Category Archives: Columbus

Anyway Records 20th Anniversary show

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Perhaps you heard about this on the Facebooks already, but if not, you really need to see this lineup, going down at Ace of Cups 12/21 and 12/22.

9:00 – St. Lenox
9:30 – Winter Makes Sailors
10:00 – Obnox
10:30 – New Bomb Turks
11:30 – Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments
12:15 – NECROPOLIS – covering Gaunt

SATURDAY – KIDS SHOW: 6-8pm – Free
Chris Biester (from ADR)

8:00 – Belreve
8:45 – Jenny Mae
9:15 – Kyle Sowashes
10:00 – Moviola
10:45 – County Pharaohs
11:30 – Connections
12:30 – Greenhorn

Video: The Black Swans – “Where are You Tonight?”

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Here’s a brand new video from The Black Swans for their song “Where are You Tonight?” off the band’s most recent and excellent Misra release Occasion for Song. Filmed here in Columbus, it features local Elvis impersonator Billy Cash (aka “The Columbus King”) goofing around with Black Swans singer Jerry DeCicca.

Thursday @ Woodlands: Souljazz Orchestra

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Columbus gets a rare treat as Toronto’s Souljazz Orchestra comes to Woodlands Tavern on Thursday night. After multiple Canadian and World tours, the 10-year old band is wrapping up its second American tour, in support of their recently released fourth full-length album Solidarity. This, their second album on Strut Records, sees the band continuing to expand its Afrobeat sound, a path begun on 2010’s Rising Sun. While that album was a more subdued, spiritual affair, however, the new record feels like a marriage of their increased musical base with the intensity of their earlier albums.

Featuring a wide range of collaborators from the diverse Toronto music scene, Solidarity brings forth a fiery mixture of Afrobeat, jazz, soul, tropical, and reggae stylings. Opener “Bibinay” sets a strong Afrobeat base for the proceedings, but the album then takes a hard left turn on “Kelen Ati Leen,” which is one of many Afro-latin hybrid smokers on the album. The horn-laden breakbeat funk of “Conquering Lion” is a highlight here, as well as the sultry singalong “Kingpin.” The tempo only really slows down for album finale “Nijaay,” leaving behind a trail of sweat and a destroyed dance floor. The horn and rhythm sections do plenty of work here, but the “vintage keyboards” of Pierre Chrétien are also a cornerstone of the band’s sound, driving songs like the Latin burner “Ya Basta.”

Opening Thursday’s show is Brooklyn Afrobeat band Zongo Junction (click the link for a download of their new single). The band draws on inspiration from Fela, but also acts like the Talking Heads and Sun Ra. Their debut Thieves was released in 2010, and a new album is planned for 2013.

Doors for this internationally funky double bill are at 9pm, and the cover is $10.

Listen to/download Souljazz Orchestra’s “Cartao Postal” below and stay tuned after the jump for more videos of both groups.

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Fleetwood Mac will kick off reunion tour in Columbus

Rolling Stone announced tour dates for another Fleetwood Mac reunion tour “built around Fleetwood Mac’s large catalog of hits,” though Nicks told RS, “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago we might play.” Not sure if that’s good news or bad news…

The band kicks off the tour in Columbus at Nationwide Arena on April 4.

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Video: Envelope & Jacoti Sommes – “We’re All Gonna Die Together” Ft. The Catalyst

Envelope & Jacoti Sommes’s ode to the bonding upside of the impending apocalypse, “We’re All Gonna Die Together” featuring The Catalyst is a classic Columbus record. It has a been a crowd favorite for a few years. And today we have a….

Video Premiere:

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Fortunately, the Reichard Bros. decided to produce a wonderful video for “We’re All Gonna Die Together” that depicts what the apocalypse would look like locally here in Columbus, Egypt and outerpace. If you live in Bustown that you have to love the inclusion of the Southside Drive-in. Also love the Claymation Biggie doing the hook.

