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A funny thing happened along the way to one of the city’s best rock and roll clubs also becoming homebase for Columbus’s most popular dance parties. We stopped dancing to rock and roll. Just down the street, the team at Clampdown put the four on the floor when it came to an anything goes dance [...]
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A funny thing happened along the way to one of the city’s best rock and roll clubs also becoming homebase for Columbus’s most popular dance parties.

We stopped dancing to rock and roll.

Just down the street, the team at Clampdown put the four on the floor when it came to an anything goes dance party, and for those trying to shuffle their boots to something other than retro soul and funk and hip-hop, the end of their Ravari Room run retired that notion.

Until now.

Former Clampdown DJ Donnie Mossman—and his Damn Girl cohort Ashley—are aiming to uncross your arms and move your ass this month with their launch of Howlin,’ a direct sequel to Clampdown’s embrace of alt-indie rock’s danceability. Before we get all sweaty on August 24, we wanted to get a sneak peek at the potential playlist:

Donnie Mossman

LCD Soundsystem “Home”
LCD Soundsystem has always reminded me of Talking Heads, both have a hypnotic quality to their songs that pulls you in as well as fun yell-along lyrics that to me feel meaningful. This track just drives the whole way through with great use of percussion and has a really nice wash of vocal choir harmonies in the chorus.

Sweet “Ballroom Blitz”
This song is a classic that I first heard as a kid performed by Crucial Taunt in the movie Wayne’s World; turns out the original by Sweet rocks hard. A little theatrical, super high-energy, and a really fun song all around.

The Rapture “Woo! Alright – Yeah…Uh Huh”
This one has always been a favorite. The build in the beginning with the big boom of the first bass notes is killer and I love that it’s a highly danceable song about how people don’t like to dance anymore.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Date With The Night”
Something about this song makes me want to spike my beer on the floor and freak out. It’s so hyped up and has such a raunchy primal kinda groove.

Eagles of Death Metal “Stuck in the Metal”

When EODM covered “Stuck In The Middle” by Stealers Wheel they put a rusty edge on it. The song cuts and is very infectious.

Ashley “Jaz” Perry

Deceptacon “Le Tigre”

Great song to scream and dance to! It makes me jump and flip my hair around everytime I play it. Also Le Tigre is a great feminist band and I love hearing badass babe vocals.

T.V. on the Radio “Wolf Like Me”

This song is another political movement for me. The band was started by five black dudes that didn’t let social norms tell them how black men should act or what they should listen to.

“Wolf Like Me” is a song that makes me feel super sexual but also makes me want jump around and break a bunch of dishes.

Cut Copy “Lights & Music”

To me it’s simple! Lights and music are a great recipe for a good time. This song is upbeat with minimal lyrics but the beat makes my body move everytime I hear it.

Hot Chip “Ready for the Floor”

Definitely a sentimental song for me. This song jump-started a lifelong friendship with one of my besties who lives in Chicago. It’s repetitive lyrics and beat are contagious! This song brings feelings of joy and love to my body and I’m literally always ready for the dance floor.

Harry Belafonte “Jump in the Line”

The king of Calypso! This may be my all-time favorite song. I truly believe he wrote this song about me (yet we’ve never met). This song brings me to life. My favorite lyric: “Senoras dance has no title/you jump in the saddle hold on to the bridle.” To me he’s saying let rhythm free your body and just dance!

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Local rocker Angela Perley shines on solo debut

Mike Thomas

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Folk, alt-country, or indie rock—however you choose to categorize her sound, Angela Perley remains a pillar of the Columbus music community—and highly in-demand as a national touring act, to boot.

(614) caught up with Perley to discuss her new album, life on the road, and what it takes to make it as a musician in the Capital City.

Photos: Brian Kaiser

(614): YOUR NEW RELEASE, 4:30, IS YOUR FIRST AS A SOLO ACT. WHAT LED TO THIS CHANGE?

AP: Since 2009 until last year, I had the Howlin’ Moons. It’s always been myself, Chris Connor on lead guitar, and then we had bassist Billy Zehnal in the band up until last year. We’ve had a rotating extended family of drummers. Billy’s not in the band anymore, and we were also on Vital Companies, which is a studio/label in Columbus that did our previous albums.

https://open.spotify.com/album/04pKByd2ygDHXdvl1TcdWP?si=6njCmRpfR5GRWe5kLNghVw

So this one—it’s a solo one, it’s my first independent release. There’s no label involved, I own the masters to the songs. It’s hard to keep a band together, so Chris, who’s been in the band since the beginning, and I, we’re kind of the only members, and we have an extended family of really great and talented people who have other projects they’re in. It just works a lot better with what I want to do.

YOU USED KICKSTARTER TO HELP FUND THE ALBUM. WHAT WAS THE CROWDFUNDING EXPERIENCE LIKE?

