Ohio native and @DispatchAlerts features reporter -- arts, music, urban stuff, offbeat (kjoy@dispatch.com). Couple things due but I always get it done.

Local Limelight: Druid Cloak

dispatch.com — During a recent scene in the hit Comedy Central series Broad City, actress Abbi Jacobson - whose character, as usual, is struggling to find spare cash - crushes and snorts a bowl of Chex Mix to spur her focus. The manic beats behind the goofball sequence came from Columbus.

Columbus band Twenty One Pilots expected to top Billboard charts wtih Blurryface album

dispatch.com — Blurryface, the sophomore album by Columbus electro-pop duo Twenty One Pilots, has made a rapid ascent. The record is expected to debut on the Billboard album-sales charts at No. 1. Released May 17, the album is projected to sell or exceed 120,000 units - per Billboard tracking whose tallies since last year are based collectively on physical and digital sales plus on-demand streaming.

Ohio State, Rolling Stones making sure ’Shoe a perfect fit for concert

dispatch.com — Mick Jagger doesn't go small. Nor do the Buckeyes. Which means Ohio Stadium will welcome the Rolling Stones on May 30 with suitable size and scope. A fleet of 35 tour trucks will begin arriving at the stadium today to commence nine days of preparations, including the installation of a 193-by-75-foot steel stage; multistory video screens; and sound-delay speaker towers to ensure that listeners seated both near and far hear the music simultaneously.

Kid Rock opening for Rolling Stones at Ohio Stadium

dispatch.com — Kid Rock will open for the Rolling Stones on May 30 in Ohio Stadium. The inclusion of the Michigan native born Robert Ritchie was announced today.

Concert review | Rock on the Range features ageless wonders

dispatch.com — In his entrance Saturday night at Rock on the Range, Rob Halford walked out with a cane. For the 63-year-old Judas Priest vocalist, clad from head to toe in leather and sequins, the accessory took no prominence: Britain's Breaking the Law firebrand, his high-pitched wails and guttural growls freakishly on point, could still strut the Mapfre Stadium stage and straddle a motorcycle like a Metal God (a title he trademarked in 2009).

Students drawn to ukulele program in Upper Arlington

dispatch.com — Their strumming and singing a bit out of unison, the 30 youngsters filled the room with the jangly strains and wah-oooh-oooh chorus of the Vance Joy hit Riptide. The choice seemed fitting for members of the Windermere Ukulele Orchestra: After all, the Top 40 love song is marked by ukulele throughout.

Linkin Park: Angst pays for Rock on the Range headliners

dispatch.com — Slender and perpetually sullen, Chester Bennington more resembles the passive dweeb who might have once been shoved into a middle-school locker than a yowling frontman who became a rock star.?So haters of his band, the rap-rock act Linkin Park, would surely be surprised to learn that the angsty musicians ( Numb, Burn It Down) have drawn accolades to spare.?Bennington and his band mates will be among the headliners at the three-day Rock on the Range, starting Friday at Mapfre Stadium.

Rock of aged: Legends play Columbus, maybe for last time

dispatch.com — The venerable bands and their music have more than stood the test of time. The Who. Bob Dylan. The Rolling Stones. Rush. Iconic rockers, one and all, they long ago enjoyed enough fame and fortune to have comfortably called it quits. Yet their touring goes on.

Urban Strings introduces classical music to black youngsters

dispatch.com — Catherine Willis could only smile as 20 young musicians from Urban Strings launched into 'If Carmen Was a Sista', a bouncy, hip-hop-tinged take on the famous 19th-century aria 'Habanera' by Georges Bizet. Her goal with Urban Strings: to nurture black youngsters in classical music - and, perhaps, see them one day on larger stages.

VHS recordings are enjoying retro revival

dispatch.com — A glance at the VHS tapes in a stash that, for Joe Pesch, once consumed a quarter of his basement might prompt an observer to hit the "Pause" button. His kitschy flicks, many of them from since-shuttered video stores, "have a special meaning to me," the 42-year-old said.
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May 24, 2015

RT @larenschield: Aminah Robinson, artistic genius, social narrator and Columbus native, died Friday. Honored to write about her life: dispatch.com/content/storie…

May 24, 2015

RT @pursuityourself: Nice interview with Mick Jagger, @kevjoy! Hope you get to throw confetti at him too! pur.st/DispatchMick

May 24, 2015

@ryanatjenis Thanks, Ryan - was glad we got him on the phone for a few minutes.

May 22, 2015

Columbus electro artist @DruidCloak, whose music was featured in Broad City, is performing at the Commons tonight: dispatch.com/content/storie…

May 22, 2015

RT @DispatchAlerts: Columbus band Twenty One Pilots expected to top Billboard charts wtih Blurryface album bit.ly/1SomiXi

May 22, 2015

RT @DispatchAlerts: Ohio State, Rolling Stones making sure ’Shoe a perfect fit for concert bit.ly/1Smg6z4 pic.twitter.com/33f7QHouDe

May 22, 2015

Whoa. Congrats, guys! RT @billboardbiz: Twenty One Pilots Flying Toward No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart blbrd.cm/Tayjno

May 21, 2015

Had a blast with this elementary ukulele orchestra playing Dylan and White Stripes tonight: dispatch.com/content/storie… pic.twitter.com/aKXFfY8lTj

May 19, 2015

RT @DispatchEteam: While other schools are playing "Hot Cross Buns" on recorders, this one has kids strummin' Vance Joy on ukuleles: ow.ly/N8nm7

May 16, 2015

Don't think anyone here in the #ROTR crowd knew what to expect from Babymetal but it's clearly the J-Pop/rock hybrid we've always wanted.

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