As anyone who’s read this blog should be able to tell, I have a thing for Ohio-born music. So it seems only natural that we are co-sponsoring a showcase at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. We’ve partnered with Anyway Records to present a bill of six artists who either have ties to the label or Ohio or both. It will all go down this Friday, October 24 (a.k.a. tomorrow), at Passenger Bar. And did I mention it’s free? Yes, no cover and no badge necessary! Music starts at 8pm, but get there early so you can get at least one happy hour drink. You can also get a taste of what to expect with this audio sampler. Hope to see you there!
The Line-Up (in order of appearance)
Jon Chinn: Before moving to Brooklyn a few years ago, Jon was a fixture in Columbus’ music community. He played with Pretty Mighty Mighty before subsequently going solo, ran Workbook Studios, and worked as a touring soundman for such notable acts as the New Bomb Turks.
The Receiver: The project of brothers Jesse and Casey Cooper, The Receiver has been making music in Columbus for nearly a decade. They’ve got two full-length albums under their collective belt and a third one on the way and have logged countless miles plying their trade.
St. Lenox: While this project has taken several forms, it is primarily the musical endeavor of Andrew Choi. Choi’s got a voice that is reminiscent of Stevie Wonder while musically he at times can recall everyone from Magnetic Fields to Dean Martin. He has an album due on Anyway in January.
The Human Hearts: This band is the latest project of Franklin Bruno, the thinking man’s singer-songwriter who previously has worked as a solo artist and as a member of Nothing Painted Blue.
Doug Gillard: Gillard has a CV that reads like a who’s who of Ohio indie rock. He’s been a member of Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, and Death of Samantha. And in addition to his own solo work, which includes an excellent album that came out this year, he’s now a member of Nada Surf and Bambi Kino.
WV White: These kids from Columbus are sure to end the night on a raucous note. They released their self-titled album on Anyway this past year and it’s a gem of rough-edged melody and rambunctious energy.