Chris Gortmaker ’17 writes in:
Aural Wes presents a night of future-club music. Come work out.
TOTAL FREEDOM (Ashland Mines)
___ Producer/DJ. Miami. Rebirthing pop anthems. Top 40 / RnB exorcisms. Conceptual party maker for GHE20 G0THIK Fade to Mind HOOD BY AIR
___ Producer/DJ/vocalist. NYC. Member of KUNQ collective. Ex-Wes.
DIN//VOID (David Eg)
___ Producer/DJ. NYC. Ex-Wes.
Date: Friday, April 29
Time: 10:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Chris Gortmaker ’17 writes in:
Aural Wes’ first meeting of 2016 will be this Wednesday at 6:30 PM in Usdan 136. Many of us will have Usdan plates, as we will be experimenting with a groundbreaking new meeting/meal format. We may talk with our mouths full, but we will have good things to say!
So, if you’re passionate about Wesleyan’s music scene or feel like you might be (you probably will be soon enough), come and see what Aural Wes is all about. Experience in music journalism is by no means necessary.
We’re looking for writers, photographers, videographers, show-bookers, graphic designers, web designers, generally aural-oriented individuals and social media hype-machines. With Aural Wes, you’ll be on the beat of music happenings at Wes. From hanging out with touring groups that come through campus to covering the vibrant student music community, there are a ton of opportunities for awesome journalism waiting for you.
If you can’t make the meeting on Wednesday and still want to get involved, don’t hesitate to message us on Facebook or email teamauralwes[at]gmail[dot]com.
Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 6:30-8 PM
Place: Usdan 136
From Chris Gortmaker ’17:
Aural Wes presents a night of otherworldly ~funkpunk+etc~ at Art House.
Guerilla Toss (Boston) wrap psych punk in their tinfoil hat then stick it in the microwave. Bzah! Highly radioactive funkgasms.
Shy Boyz (Philly) are soulful social arsonists, lovemakin’ funk disciples, & prolific videographers.
Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 9-11 PM
Place: Art House
PSA from Chris Gortmaker ’17:
Aural Wes’ first meeting of 2015 will be this Wednesday at 9:15 PM in
Usdan 114. If you’re passionate about Wesleyan’s music scene or feel
like you might be (you probably will be soon enough), then you should
come and see what Aural Wes is all about! Experience in music
journalism is by no means necessary.
We’re looking for writers, editors, web designers, photographers,
videographers, and social media hype-machines. With Aural Wes, you’ll
be on the beat of music happenings at Wes. From hanging out with
touring groups that come through campus to covering the vibrant
student music community, there are a ton of opportunities for awesome
journalism waiting for you.
If you can’t make the meeting on Wednesday and still want to get
involved, don’t hesitate to email teamauralwes[at]gmail[dot]com and we’ll
Date: Wednesday, January 28th
Time: 9:15-11:15 PM
Place: Usdan 114
Yo, don’t front like you weren’t wondering if this was gonna even happen this year (too bad for PNK@DKE…). Dyl Bossy ’13 sends in word of this storied event one last time:
Awesomefest is back with
14 all new bands.
1 pizza party.
First 14 bands to submit a band name, demo, band members, and stage set-up to teamauralwes(a)gmail(do)com get to play.
Remember, THIS HAS TO BE YOUR BAND’S FIRST SHOW.
Date: May 3, 2013
Time: 9 PM – 1 AM
Place: Historical Eclecticism Society, 200 High St.
Zuckerbook: Zuck Away
Hibiki Mizuno ’15 knows you’re always wanting to have a killa’ time:
If ya wanna overdose on live music tonight…
Aural Wes and RPM Present:
Brainfeeder (Flylo/Thundercat/Teebs) diva
Once Cancun Kid
. Half of the band (Adrian Simon
) went to Wesleyan for a few semesters, the other half is Griffin. Pushing the boundaries of Tropicality.
