15 Columbus Artists You Need To Listen To Right Now


1. Red Wanting Blue

Red Wanting Blue are definitely the hometown champs from our city. Their 90’s-esque melodies seem to evoke a sense of nostalgia in everyone who takes a listen. We’re not the only ones to catch on to the greatness of Red Wanting Blue, though. They’ve pretty much become heavy-hitters in the Midwest for songs like “You Are My Las Vegas.”

How can you tell that they’re heading towards bigger things? Well, we could start with the fact that they’re going cross-country on tour right now. So, bummer on the fact that they won’t be performing for their home crowd for awhile, but you can definitely catch them at the Brat Fest in Bucyrus on August 16th! It’ll be worth the short drive. It always is.


2. Phillip Fox Band

What makes country music that’s good, even better? Well, we could probably hold the cowbell, but the Phillip Fox Band can keep it up with that harmonica. After all, who doesn’t love a good harmonica lick here and there? Their singer’s raspy, up-tempo voice, accompanied by plenty of balanced backup, makes Phillip Fox Band one that you have to catch.

After checking them out at the Buckle Up Festival in Cincinnati, we can affirm the fact that you have to see them live. Good news for all of us is that they’ll be playing over in Canal Winchester at Harvest Moon Cafe on July 31st. We’ll see you there!


A�3. Truslow

Talk about a band you’d want to party with… Truslow’s happy-go-lucky lyrics, and synth-loaded songs can’t help but make you want to sing along and jump around like an idiot. You won’t be alone, though. Pretty much anyone who checks them out live will most likely be doing the exact same thing? Don’t believe us? Check this out:

Oh, and they just dropped their new EP, “Hurricane,” and, as you could guess, it’s sick. You could probably also guess that they’ll be going on tour to celebrate, and play you all of their new stuff. It’s always a good time when they’re around.


4. Fly.Union

Not a fan of rock, country, or pop music? Well, you’re in luck, because Fly.Union has plenty of Hip Hop lyricism for you to enjoy. Their trio has been making moves all around Columbus to get the word out about their new album, “Small Victories.” One thing’s for sure: They live up to the hype.

They’ve obviously been hard at work on their new album, but that just means they’re about to go out and spread their music throughout the city. Be on the lookout for their tour dates, and make sure to check them out when they’re around, oh, and buy the album!


5. Cadaver Dogs

Guitar-shredding, drum-mashing Cadaver Dogs are definitely a band for all those out there who appreciate rock music will a little bit of a harder tone to it. They’re definitely entertaining, too. Their stage presence is phenomenal, and their guitar riffs are wildly impressive. You definitely won’t catch too many bands with the crowd influence of these guys.

It must be a reoccurring theme, that Columbus bands are trying to take their sound out west, but there’s plenty to look forward to from Cadaver Dogs. They’ll be right back in Columbus on August 30th, so everyone can rock out with them. It’s going to be epic.



A�6. Gelatinus Cube

There’s something almost hippy-like about Gelatinus Cube’s sound at times. One could say that they’re some reincarnated form of the Beatles in certain ways, and it’s apparent after listening to a few of their songs. At the same time, though, they can come right back at you with fast-paced drums and rhythms in the next song. Maybe they’re just all over the place, but it works for them!

There’s no doubt that they’re still flying under the radar a bit, but they’re on the verge of big things for sure. Their most recent album, “New Corn,” is one that you need to go out of your way to listen to, because there’s a little something for everyone. When we say they’re all over the place, we mean it. It’s easy to love, though.


A�7. The Cordial Sins

The sleepy, dreamy melodies of The Cordial Sins is one that made us want to sleep, but not in the I’m-bored-out-of-my-mind-please-knock-me-out kind of way, but it’s sure as hell relaxing. You tend to kind of get lost in the music, but that’s one of the things that makes music beautiful, right? This song in particular, though:

After a long time in the works, they recently released the above song to the world, and it’s absolutely amazing. Their song release show was excellent, and we’re sure there are more to come as they keep releasing more for all of us to enjoy.


8. Deadwood Floats

Speaking of long-anticipated releases… last month, Deadwood Floats released their album, “Three Years,” for everyone’s enjoyment. Oh, and it was worth the wait. The album was one of the most balanced, easy listens that we’ve ever heard. Featuring a folky/alternative blend, you’re going to be in awe at both their overall sound and musical talent.

