Twenty One Pilots Soar to New Heights

Twenty One Pilots *Taken from Higher Ground Music

Twenty One Pilots
*Taken from Higher Ground Music

This post was written by @MeganOkonsky who shares her love for good music, and only good music, on Music with Megan Okonsky.

At every show you go to there are opening bands that are nice and pass the time. And then there are opening bands that are so shockingly good they make you worry for how the headliner’s going to be able to follow them. For the past two years, that has been twenty|one|pilots.

Columbus natives Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun formed twenty|one|pilots in 2009 and have been creating a family-like fan base ever since, recently opening for such acts as Paramore, Walk the Moon and Neon Trees. They are well aware that there are only two guys onstage – not 21 (the name is a reference All My Sons, a play by Arthur Miller). Their high energy could top 21 other artists easily though; if you want to consume this “psych-pop” duo at their prime, see them perform live.

The need these guys have for putting on an unforgettable show is palpable and hits you like it hurts. They compete to see who will have the most energy on stage, and there is never a clear-cut winner. Tyler jumps off a piano. Josh flips off the piano. Tyler screams his soul into the microphone and Josh beats the crap out of his drums. Try getting bored at a show where the members of the band play on platforms held up by the audience. They never fail to amaze.

 Taken at Bunbury Music Festival, July 2013. Music with Megan Okonsky

Taken at Bunbury Music Festival, July 2013. Music with Megan Okonsky

Their music is not all about their tricks on stage. They could pull off a show without any gimmicks, with the straight and raw words of Tyler Joseph’s demons. It sounds emotional because it is emotional. It’s real. Hit up their self-titled first album and listen to “Addict With a Pen”; his confessions are humbling and his vulnerability is refreshing. In an era of pop music that hides behind drugs and uses blurred lines as scapegoats, we finally hear something real with twenty|one|pilots. Their music is a call to action, a call for honesty and community, spoken best in “Forest”.

Whether it’s from the first album, sophomore album, or occasional covers of “This is How We Do It” or “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, twenty|one|pilots is a band to pay attention to. The coming fall ends their current tour with Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco before a headlining tour around the globe.

They’re playing at the Breakaway Fest in Columbus today; pair this duo with Porter Robinson and Robert DeLong (who they’ll begin touring with this October), and you’ve got yourself one good day in Ohio.


Local Rock/Soul Band Have Explosive Downtown Show

The Floorwalkers.  *Taken from their Facebook Page

The Floorwalkers
  *Taken from their Facebook page

There’s no chance you’ll leave a Floorwalkers show disappointed. Not a chance. The Columbus band with Cleveland roots closed the 2013 Downtown Live Concert Series at Columbus Commons last Thursday. Spot-on vocals, lively stage presence, a sneak peek at their next album and a fireworks finale made for a memorable night.

I first heard of The Floorwalkers about three years ago when I was interning for SoHud Music Collective. How cool of an internship to get to work with local bands… and get into shows for free?! I discovered a lot of great bands during those three months. More on that to come.

This recent article in The Lantern pretty much sums up The Floorwalkers’ awesomeness.

A smart social media presence, a nearly constant touring schedule and sheer talent led to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Fans raised over $8,000 to fund the recording and release of the band’s sophomore album to be released later this year. The Floorwalkers have also appeared on Daytrotter where Troof favorite, Drew Davis, will perform September 23.

If being voted best band for three consecutive years by (614) Magazine doesn’t convince you they’re worth a listen, maybe 10K Facebook Likes and a recent show with Mumford & Sons can encourage a listen? Stream their first album, The Natural Road, below then buy it on iTunes or CD Baby. Yes, CD Baby still exists.

3 Reasons Ohio State Will Kick Ass This Season

Miller Time!

Braxton Miller


As we count down the final days before Ohio State’s first victory of the year, I’ve compiled 3 reasons the Buckeyes are sure to have a winning season.

1. Braxton Miller

The quarterback now knows Urban Meyer’s system and has really improved footwork since last season. Expect big numbers from the third-year starter as he goes for the Heisman again this year.

2. Urban Meyer

After a perfect 12-0 mark last year, Meyer has his team ranked number 2 in AP’s latest poll. The Buckeyes had their fair share of bullshit during this off-season, but the new Twitter user took it in stride handling each issue in his own ballsy manner.

3. No Bowl Ban

Although it’s clear who would’ve come out on top, the Buckeyes weren’t able to test themselves in the post-season last year because of the bowl ban. This year, that is all behind them. As The Notorious B.I.G. said, “The Sky’s the Limit.”

Yes! I knew I’d be able to reference a Biggie song on The Troof at least one time.

Columbus’ Dose of Ambient Music



I was never one to be too ecstatic over instrumentals, but this artist raised the bar. I’ve been wanting to share the music of (Dose) since my first listen to Is That You? Although there’s a minimalistic theme to his music, it’s far from simplistic.