“We Are All Gonna Together” is on Envelope & Jacoti Sommes “This Could Go Either Way” Ep is available digitally on I-Tunes and in select record stores on vinyl,

Envelope & DJ Detox are throwing a NYE Show on NYE. Triceratops, Good Company, and A.S. U.S are also on the bill. DJ Detox, and George Brazil will play music between acts. Admission is $5.oo.

More info on the Reichard Bros who made this outstanding clip after the jump.

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Columbus concert calendar: December

Feel free to add any shows or openers I’ve missed in the comments. And don’t forget the Hype threads in the Friendship Farm. Also, head to the Columbus DIY Messageboard for info on lots of DIY shows coming up.

Sat, 12/1:
AP & Howlin’ Moons EP release @ King Avenue 5, acoustic release @ RPM
Mary Halvorson Quintet @ Wexner Center, 8pm
roeVy, Rob de Large @ Newport
Queen Tribute @ Bluestone
Kyle Sowashes, Fox Japan, The Cabdrivers @ Tree Bar
Get Right @ Skully’s
Robert Ellis w/ Jesse Henry and The Kitts 7pm, Alwood Sisters, Tin Armor, City of Brass 10pm @ Rumba
Old Hundred, Andrew Graham and Swarming Branch, The Harlan Twins @ The Summit
Mike’s Wilson, Happy Dagger, Jonathan Burgess @ Cafe Bourbon Street
Sleep Fleet, The Weight Of Whales and Far Away Strays @ Kobo
The Garrison & Blatant Finger 6pm, Womder Twin Powers 9pm, Mr Gnome 11pm @ Woodlands
Heatwave @ Ace of Cups
Evan Oberla Project @ Brothers Drake
Halfway to Nelsonville w/ Nick Tolford & Company, The D-Rays, and The County Pharoahs @ Rollerbowl Lanes (Athens)

Sun, 12/2:
Lamb of God, In Flames, Sylosis @ LC
R. Kelly @ Vets Memorial
Kepi Ghoulie + the Easy Pieces @ Tree Bar

Mon, 12/3:
Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Happy Chichester @ Rumba

Tue, 12/4 aka Super Tuesday:
Smashing Pumpkins @ Newport
Other Lives w/ *Indians* @ Basement
Patrick Watson, Mike Wojniak @ Wexner
The King Khan & BBQ Show @ Ace of Cups
Emily and The Complexes, New Tooth, The Awful Nothings @ Kobo
8mm @ Double Happiness
Clash Of Titans 5 w/ Mannie Fresh @ Skully’s
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Saturday: A Night at The Bluestone (A Queen tribute benefitting Project: Zero Hero)

Listen, I know this benefit show at The Bluestone is for a good cause – a portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit Project: Zero Ohio, a local HIV/AIDS non-profit that strives to assure that local HIV/AIDS patients receive the medical care that they need – and I’m happy to do my part to help out, but the real draw is the amazing night of music show organizers have put together.

Headlining is Mr. Fahrenheit & The Loverboys, the Queen tribute band who will be celebrating the life of Freddie Mercury (who passed away 21 years ago) by performing all the Queen hits people know and love. But the tribute fun doesn’t end there – =Van Haken=, the city’s best (and only?) David Lee Roth-era Van Halen tribute band will be making us all forget that the real band canceled their Columbus date earlier this year.

The full schedule of events can be found after the jump – bands/set times/etc.
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Tuesday @ Ace of Cups: King Khan & BBQ Show

Though Mark Sultan‘s June Columbus show was plenty entertaining, Mr. Sultan’s return on Tuesday promises even more rock ‘n roll value as he reprises his role in the King Khan & BBQ Show!  Canadian legends Sultan (aka BBQ) and King Khan have reunited to conjure another garage/punk/doowop/etc party and have set out on a late fall jaunt through the Midwest and East.   No new music is available yet, but if the above video is any indication, these two are ready to make beautiful magic together again.

Contributing to their Columbus shindig will be local openers Day Creeper and Tight Bros.  Admission is $10 at the door and here.

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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.