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An off the cuff response to Machine Gun Kelly’s “Bloom”

I'm not one that usually goes after hip hop records. So this reviewer is going to get out of his comfort zone with what could be a baptism-by-fire experience. I'm gonna listen to Machine Gun Kelly and react to the songs. Stream of consciousness style. Here we go! "I am the gunner!" That's quite the ...

That moment a certain Clique leader does karaoke of his own song…

We're not one to do click-bait stuff normally, but we couldn't pass this up. Next month is going to be wild in Tuned Up's hometown. Because it's Twenty One Pilots' Tour De Columbus. Word on the street is folks are flying in from all over the country, and even a few from abroad, for this unique week ...

Little Dragon vibes with Columbus, for sure

The Little Dragon show at the Newport Music Hall was an impulse show. I've been vaguely aware of the band for a long while. Also, vaguely interested. Also, vaguely had a hunch they'd put on a heckuva live show. I didn't make plans in advance because of Steadfast Festival looming in the near future, ...

The Worn Flints’ “Clementine” is chock full of barnburners

Clementine is a rock record to be reckoned with. When I first discovered The Worn Flints I fancied them more of a jam band. Their bio even emphasized the drawn out sections that are often hallmarks of a psych band. The psych foundation is still present, and the band even refines an old tune - "After ...

Premiere: Cure Culture – “Remember”

Cure Culture is part of a new era of Columbus bands, it seems. I've been running this site long enough that I've seen one era of bands pass. A few still stand, a few have broken up, and a few are just casually moving along. And some of those are making big waves in the industry. When I say I see a ...

I don’t know who Dolores is, but I like this Bummers EP.

When I think of the local music experience. Bummers comes to mind. Some of my favorite local music memories have been associated with this band. Notably, one time I saw this band play on the floor in the Ohio State Student Union. The environment was intimate, unique, and the band's sunny surf rock ...

SINGLE REVIEWS: POP PUNK EDITION

Paramore-“Hard Times”:  Okay let’s get this out of the way, bands grow.  Bands change from time to time. Do you really want the bands you love making the same record over and over? I don’t. This song is from album number 5 for Paramore. We have seen them change from album to album and this is ...