Tell me that violin didn’t give you chills and I’ll have to call you a liar. For real, though. It’s only a $10 album, and local music always needs support. Gotta love the Columbus music scene!


9. The Salty Caramels

What can four lovely ladies with beautiful voices and great style accomplish? Well, quite a bit, it seems. The Salty Caramels have quickly risen to popularity due to their unbelievable musicality and lovable stage presence. Their harmonies kept us mesmerized as they sang, and they have all kinds of eccentric instruments that they pull out every now and then (including a slide-whistle).

If you haven’t had the chance to catch them yet, you’re definitely in for a treat. They’ll be taking the stage at the Park Street Patio on July 23rd to bring their Americana styles right to the heart of downtown. Yeah, we could say the Salted Caramels are pretty… sweet.


A�10. Damn The Witch Siren

Ah, ya gotta love electro-pop. We’re not quite sure where in the hell their name came from, but we can assure you that the name fails in comparison to their musical style. We never would have guessed that such a unique duo would come right out of Columbus, but people love it. It’s all fun and games until the wolf mask goes on. Then it gets weird, but in the best kind of way…

Plus they’re all about good causes! You’ll have the chance to check them out at the Columbus Rocks the Cure Rock & Roll Fashion Show on July 26th. They have plenty of style on their own, so we’re sure that’s going to be an event that you won’t want to miss.



11. Friendly Faux

Distortion! Distortion everywhere! You just kind of want to mosh your face off every time their music comes on. Their style has a lot of 90’s grunge attitude to it, but has still melded into its own interesting sound. We found their new EP, “Three Lefts,” to be quite enjoyable as we listened through.

So, where can you catch them at to mosh your face off, you ask? Well, nowhere as of right now, but we’re sure they’re going to be at a local venue near you pretty soon. So stay on the lookout!


12. Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons

Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons represent everything great about Generation Y, and it’s kind of solemn at times to hear such honesty, but it’s certainly beautiful when you think about it. This was most prevalent to us in their song “Athens,” which is kind of a coming-of-age ballad of sorts. It revolved about life after college, and well… we’ll just let it speak for itself…

It’s certainly not a bummer, though, because it’s good to hear soulful music that many people from our generation can relate to. Isn’t that what music is supposed to do in the first place, though; bring people together? You’ll have a chance to catch them on July 25th at The Summerfest Local Festival.


13. The Floorwalkers

Damn, talk about some soul! That bluesy guitar seems to speak to the soul, and the lead singer’s vocals are easily some of the most spirited we’ve ever heard. You just kind of want to bob your head to the music as they play along. Seriously, see if you don’t start nodding your head to this:

If you want to catch ’em live, you’ll have to wait until August 23rd to see them in Lakewood, OH. If you don’t want to go out of your way, you can catch them at the Fashion Meets Music Festival on August 30th, but you’ll be wishing you had gone to both.


14. Kid Runner

Kid Runner is one of those bands that just seems to be up to speed with the times. It seems like everyone is into the synth-pop scene lately, and you can tell they’ve been at it for awhile because of how well their sound melds together. Seriously, it takes skill to get such a blended sound, and the female/male harmonies are absolute perfection.

Yeah, that’s what’s up. You have to check them out live at the Fashion Meets Music Festival on August 30th. They’re pretty much always around, though. So no excuses if you haven’t seen them a month from now. Well, what are you waiting for? Buy the tickets! Did we mention they were recently named ESPN’s Artist of the Month? Oh yeah.


A�15. The Wet Darlings

Full of spunk and energy, The Wet Darlings are led by a passionate lead singer who knows how to energize the crowd. Her voice is full, and she can belt out notes with an incredible range. Let’s not forget about the band behind the voice, though, because damn, they can play.

You see what I mean?! They’ve played some pretty big shows of late, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll slow down any time soon. They have shows planned for Rumba Cafe on July 26th, The Food Truck Festival, and the Fashion Meets Music Festival. Yeah, it looks like they’re going to be pretty busy, and for good reason!



Did we miss your favorite local band? Comment below and we’ll take a listen and possibly add them to our list! We love new music!