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Tuesday: The Lemonheads @ The Basement

Evan Dando’s on a nostalgia kick and we’re all invited to come on and feel The Lemonheads Tuesday night as Dando and company play It’s a Shame About Ray in it’s entirety at The Basement.

It’s crazy to think that this album, which most of us first discovered due to the (tacked on after original pressing) cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson”, will turn 20 years old in June. While the years immediately following It’s a Shame About Ray were good for the poster boy for alterna-slacker-rock, by the end of the ’90s, Dando’s substance abuse problems had spiraled out of control and the Lemonheads were put on ice between 1998 and 2004.

Dando’s live track record in the past 5 years has been spotty, but word on the street is that this recent run of shows have gone off without a hitch and that Dando’s in fine form. If you went a sneak preview of the potential setlist for the Columbus show, check out the songs the Lemonheads performed in Tennessee on March 3.

The Lemonheads, with special guest Meredith Sheldon, perform Tuesday, March 6 at The Basement. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $15.

Star Slinger Announce Spring Tour That Includes SXSW and Festivals

Star Slinger is a deejay/producer from England. That means they do weird Brit stuff like mix Hip Hop and house. But it’s not Hip House in the Jungle Brother’s “post- Promo” sense. A$ap Rocky, Juicy J & Project past have collabed with Star Slinger, thooo. Star Slinger is going on tour this spring. They will play Columbus, Ohio as well as SXSW, the Winter Music Conference, Bamboozle AND the Sasquatch Festival.


3/13 Austin, TX – The Mohawk – Pitchfork SXSW Showcase
3/16 Austin, TX – Red Eyed Fly – Noise Pop SXSW Party
3/16 Austin, TX – Club Deville – Green Label Sound SXSW Showcase
3/17 Austin, TX – Red 7 – Flowerbooking, Inc SXSW Showcase
3/20 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
3/24 Miami, FL – Bardot (Winter Music Conference)
5/8 Pawtucket, Rhode Island – The Met *
5/9 New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
5/10 Boston, MA – Paradise *
5/11 Baltimore, MD – Sonar *
5/12 Harrisburg, PA – Abbey Bar *
5/13 Buffalo, NY – Soundlab *
5/14 Toronto, ON, Lee’s Palace *
5/16 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick *
5/17 Columbus, OH – The Basement *
5/18 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop *
5/19 Milvale, PA, Mr. Smalls *
5/20 Asbury Park, NJ – Bamboozle Festival
5/22 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
5/23 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew *
5/24 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s *
5/25 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones *
5/27 Quincy, WA (The Gorge) – Sasquatch Music Festival

* = with The Hood Internet

Tracklist for Jet Jam Mixtape 1 after the jump. It will have you doing   the Larry David with Souljah Boy, some girl with a donkey, and La Chat while yelling “We Trippy Mane”.

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Happy Holidays from Donewaiting.com, Rachael Yamagata and Mike Viola

Earlier this week we had the chance to hang out with Rachael Yamagata and Mike Viola for a few minutes before their show at The Basement. Seeing as how it’s the week of Christmas, we figured it would make sense to make this a holiday-themed interview.

WARNING: Mike Viola debunks a very, very, very famous Christmas myth – the BIGGEST Christmas myth – during the interview. Parents should NOT allow young kids to watch this unless you want to do some explaining!

Believe it or not, we didn’t notice the cartoon drawing on the couch that Rachael and Mike were sitting on until after the interview was over.

Interview: Mike Viola (opening for Rachael Yamagata @ The Basement, Sunday night)

It seemed like a strange billing – one of the most criminally underrated power-pop songwriters of our lifetime opening for a young, up-and-coming female singer-songwriter – a tour that makes a stop in Columbus, at The Basement, on Sunday night.

But, as Mike Viola explained when I talked to him on the phone from Alabama last week, it all makes sense. Viola is currently on tour promoting his latest release, Electro De Perfecto, which came out in October. If I’m doing my math correctly, this is Viola’s 11th release under either his own name, under the name The Candy Butchers, or a combination of the two, Mike Viola and The Candy Butchers. It’s hard to keep straight though one thing is for certain, if you’re a fan of power-pop music, you’ll want to get your hands on EVERYTHING Viola has done.

