//Playing Columbus

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

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Kizzy Hall & Diet Cig @ Ace of Cups

All photos by Kaiya Gordon "Y'all Ohioans know how to do rock bands in a way the rest of the country is trying to catch up to," said Caleb Cordes of Sinai Vessel on Sunday night at the Ace of Cups. The band was following Columbus' own Kizzy Hall, who opened the show with a [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:08-04:00November 30th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Double Happiness to Close After 7-year Run

It’s been a short but meaningful run for Double Happiness, which will close its doors on November 25th after seven years of music, drinks, and community-building. Opened and run by Yalan Papillons, with additional booking by Jenny Donaldson, the bar and venue hosted DJ sets, electronic music shows, and local artist showcases, as well as [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:10-04:00November 16th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Jay Som @ Ace of Cups

Jay Som has had a big year. Since Polyvinyl picked up the project – conceived and led by Oakland's Melina Duterte – in 2016, Duterte has released a second full-length album (Everybody Works), toured nationally, played a tiny desk concert at NPR, and received extensive coverage by major media outlets. In other words, Jay Som [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:12-04:00November 9th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Torres @ The Basement

All photos by Kaiya Gordon As I watched Torres' show last night at The Basement in Columbus, I drafted what I thought might be the opening lines of my review in my head. Before getting to the show, I thought, I felt like I needed to either cry publicly or get in a [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:17-04:00October 26th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Show Reviews|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Devin Xo Comes of Age on New EP

“Living like a man that was born without a soul / on paper I’m young / yet I feel so old” raps Columbus artist Philippe Laroque – who goes by Devin Xo onstage – at the beginning of his latest EP, Coming of Age. He continues: “If you don’t understand what you’re going through / [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:26-04:00October 19th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Reviews|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Now, Now Plays A&R Music Bar

I first listened to Now, Now in High School, when a friend introduced the band (then called Now, Now Every Children) to me via mixtape. In the years since, Now, Now has been through a flurry of changes: band members have come and gone, their label has changed, and the music itself has undergone a [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:31-04:00October 12th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Show Reviews|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Stef Chura on power, performance, and karaoke

“I’m sorry, I’m in the middle of the desert,” Stef Chura tells me, after our call has dropped off for the third time. Chura, who has been on tour with her band since August 28th, is driving through Texas to meet up with Jay Som in El Paso. Then, she tells me, they’ll “maybe go [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:34-04:00October 3rd, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Alien Boy, Perfume V & Lose the Tude at Organon Arcade

Alien Boy. All photos by Kaiya Gordon. On my way to the show, I tried to focus on my weekly readings. During my undergraduate experience, I got the bulk of my assignments done on public transportation. I liked the anonymity of the bus; the soft, indiscernible sounds of strangers talking; the sway of [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:38-04:00September 28th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Show Reviews|

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