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Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview: Set Audio

Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview: Set Audio

Last but not least in our WKSF V preview series, we have an interview for you of the five some known as Set Audio. The quirky, fun rock group was a blast to hang out with and conduct this interview in Kafe Kerouac. The interview is basically unedited. We don’t...
Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview: Oliver Oak

Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview: Oliver Oak

If a band has associated at all with Deadwood Floats, you know they’re good. If you don’t know who Deadwood Floats is, change that. This band is called Oliver Oak. Deadwood Floats recently shared a bill with Oliver Oak at the Local Love concert series at 4th Street Bar in...
Exclusive premiere: PUBLIC - "Listen"

Exclusive premiere: PUBLIC – “Listen”

The favorite trio you’ve never heard of is premiering their new song “Listen” off of their yet untitled forthcoming release here. Trust us when we say this band has big things coming their way. They share a hometown (and several friendships/business relationships) with Walk the Moon and twenty one pilots…that...
Concert Photography: For Today's "Fight the Silence Tour" (Louisville, KY)

Concert Photography: For Today’s “Fight the Silence Tour” (Louisville, KY)

Recap and photo gallery by Jared Burnett – do not use photos without explicit permission As For Today took the stage, the band’s intro crescendo opened up a giant circle pit. Mattie’s huge vocal presence was answered by chants from the crowd. The audience knew every song, and their new...
Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview: Nick D' and the Believers interview

Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview: Nick D’ and the Believers interview

No, that apostrophe after the “D” in the band name is not a typo. It’s the shortened version of the last name of Nick D’Andrea – one of Ohio’s newest music figureheads. If you haven’t heard Nick D’ & the Believers yet, you will – in fact, there’s a fair...
Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview: Turtle Island

Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview: Turtle Island

First of all, you have to love the band name. Turtle Island are friends with two rising entities in the Columbus area – Worst Kept Secret Fest and Groove U. The guys are fun lovin’ and it definitely comes out in their songwriting. Expect lighthearted jams and wacky guitar solos...
Commentary: RAW Artists Columbus - PIXELS

Commentary: RAW Artists Columbus – PIXELS

RAW Artists is an emerging international entity that operates with the intention of showcasing art in all forms in major cities via bimonthly events. In Columbus, they have proven to be a polarizing organization. I decided to show up and see what all the hubbub was about. Skully’s Music Diner,...
Introducing Frettie: exclusive interview with founder Dennis Field

Introducing Frettie: exclusive interview with founder Dennis Field

We at IATU wanted to take some time to introduce to you a groundbreaking new entity known as Frettie. Think of it as a social media network for songwriters only.  As is stated in the press release, “Songwriters can search for tracks by genre or title, listen to the track...
Concert Review + Photography: Arctic Monkeys w/ The Orwells at the LC Pavilion

Concert Review + Photography: Arctic Monkeys w/ The Orwells at the LC Pavilion

Review and photos by Judy Won Photography The last time the LC Pavilion had an invasion from British indie-rock band Arctic Monkeys was nearly 3 years ago back in 2011. While they easily sold out at the LC, they brought along Chicago-native rock band, The Orwells.  The Orwells, being a...
Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview - Something Keen interview

Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview – Something Keen interview

Another newbie to the fast growing music extravaganza Worst Kept Secret Fest, Something Keen, will be sure to put on an engaging, somewhat unpredictable performance of high energy progressive rock come mid April. If you’re in the area, make sure you are at the Dude Locker early. This trio is...
Concert Review: The Castros, To Kill A Monster, Ranger Danger and Spence at Scarlet and Grey Cafe

Concert Review: The Castros, To Kill A Monster, Ranger Danger and Spence at Scarlet and Grey Cafe

I have lived all over the United States.  In doing so I have gotten the chance to see different music scenes, some good like Northeastern Pennsylvania, some bad like Wilkesboro, NC and some awesome like Chapel Hill, NC. However the best has to be Columbus, OH. Yes even better than...
Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview - Seaside Holiday