Unfortunately, though we talked for nearly 45 minutes, I completely forgot to ask him about his contributions to two recently released compilation albums. But, the cover songs deserve to be heard so check out his version the Smiths “How Soon is Now?” from the album Please Please Please: A Tribute to The Smiths and his version of Ratt’s “Round and Round” from Engine Room Recording’s Guilt By Association Vol. 3.

“How Soon is Now?”

“Round and Round”

How did your tour with Rachael Yamagata come about?

A couple of years ago we met and I started writing songs with her for her soon-to-be record. She was going through the ringer with Warner Bros. and eventually got dropped. She called on me to help her make her record – which I did. We put a bunch of the songs we wrote together on there. When her tour came up, she decided to hit the road and plunked down the money herself. She called me and said, “Look, I know you have a record out. Would you want to open and join me on my stage for my set?” I said, “Of course.”

I’ve toured a bunch with friends like Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, Robyn Hitchcock; it sucks having to play a set for 30-to-45 minutes and then sit around while your friends play music. It’s much more fun to join them on stage. Everyone’s like, “I don’t know how you have the energy to play all night” and I’m like, “This is what I do. I love it.”
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Photos: The Features live

The Features
November 13, 2011
The Basement




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Win tickets to see The Damnwells @ The Basement (Sat., Oct.1)

For a period of time between 2003 and 2006, the (then) Brooklyn-based The Damnwells felt more like a local band than a touring band. If my math is correct (I was a journalism major so math is not my strong suit), The Damnwells played 17-ish shows here during that time, more than many active Columbus bands. But it’s been nearly 5 years since the last time they played here (Feb. 2007, opening for Blue October at the LC) and a LOT has changed.

Singer Alex Dezen is the only original member of the band and, for that matter, there really isn’t a band, per se, any more. Touring to support the excellent 2011 release, No One Listens to the Band Anymore, Alex is backed by the opening band, Harper Blynn, rather than his longtime trusty sidekicks, the guys that Columbus got to know and love so well during the middle part of the last decade.

Donewaiting’s got 2 guest list spots to give away for the show. Send us an email (contestdonewaiting@gmail.com) with the subject line Damn Right I Want Damnwells Tickets to be entered into the giveaway. Entries must be received by noon, Friday, September 30. The winner will be notified via email later that afternoon.

Show info: The Basement doors open at 7pm, Carley Tanchon goes on at 8pm, Harper Blynn at 9pm, The Damnwells at 10pm. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Photos: Jessica Lea Mayfield & The Ridges live

This past Friday Ohio natives Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent) and The Ridges (Athens) played a show at the Basement.

Jessica Lea Mayfield


The Ridges

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Photos/Video: David Bazan and Cotton Jones in Columbus

David Bazan, Cotton Jones
The Basement I Columbus, OH
June 11, 2011

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Tuesday: The Dollyrots @ The Basement

All too often The Dollyrots have come to town as a headlining act – perfect for the couple dozen fans that continue to support the band with each pass through Columbus, but never really expanding their fanbase. For the first time that I can remember, The Dollyrots are pulling into Columbus with not a lot to lose but a ton to gain as they will be providing support for Bowling for Soup. Both bands are heavily endorsed by WNCI though I’m not quite sure that BFS’s fans have any idea who The Dollyrots are. That will change Tuesday night – I just hope The Dollyrots have brought along enough merch to satisfy the masses.

A few weeks ago, The Dollyrots premiered a brand new video for “Rollercoaster,” a mild departure from the trio’s typical POP-punk sound. Here it is.

The Dollyrots occupy the middle slot on the Patent Pending / Bowling for Soup bill on Tuesday night at The Basement. Doors open at 6pm with The Dollyrots hitting the stage around 8:45.

Thursday: Awolnation @ The Basement (sold out)

Before last week I had never heard any of their music nor did I know anything about Awolnation. Then, I heard that Blind Melon’s guitarist Christopher Thorn will be touring as part of the band all summer so I decided it was time to learn more.

Turns out the band is the brainchild of the former singer of a band called Under the Influence of Giants and that Thorn produced that band’s last CD so his involvement with Awolnation makes sense.
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