Young geeky guy with big black rimmed glasses wearing a bathrobe holding an electric guitar in a room with two wooden stools
05 December 2017

Beauty and trance and grace--are you getting near the amount you need?

As Keith Richards has said, everybody needs some trance in their daily lives. Same for the other two artistic virtues. Our impoverished inner worlds are...

Light blue colored background black and white cartoony houses at top left and clouds and the words the Salty Caramels over a bike and white puddles and the words in white Baby Blue
02 November 2017

I first saw the Salty Caramels seven or eight years ago when the Columbus music scene was locked in the death grip of the Americana movement. There were three ladies in matching dresses, and (if memory serves) they sang a song...

An album cover with words white on black at top The Kinks and Where Have all the good Times gone and then an oval below with yellow background with four young men with brown hair
31 October 2017

Where's the soundtrack? You can't have a revolution without the right music.


In high school I wanted to join the S.D.S. So bad and I loved Abbie Hoffman and here's a few of my...

Guy making a mean face holding a guitar and giving us the middle finger
05 October 2017

I recently looked in the mirror and decided it was time to name my column, 'Yo, Grampa."

Yo, Grampa, what was the Alamo like?

Well, you impudent lard bucket, the music was lousy. If it weren't for the Mexican army...

A close up of the back of a dollar bill with a stamp on it saying Not to be used to buy elections
04 October 2017

Renee Dion’s newest album Haven is probably my favorite Columbus release. Musically, the R & B singer sits somewhere between Sade and Charlotte Gainsboug.

This kind of begs the...

White ma with gray hair and glasses smiling holding a huge mug of beer with a woman who is wearing a German-looking corset and frilly top
03 October 2017

Your first experience at Columbus’ Oktoberfest is the sensation of being gouged on parking at the fairgrounds. Your irritation will be soothed in the coming minutes...

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