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Stream music from these Columbus artists to beat the quarantine blues

Mike Thomas



In these trying times, supporting local is more important than ever—and that goes double for supporting members of our local music community who have had their lives and livelihoods turned upside down. Lucky for you, Columbus is home to more than its share of great musical acts that you can support right now with a simple stream or social media share! Not usually the type to go in for local music? There’s no time like the present to hear what you’ve been missing. Here are a few recent releases from some of the city’s most talented acts to stream during quarantine.

Damn the Witch Siren – White Magic

The new studio album from synth-rock duo Damn the Witch Siren was written during a time of deep reflection for the group. Following a rocky release cycle for their previous album, Red Magic, DTWS has returned from hiatus with a new, softer sound and a collection of songs that dwell on isolation and disenchantment—fitting themes, considering our collective circumstance right now.

Check out “Paradise,” the lead track from the forthcoming album, White Magic, in the video below (which also doubles as the group’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest entry).

Van Dale – Live From Quarantine

Album art by Mick Martinez

In the early weeks of the shutdown, Columbus fuzz rockers Van Dale spent three straight Saturday nights streaming performances of their first three albums to fans on social media. The tracks on this EP are collected from those performances, which by the final night, consisted of frontman Joe Carmelengo singing alone into a vocoder. Raw, weird, and totally unique, these tracks serve as a time capsule of an unforgettable time in Columbus music history. Click here to stream the album on Bandcamp.

The Devil Doves – Commit to the Bit

Columbus’ premiere clusterfolk group The Devil Doves planned to host a vinyl release party at Natalie’s Grandview for their new album, but the virus had other plans. Now, you can purchase the full album on Bandcamp, with 50% of the proceeds benefitting the GCAC COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Artists program.


Lindsay Jordan – Live at the Shrunken Head

(Cover design by Ariel Zachman. Photo by Julian Foglietti)

If you’re reading this after 4:20 on Friday, April 24, you can (and should) stream this live release from local alt-country heroine Lindsay Jordan. Recorded during the artist’s birthday celebration in a simpler, more fun time, this full-length album features a mix a new songs and renditions of numbers from Jordan’s debut LP. For the next best thing to a real live show, stream this record on your platform of choice.


A stylistic departure from their usual brand of blistering garage rock, this track from the dudes of RADATTACK veers into drum-machine funk, with hints of Mac Demarco’s mellower jams thrown into the mix. The accompanying fish-eyed video perfectly captures the sense of isolation we’re all feeling, while showing that the group has no problem staying fun, even now.

Parker Louis – Rise

Since opening for CAAMP to a sold-out crowd late last year, it’s clear that the star of soulful singer-songwriter Parker Louis is on the rise. Now, Louis has recorded a session for Colors Studios, which attracts some of the hottest musical talent from across the country and beyond. Thanks to artists like Parker Louis, the rest of the world seems to be waking up to a fact that we’re already well aware of—Columbus music is the bomb.

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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap




Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!




It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

Mike Thomas



With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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