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by Megan Leigh Barnard

No. 1 Smash

“I just had a fresh beef quarter-pounder from McDonald’s. It was delicious. I’m shook.” And with that post, chef Matthew Heaggans proved his quest for the perfect burger has few boundaries. Of course, Heaggans was…

Photo by Collins Laatsch

Kyle and the Gang

Any local fan of vinyl has no doubt spent some time digging through the crates of Lost Weekend Records. And anyone who has spent time digging through the crates of the store has been audience…

Heir Apparent

Despite the general consensus, the Lost Revival, the decade-old Columbus rock band led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Collins, never broke up. You couldn’t even really call it hibernation, as they are a collective of…

Art For All

My first visit to Art Outside the Lines was sensory overload—a beautiful mess. In every nook and cranny of the Livingston Ave. storefront, there were canvases and paints, tools and hardware, mammoth sculptures of yarn…

By brian kiser

Heaven on a Bun

This summer I made it a mission to travel the depths of the Midwest in search of the region’s best burger. There was Pete’s (since 1901) in downtown Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, which boil their…

No Coast, No Problem

Okay, I’m hooked. It wasn’t until I finally tried the “gumbo,” that I was entirely convinced about Frank’s—the new seafood carryout opposite the long-standing Frank’s Seafood Market. Of course, those on the far west side,…

By Collins Laatsch

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…

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