Something Personal: Double Happiness, Teenagers, and The Music Scene

This past Thanksgiving, but there was a strange sense of bittersweet loss hovering near South Front Street. Last weekend, Columbus music venue Double Happiness hosted its last shows before closing its doors permanently. Double Happiness was a special place. Maybe it’s because of the bizarre, kitschy Chinese-themed decorations, or maybe it’s because I met so … More Something Personal: Double Happiness, Teenagers, and The Music Scene

Album Review: Little Coyote – The Trouble With Teeth

The dichotomy between breathy vocals and heavy-handed alternative pop-rock instrumentals in Little Coyote’s “The Trouble With Teeth” is both catchy and cathartic; it’s often difficult to tell whether the consistently mournful feeling is from foggy vocals, hard instrumentals, or less-than-sunny lyrics. It’s an inviting sadness, however – rather than alienating, Little Coyote welcomes you with … More Album Review: Little Coyote – The Trouble With Teeth

EP Review: Foxture – E D E N

There’s something about Foxture’s lead singer, Marlon Blackmon, and the husky vocals on the band’s “E D E N” EP that keeps you listening. It’s difficult to distinguish particular words, but that only adds a layer of intrigue to the accessible, dreamy math-pop, fueling a desire to try to hear oddly-specific-but-still-applicable lines (“Feeling a shade of … More EP Review: Foxture – E D E N

Album Review: Counterfeit Madison – Opposable Thumbs

Counterfeit Madison is one of those local musicians who you hear the coolest stories about. In this case, the positive reputation of the mastermind behind the music (Sharon Udoh) far preceded her project; yet “Opposable Thumbs,” Counterfeit Madison’s new genre-bending funk-punk-rock album, is somehow still better than I ever thought it could be.   The … More Album Review: Counterfeit Madison – Opposable Thumbs

EP Review: The Sonder Bombs – The Sonder Bombs

The words “ukulele punk” seem to be total opposites, but despite self-identifying with the oxymoronic genre, The Sonder Bombs‘ debut self-titled EP proves that punk can come in many forms. Immediately upon hearing the first song, “Nonsense,” the band’s genre makes sense. Cute, bright ukulele floats over fuzzy guitar and traditionally punky bass in a … More EP Review: The Sonder Bombs – The Sonder Bombs