Author Archives: robert duffy

New Columbus Blogs

Fire up your bookmarks and RSS readers, dudes, cuz we’ve got two new sites for you to enjoy.

First up is Limited Edition Vinyl, a blog writing exclusively about vinyl releases, especially limited ones.

Second up is the return of Galaxy Reno, the site run by illustrator Clint Reno. Clint’s done a ton of work for us, including our posters, t-shirts, stickers, album artwork, etc etc etc. Here’s one of his most recent posters of the Polyphonic Spree for the House of Blues in Cleveland:

Download: The Decemberists w/ Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl

The Decemberists are doing a few shows with a full blown orchestra as a backing band. They performed the other night at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and a really good live recording of the entire show is available over here. I’m not one to collect live recordings of my favorite bands, but this one is really really good.

MP3: O Valenica (Live)
photo credit!

Win Tickets for Dirty on Purpose/The Besnard Lakes in Columbus


Our dear friends Dirty on Purpose are coming back to Columbus on Friday, July 20, at the Wexner Center. This time around they’re opening for The Besnard Lakes, who are making their Columbus debut.

We’ve got one pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader. To enter, send a blank e-mail to with the subject “DIRTY ON PURPOSE TIXXXXX.” A winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, July 18.

More information on the show here. Buy tickets there.

MP3: No Radio by Dirty on Purpose
MP3: And You Lied to Me by The Besnard Lakes

Fake Steve Jobs on the iTunes vs. Universal Deal

Reading about this battle is boring, except when Fake Steve Jobs talks about it:

So you’ve no doubt seen this story or one like it explaining that Universal Music Group won’t renew its iTunes deal. And you’ve seen people saying that the majors are trying to “recalibrate” their relationships with us. Actually what’s happening is they’re crapping in their pants. They woke up one day and realized that we’ve got 80% share of digital downloads. Suddenly all the power in the value chain resides in one player. Oops.

Read his full blog post here.

Have a Very Jill Sobule Fourth of July


Here’s some Jill Sobule songs to add to your Fourth of July party mix.

MP3: Hearts and Minds (WAR!)
MP3: Manhatten in January (ENVIRONMENT!)
MP3: The Rapture (RELIGION!)

Smashing Pumpkins Fall Tour

Sept. 8: Montreal (Osheaga Festival)
Sept. 9: Toronto (V Fest)
Sept. 13: Las Vegas (the Pearl)
Sept. 18: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
Sept. 24: Vancouver (NE Forum)
Sept. 28: Salt Lake City (McKay Center)
Sept. 30: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
Oct. 2: St. Paul, Minn. (Wilkins Auditorium)
Oct. 4: Normal, Ill. (Braden Auditorium)
Oct. 7: Detroit (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 9: Pittsburgh (Palumbo Center)
Oct. 11: Columbus, Ohio (LC Pavilion)
Oct. 15-16: Boston (Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 21-22: Philadelphia (Tower Theatre)
Oct. 25: Memphis (Mud Island Amphitheatre)
Oct. 30: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
Nov. 3: Dallas (Nokia Theatre)
Nov. 5: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)

Stream the new album here. I’ve given it one listen and so far I am not totally impressed. Maybe it’ll grow on me… and I was a Zwan lover! I Rock Cleveland has more expanded thoughts.


Bloc Party in Ohio

Oh, hi Bloc Party, so nice of you to finally visit Ohio.

9/13 – Columbus, OH – The LC
9/26 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater (almost Ohio)

Columbus OH live videos with Times New Viking, Evil Queens, more

Sperry has posted a bunch of great live videos from Columbus bands on his Youtube page. Some highlights:

The Evil Queens:

Times New Viking:

Earwig, Scrawl, Two Cow Garage, Tim Easton and more over here.

Silversun Pickups Heart Ohio

On tour:

8/6: Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s
8/7: Cleveland, OH @ Agora
8/10: Newport, KY @ Southgate (almost Ohio)
8/11: Columbus, OH @ The LC – CD101 show – more details here

New Amy Winehouse Video: Tears Dry on Their Own