. Now 21, the guitarist has been traveling the world and sharing his talent with both his own audiences as well as showcasing in front of Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa, B.B. King, Pat Benatar, and Heart fans (all of whom he’s opened for).

If you’ve been in Columbus long enough, you probably know somebody who caught John Mayer or The Black Keys at Little Brothers, something that seems somewhat unimaginable considering how popular those two are now. I’m not necessarily saying that Bryant’s going to blow up the way Mayer or The Black Keys did, but I suspect his show tonight at Rumba is going to make anybody in attendance a true believer.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown (featuring guitarist Graham Whitford, son of Aerosmith’s Brad) play at the Rumba Cafe tonight with the Chris Duggan Band. Doors are at 8pm and cover is $10.

Used Kids celebrates 26 years in business with full day of music, pizza, special deals

Through good times and bad, Used Kids Records has managed to survive in a world where record stores are closing at an alarming rate. The campus landmark has made it through a fire, competition from both independently-owned stores as well as national franchises, and the on-set of the digital age where consumers can purchase new music with a click of a button and never have to venture into a brick-and-mortar store.

On Saturday, the store celebrates it’s 26th year of being in business with a full day of live music, free pizza and special deals (26% off all used inventory). BYOB welcome (but PBR is a sponsor!!!).

Here’s the lineup (Times are subject to change):

1:00 Total Foxx
2:00 Outer Spacist
3:00 Nom Tchotchkes (Dan Dow, Greg Hall, David Banbury and Eva Owen)
4:00 Log (rare reunion show and potentially the final performance for the band)
5:00 Fort Shame
6:00 Betty Machete & the Angry Cougars
7:00 The Girls!
8:00 Connections