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LIVE MUSIC MANIA

SPOON

JUNE 12, NEWPORT

The boys have been at it for over two decades, crafting quirky but catchy indie rock and pop songs since 1993. Drummer Jim Eno and singer Britt Daniel have powered the Austin five-piece through eight albums in that span, and critics have gone gaga (ga ga ga) over 2014’s They Want My Soul.

THE PINKERTONES

JUNE 13, THE TREE BAR

Everybody loves Pinkerton Weezer. Everybody loves Blue Album Weezer. The Pinkertones stay true to that pre-1998 golden era for a summer meltdown along with fellow Columbus rock outfit The Sweet S. Why bother? Because old-school Weezer will still getchoo.

HOZIER w/ DAWES

JUNE 16, LC PAVILION

This breakout soul-blues crooner from Ireland returns to the LC for the second time in four months on the power of last year’s ubiquitous “Take Me to Church.” The tune is in the running for Most Unexpected Juxtaposition of a Song Condemning Organized Religion in Commercials after it was used to hock both Beats by Dre (via LeBron) and Victoria Secret.

THE RECEIVER

JUNE 19, ACE OF CUPS

The third full-length album, All Burn, from Columbus’s dreamy, synth-y, alternative pop duo The Receiver will receive a bash to welcome it to the world at Ace of Cups. Fingers and Playing to Vapors will take a breather from their festival performances to round out a hell of a bill.

MY MORNING JACKET

JUNE 23-24, PALACE THEATRE

In support of album number seven, My Morning Jacket is bringing two nights of epic sets to Palace Theatre, a criminally underused venue for modern concerts. Regardless of which era of MMJ’s catalogue you celebrate, the Louisville band delivers stellar live shows every single time.

WALK THE MOON

JUNE 26, LC PAVILION

The Cinci-native quartet will head up to the capital and pull you onto the dance floor with that arena-style power pop. Grab some friends, some drinks, and a comfy pair of dancing shoes/sandals, and prepare to sing till you’re hoarse and bounce till you drop.

RAEKWON, AND GHOSTFACE KILLAH

JULY 9, PARK STREET SALOON

If one member of the Wu-Tang Clan isn’t enough for you, how about two? With a combined discography of close to 20 solo records, both members of the Staten Island collective will have quite a pool of material to draw from. That doesn’t even include the classic Wu tracks that we are all hoping to hear. Bring the ruckus.

THE WET DARLINGS

JULY 10, SKULLY’S

The Wet Darlings are finally prepared to present their punchy, sludge-pop debut LP to the world. Titled Beautiful Things, the name certainly describes the band’s style and aims to live up to the promise of one of Columbus’s most lauded live groups for the past few years.

COMMODORES

JULY 11, COLUMBUS COMMONS

Yes, the Commodores are still kickin’, which is awesome in the age of modern bands rising to the occasion for a couple albums before fizzling out. These guys will be out there, ready to give you that funky ‘70s soul that will never die.

METZ, VIET CONG

JULY 22, THE BASEMENT

An absolute barrage of post-punk innovation, METZ and Viet Cong will be supporting highly anticipated new releases. Both groups offer mind-melting live performances, complete with eardrum-rattling decibels that will blast any worries clean out of your pretty head.

SAM SMITH

JULY 29, SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER

Since that killer feature on Disclosure’s “Latch” in 2012, this dude has nabbed awards in four Grammy categories, received two Brit awards, and delivered three top-10 Billboard Hot 100 U.S. singles. That’s plenty for a debut. Come out to the Schott to celebrate the artist’s continued success.

DIE ANTWOORD

AUGUST 10, LC PAVILION

This weird-as-hell rap-rave duo from Cape Town, South Africa, is pushing its presence across all platforms—Japanese toys, movies, their bizarre music videos, and God only knows what else. The name means “The Answer” in Afrikaans, though no one is entirely sure what the question was.

FRIENDLY FAUX, WORN FLINTS, GELATINOUS CUBE, HAPPY TOOTH, AND DUG

SEPTEMBER 4, SKULLY’S

Skully’s is hooking it up with one big-ass bill of heavy-hitters from our own backyard. Friendly Faux delivers your psych-garage-rock fix, and Gelatinous Cube features a parallel experimental psych-guitar voyage. Worn Flints play as a ‘70s rock band brought to the future via a time machine. And Happy Tooth and Dug deliver a fresh take on hip-hop that transcends the genre to achieve Midwest rap-twang.

TAYLOR SWIFT

SEPTEMBER 17-18, NATIONWIDE ARENA

AHHHHHHHHH! OH MY GOD! TAYLOR’S GONNA PLAY TWO DAYS, DAYS, DAYS, AND EVERYBODY’S GONNA SCREAM YAY, YAY, YAY!

 

TWENTY ONE PILOTS

SEPTEMBER 18, SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER

It’s never, ever been a letdown when these locals return to Columbus for a full-on freak-out to entertain their ultra loyal fan base. As of press time, the band’s new album, Blurryface, appeared poised to take the top spot on the Billboard 200, so this show may be a chance for everyone to bask in an unprecedented wave of success.

By Chris Gaitten & Jon McAllister

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