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Axes Up!

I gave myself the name Ragnar. Joining me for my first experience with the nascent “sport” of axe throwing was Maple, Axe Bomber, and Hoss Funk. Before we were to train with the hefty and sharp…

Photo by Nathan Ward

Class of 2017: Mungbean

In pursuit of this year’s class, we originally courted the mysterious Turtle Island—a quirky, scuffed band of psych misfits making tunes akin to locals Way Yes or Animal Collective. It was a group full of…

Over the Mountain

“What’s a pierogi?” “…” We at (614) Magazine realize that our discerning foodie readers would scoff at such a question, but my delivery driver asked this in earnest while dropping off a baker’s dozen from…

By Kate Sweeney

One Step Beyond

The Floorwalkers—Doc Robinson is one step beyond Chances are, if you’ve been to an outdoor festival or an open-air stage in Columbus, Ohio in the past few years, you’ve witnessed the work of both Nick…

No Echo Chamber

Google “Vince Staples” and you’re likely to be fascinated by the headlines for hours: “Vince Staples to retire in 2017” “Vince Staples started gangbanging to kill people.” Click a couple pages in and “Vince Staples…

Basement Tapes

There was a time when “disc jockey” was atop my list of future professions. Fifth grade, I wanted to be Casey Kasem: host America’s Top 40, play Prince and Janet Jackson. But college radio, while…

Tower of Babel

Skateboarding was the reason Winston Hightower and I were talking over the phone. Lost in the translation of bad reception in my living room, I then realized we weren’t speaking in person at the end…

Ducks in a Row

“Retro” is a term overused. Given the cultural zeitgeist and the rapid recycle of style that still feels like only yesterday, the ’90s are now considered “retro.” The same winsome memories are attached with equal…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Brew in the ‘Shoe

Beer on the hallowed grounds of Ohio Stadium? Seems like a fantasy world many Buckeye fans have imagined for decades; selling alcohol on the sacrosanct campus of Ohio State University, until this upcoming season, has…

Photo by Kathryn Sykes

Reality Bites

Tattoos. Lydia Loveless has a handful. Most of her upper right arm is embossed with an intricate tattoo of Joseph Merrick, aka the Elephant Man. It’s striking. As one who has zero tattoos and fears…

Photo by Chris Casella

Class of 2016: Dana

When Dana hits the stage at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival, an event that prides itself on its eclectic lineup, there’s no doubt that the band’s performance will be an anomaly for the afternoon crowd….

Photo by Chris Casella

Into the Hive

Just recently did I have my first encounter with the new brethren of Columbus hip-hop. An unsolicited link led me to “HBO Porn,” by a group called Lost Society. It’s slow-motion, ‘90s inspired boom-bap, warped…

Photographed by Chris Casella and Nick Fancher

Why I Came Back

These days, there’s much brighter lights in our little big city. Long-gone are the days of Columbus hemorrhaging creative talent, as the magic of Midwest hospitality and low cost of living has now merged with…

Photo by Rainer Ziehm

Gunk Rock

In his 2010 tome We Never Learn, author Eric Davidson didn’t set out to write a history book. His mission was humble; he wanted to devote ink to the “undergut” of punk and bands like…

Photo by Tom Andrew

Freedom Rock

It’s been nearly a decade since Animal Collective last played Columbus. Back then, the group’s popularity, outside of what felt like a secret cognoscenti, was just starting to peak. On that balmy May night at…

Photo by Chris Casella

Trial by Fire

Usually, the death blow of a local band comes with the proverbial “creative differences” excuse, or maybe a domestic issue, like a member planning a big move out of town. For Weight of Whales, a…

Father Superior

Husband, father, coffee shop owner, armchair pitching coach, and, perhaps, one day, public official—these are the roles filled by songwriter Colin Gawel ever since the once nonstop machine of Watershed decided to take a well-deserved…

Photos by Chris Casella

Queen of Quarters

“Snail, Snail, Snail!” “They’re going straight berries!” “Can I get some wings over here?” The 10-player Killer Queen behemoth that is the jewel of Arcade Super Awesome has only been plugged in for a few…

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