June 14, 2018

Columbus isn't just a great city in which to live, it's also the home of so many great bands and artists, So to celebrate the fake, but important, holiday known as 614 Day, we put together a little playlist that features some of our favorite songs from Columbus' own. By no means an exhaustive list, the playlist features tracks from newer acts like RADATTACK, The Cordial Sins, Effee, Booty&theKidd, and Souther, as well as more venerable bands like Watershed, New Bomb Turks, Red Wanting Blue, and Saving Jane. 

Check out our playlist below, and let us know what your favorite music to come out of the Capital City is!

June 1, 2018

Out today is "Sick of the Hype," the latest single from Columbus band, The Cordial Sins. Just a week before it's release, we were able to preview this intense, driving, new song, and then chat with frontwoman Liz Fisher (lead vocals/guitar/keys) and Corey Dickerson (lead guitar/vocals) about the making of this single, the response to last year's EP Only Human, and what the future holds for The Cordial Sins. Turn up your speakers, listen to the song, and then check out our conversation below:

Sean O’Connor, Listen LIVE Columbus: It's good to see you guys! The last time we officially talked was last October, before the Only Human EP release. So, that's been out in the world now for over six months. What was it like getting out that out there in front of people? 

Corey Dickerson, The Cordial Sins: It was very difficult (Liz laughing) because you want things to just be done and you want it to be out and you want it to be out of your face. You know, this is, mind you, after tracking, and...

April 9, 2018

Wolf Alice is the best rock band in the world right now, proving it once again with an absolutely killer show at in Columbus at the venerable Newport Music Hall. So count yourself lucky if you were at the Newport last Monday night, as we were treated to a truly epic performance by Ellie Rowsell (lead vocals/guitar), Joff Oddie (guitar), Theo Ellis (bass), and Joel Amey (drums).

Last summer, when Wolf Alice was in Columbus, they played a sold-out show at The Basement, but that show, the first ever CD102.5 “Trust Us” show, sold out before the headliners were even revealed. That night, the band gave Columbus a preview of several songs from their, at the time, forthcoming sophomore album, Visions of a Life, which was released September 29, 2017. Now, back in Columbus once again, this time playing in front of more than 1,000 fans the Newport, Wolf Alice played a perfectly crafted setlist mixed with songs from the new album, as well as their debut, My Love Is Cool.

Wolf Alice opened the set wi...

January 30, 2018

Columbus band, Small Movies, released their debut album, One, online back in August, but have now achieved what so many musicians long for, a vinyl pressing. To celebrate the physical release, the band threw a vinyl release show at Rumba Cafe, smartly slotting their own set between two great fellow Columbus bands, The Receiver and The Cordial Sins. From the absolutely packed crowd present at Rumba, it was clear that while Small Movies is still a relatively new venture for Justin Roth (Electric Piano/Synthesizer), Donnie Mossman (Bass), Adam Cummins (Drums), and Parker Louis (Vocals), they are quickly gaining the notice of music fans in Columbus.

Small Movies’ sound is grungy alternative rock, driven by Roth’s distorted electric piano, Mossman’s weighty bass, and of course Louis’ big voice. If you’ve been around the local music scene in Columbus, you may have caught Louis’ former band, Forest & The Evergreens, or one of his solo sets around town, realizing that he is a bona fide rock sta...

January 14, 2018

Where do you find new music? Maybe on the radio, certainly online through Spotify, Soundcloud, or blogs, at a concert where a band you weren't very familiar with just blows you away, or maybe one of your all-time favorite acts finally drops something new and you fall in love with them all over again. Whatever the source, great new music has a way of exciting us, helping us get through the day, and eventually becoming part of the soundtrack of our day, week, month, year, and maybe eventually our whole lives. 

Over the last couple of years, I've made it a priority to seek out new music from anywhere I can find it, and then keeping track of my favorites each quarter, my only requirement being that they had to be officially released during that calendar year. At the end of the year, I force myself to narrow all of those great new songs down to the top 20 which affected me the most this past year. You can find my lists from each quarter of 2017, as well as 2016 over on my Spotify accoun...

