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If you quickly shuffled through the new record from Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons—you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re listening to several different albums at once. The first 10-15 seconds of each tune play like a library of guitar sounds—chunky, Tom Petty chords, snaky Telecaster riffs, bar blues bends—but it’s Perley’s familiar, haunting warble [...]



If you quickly shuffled through the new record from Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons—you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re listening to several different albums at once.

The first 10-15 seconds of each tune play like a library of guitar sounds—chunky, Tom Petty chords, snaky Telecaster riffs, bar blues bends—but it’s Perley’s familiar, haunting warble that keeps everything tied to the same recipe—one that seems to have found perfection for the band on their second proper LP, Homemade Vision.

Her sound and look have undergone several revolutions over the years—the songstress playing sparse banjo notes in songs like 2008’s “Black Cat” (sitting on a bale of hay) doesn’t much resemble the psych-rock goddess in 2015’s “Electric Flame.”

She owes much of that to her band—no longer “backing band”—who have leaned the sound toward what the quartet has in common, namely ’70s rock like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

“It’s a lot more aggressive,” she laughs. “We definitely have some angst that has always been there, but it comes out as a little more fun. We’re just having fun pushing it as a band.”

Perley, who will release Homemade Vision nationwide on January 22, hopes the record and the continued progression of the band busts them out of “the Americana box,” but at the same time is content to let listeners categorize for themselves.

“I think a lot of people, you look through their Spotify playlists and what they’re listening to—it’s not just one genre,” she says. “Everyone’s blending boundaries. It’s a really good thing.

Still, we couldn’t help ourselves at (614). Always one to wear influences on her vintage sleeve, we asked Perley to cut out the middle man and give us 10 artists that she has slipped into her songwriting.


Gwen Stefani Probably my first early obsession and musical inspiration throughout middle and high school. She was a breath of fresh air in the ‘90s and she had a unique vision, voice, and energy at her live shows.

Holly Golightly The White Stripes turned me onto Holly Golightly through a collab they did with her, and I love anything and everything she has done in her musical career. I love her blend of garage rock, blues, country, and ‘60s style rock music. I also love all of the rare old songs she covers.

Wanda Jackson The Queen of Rockabilly … what more can I say? Wanda is badass and continues to become cooler over time. Both her country and her rockabilly songs are classic.

Loretta Lynn. Loretta is a huge inspiration of mine because she was country’s first female rebel. With songs like “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Fist City,” and “The Pill,” she was one of the first women in country music to stand out and speak her mind. Like Wanda, her career is still going strong and growing. Her 2004 album Van Lear Rose is even a classic.

Lucinda Williams The moment I heard my first Lucinda album I was blown away. Her songwriting and voice are so raw it hurts. She has been a huge inspiration to my songwriting over the years.

Billie Holiday Billie Holiday is magic to me. Her vocal style and phrasing are like no other and the emotion behind her songs is so haunting it gives me chills everytime I listen to her. My favorite jazz singer of all time.

Joni Mitchell Folk goddess. Her songwriting is extremely honest, beautiful, and intricate.

Emmylou Harris. Emmylou is gold. Her voice and energy are like honey. When in doubt, I ask myself, what would Emmylou do?

Irma Thomas. Good old new Orleans soul music. Love Irma Thomas’s mix of soul, blues, and R&B. I especially love her songs during the 1960’s.

Janis Joplin. Have always loved and been inspired by Janis. She was way before her time. Her songwriting, voice and stage presence were like no other. Wish she was still around because I feel like she was an artist that would still be making great songs today like Lucinda.

Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons will release Homemade Vision 12.18 at Skully’s Music Diner. For more, visit

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What’s Open: Venues slowly start to roll out live music




When it was announced in mid-May that wedding venues and banquet halls would reopen at the beginning of June, the next question became: When will music venues be next?

Although the rollout has been slow and will be gradual, Columbus venues and attractions that regularly house live music are making their comeback. When the high-spirited, good-feeling cover band Popgun graced the Natalie’s Music Hall & Kitchen on May 27, many people’s greatest fears of being robbed of live music for the rest of the year were eased maybe a little.

The only way for us to get currently get down to live music is to sit down, which is a fair trade-off given the times.

Check out a few Columbus venues that are set to reopen or have reopened under strict coronavirus guidelines.

