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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...

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,...

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 Ef...

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 ...

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...

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