November 22, 2017

Effee, the new solo project of Columbus musician Fran Litterski, played their first live full-band show, with a fantastic set, opening for Hazel English at the Big Room Bar. The set was energetic, diverse, and definitely more polished than one might expect from a band’s first live show. However, given Litterski’s extensive experience as a member of Kid Runner, Fields & Planes, and as a touring member of Magic Man, it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise. The band for Effee’s debut show was rounded out by Kurt Keaner (guitar/synth), Scott Griffin (Ableton Push, drums), and Austin Nill (drums), all members of Kid Runner, but playing a somewhat different configuration of instruments in Effee.

The set was part of CD102.5’s Frontstage Live where two songs from a local band are broadcast live on the radio each Thursday night, part of the radio station’s mission to support and promote local music.  Due to the first two songs of the set being on the radio, Effee kicked off the show with t...

November 13, 2017

Effee is the new solo project of Columbus' Fran Litterski. Already busy as a part of Columbus bands Kid Runner and Fields & Planes, and as a touring member of Magic Man, we sat down with Fran to discuss how she is now stepping into the spotlight with her very own indie electro-pop, alt-rock tunes. Having now released two songs, "Lying" and 'Work It Out," as well as being featured on the collaboration "Not You" with Detroit producer Nydge, Fran is preparing for her first full-band live show as Effee, where she will be opening for Hazel English at the Big Room Bar on Thursday, November 16th.

Sean O'Connor, Listen LIVE Columbus: Why did you decide the time was right for you to start this solo project as Effee? You're part of several other bands, obviously, so why was now the time?

"It was a scary leap, but it's also very exciting."

Fran Litterski, Effee: I think it was a kind of a combination of...well, I've been writing forever, so I've had these songs, not these specific ones, but s...

October 31, 2017

The Cordial Sins officially pushed their newest EP, Only Human, out into the world, marking the release with a killer show at Ace of Cups. With a bye week for the home football team, Halloween right around the corner, a specially brewed Modern Martyrs IPA from Lineage on tap, a fantastic lighting production worthy of a much bigger venue, and two great opening acts in Cherry Chrome and Playing To Vapors, the mood of the entire evening was celebratory.  

And the celebration was more than justified. Since The Cordial Sins released their best single to date, “Go On” in late 2016, fans had been eagerly awaiting the Sins follow-up to the 2015 debut album, Daze. The wait was definitely worth it, as Only Human, which is an EP in name, but at seven songs long, boasts nearly an album’s worth of material. The new EP is unmistakably the Sins, showcasing frontwoman Liz Fisher’s big voice, while weaving melodic, ethereal sounds throughout. But two years after their first album, the Sins have definite...

October 16, 2017

Columbus band, The Cordial Sins, are getting ready to release their EP, Only Human, on Saturday, October 21st. They’ll be celebrating the release with a show that night at Ace of Cups, where they will be performing along with fellow Columbus bands Cherry Chrome and Playing To Vapors. Ahead of the release, I was able to preview the entire seven song EP, and then chat with frontwoman Liz Fisher (vocals/keys/violin/guitar) and Corey Dickerson (lead guitar/vocals).

Sean O’Connor (Listen LIVE Columbus): OK, so, let's start with the new EP, Only Human, which is coming out on October 21st. How would you guys talk about your sound now on this new EP vs. your first album, Daze? Because I feel like it's definitely progressed and changed somewhat.

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October 12, 2017

The third quarter of 2017, from July through September, saw a ton of new music released from some of my favorite artists, including the Foo Fighters, The National, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Killers, and more. Therefore, big acts dominate this quarter's list more than usual. Still, plenty of lesser known and more indie artists/bands have made the list. I'm particularly excited about the debut single from Effee, which is the new solo project of Fran Litterski from Columbus, who plays in Kid Runner and Fields & Planes, and is also a touring member of Magic Man. Mondo Cozmo just dropped his debut album, which is excellent, and I'm really enjoying the new tracks from Australian band Tired Lion and Nashville based Birdtalker. More Australians are on the list with the team-up of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile for "Continental Breakfast" from their forthcoming album, and another band from Nashville, *repeat repeat, that I was first exposed to when they opened for Beach Slang at Rumba Cafe....

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