October 10, 2017

Judah & the Lion left no doubt that their show at the Newport Music Hall last Thursday night was going to be a party, entering the stage boy band style - each with a hand-held microphone and a choreographed dance routine - while performing T-Pain’s “Booty Wurk (One Cheek At a Time).” In his white suit that acted almost like a disco ball in the neon lights, frontman Judah Akers maintained that high level of energy and fun throughout the show, spending every moment he wasn’t planted in front of his microphone dancing around the stage and engaging the crowd as well as his fellow bandmates.

After the T-Pain entrance, the band got down to their own unique style of beats, starting with “Hold On” of...

October 9, 2017

A look of pure joy, mixed with bouts of intense concentration, shone across the face of Joshua Ostrander, aka Mondo Cozmo, throughout his band’s show at The Basement. This was Mondo Cozmo’s second appearance in Columbus, having previously played CD102.5 Day Side A back in March, and it’s difficult to say who was having a better time, Ostrander or the crowd packed into the pit at The Basement.

Having just released their debut album, Plastic Soul, at the beginning of August, the band's set was filled with the new material, as well as a few great covers, kicking off with “Chemical Dream.” His enthusiasm for the new music is all the more genuine and infectious because Ostrander’s been around the...

September 26, 2017

In the first single off of their brand new album, Villians, “The Way You Used to Do,” Queens of the Stone Age implores “Just come and love me how // Like the way you used to do.” From the near sellout crowd on a wet, chilly Tuesday night outdoors at Express Live, it was clear that Columbus loves Queens of the Stone Age just as much as they ever have. Fans lined up well before doors opened, standing in the pouring rain to ensure their prime viewing position in the pit, and many more crammed into A&R Music Bar for a pre-show beverage.

Queens did not disappoint the faithful, through a 20 song set, Josh Homme (vocals/guitar) and company rocked with little pause, powering from old to new and in be...

September 25, 2017

James Alex is truly a force to be reckoned with - dressed in a velvet green jacket, red bowtie, ruffled 1980s style tuxedo shirt, and maroon pants - he growls into the microphone and strikes every chord on his guitar with a ferocity that belies the small crowd on this Monday night in September at Rumba Cafe. Monday nights can be tough for concerts, with smaller less enthusiastic audiences struggling to throw off their weekend hangovers, and the life-sucking force of the start of the work week.

Yes, the crowd was probably smaller than it would have been on another night, but those in attendance, along with both Beach Slang and *repeat repeat, gave everything they had, making this show the perf...

September 15, 2017

J. Roddy Walston and the Business were the perfect band to headline the second edition of the CD102.5 and PromoWest “Trust Us” Series. If you’ve never seen J. Roddy live, his shows are just insanely fun, as he and the band put everything they’ve got into their shows, and it’s frankly a mystery how J. Roddy’s piano survives the pounding it takes each night. So, for a mystery headliner, where not everyone in the crowd may have been familiar with J. Roddy’s music, the atmosphere he and the Business create is so infectious that the crowd simply cannot help but have a great time.

The first “Trust Us” series show was put on back in July, and featured the great Wolf Alice as a headliner, but that sh...

July 19, 2017

The last time Wolf Alice was in Columbus, they debuted a brand new song, “Yuk Foo,” one of the band’s hardest rocking tunes to date. A little over a year later, the UK quartet was back, treating the sold-out crowd at The Basement to more than a few new songs from their forthcoming sophomore album, Visions Of A Life, which is set to be released on September 29.

This was the first ever CD102.5 “Trust Us” Series show, where the headliner was not

revealed until the show sold out. Those fans who bought tickets were greatly rewarded, and if you didn’t trust CD102.5 then you missed one of the absolute best shows of the year.

The band opened their set with a new track, “Don’t Delete the Kisses,” which...

July 15, 2017

As fans were filing into The Basement on June 25, I had the chance to catch up backstage with the members of The Greeting Committee: Addie Sartino (lead vocals, guitar), Brandon Yangmi (lead guitar), Pierce Turcotte (bass, saxophone, vocals), and Austin Fraser (drums). Currently on tour opening for MisterWives, the band had an off night, and played a headlining show in Columbus as part of CD102.5 and PromoWest's $10.25 Series. Check out our review of the show and more photos here.

Sean O’Connor (Listen LIVE Columbus): So glad you guys are back in Columbus.

Addie Sartino: We're so excited to be here!

Sean: This is the third time in less than a year that you guys have played here I think?

Bra...

July 9, 2017

On a track from his latest release The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell laments “Am I the last of my kind?” about the times in his life when he’s felt like a fish out of water.  Isbell was far from the last of his kind last Sunday night in Huber Heights.  The enthusiastic Rose Music Center crowd stood for the entire show, singing along to Isbell’s newest releases as if they were old favorites.  Despite the album only being out for two weeks, Isbell’s 19 song set featured 9 of its 10 songs.  While these new songs replaced standards that Isbell usually includes in his sets (many penned during his tenure with Drive-By Truckers), this new set was flawlessly delivered and well-received....

July 8, 2017

After playing a short set back in April at CD102.5 Day Side B, The Regrettes brought their insanely fun and fresh garage pop-punk back to Columbus for a headlining show at The Basement. The Regrettes’ songs are everything that you could want them to be - catchy, high energy, honest, relatable - and their live show was just plain rock ‘n’ roll fun. The band clearly has a great time playing together, and that excitement and joy is immediately infectious to the crowd.

The band kicked off their set with “I Don’t Like You,” the opening track from their first full-length album, Feel Your Feelings Fool!, which was released back in January.

This song, like much of The Regrettes’ music, has a very clas...

July 4, 2017

The Greeting Committee clearly feel right at home in Columbus, and rocked The Basement like it was a hometown show of a band that had been away for too long. Although they hail from Kansas City, thanks to the support from CD102.5 and the fans here in the Capital City, the band declared several times throughout the night that Columbus has felt like their second home. This was the band’s third show in Columbus within the past year, having previously headlined at The Basement last July, and then playing the A&R Music Bar stage during last September’s CD102.5 Fall Fest.

The band started their set with “Naive,” off of 2017’s Meeting People Is Easy EP. Brandon Yangmi (guitar), Austin Fraser (drums)...

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