EP Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town

Though it is their first, LA indie rock band Liily‘s I Can Fool Anybody In This Town EP marks a strong start for the quartet. It consists of six rollicking, punky tracks with an almost unrivaled intensity and energy as the group rocks its way through the 22 minutes of music. The EP is enthusiastic if nothing … More EP Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town

Gigs, Guitars and Gender – Episode Four: Philadelphia

Welcome back to Gigs, Guitars and Gender, a podcast series about gender and the local music scenes in five cities. This episode is set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city I fell in love with after spending just a few short days there last summer. I’d also like to thank the musicians in this podcast for collaborating … More Gigs, Guitars and Gender – Episode Four: Philadelphia

EP Review: The Spouts – This Part of Town

Columbus post-punk rockers The Spouts are slated to release their debut EP, titled This Part of Town, on Friday, March 15. The four-piece has spent the first few years of its existence playing house and bar shows throughout Ohio, testing the waters of the music scene, and finally decided to record and release a six-track EP. … More EP Review: The Spouts – This Part of Town

Live Review: Steadfast Festival proves a success

Every year, Columbus-run Steadfast Festival to provides the city with a new set of alternative pop and rock artists, both local and regional. Run by Tuned Up, a music publication here in Columbus, the festival and its founder Ryan Getz have always been on top of the indie pop game in the area, featuring artists … More Live Review: Steadfast Festival proves a success

Gigs, Guitars and Gender – Episode Three: Pittsburgh

Welcome back to Gigs, Guitars and Gender, a podcast series about gender and the local music scenes in five cities. This episode centers on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, another city not far from my hometown of Columbus with an underrated but well-developed music scene. I’d also like to thank the musicians in this podcast for collaborating with me … More Gigs, Guitars and Gender – Episode Three: Pittsburgh

EP Review: Twin Atomic – Spare a Thought EP

Akron alternative pop-rockers Twin Atomic show promise in their debut EP, which came out just a few months ago in September 2018. Though the band’s Spare A Thought EP is only five tracks, there is no shortage of music on the record: the shortest song is just over four minutes, whereas the longest clocks in at eight and … More EP Review: Twin Atomic – Spare a Thought EP

Album Review: Graham Hunt – Leaving Silver City

In his first-ever full album of solo songs, Graham Hunt (of Midnight Reruns) has set out to make a strong record that is representational of his distinct sound. Out Friday, February 22 on Forged Artifacts, Leaving Silver City showcases a diverse range of sounds with 10 of Hunt’s tracks that move from power-pop riffs into punkier, … More Album Review: Graham Hunt – Leaving Silver City

Q&A: Steadfast Festival Founder Ryan Getz speaks on event’s success

By Zak Kolesar [Festival flyer courtesy of Steadfast Festival] Columbus is becoming a local music festival destination: a city where residents no longer have to travel across states to be exposed to different music scenes. Steadfast Festival is one of the daring events taking a ground-level approach that has contributed to Columbus’ success as a … More Q&A: Steadfast Festival Founder Ryan Getz speaks on event’s success