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May 10, 2017

Lewis Del Mar, the experimental alt-pop duo from Rockaway Beach, NY, was back in Columbus last night, headlining a show at A&R Music Bar. The duo features Danny Miller on lead vocals and primarily acoustic guitar, and drummer/producer Max Harwood. For their live shows, the band is joined by bass and electric guitarists, and a keyboardist. Last time the band was in Columbus, they played downstairs in The Basement, but on this night they played before a nearly sold-out crowd upstairs.

The band opened their set with “Such Small Scenes,” the first track off of their self-titled 2016 debut album. Like most of Lewis Del Mar’s lyrics, this song is deeply introspective and illustrative of Miller and...

May 7, 2017

I’m a sucker for a band that enjoys performing . . . especially without pretense.  I’m a bigger sucker for a band that feeds off the audience and uses that energy to shift into an even higher gear. For both of Jamestown Revival’s shows at The Basement in 2014, the foregoing absolutely occurred. But, two-and-a-half years later, could they accomplish that again at the A&R Music Bar (on a night when Todd Rundgren was playing next door)?Fortunately for the sold-out crowd, the answer was an unequivocal, “Yes.” If Jamestown Revival is jaded to any degree after three years of constant touring, I did not catch a whiff of it.  

I was first exposed to Jamestown Revival in 2014 when I hea...

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...

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...

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...

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