The 2012 LP, When We Were High, was a good introduction to the electronic lo-fi sounds that would be even more prominent on this year’s Empathy in the Afterglow release. (Dose) sets the scene and creates the mood in a synesthesia fashion. Perfect chill music. Perfect blunt cruising music.

Check out the brilliant visuals for Tonight and Is That You? below.

A Day Full of Music for The Cade & Katelyn Fund

Dancing to Johnny Thief & the Kleptones

Dancing to Johnny Thief & the Kleptones


The fifth consecutive benefit concert for The Cade & Katelyn Fund was a huge success at The Beverage Source in Newark last night. A handful of generous sponsors and patrons led to an entertaining night with proceeds going to The Ohio State University Research for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Always fashionably late, I missed seeing Hollywood play. The Sunshine Room was awesome and it was a MUST that I finally see Johnny Thief & the Kleptones. The Kleptones’ guitarist, Pat Painter, “taught” me guitar when I was in high school. Quotation marks are needed for “taught,” because while he’s an incredible instructor, my diligent two days a week of practicing were not nearly enough to become as good as I wanted to be. And yes, he warned me of that.

I went back to Martin Music last year and have since forced him to learn all the British pop music I could make him learn. He loves it! Really! OK, at least we can agree that Prince’s Purple Rain is one of the greatest 8 minute long songs ever. Purple Rain was played twice last night. If that song can’t bring in more donations, then you’re totally fucked.

Reptile Smile closed out the benefit where the biggest star of the night was seen grabbing her crotch, encouraging audience members to dance and making everyone laugh and/or feel uncomfortable…

One final shout out goes to the food trucks last night, especially Mai Chau Truck. Spring rolls were the bomb.

Bar Brawls in Buckeye Nation

The Urban Meyer advice. *photo from Uwire

Urban Meyer mid-thought *photo from Uwire


UPDATE 7/24 1PM: Yahoo! Sports reports that “footage from a Columbus nightclub appears to clear Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde.” The story continues, “From the video, it doesn’t appear Hyde ever made contact with the woman – either before or after she struck him.”

Trouble never seems to leave the Buckeyes lately. Two important players have disappointed Buckeye Nation.

Coach Urban Meyer suspended Carlos Hyde yesterday.  The running back is a person of interest in an assault case that took place Saturday morning at a bar on S. Front St. The alleged victim is said to be the daughter of a Westerville police officer.

If Hyde wasn’t shameful enough, Bradley Roby was also involved in a bar brawl. Roby is probably the second most exciting player on the team next to Braxton Miller. Roby allegedly hit a bouncer in the chest for not allowing him to reenter the bar after having been kicked out earlier that night. The Bloomington police report states that Roby had, “attempted to start a fight with another patron. He was removed from the bar by the bar staff.”

What the fuck where you guys thinking? You had it all! Both possible first-round draft picks throwing (or punching) away their future. We’ve dealt with Hyde’s scenario last year when Newark native, Storm Klein, was removed from the team for an altercation involving a TV and someone he shouldn’t have had his hands on. Storm was eventually let back on the team. Charges were dropped. For the sake of this season, let’s hope this asshole has the same luck.

Newark native, Storm Klein.

Newark native, Storm Klein *photo from Buckeye Empire

If not, we can put our faith in 5th year senior running back, Jordan Hill. He has the speed, talent and veteran-ism (this is a word now) it takes to get the job done.

Look for severe punishment for Roby, especially if any more details of his wild night in Bloomington are uncovered. Urban Meyer wants to look like a hardass when handling players and their mishaps, and he will . Unfortunately, Roby is not as easy to be replaced as Hyde will be. I can see him being unavailable for the first few games but not off the team.

Meet Mojoflo: Old-School Soul with Modern Flair

Meet Mojoflo, looking really official. *taken from their photo shoot on FB

Mojoflo, looking really official. *taken from their photo shoot on FB


Mojoflo is one of central Ohio’s most exciting bands. Judging from their Facebook pictures alone, you can see Mojoflo is no joke, with an electrifying stage show and powerhouse vocals.

I spent this rainy afternoon listening to their horn-fueled, Funk/R&B songs. The Waiting EP contains nothing but greatness. The cool keys and simple yet effective lyrics on Wanna Be Wit U is a great place to start if you’ve yet to hear of the Columbus band. Home to You has a groovy bass and old-school fast-paced drum pattern reminiscent of classic James Brown tracks.

Singer, Amber Knicole, is a diva! Beyonce's wild step-sister.

Singer, Amber Knicole, is a diva! Beyonce’s wild step-sister.

The band took the stage last night as a part of the All Good Festival 2013 in Thornville and is performing today at Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest. If you’ve missed these chances to see them live, don’t miss them next Friday, July 26, at Cleveland’s Rock City Festival.

Listen to their most recent single, Right On (Back Around).