//Playing Columbus

Every Thursday, we explore the music scene in Columbus, Ohio.

PLAYING COLUMBUS: didi Grows into Their Second Album

Out of the 90 minutes I spend talking with didi, 30 are consumed by parking troubles. Circling foggy blocks in the Richmond District ahead of the group’s San Francisco show, guitarist/vocalist Meg Zakany tries fitting their tour van into one tiny spot after another, only to eventually find that the reserved load-in space has been [...]

By |2018-08-21T17:51:02-05:00August 21st, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Galen Tipton Sparkles on First LP Nightbath

As the dusk of May began to fall on Ohio, I discovered fireflies. The first time I saw them, flickering across my cobbled neighborhood street, my overjoyed reaction made my roommate laugh: pointing and squealing like a kid, I couldn’t get over the shock of them, the way that they zipped through the air, appearing [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:10-05:00July 17th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Revisiting Queer Kevin’s “If I Had Known”

This is how I wrote this review: I listened to If I Had Known for an entire day, ears devouring my headphones as I walked from my office, to get food, to my home, and again as I rode the bus downtown, where I was set to be a Legal Observer at a political action, [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:15-05:00June 12th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Flyover Fest 2018

All photos by Kaiya Gordon Over the past eight and a half months I've spent living in and writing about Columbus, I've been introduced to so many crevices of the city's arts and music scene, each one as remarkable and needed as the last. Columbus houses long-term open mic nights, hip-hop collectives and labels, jazz [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:24-05:00May 15th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Grrrls Rock Columbus to Host Halloween in April

Photo courtesy of grrrlsrockcolumbus.com Retrograde’s over, we’ve moved into Taurus season, and the snow has finally disappeared for good. It’s almost summertime, which means three things: cut-offs, camp, and second Halloween. If you’ve never celebrated second Halloween, you’ve been missing a solid costume opportunity. But this weekend in Columbus, you can remedy that [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:28-05:00April 24th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: The Sidekicks Tease New LP With “Twin’s Twist”

Weeks ago, I teared up while hearing Columbus poet Hanif Abdurraqib read an essay about a Columbus pop-punk band. That band was not The Sidekicks, but as I listen to The Sidekicks' latest single, “Twin’s Twist,” I can't help but recall the essay. I am stirred, settled memories of trauma, pain, joy, ecstaticism (the whole [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:30-05:00April 10th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Stems Fearlessly Fuse Prog and Hip-Hop on Debut

photo by Annie Noelker Stems started as a high school project, but they’ve come a long way since band class. In the past year, the group – which members describe as “prog-hop” – has released an EP, two singles, and an album; they’ve been featured by Columbus’ Mouth Mag and The Dispatch; and [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:32-05:00March 27th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Three Ohio Acts That Slayed SXSW

Remember Sports photo by Jess Flynn While Columbus geared up for yet another snowstorm last week, Austin was getting ready for South by Southwest (SXSW), a yearly conference and festival highlighting music, film, and art. SXSW is notorious for its sprawl – the festival spills over the city limits for several weeks – [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:33-05:00March 20th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Hiss Mag Preps Long-Awaited Second Issue

Cover art by Nicole Dadonna One year ago, editor and photographer Heather Taylor conceived of Hiss Mag, a quarterly "femme run publication covering contemporary art, music, and culture." Its first issue, "Juicy," which included 39 artists working in multiple mediums, was featured by the Wexner Art Center, and since its inception, Hiss Mag [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:44-05:00February 27th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Field Sleeper on His New LP, Musical Efficiency, and Collaboration

“This is a weird time,” Alex Paquet tells me as we sit down over coffee to talk about his musical project, Field Sleeper. “I’m not usually this bright of a person. There was a very long time – a good year and a half – where I was ultra-sensorially attentive and very, very calm. And [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:46-05:00February 20th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

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