Date: Tonight(!) April 11, 2013
Time: 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Location: Buddhist House
Cost: nothin’ but your dancin’ bare feet
Two of these shows are happening tonight, so hurry up and run to both at the same time.
The first few days of the semester have already paid witness to one of the most notable musical double headers in recent institutional memory, and tonight showcases another: Brooklyn’s Widowspeak takes Eclectic while rap legends Dead Prez take the stage two doors down at Psi U. This time you probably can’t attend both (though I encourage you to try), but weep not: the coming weeks feature one of the more diverse, thrilling, and confusingly erratic musical options in a while, ranging from waffle-obsessed rap zombies to a critically embraced laptop cult genius to Ian “Actually Ian MacKaye” MacKaye. (Lecturing, not screaming.) And that’s only the tip of the Usdan iceberg lettuce station.
As always, scope out Aural Wes for a continually updated resource for all things aural and beyond at Wellesleyan College. AW’s own concert calendar can be found here. The below list is by no means exhaustive; think of it as a small smattering of the shows on campus over the next handful of weeks. I’ll continue to add to it as additional shows are confirmed and/or bitched about in the comments section.
Thursday night at the WestCo cafe, Brooklyn-based folk-rock band Fletcher C. Johnson warmed the crowd with their blues-rock and made it feel like seeing a high school band play noisy folk tunes out of their garage on a summer night somewhere in suburban California. It’s no coincidence that Pitchfork crowns Fletcher’s music as a totally respectable revival of 1960s blues-rock scene, but with its own pop-rock spin. Fletcher is remarkable for their organic incorporation of danceable rock music with traditional folk and blues.
Wesleyan’s own Featherwood Bee set the scene for the first hour with their hard-rock jams. Bee, consisting of WesKids Ben Gottesman ’13 (bass), Adam Johnson ’14 (drums), Kelly Lee ’14 (guitar, vocals) and John Ryan ’14 (lead guitar, vocals), opened the show with rock n’ roll music. Their music features bass-heavy verses punctuated by loud, explosive choruses—as is customary in hard rock. In most songs, you can hear obvious Led Zeppelin influences; but in their more mellow tunes, there are traces of The Grateful Dead and their blues, jam-band style. This band is pretty active on the music scene here at Wes, so if you don’t see them play in the near future, check out their music here.
From the impeccably dressed Ethan Hill ’16:
After bringing you such groovin’ shows as Prince Rama and Mac Demarco, Aural Wes is excited to present yet another evening of sweet rock n’ roll goodness with Fletcher C. Johnson and his band. The Brooklyn pop virtuoso is bringing his catchy jamz to the WestCo Café this Thursday along with Featherwood Bee, who I’m sure you all know and love. Be prepared to get down and boogaloo to some of the prettiest twangy pop tunes you’ll ever know.
Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 10 pm – 1 am
Locale: WestCo Cafe
Cost: Your Soul
Crazy concert night continues with the other half of the 11PM double header. Hibiki Mizuno ’15 types:
Come see two electronic artists from LA and JAPAN blast their beats tonight!
Groundislava: Under the Wedidit Collective with Shlohmo and is/has been collaborating with Baths, two artists that have delivered splendid shows at Wesleyan within the past two years. In fact, they’ll all be playing at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival tomorrow night!
Oorutaichi: as Ka Ya Lee ’13 says, “a big deal in the Japanese indie music scene”, Oorutaichi will give you all the space disco electronic folklore you want, whatever that means to you.
COME. DANCE. GROOVE. THERE WILL BE VISUALS.
Date: Friday, November 9th
Place: WestCo Café
rasto effu emu: evento
Click on past the jump for some delicious music video content (or just look at the postings on the facebook event). It looks like this unfortunately is running right up against Ishmael, so bounce in between/choose wisely. But those of you planning on attending Joey Bada$$’s Psi U set, which I can’t seem to find the fb event for, should be happy to know that this starts after Joey Bada$$ ends, so the walk over is a great time to kill your bottle of mystery liquid.