Before, with Vital, they had a studio and video production, and they took care of all of our recording in-house. We didn’t realize how expensive everything was. We had paid for studio time [for 4:30] through show money, but to look at all of the other expenses of making a record happen and trying to get it out there, it’s pretty intense! There have been a lot of independent artists that we know that will do Kickstarters, and I’ve never done anything like it before, so I was really nervous doing it. But it was a success, and I actually just finished sending out all of the preorder vinyl that people ordered.

YOUR SOUND IS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS ANYTHING FROM AMERICANA, TO ALT-COUNTRY, TO PSYCHEDELIC ROCK. WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING WITHIN THOSE TRADITIONS IN 2019?

You kind of have to make your own path, because although there is a resurgence of rock ‘n’ roll, everything’s been done before. It has those roots, but we’re not breaking the mold or anything. You just have to be true to yourself and to the music, and just go from there. Everyone’s voice is important as an artist, so that’s important to remember.

YOU’RE ON THE ROAD TOURING QUITE A BIT. DO YOU STILL KEEP TRACK OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE COLUMBUS MUSIC SCENE?

Columbus is definitely growing, and moving toward doing things independently. I’ve seen a lot of bands touring, which is good. It’s an affordable place to tour out of, and there’s a community here for sure. Whenever I have a chance, we go out to the shows. We love The Cordial Sins, and we’re having them as our special guests for our album release. The High Definitions, Souther—there are just so many good bands.

When I go to other cities and I realize that there’s not really much of a scene going on, it is kind of cool to see that in Columbus, people are very aware and supportive of musicians. Even the businesses around here, everyone’s trying to work with musicians in some way. There are so many gigs, be it at breweries, at restaurants, or little festivals that pop up. There’s work for musicians here. And some other cities, there’s really not.

IN THE PAST, YOU’VE PLAYED SOMETHING LIKE 150 SHOWS A YEAR. ARE YOU KEEPING UP THE SAME PACE THESE DAYS?

I’m glad that we played that many shows at that time. We were playing anywhere and everywhere, and a lot of that was pressure financially. If that’s the way you’re making a living, you’ve got to take every gig. We’ve spread out the shows since, especially since we have been doing it for this long. We’re kind of gearing more towards quality shows. I will say, playing that many shows—I needed that. We needed the experience, and just the repetition. Every venue is different, every environment, every crowd. You cut your teeth and it makes you stronger.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO LOCAL ARTISTS HOPING TO MAKE A CAREER IN MUSIC?

It’s tough, because for each person it’s so different. Getting out there and working hard, playing as many shows as possible—that's all really great experience. But also focus on the music itself. If you’re going to make a music video or a recording, take your time—don’t half-ass it. Wait until you know what you’re doing. Although, you kind of have to learn from your mistakes, too.

Catch Angela Perley with special guests The Cordial Sins on September 6 at Skully’s Music-Diner for the release show of her new album, titled 4:30.

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614 Sessions: Doc Robinson

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Doc Robinson, the collaboration of Columbus music stalwarts Jon Elliott and Nick D’Andrea, joined us for this session in the 614 offices to share their unique brand of "Backyard BBQ Breakup music."

While here, the duo played stripped-down acoustic versions of their songs "Wilderness" and "Wild Beauty."

To hear more from Doc Robinson, follow them on your streaming platform of choice, or visit https://www.docrobinsonofficial.com/

Be sure to catch the group at Woodlands Tavern on Saturday, September 21, when they'll be joined by Hebdo, Parker Louis, Honey and Blue and many more for their Family Jamboree.

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5O0efDEpkqEmWbXD2zpkjz

Apple Music:
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/doc-robinson/1116027164
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Producer: Mike Thomas
Videographers: Adam Fakult, Mitch Hooper, Mike Thomas
Audio Mixing/Mastering: Jared Huntley
Video Editing: Mike Thomas
Contact: [email protected]
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(614) Sessions: The Turbos

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The Turbos’ high-octane heroics have earned the group a fierce following in the Columbus rock scene and beyond. Combining shredding guitar virtuosity with soaring, anthemic vocals, co-frontmen Alex D. and Lucas Esterline lead the group in a sound that combines the best of the old and the new. Rounded out by the multi-talented Cameron Reck on bass and mononymous local music veteran Jahrie behind the kit, the Turbos are leading the charge for a new generation of rockers.

For the first of what we hope will be many in a new music series we're calling The (614) Sessions, The Turbos joined us in our offices for a stripped-down acoustic set. Despite leaving the electrics at home, the power of their performance was still enough to garner multiple noise complaints (sorry, neighbors).

For show dates and more, be sure to follow The Turbos on Facebook. Big thanks to the group for sharing their music as our first-ever guests in this new endeavor!

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Producer: Mike Thomas
Videographers: Mike Thomas, Adam Fakult, Mitch Hooper
Audio Mixing/Mastering: Jared Huntley Video
Editing: Mitch Hooper
Contact: [email protected]

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