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Locals: The Girls! make heartbreak sound exhilarating on Let’s Not Be Friends

Local power-pop collective The Girls! has a way of making heartbreak sound exhilarating on its long-gestating debut, Let’s Not Be Friends.
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Concert preview: German stoner-rock trio Kadavar time travels to the 1970s

The trio, which is making its first appearance in Columbus, might originate from modern Germany, but its hairy, vaguely psychedelic stoner-rock sound could have been beamed in from the early ’70s.
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Concert preview: Julianna Barwick makes music to get lost in

“Labyrinthine,” the standout track on Brooklyn singer/songwriter Julianna Barwick’s 2013 album Nepenthe, doubles as an apt description of her enveloping, maze-like sound, which tends to be ethereal and mysterious, awash in angelic tones and radiant alien textures.
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Concert preview: London singer Lyla Foy takes the intimate route on Mirrors in the Sky

The London-based singer and recent Sub Pop signee, who opens here for Wake Owl, fills her most recent album, Mirrors in the Sky, with dreamy, electro-tinged bedroom-pop songs so casual they sound as though they could have been laid to tape while the singer lounged in a candle-lit bubble bath.
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Concert preview: Lo-Fang keeps things low-key on Blue Film

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Matthew Hemerlein, who records and performs under the Lo-Fang banner, laid his debut effort Blue Film to tape following a stretch where he crisscrossed the globe like some kind of musical Carmen Sandiego, venturing to far-off locales like Cambodia and Bali.
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Staff Pick: Columbus Blood pumps fresh life into Record Store Day

It’s hard to argue with the sentiments behind Record Store Day, a music-lover’s holiday designed to celebrate the independent brick-and-mortar shops that have managed to survive — and in some cases thrive within — the era of digital downloads. With that said, the annual event, which takes place at record stores nationwide on Saturday, April 19, has shifted some from its modest roots as major labels have continued to flood the market with “limited” releases of mediocre albums. Even worse, the few worthwhile LPs that do hit shelves tend to get snapped up quickly and sold online at criminal markups (search “record store day” on Ebay around noon Saturday and prepare to cringe).
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Locals: The Girls! make heartbreak sound exhilarating on Let’s Not Be Friends

Local power-pop collective The Girls! has a way of making heartbreak sound exhilarating on its long-gestating debut, Let’s Not Be Friends.
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Saintseneca branches out on Dark Arc

Saintseneca’s Anti Records debut, Dark Arc, opens amid a bloodbath, and only gets gorier from there.
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Sensory Overload: SRVVLST adopts a pack mentality at the Dude Locker

SRVVLST (pronounced “survivalist”) is a fitting name for the searing post-punk quartet, which specializes in raw-nerve tunes that sound like they could have been constructed in the wilderness using some combination of animal bones, sweat, teeth, mud and spit.
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New concert announcement: Twenty One Pilots at LC Pavilion

The Columbus duo returns for a hometown show on Sept. 4
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Concert review: Miley Cyrus dazzles the senses at the Schottenstein Center

The pop star's nearly two hour set was a lot of things, but rarely dull
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