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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…

SantaCon 2015

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Karrio Ballard, Co-Owner Barrel on High and Daughter Addy, 2.

House of Style

The family that shops together, stays together… Not sure if that’s a phrase or not, but in this month’s fashion section, it’s clearly appropriate. Sure, dressing your child is probably one of the most harrowing…

Photo by Chris Casella

Urban Legend

When I was younger, I fantasized about living in the J. Crew catalogue. Wanted to melt into the pages, have saltwater hair, frolic on the dunes in a cable-knit sweater in front of my perfectly…

Give-and-Bake

Clintonville’s section of High Street is teeming with brick buildings; some squat to the ground, others soar a couple stories high. Approaching the North Broadway intersection, however, a smile of yellow rises alongside the busy…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Holiday Cheer(s)

The holidays are Joe Peppercorn’s time to show off. This month, he and his ever-evolving band will take the Bluestone stage for one of the city’s most massive holiday events—the sixth annual Beatles Marathon. By…

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…

New Flame

If you quickly shuffled through the new record from Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons—you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re listening to several different albums at once. The first 10-15 seconds of each tune play…

Recent Vintage

It’s the common mistake to classify pop music as boy band/Disney princess detritus. Music scholars have always been inconsistent in the way they’ve metered out characteristics for the broad genre. While we may associate the…

Level Up

Crowdfunding isn’t a new way to raise money, and at this point, we know the drill: you give a moderate donation to support a creative endeavor or seed a social enterprise. If enough people give,…

Photos by Nick Fancher

Fashion Fatale

The femme fatale, much like fall, is seen as a thing of beauty as well as darkness—a darkness that has been long celebrated. Whether we are referring to the golden age of Hollywood and actresses…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Brass Ring

After months of hammering, building, and revisioning, Brassica has finally risen from the clouds of construction dust. The Northstar group’s new Short North food adventure recently opened to a waiting public, nurtured on the reputation…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

Poké Men

Imagine walking into the local gas station and instead of finding rolling hot dogs sweating pig juice and cardboard pizza with questionable cheese, you see bowls of super fresh cubed ahi tuna marinated in soy…

Going Whole Hog

“First, peel the skin back.” “Then, dive into the cheeks.” “The flesh just behind the ears is the most tender.” While it sounds like Hannibal Lector giving tips to carnivorous Hannibal Junior, it’s not. It’s…

Photos by Chris Casella

Bar Bet

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

Parting Shot: H8-BIT

“Nobody pays people to play video games.” — parents of the ’80s and ’90s How wrong was that?! Some of those gamers ended up making crazy money. Hell, there are people who just commentate on…

Star Search

Thad Matta, the winningest coach in Ohio State basketball history (men’s or women’s), has finished outside of his conference’s top five just twice in his 15-year career. The first was in his debut season at…

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