Worst Kept Secret Fest V preview – Seaside Holiday

So, IATU has become increasingly enamored with the bands they’ve been exposed to via the growing and changing free local (and now regional) Worst Kept Secret Fest in Columbus. The band has an emphasis on highlighting a cross-section of the local music scene, but is beginning to draw the attention...
Concert Photography: New Politics w/ SLEEPER/AGENT and Magic Man at Newport Music Hall

Concert Photography: New Politics w/ SLEEPER/AGENT and Magic Man at Newport Music Hall

By Judy Won Photography – do not use photos without express permission Danish Indie-Pop-rock band New Politics recently head-lined a sold out show at the Newport Music Hall on February 5.  The show opened with Sleeper Agent, an energetic rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky,  Their front-woman, Alex Kandel, was...
TUNED UP Special: The Wind and the Sea interview

TUNED UP Special: The Wind and the Sea interview

This is one of the more fun interviews IATU has taken part in thus far. The Wind and the Sea is an extremely talented band that’s been flying under the radar for a while – but hopefully the tide will begin to turn this year. IATU will be covering them...
Review: The Mast - Pleasure Island (2014)

Review: The Mast – Pleasure Island (2014)

The Mast are one of those eclectic electronic duos that at face value seem to be hopping on a trend, yet have a distinct flavor all their own. The project of Matt Kilmer and Haleh Gafori possesses an ethereal, simplistic vibe that extends throughout the length of the group’s sophomore...
Concert Review: Beartooth's free hometown show at The Basement (Columbus)

Concert Review: Beartooth’s free hometown show at The Basement (Columbus)

Once I got over my incredulity that this show would be allowed to happen at the Basement (they are not shy about shutting down shows when the crowd gets too rowdy – namely hanging from the ceiling sprinkler system) I knew I would have to go. I nearly chickened out...
Review: Kye Kye - Fantasize (2014)

Review: Kye Kye – Fantasize (2014)

One of our first reviews EVER was for Kye Kye’s Young Love. That happened in 2011, when “Broke,” the only single to get any radio recognition ultimately became the number 1 song on nationally syndicated RadioU for the entirety of the year. And, here we are in early 2014. The dawning...
Review: Saving Grace - The Urgency

Review: Saving Grace – The Urgency

I am a fan of record labels. So with that being said I feel that Facedown Records ended 2013 on a very high note with the release of two great albums by two awesome bands, My Epic and Everything In Slow Motion. So it’s no surprise that Facedown Records would...
Review: Switchfoot - Fading West (2014)

Review: Switchfoot – Fading West (2014)

“Dare You to Move”, “Meant to Live”, and “Your Love is A Song” are the Switchfoot chart toppers that we came to love over the early to mid 2000s. Little did I know that this former giant in the music industry was still not only together, but producing new music...
Concert Review: Relient K and House of Heroes at Skully's Music Diner (Columbus)

Concert Review: Relient K and House of Heroes at Skully’s Music Diner (Columbus)

All photos courtesy of Andrew Fellure When I first heard that Relient K was playing the 600 person capacity room that is Skully’s Music Diner (and that’s in its packed to the gills mode) I couldn’t believe it. Logically, I suppose it makes sense. The promotion team that is Celebrity,...
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Kyng – Burn the Serum

Kyng is a hard rock trio that has been gaining all kinds of attention as of late. Likely fueled from the band playing at Rock on the Range in Columbus two years ago, this hype has gradually increased over time. It all peaked when the recognition eventually led to a record deal with Razor &...
Switchfoot w/ The Royal Concepts at Newport Music Hall (Columbus)

Switchfoot w/ The Royal Concepts at Newport Music Hall (Columbus)

Photos and commentary by Judy Won The Royal Concepts, a band that was known by many names and has only been around for roughly 4 years, is an alternative rock, indie band from Stockholm, Sweden. The band is comprised of David Larson, Filip Bekic, Robert Magnus, and Frans Povel. With being a band for such...
Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band - Blinded Again

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band – Blinded Again

One of the heads of the Columbus Songwriters’ Association recently had high praise to give Blinded Again, saying it was both an incredibly solid album as well as “relevant.” I’m here to offer my agreement and endorsement of this young folk band with some bluegrass and gospel tendencies. The band’s namesake, Daniel Dye, sings with a slight...

