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WE ARE THE MOVIES-…OR GET BUSY DYING

One of the things that I love about music is how I come to know of an act. Some I remember and some I don’t. We Are the Movies are one that I remember. It was February of 2016. They were playing a show at A venue here in Columbus called Spacebar. Their energy that night was unmatched, and it still is today. They really ...

Sam Westhoff Brings Colour to Indie Music with 8-Track Amalgam of Pop, Rock and Soul

Back at the beginning of June, I wrote a piece about an old friend of mine, Sam Westhoff. At that point, Westhoff had been planning the rollout of a new single every month for the next year. Sometimes plans change, though: in the case of Westhoff, the single-a-month schedule became an LP, released just a year after ...

Fit For A King – Dark Skies

Words: Egypt Ali As a writer it is incredibly difficult to encapsulate extreme emotions. I can describe the feeling of loss, but it is near impossible to inflict those emotions or the resolution thereof on the listeners of that piece of work. Unless, of course, you’re Fit for a King. Their new album Dark Skies album ...

WHAT IF WHEN WE DIE, WE SCATTER – ACT 1

One of the questions I get asked often about my writing, is why do I cover the artists that I do? Well it’s simple, I believe in them. They deserve the exposure. We all know that bands like Neck Deep, Boston Manor, 1975, and others are going to get coverage. So why write about them? What about the local that sells 55 ...

twenty one pilots – Trench

There might not have been a more anticipated record in the lifetime of Tuned Up than Trench. You don't need us to tell you that. You also probably don't need me to tell you that, as a MUTEMATH superfan, I was really geeked and hyped on the fact that Paul Meany produced this record and co-wrote multiple songs. So, with ...

Fleurie – Portals

In many ways Fleurie can be considered one of the frontrunners of the pop movement emerging in Nashville. The alter-ego of Lauren Strahm has been a low-key favorite of mine since I reviewed the Arrows EP on this very blog a few years ago. I saw Fleurie as filling void left behind by another favorite, Kye Kye (is that third ...

Lung – All The King’s Horses

If you're like me, you probably read that Lung includes cello in their band and thought, "cool, a folky genre-bending band for me to check out." Oh, how preconceived notions fall! Listening to this album is fun and is a needed shake up to my music tastes. All the Kings's Horses is abrasive, driving, and a force to be ...