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Photo by Josh Miller

A Legacy Continues

J Rawls was prolific. He rapped, produced, and collaborated on well over a dozen albums during the course of a 14-year career, shifting stylistically from hip-hop to soul to jazz. He worked with Mos Def,…


Dream Small

Are you in an aspiring band? Superdreamer Records cofounders Spencer Morgan and Eric Gussler want to know what you won’t do to make it big. Won’t play a certain venue? Great. Refuse to create band…

Photo by Danielle Petrosa
Photo by Danielle Petrosa

Ippso Facto

Judging from the tape, it was a lively Friday night at Ipps drummer Mike O’Shaughnessy’s apartment when the band gathered for an interview. There was quality beer and legendary pizza abound. In the beginning, I…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Across the Universe

“Everyone’s got different paths,” says Karrio Ballard, aka Zero Star, regarding his latest and greatest creation Digital Letters, “but as far as I’m concerned I feel I’ve figured out how the universe works.” Those are…

Photo by Shelby Lum
Photo by Shelby Lum

Audible Artistry

Beatboxing. It’s the black sheep of the musical family. Really, many musicians don’t even acknowledge it as an artform at all. It tends to be one of those skills that also doubles as a nice…

Lex Vegas and Mat Franklin by Chris Casella
Lex Vegas and Mat Franklin by Chris Casella

Glam and Grime

The Cadaver Dogs are fueled by suggestion. Many new attendees of their shows stand slack-jawed at first, unsure as to whether the leather-studded, eye-lined, tongue-wagging spectacle before them is an act, or a lifestyle…the Dogs…

Bluestone, 2012
Photo by David Heasley
Bluestone, 2012 Photo by David Heasley

Kings of Queen

The greatest arena rock band of all time was formed in 1970, at London’s Imperial College. The greatest arena rock cover band in Columbus history was formed just outside of a college bar, in an…

Credit: Kara Smarsh
Credit: Kara Smarsh

Mega Music Summer

Twenty One Pilots September 4-5, LC Pavilion One of the most successful bands to emerge from Columbus in recent years, the pair returns for a rare two-night stint at the LC, which will likely sell…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Instrumental Collaboration

Every great piece of music requires partnership, among musicians, producers, songwriters, and even the audience at times. But the most overlooked collaborators are the people who make the instruments, an oft-unseen but essential alliance. Here,…


5 Years: Music

It may not get quite the press that our food and drink scene does, but the sounds coming from Columbus these days have got the nation tuning in more than ever. The presence of independent…


Dancing to the Blues

The murderous strains of blues music traditionally come from the country’s hotbeds, the Gulf Coast deltas, smoky Texas roadhouses, and low-lit clubs in Chicago, but for Patrick Sweany, its resonant tones first called from his…

Photo by Chris Casella

Big Bang

Jay Moffett is a lot of things. A long-time local artist, with a personal palate as eye-catching as his work, you can see his signature mutton chops coming from a mile away. Oh, and he’s a licensed…

Photo by Nathan Ward
Photo by Nathan Ward

Folk Tales

Dreams pervade the subconscious mind of Zac Little. But Little, the singer-songwriter behind Saintseneca, doesn’t have dreams most would consider normal. In these phantasms he can taste and smell. Inspirations for songs appear as ephemeral…

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Vocal Leaders

“Life is short…Opera is long.” Or so goes the saying. However, the recently founded opera company Opera Project Columbus endeavors to make it both short and fun. Selling out its inaugural production of Puccini’s Suor…


Old Soul

It’s a Wednesday night outside of Carabar on Parsons Avenue. Inside, several patrons enjoy cheap beers and video bowling. At this early hour the stage sits empty. All the action seems to be taking place…