Shine a Light tour w/ Silverline, Shonlock, Loftland, and LNYX at The Church Next Door (Hilliard, OH)

Dilligent Promotions and RadioU succeeded in luring this writer to the first youth group targeted tour since 2008′s Never Going Back to OK tour featuring The Afters, Falling Up and Everyday Sunday. This show, the Shine a Light tour, happened in the hard to miss Church Next Door, located on the west side of Columbus....
Joie De Vivre/Prawn Split

Joie De Vivre/Prawn Split

Split releases have always been a part of the punk/emo scene. Splits like EPs are a good way to hold over fans while working on a new LP or if you are too busy touring. Over The past few years we have seen an influx of split releases. A lot of them seem to be...

Don’t be sad or annoyed by these discoveries

  Topher Parks recommends: ENOVA Last week I had the privilege of seeing Chevelle and Nothing More live at The Egyptian Room in Indianapolis. Consequently, as any excited concertgoer would, I tweeted quite a few different things about Chevelle in anticipation of their show. Without fail, every time soon after posting the tweet, it’d be favorited...
Foxy Shazam - Gonzo

Foxy Shazam – Gonzo

By Chris McLafferty  Foxy brings its trumpets to the party and shows off its diversity of hot, wild crazy fun. This writer has gone Gonzo for Foxy since the hellacious dudes in Cadaver Dogs and the Up All Nights introduced me to them. Their live performance is an 8th wonder of the world that must...
Concert Review + Photos: Lydia's Illuminate Tour

Concert Review + Photos: Lydia’s Illuminate Tour

It was another unfortunately cold, snowy day in Akron, OH when Lydia’s “Illuminate” Tour rolled through March 14, 2014. The tour package included Golden Sun, Hrvrd, and of course, Lydia. Photos by Samantha Skapin The show opened with Golden Sun, a band from Salt Lake City that seemed to spark a lot of fans interest....

Concert Review: La Gárgola Tour

Friday, April 4th, 2014, at Old National Centre, or more specifically, the Centre’s Egyptian Room, two great hard rock bands came through Indianapolis, resulting in a phenomenal night with entertainment provided by something of a “dynamic duo.” These two bands were the only ones who played all night, but the concert alone lasted well over...
Korby Lenker - self titled

Korby Lenker – self titled

 It is funny how things have a way or working themselves out; Korby Lenker, who is a new name to most across the country, was a finding of mine on YouTube after endless hours of watching singer/songwriter original songs about a year ago. After falling in love with his music video for, “My Little Life”,...

Relevant Discoveries – “Don’t cluck at these bricks, get enlightened”

Topher Parks recommends: SON LUX The other day I came across an artist I wish I would have known about much sooner. I noticed that Ian Harvey (vocalist for the Texas-based hardcore band UGLYTWIN) was harping on well-established indie electronic mastermind Ryan Lott, more specifically Lott’s musical endeavor known as Son Lux, so I thought I’d...
Concert Photography: The Acoustic Basement Tour featuring Transit and more

Concert Photography: The Acoustic Basement Tour featuring Transit and more

The Acoustic Basement Tour made it’s way through Lakewood, Ohio on February 7th. The lineup included: Cleveland local band Slow to Speak Front Porch Step Brian Marquis Hit the Lights Transit Photography provided by Lena Diamond Photography The venue Mahall’s is a very small and intimate venue, which made it the perfect place to have...

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