Just read this well done piece at Quarantine about the Columbus music scene called "Why the Scene Sucks." He didn't pull any punches. While I might not agree with his characterization of everthing (I really like the recent Earwig album), it makes some points that need to be made, like:
I don't own a vehicle and use COTA quite frequently; I know first hand how limited it is. Add COTA's crappy coverage with how spread out Columbus is with sprawl, and that Central Ohio is the DUI capital of the world, and you don't have a city conducive to lots of people going out to bars at night and enjoying their local artists.
It's worth a read and it's all here.