May 2, 2017

As advertised, it was an evening of poignant piano ballads and refreshingly catchy pop tunes with Fran Litterski at the Bexley Public Library last night. Fran, playing solo on this night, is involved  in no shortage of musical projects these days. She serves as co-lead vocalist, playing keys/ukulele for Columbus indie band Fields & Planes, provides keys/ukulele and vocals for indie pop-rock band Kid Runner, and is a touring member of national act, Magic Man, playing keys and singing backing vocals.

But this night was all Fran, in the spotlight, with just a piano and ukulele, playing and talking about her songs in an intimate setting, much different than the venues her bands usually play. She...

May 1, 2017

After touring in support of their Danger Mouse produced EP, Turning Into Water, since it’s release last April, Maybird gave the crowd a taste of some new music last night at the Big Room Bar. The band is planning to release a new EP this June, this time around with songs produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. Maybird’s brand of psychedelic-tinged rock just seems to wash over the listener, swirling around the room, pulling you in, and making you hope that each song never ends - the perfect sound for a Sunday night show, bringing the weekend to a close

From the aforementioned new EP, Maybird previewed three tracks, “Bluebird Flew Away,” “Grace,” and “Keep in Line.” The latter is the firs...

April 28, 2017

Outdoor concert season in Columbus kicked off in style last night at Express LIVE! with headliners Two Door Cinema Club. Coming off of a performance at Coachella last weekend, the indie-pop rockers from Northern Ireland came out amid an impressive light display, and launched immediately into “Cigarettes in the Theatre,” the opening track from their debut album Tourist History. The band moved on to three more songs upbeat songs from Tourist History, “Undercover Martyn,” “Do You Want It All?,” and “This Is the Life,” before slowing things down with the title track of the Changing of the Seasons EP. Despite Tourist History being now seven years old, it’s songs dominated the setlist, with the ba...

April 9, 2017

Clad in a long, flowing yellow dress, wide-brimmed hat, and purple boots, Angela Perley doesn’t appear to be the driving force behind one of Ohio’s finest rock bands at first glance.  However, as soon as she strikes the first chords on her glittery red guitar, and the rest of the Howlin’ Moons begin to play, you know that you are in for an excellent night of rock ‘n’ roll. Coming back home after extensive regional touring, the Columbus based band took the stage at Thirty One West in Newark to much enthusiasm from the crowd.

Thirty One West, recently renovated ballroom which originally opened way back in 1902, was the perfect venue for the vintage 1970s style blues-infused rock of An...

April 3, 2017

Lucy Dacus headlined the first CD102.5 $10.25 Series show at A&R Music Bar on Sunday evening, and the show was worth every penny and more. Dacus’ hit, “Strange Torpedo,” has been in heavy rotation on CD102.5, and she was also recently in Columbus opening for Hamilton Leithauser at the Newport Music Hall. Dacus’ sound has a warm indie quality that immediately draws you in, and her lyrics have very honest and real, sensibility.

In “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” she echoes the thoughts of so many music fans when she sings, “Is there room in the band? I don't need to be the front man. If not, then I'll be the biggest fan.”  In addition to the tracks from debut album, No Burden, Dacus treat...

April 2, 2017

Another Saturday, and another epic CD102.5 Day show at EXPRESS LIVE!. Like Side A last weekend, Side B also featured five bands, with Local Natives (pictured above) headlining this week, along with Run River North, Deap Vally, The Regrettes, and Zoo Trippin’.

Columbus band, Zoo Trippin’ (pictured left), kicked off the night with an inspired performance of their blues/funk style rock. Singer Tony Casa jumped and danced all over the stage, even jumping down into the pit, and was clearly having as much fun as anyone in the building. Zoo Trippin’ kept the energy high throughout their set, and were a perfect way to start off a great show. They are set to drop their first full-length album, Purple,...

April 1, 2017

The Receiver, project of brothers Casey and Jesse Cooper, rocked Woodlands Tavern last night. The Columbus duo formed in 2005, based on the ideas developed from Casey’s senior thesis as a music major at Ohio State. The brothers have released three albums to date, Decades, Length of Arms, and most recently 2015’s All Burn, the latter via Kscope Records.  

The duo’s sound is dream-pop/prog-rock, but with their own twist - Casey plays keyboards and bass, and Jesse plays drums, so there is no guitar driving their melodies. Most of the songs during their set were bass driven, letting Casey’s great voice carry do the heavy lifting. In addition to drumming, Jesse also sang back-up, and the duo seeme...

April 1, 2017

Columbus’ locally owned and operated alternative rock station, CD102.5, know’s how to throw a party its listeners will love. Every CD102.5 Day, Holiday Show, Summerfest, and Fallfest are filled with alt-rock mainstays and great up and coming acts. This Saturday’s CD102.5 Day Side A at EXPRESS LIVE!, was no exception, with headliners Cold War Kids (pictured above), along with The Shelters, Mondo Cozmo, Hembree, and local band, Personal Public. Each of these bands are have been part of the station’s recent playlists, and Cold War Kids have been a CD102.5 staple for just over a decade.

The show kicked off with Personal Public. The Columbus alt-rockers won the right to open the show, and definite...

March 8, 2017

Touring in support of their new album, High Times For Low Lives, The Griswolds headlined at A&R Music Bar, with openers Dreamers and Kid Runner. After releasing their first EP in 2013, The Griswolds shot to fame with the hit single “Beware the Dog” off their first full-length album, Be Impressive. Having previously played bigger stages in Columbus, with Walk the Moon and Magic Man, it was a treat for fans to be up close and personal at A&R. They kicked off the show with the high energy track “Role Models” off of High Times For Low Lives, before jumping into “16 Years” off Be Impressive. Lead singer/guitarist Chris Whitehall (pictured left) is always working hard onstage and performs each of...

February 11, 2017

Columbus rockers, Dave Buker & the Historians, opened their CD102.5 Frontstage Live show with “We Gave Up” from their 2013 album, What Can Bring You Back To Me? With Buker singing “nothing is as good as the way it was”, the sense of nostalgia runs deep, not only on this track, but throughout the band’s music. Watching the band perform, you can just picture them hanging out with the likes of Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Glenn Frey, and others in the 1970s. The music, lyrics, harmonies, and stage camaraderie epitomizes everything that was great about that 70s breezy, melodic California rock.

Three and four part harmonies weave throughout Buker’s songs, showcasing his own vocal talents, as we...

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