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I Am The Avalanche – DIVE

Brooklyn punks: I Am The Avalanche fight against the torrent of pain on their new LP DIVE. The act gnash their teeth at the despair that surrounds them, and under all the guitar riffs and powerful vocals from lead singer Vinnie Caruana, there is an undercurrent of melancholy. These feelings have been ...

Bilmuri – EGGY POCKET

I think the first time I was vaguely aware of Johnny Franck was circa 2008. I had met a certain Micah Powers at a house party, and my friend David Thian had been hyping up Micah's band called Before We Forget. I started following Before We Forget, and heard about a tour they did with Attack Attack! Or maybe it was a Columbus ...

Signs Of Progress – Safe Haven

This is their statement. An EP worthy of praise beyond the norm, 6 songs purposefully pulling at the pop punk flag. Florida pop punk quartet Signs Of Progress implement elements of dreamy choruses and riffs, discerning lyricism, and authority. Beyond this, they have a great attitude, a workmanship and musicianship only some ...

A Boy Named John – This Is Loss and It Will Pass

Modern progressive post-hardcore is hard to come by. Indeed, bands like The Felix Culpa, PM Today, The Rise of Science, TREOS, and Consider the Thief have all hung up their guitars years ago. Metalcore and radio rock largely dominate the space, along with some legacy acts like Circa Survive. However, A Boy Named John ...

2020 Instrumental Essentials

Hi. If you're like me, you find solace in instrumental vibes: just getting lost, sinking into your chair, closing your eyes, and letting the soundscapes wash over you. Below are some selections from this year that I've found to be soothing, for different reasons. JaySwifa - Timeless: Alright, so this isn't completely ...

Sansol the Artist – Sad But True

A little over a week ago, I saw the music video for album opener "U&I" for the first time. The two featured artists, Sansol the Artist and Peregrine, had both been known by different names until relatively recently. I had heard a few singles from Sansol already, but this song seemed to herald a new era. I was also ...

Cherimondis J is “Unleashed” with her offbeat brand of neo-soul

If you live in Columbus, and know of a certain Derek Christopher, for the past couple of years you've probably heard him endorse nonstop a certain artist named Daizha Johnson. Her stage name is Cherimondis J, and she's here to wow you and expand your horizons. "Wolf" kicks off the EP with a crash course in what she's ...