January 23, 2017

Maggie Rogers told the sold-out crowd at The Basement last night that all she ever wanted to do was to be able to perform music for people. Well, it doesn’t look like her dream is going to end anytime soon.

Prior to this show at The Basement, the sixth stop on her Winter Tour, Maggie Rogers had only officially released three songs. She shot to fame last summer after recording artist and producer Pharrell heard her song “Alaska” during a Masterclass he was critiquing at NYU. After Pharrell’s enthusiastic reaction helped the song go viral, Rogers earned a recording contract and is set to release an EP this spring. Although her set was relatively short at about 40 minutes, it was no less than im...

January 6, 2017

Wow, 2016 was a great year for concerts! I set a personal record this year as I went to 43 separate shows, including seven CD102.5 Big Room performances, seeing a total of 88 different bands along the way (some of them multiple times). Below, I’ve listed my favorite headliners, and, because I’m someone who always gets to shows earlier to see the opener, I’ve also listed a few of those that really impressed me.

My favorite headlining shows were:

1. Green Day (September 26, Newport Music Hall)

Green Day last played in Columbus in 2005 at the Schottenstein Center, so after an 11 year wait, it made it that much more incredible to see them perform in the Columbus music treasure that is the Newport...

January 2, 2017

Believe it or not, but bands are still releasing their music in album form, and call me old-fashioned, but I still l still love to listen to music like that, not just as singles on Spotify. My musical tastes definitely revolve around the alt-rock genre, which is definitely reflected in my favorite releases from 2016. Did any of these albums make your list?


1. Dreamers - This Album Does Not Exist

The first full-length album from the now L.A. based trio was released back in August. Dreamers' brand of alt-rock leans into the pop side of the genre on this album, and their songs are full of catchy guitar riffs and lyrics. Check out songs "Sweet Disaster," "Wolves (You Got Me)", and "Painkill...

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