With Terribly Empty Pockets returning to town next week, I've been thinking about other former Columbus musicians and what they've been up to since they skipped town. Here's a quick rundown of some prominent names.

With Terribly Empty Pockets returning to town next week, I've been thinking about other former Columbus musicians and what they've been up to since they skipped town. Here's a quick rundown of some prominent names.

Sinkane

Ahmed Gallab had big plans for Sinkane, the genre-bending solo project he concocted after years of playing drums for local acts like Sweetheart and Pompeii, This Morning. Those plans still exist, they just keep getting pushed back as Gallab builds his resume as one of indie rock's top musical mercenaries.

Just when Gallab was about to take his band on the road last year, he stepped in as a substitute drummer for Canadian electro-psychedelic outfit Caribou. When that tour ended, he joined Of Montreal. Then he hit the road with Born Ruffians. Now he's traveling with Brooklyn indie-prog buzz band Yeasayer.

While Gallab has been too busy backing up other bands to take his brainchild on tour, he just released a second Sinkane album. The self-titled disc continues to explore the jazz, ambient and Afrobeat sounds dipped into on debut Color Voice, but with more focus on traditional rock trappings like vocals and distorted guitar.

Jakki da Motamouth

Jakki's keeping his ties to Columbus strong. The former MHz rapper is posted up in Jacksonville, Florida, but he worked with lots of local talent including Copywrite and Walter Rocktight on Psycho Circus, his follow-up to 2005's God Vs. Satan.

The new LP, which dropped late last year, bears no relation to the Kiss album of the same name. It finds Jakki up to his old battle-rapping ways, dropping lines like "Your rhymes make me sick, but that don't make you ill."

RJD2

Columbus cratedigger Ramble John Krohn didn't hit big until he left for Philadelphia in 2002, when his Dead Ringer drew countless DJ Shadow comparisons. And local music aficionados will remember when he formed a Columbus all-star band with Derek DiCenzo, Happy Chichester and Sam Brown to tour behind his pop-minded 2007 release The Third Hand.

But what's the guy been up to lately? Touring solo again alongside mash-up kings The Hood Internet and prepping a new album that he promises will be out some time this year. "I can tell you with virtual certainty that this will happen," he wrote in his MySpace blog last December.

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