  • The Forum Columbus -- The Forum welcomed back live music on May 29 with a tabled RSVP DJ showcase. For this event, guests were required to come in groups of no more than 10, be seated six feet apart from other groups, and remain seated unless you have to use the restroom. There are no future events planned as of this publishing.
  • Otherworld  -- The immersive art installation that took Columbus by storm in 2019 is set to return on June 11, according to the venue’s webpage. Otherworld will be operating at a capacity of one visitor per 160 square feet, or around 20 percent of the regular admittance. It’s unclear when the next time Otherworld will host live music, but this is a giant step in the right direction in terms of venue re-openings.
  • South Drive-In -- It’s not a venue in Columbus that traditionally holds music, but it’s become one and may stay one for the time being. Viral DJ Marc Rebillet will be bringing his sold-out drive-in show to the South Drive-In on June 14. With these types of performances popping up all around the country and the South Drive-In owner getting plenty of event requests, we will hopefully be seeing more shows of this nature in the warmer months.
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Music industry designates Blackout Tuesday as time of pause




To honor the memory of George Floyd and fix the injustices surrounding his death, the music industry has designated Tuesday as a time of pause to collaborate on ways to better support the black community.

Businesses and organizations within the music industry have been asked to pause regular work to reflect on how they can better serve the black community, according to a report from Variety. In general, businesses and organizations across the board have been asked to use Tuesday as a way to focus on the effort.

The message that circulated around social media quickly on Monday stated that “Blackout Tuesday” is being used as “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” and “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

The movement has been gaining momentum under the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused. Major labels such as Capitol Music Group and Warner Music Group announced their alignment with the “Blackout Tuesday” cause. 

Companies have also announced practices such as pausing social media activity throughout the whole day.

Spotify and ViacomCBS have already announced an 8 minute and 46-second moment of silence for Tuesday. The time reflects how long the Minnesota police officer dug his knee into the kneck of Floyd.

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Curbside Concerts brings live music, hope to those in need




Can’tStopColumbus took a quick pause when the pandemic shut down the world and asked two questions:

  1. Are we sure we're solving the needs of everyone in our community during this time? 
  2. Are we not just coming up with ideas based on our own experiences?

Our elder community was one of the major demographics to have stricter socially distancing guidelines suggested to them. Holidays and birthdays went by without hugs from grandpa or grandma’s cookies.

Out of the need to fill that missing love in the life of American seniors, the idea of Curbside Concerts was born. Anyone is able to jump on the Curbside Concerts signup page and request a concert for an elder, sick people not able to leave the house, or a simple celebration.

Sending a concert telegram is free, and you can also leave a message for a loved one and suggest what type of tunes the organization-selected Columbus-area musician.

So far, the feedback has been inspiring. 

“People cried. I cried. We cried. It was beautiful,” said Zach Friedman, one of the service’s founders and creators. “We had a powerful idea on our hands, and the amazing power of the #Can'tStopColumbus community to scale it and bring it to life.”

To date, Curbside Concerts has had over 50 volunteers. Their job is to drive around a Columbus musician and their equipment with trucks provided by Ricart Automotive. It’s a road trip around the Columbus area, delivering concerts to those who may just need their spirits lifted. It’s like a non-depressing version of Inside Llewyn Davis.

Support has come from all ends of the Columbus creative community, including The Columbus Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Streetlight Guild, and What? Productions. Through these organizations, musicians are able to be paid for a route that usually lasts five to six hours. 100 percent of the donations they receive on their route also goes to the musicians.

Friedman is asking people to keep requests to older audiences.

“Working with local musicians to perform curbside at people's homes is the vehicle or medium, but the real thing we are doing here is connecting those to older people they love, with an authentic and emotional experience to send love over,” Friedman said.

We found out pretty quickly how much as a collective that we take live music for granted. Live streams have been a temporary, dulled-down replacement. You realize how long people have been robbed of the experience when you see a musician pull up in a pickup truck, set up in five minutes, and serenade neighborhoods with songs like “Lean on Me” and “What A Wonderful World.” It starts off with a message to one house and then resonates down the street, like the citizens of Gas Town rushing to The People Eater for even a drop of water.

Photos by Zak Kolesar

For most people, it was their first taste of live music since mid-March. While we may want concerts to return as soon as possible, its productions like Curbside Concerts that display the emotional power of music.

To request to send someone a concert, follow the link here:

To volunteer for Curbside Concerts, follow the link here:

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