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Jun 25, 2013

Benco Presents: Resurrecting the Club Gig Experience in Columbus

Falling into the monotony of Columbus’ most prevalent promoter(s)’ booking habits would be a helluva lot easier if it weren’t for those handful of folks, the ones whose artistic integrity is demonstrated through their personal preferences lineups. It’s truly admirable when an artist is booked regardless of whether or not they’ll actually sell enough tickets to cover the guarantee… especially when said booker doesn’t have the leverage of a radio station to get the artist to play for nothing. The show tomorrow night at The Bluestone featuring Yeasayer and Reptar is a perfect illustration courtesy of Benco Presents.

If you’re unfamiliar with the bands, first and foremost they are incredibly complimentary. The music will get intricate and spacey at times for those purists while danceable bass, complex rhythm and sensitive harmonies will appeal to the rest. Nevertheless, the reason why you MUST go to this show tomorrow is because you rarely get to see this level of talent in a club setting.

*The following video is a complete misrepresentation of the Yeasayer you’ll see tomorrow.

Probably more like this:

Reptar has long been a recipient of our admiration since they introduced us to Wowser Bowser back in 2009. We know you’re going to compare Reptar to a bunch of not nearly as talented bands all on your own, but if you want our opinion you can read our introduction to the band from a few years back.

To reiterate the previous statement, its RARE to see this level of talent sharing a stage in an intimate club environment. So stop complaining about a lack of quality shows where you’re in a position to actually watch the bands play their instruments and support local promoters with great taste in music tomorrow night. RPM has a feeling there’s no limit to the quality artists they can bring to Columbus so long as they continue have YOUR support.

Jun 20, 2013

Take a Chance and Roll the Bones with Shakey Graves Tomorrow

The day is almost upon us as 3 exceptionally talented, independent and all around swell bands from Austin prepare to take the stage at PromoWest’s The Basement tomorrow night. As you handful of dedicated Columbus concert attendees and RPM readers know, we don’t post very often and rarely prior to a show, so pay attention.

Austin has always treated RethinkPopMusic exceptionally well, mostly because of JPB from The Sour Notes and the 5 consecutive years of our locally supported SXSW showcasing efforts. And now its only right that we support what is an ambitious effort to say the least: Booking a pseudo-national tour featuring 3 relatively unknown local Austin bands.

So, we’ve decided to tell you all a bit about these bands and the close knit community that is the Austin music scene.

Rule #1 – Austin bands make the best concert posters, its a fact. Shout-out to Chris Biglake in Portland who’s art is so tasty we would eat it, but as a city in general, Austin keeps it weirdest.


Rule #2 – Austin bands are talented. Unlike lets say, Brooklyn, LA, Nashville and the entire state of Florida, bands who actually develop a following in Austin play their instruments better than you. Intricate guitar with thoughtful lyrics to match, remain pillars while the whole electro-pop movement that dominated NYC never quite got a foothold. As our dear friend Jesse from the band Isadora once said on a very similar tour we curated; “They stepped away from their instruments and the music keeps playing, thats just fucking karaoke.”

Rule #3 – If a bill of Austin bands are playing Columbus you should go, even if you’ve never heard of them. But because you’re probably only used to attending the CD 102.5 “independent” promoted shows that ONLY feature major label bands, we’re going to break down the lineup.

Shakey Graves – We’re not going to bullshit you, we’re here for Shakey Graves. Down at SXSW this year he was on the tip of many a local musician tongue. While his style of music may be incorrectly perceived as simple or lets say his method of percussion may be confused with that Mumford guy and his kids, its his guitar tones that are driving us mad. Despite a message to him, his “publicist” and sending along the below video to some of our favorite guitarists we’re still unsure what exactly is going on. So, instead of trying to figure it out now, we’ll see him and you tomorrow.

Marmalakes – We’ve known these gentlemen for a few years now and they are PROUD alumni of our SXSW showcases. Definitely not as folk as their touring counterparts with music and harmonies destined for mainstream appeal, Marmalakes as an opener is something only Wild Child and Shakey Graves on the same bill could justify.

Wild Child – This is a new band to us, featuring some familiar faces. Lets see, how do we describe Wild Child? Ummm… awesome!

Jun 19, 2013

Wexner Center for the Arts brings lineup of the summer to The LC

This past Saturday, the Wexner Center for the Arts curated what RethinkPopMusic is calling the most impressive lineup of the Columbus concert season, thus far of course.  Appropriately, this Father’s Day Eve lineup epitomized pioneering musical influences the likes of (insert critically acclaimed band from the late 60s) without ever sounding derivative.

The National, Local Natives, Mount Moriah @ LC Pavillion, 6/15/2013

At the risk of sounding cliche, the biggest surprise and delight of the evening was South Carolina band Mount Moriah.

The band launched into its early set with an earnest energy that never ebbed, the core of which undoubtably is vocalist and guitarist Heather McEntire.

The National, Local Natives, Mount Moriah @ LC Pavillion, 6/15/2013

The influences here are unmistakable. McEntire’s delivery blends a southern drawl with a little rock bite; a little Dar Williams, a little Patty Smith. Even as the opener for the opener of the show, Mount Moriah had no problem energizing the LC crowd. By the end of the set, casual onlookers were true believers.

As Local Natives took the stage, so the influences behind the music changed. Edginess gave way to ambience, and influences turned more sublime. Soon the LC was awash in Brian Wilson vocal textures and rich atmospheric guitar and keyboard sounds.

The National, Local Natives, Mount Moriah @ LC Pavillion, 6/15/2013

But the energy certainly remained. Local Natives’ live sound takes on a more driving persona than its somewhat banal radio counterpart. The performance was punchy, encased in swirling percussion and tempo changes. It was a great foundation for all of the signature sounds that Local Natives have crafted to near-perfection. These are not so much songs as miniature soundscapes, where hooks and riffs are nearly absent.

The National, Local Natives, Mount Moriah @ LC Pavillion, 6/15/2013

If there is one complaint to be made it’s that Local Natives might be victims of their own break with traditional songwriting. What they do well, they keep doing well, albeit it again and again and again.

By comparison, The National avoids this trap. The National primed the LC crowd by projecting a live feed from the green room onto the stage; dovetailing into a live stage show nothing short of psychodelic.

The National, Local Natives, Mount Moriah @ LC Pavillion, 6/15/2013

The National’s sound easily evokes shades of Bauhaus, The Fixx and Psychedelic Furs while fleshing out its own signature sound. Combining the sounds of seven band members while keeping the music clear and meticulous is an often insurmountable task especially in the massive open aired space of The LC.

The National, Local Natives, Mount Moriah @ LC Pavillion, 6/15/2013

The music was as rich and ambient as that of Local Natives, but never fell into the trap of monotony. There is, in addition to richness in texture, a richness in structure and the songwriting of Matt Berninger that defines them as a headliner… an influence that could serve the other bands on the bill quite well.

The National, Local Natives, Mount Moriah @ LC Pavillion, 6/15/2013

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