ACRN’s Battle of the Bands 2019 Winner Q&A: Gorilla Party

By Liz Partsch, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director] Q&A with bassist Preston Frick, drummer Tyler Tompkins and guitarist/vocalist Carson Dunlap of ACRN’s Battle of the Bands 2019 victor, Gorilla Party. So, what do you guys plan on doing with the prize money? PRESTON: We already put the money toward T-shirts, which we are…

Feature: Chris Thile and his Eternal Journey of Innovation

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Devin Peddle] Chris Thile may very well be the most renowned, most popular living mandolin player. His fingerprints can be found on just about anything that gets tagged with the term “bluegrass,” and the tale of 5-year-old Thile first picking up the mandolin is now the stuff of…

Q&A: Hope Davis

By Anna Birk, Contributor [Photo by Noel Davis] Q&A with Hope Davis following a performance at Donkey Coffee in Athens, Ohio.  You grew up in Athens, Ohio—what made you leave? Hope: Well, I was suffering from an eating disorder in high school, and I was extremely depressed. I also have rheumatoid arthritis, so during the…

Q&A: Bat House

By Liz Partsch, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director] Q&A with Shane Blank and Emmet Hayes of Massachusetts-based “neo-punkadelica” outfit Bat House. How did the band form?  SHANE: We met in school. So the four of us are all from different places in the country. I’m from Florida, Emmet here is from California…

Q&A: Inoculous

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director] Q&A with bassist Jake Evans, drummer Bryan Sheets, and guitarist and creative force Demetri Wolfe of Athens math-rock trio Inoculous. You guys played this same venue last weekend—does that contribute to a sense of comfort or familiarity? DEMETRI: It’s a good time, you know….

Q&A: Something Else

By Evan Gallagher, Contributor Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with frontman Aidan Hall of Columbus-based post-pop quartet Something Else. So, how’d you guys meet and form as a band? Aidan: I’ve known Colin [McMillen] (bass) since he was five—his mom used to babysit my sister. I met Landon [Gruszewski] (guitar) when we…

Q&A: Harlot

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with vocalist Bret Anderson, drummer Kenny Sevier and bassist TJ Tumblinson of Cincinnati alt-pop trio and Skyline Chili lovers, Harlot.  Tell me the brief history of the band. How did you guys get started? Bret: I went to Hocking College and met our drummer Kenny there, and…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Machine Girl

By Josh Pettis, Staff Writer Photo by Joey Medlen Q&A with Machine Girl (Matt Stephenson) and Sean Kelly post-Lobsterfest over hashbrowns, coffee and other 2 a.m. breakfast foods. As a fan of some of your earlier works like Gemini and Jet Set Radio Remixes 1, I was really curious what it feels like to move…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Kali Dreamer

By Emily DiAlbert, Editorial Director Photo by Joey Medlen Q&A with Kali Dreamer, Columbus-based rapper, guitarist, gamer and anime enthusiast. Tell me about Kali Dreamer’s origin. What inspired you to start releasing music? Kali: Music is something that I’ve always been inspired by, but I didn’t really start taking music seriously until I took up…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: galen tipton

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor Photo by Joey Medlen  Q&A with galen tipton, Columbus electronic dance and experimental artist.  Can you tell me about your upcoming project on Orange Milk? galen: I’ve been working on this project for almost three years now alongside other things I have already put out. This project has kind of…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: DANA

By Kayla Chanthavong, Contributor Photo by Tristan Weary, Contributor  Q&A with vocalist and thereminist Madeline Jackson and guitarist Chris Lute of DANA. Is this your first Lobsterfest? Chris: Well, I’ve played it with other bands here. I also used to go to school here, like 10 years ago. But it is DANA’s first Lobsterfest! What…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Burger Big

By Kayla Chanthavong, Contributor Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with guitarist Carter Hickman, drummer Cobi Powell and bassist Gabe Dooley of Burger Big. What are your goals with Burger Big? Carter: Well, Cobi and I will be in Columbus next year, and Gabe will be here, so we’re not sure. Cobi: Well,…