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Lily in the Weeds – High Road EP

Like many in Columbus, my first experience with Lily in the Weeds frontwoman Alex Burnsides was in the context of rock/funk/whatever extravaganza Zoo Trippin'. Frontman Tony Casa has been known to say onstage that Alex "is a national treasure." I have yet to experience Lily in the Weeds in a live setting, but I know that if ...

Bantug – Red EP

I'm a couple of months late on reviewing this EP, but suffice to say Bantug has been on my mind for a long time. I don't remember exactly where I heard of this eclectic pop artist for the first time. Perhaps it was on the POPSQUAD playlist expertly curated by Wes Davenport out of Nashville. When I see cover art or an album ...

Umi Copper – Requiem EP

Umi Copper certainly has a vocal style that is an acquired taste. It's smooth, but not. Why lead with that line in an EP review? Because that is perhaps the most striking thing about Umi Copper's debut release, which hit in June. "All" sets the groundwork for what we should expect from Copper. He has a unique cadence. His ...

ABSOLUTE HERO-GONE BAD

Metamorphosis: a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means. This is the first thing that comes to mind when I listen to the latest Absolute Hero release, Gone Bad. For those of you that know this band, you know why that is the case. For those of you ...

Kevin Schlereth – Catechism

The term, "catechism," is defined on Dictionary.com as "an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, especially as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers."  So, why would the troubadour that is Kevin Schlereth give his newest release such a title? ...

HOMESAFE—ONE

United Nations, Boxcar Racer, Blaqk Audio, and Homesafe all have one thing in common. Can you tell me what that is? I’ll wait………. ok, I'll tell you if you don’t know. They all are side projects. Homesafe is the side project of Ryan Rumchaks, bassist from pop-punk powerhouse Knuckle Puck. A fact I didn't know when I ...

Kitten – Pink Champagne EP

If I had to describe Kitten in one word it would be "fierce." That would be the word I would use to remember their fiery SXSW performance at the convention center in the early afternoon. That setting is just about the least ideal setting for band to rock it, but they tore the house down. I'll (shamefully) admit I perhaps ...