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Eclectic Porch Concert

Nice weather is all about chilling on the porch. Come do that at Eclectic on Saturday and listen to bands play some tunes.  There will also be food and clothes for sale to benefit the Travers Square program.

Here’s the line up!

1-1:30: Devolver

1:45-2:15:  Harrison

2:30-3: LE1F

3:15-4: Violens

4:15-5 Pretty & Nice

5:15-5:45 Apache Kid

6-6:30: Banana Head

6:45-7:15: Cous Cous

Violens and Pretty & Nice are New York and Boston bands, respectively, and the rest are Wes acts

Date: Saturday, April 24
Time: 1PM
Place: Eclectic back porch
Cost: nada

Last Last Minutes Bar Night

It has really start to hit home that the year is drawing to a close. Crazy, no? Well, for all of you who have been coming out to the Shadow Room on Wednesday nights to see some great Wesleyan musicians do what they do (and for all of you who haven’t been coming out yet but want to), there will be one last chance this year to see a variation on Wesleyan’s own The Last Minutes, known as the Ben Block Solo Trio (and friends) for these magical evenings. Cheap drinks and good music. What a way to spend a Wednesday night.

Date: Wednesday, April 21st
Time: 10PM
Place: The Shadow Room (170 Main St)
Cost: free

Turbo Fruits, The Beets, and Duchampion at Wesfest

Turbo Fruits
This three-piece from Nashville is a straight-shooting rock and roll band representing the dirty south and hitting hard. Led by ex-Be Your Own Pet guitarist, this band is vintage rock and not to be missed.

The Beets
“A trio of drunk, possibly retarded twelve year olds. Seriously, my left tit probably outweighed the whole fucking band.” – Tuddd’s Muddd, (
^stolen from their MySpace, too good to pass up. In all seriousness, though, a great lo-fi indie band from New York. But don’t take my (or Tuddd Muddd’s) word for it…

Wesleyan guitar (and bass and drum..) heroes Duchampion (Ben Seretan ’10, Will Brant ’10, Asa Horvitz ’10, and Jake Nussbaum ’10) will be rocking out with their own brand of reverbed, Americana-influenced, art-rock tinged greatness.

Also, it’s WesFest weekend, so prefrosh are obviously welcome, just make sure they bring a photo ID so that it can be bound with yours at the door. Same for visiting alumni!

  • Where: Eclectic
  • When: April 16, 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

THEESatisfaction, Gabriel Teodros, and Khingz…

Alex Bernson ’11 writes: Seattle’s  THEESatisfaction are embarking on their first US excursion, “The Black Weirdo Tour”, “An excellent opportunity for them to spread their positive messages of queer expression, black consciousness, and gender harmony across the United States!”

Come check out these bohemian, black fist-up sonic spacefarers, who do
“lo-fi, sultry hip-hop” and “blunted freakjazzpop”.

Opening will be two veterans of Seattle hip-hop, Gabriel Teodros and
Khingz. Some of you may remember Gabriel Teodros’ smart, soulful rap
from his show last semester at Buddhist House, and this time around
he’ll be sharing the stage with long-time collaborator Khingz, who has
made his mark  with his fierce lyrics, lightning-struck delivery, and
his individual vision and deep commitment to community activism.

Check out the Facebook event here:

Date: Saturday, April 10

Time: 10PM

Place: 200 Church

Cost: Free

new Amanda Palmer projects

For any of you who aren’t so into MGMT and Das Racist being the only Wes alums to make Wesleying music news (as we all know Wesleying is the true barometer of musical success), here’s a little change for ya.

Amanda Palmer ’98 has a new project, Evelyn Evelyn.  Palmer is probably best known from her Dresden Dolls years, but her stuff is generally pretty cool.  She’s very into vaudeville in her performance style, so if you’re looking for a little something different check her out. I’m going to go ahead and link in the Brooklyn Vegan story, which has tour dates and all that jazz.

Bulletin: Nigel Hall Supporting Soulive

Breaking news! Nigel Hall just got added to the bill for Friday’s show! Come prepared to have your face melted off by sick keys playing and a voice that would make James Brown shout. You’ll then have a few precious minutes to try to get yourself back together before Soulive takes the stage to blow whatever may be left of your mind. Student band Mad Wow is going to kick the whole party off with the sweetest funk you’ve ever heard. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem fair how talented our classmates are. Because of the last minute addition, doors are being pushed up to 9PM, so come early and come often. Take that as you will.

Oh yeah, there are a few tickets left, so show up at Usdan at noon tomorrow to see if you can snag one. Explicit show details below:

Date: Friday, April 2nd

Time: 9PM

Place: Beckham Hall

Cost: $8

Soulive Tix Round 2 (ding ding)

After ticket sales were cut short last week, the rest of the Soulive tickets are available starting tomorrow (Monday, so today?) at noon in Usdan. The show itself is THIS FRIDAY, April 2nd, in Beckham at 10pm.

Tickets are $8 in cash, no student accounts, sorry! Oh, and since this has come up a bunch: yes, you can bring non-Wes people. Each Wesleyan student can bring in up to 3 guests. You just have to bind your student ID to their photo IDs and leave all that plastic at the door.

So again. Tickets. $8. Usdan. Lunch times til they’re gone, so get them while the getting’s good.

Last Minute Bar Night Fun

The Last Minutes continue their residency at The Shadow Room as The Ben Block Solo Trio (and friends). Come drink in the vibes and the beats, and other things at a discount before 11…

Date: Wednesday, March 24th

Time: 10PM

Cost: free

Soulive tix on sale

Tickets for Soulive are were on sale this week at noon in Usdan, and will be sold again starting Monday, March 29th. $8 to see Soulive play April 2nd at Beckham hall. Student band Mad Wow will be opening and things will be popping. Get your passes for funky goodness while they’re hot!

Wesleyan bands take it to the road

Oh, spring break. Weather’s getting warm, trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping. And taking a hint from those baby birds who are taking wing and flying from the nest, Wes bands Duchampion, The Last Minutes, Apache Kid, Metacomet, and Ishmael are using this break as an opportunity to sing their songs in new and exciting locations. For those of you in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia who are feeling a little homesick for Wesleyan already, check out the tour dates after the jump to see when you’ll have the opportunity for a little Wes love.  I’m not listing college shows, as they might not be accessible… Oh, and Aural Wes put up a similar post with some more info on some of the bands, so if you’re curious about any of the individual bands you should check that out here.