Tag Archives: Indie rock

New Haven Band Shouts Out to “Wesleyan’s Best Dressed”

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Put this in the “odds and ends” column: The name of the band is Sorority Noise. The song is “Wesleyan’s Best Dressed.”

And yes, you should absolutely listen to it. No, they’re not a Wesleyan student group, but a punk band that went to the University of Hartford; they released an album called Forgettable on Bandcamp this past May. The song itself is actually hella catchy, a fuzzy-guitar-based tune (check the rocking solo near the end) with eager drums and lo-fi vocals, and it should be dropping officially on Bad Timing Records on November 4th as part of a split EP with Boston band Somos, as per Stereogum. That website also says the song “sounds a lot like the buttoned-up, anxious students that might attend the titular university.”

I reached out to Sorority Noise’s guitarist/vocalist Cameron Boucher for a quick explanation about the origins of the band and what inspired “Wesleyan’s Best Dressed.”

Photos: Leaves of Green Come to Earth House

Photo by Rachel Pincus '13.

Leaves of Green, photographed by Rachel Pincus ’13.

This happened last night at Earth House. The living room was as packed as it has ever been, and squished bodies erupted into moshing ones several times throughout the night, while people spilled out into the other two adjoining rooms, making for a full house throughout all three acts.

Blackbird & the Cherry Tree began the night with their bluesy soul-rolling tunes. Recently graduated songstress Mel Hsu ’13 cradled us with her cello, Jess Best ’14 with her keyboard and powerful voice, Sam Friedman ’13 on harmonica, and Mark Bennett ’13 on drums. The music contained elements of Hsu’s own collaborative work with Josh Smith ’11, with added soul elements.

They were followed by O Presidente, a San Francisco-by-way-of-Wesleyan based band, including Tobias Butler ’13Andrew Zingg ’13, and Charlie Ellis ’13, who recently came out with their debut album, Club de Futebol. After WESU ranked them No. 2 in their top 30, CMJ “discovered” them, too. Audience members coined their sound “surf punk”, “a little bit of Clash”, or as someone else put it, just “fun-awesome.”

Buttonwood Tree Seeks Wesleyan Band For Paid Opening Set

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You heard right — paid.  Elizabeth Halprin ’14 writes in with an opportunity for your talented student band to earn money playing music.  Isn’t that the dream?

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Community Center: in Middletown is looking for an indie rock sorta band to perform on March 1st with Higher Animals. We’d need a 45 – 55 minute set, and the band would get 1/3 of the door profits. Tickets are usually $10, $5 for students.

Please email thebuttonwoodtree(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re interested.
Seems pretty straightforward to me: Step One: Email the fine people of The Buttonwood Tree.  Step Two: Advertise the heck out of this show.  Step Three: ???.  Step Four: PROFIT.
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When: Friday, March 1st.
Contact: thebuttonwoodtree(at)gmail(dot)com
Deadline: Apply soon!  As in, now!

Mac DeMarco, Yeoman’s Omen, and Featherwood Bee @ Eclectic

Calhoun Hickox ’15 has a name that’s almost as dope as Mac DeMarco:

Remember how much fun Aural Wes’ launch party was last month featuring Prince Rama and Wesleyan’s own Bamenda, Guy Fridge ’15, and Crook$hanks? This Thursday we’re back with another Aural Wes curated show in Eclectic, this time featuring cigarette smoking Canadian crooner Mac DeMarco and your pals, Yeoman’s Omen and Featherwood Bee. I am predicting this show will set crowd surfing world records, so get ready to hang loose and ride a giant wave of weird pop for a couple hours.

More information at Aural Wes.

Date: Tonight, October 25
Time: 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Place: Eclectic
Cost: Free Moneys
Facebook event: “Maybe Attending”

Willow and the Builder Debut!

Last Monday, Adrian Simon ’15 along with Richard Miron (Yale student) released a debut album for their band The Willlow and the Builder.

You might remember Adrian from a previous Wesleying post, where he was mentioned with his previous band The Ivy League. If you read the whole article  you’ll find out that he moved past The Ivy League a while ago and has been mainly focusing on this very The Willow and the Builder debut. (Also, you can notice how we foresaw us not being fools by posting about this awesome album…)

Anyway, the album is a mixture of folk, opera, and indie rock. Basically, it’s a perfect mixture of all different music styles in one. If you want to download it (and you should: it’s also free!) just click here.

Happy Downloading!

MGMT Featured on Flaming Lips Album; Awesomeness Ensues

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So, top two reasons why you should be excited about the  Flaming Lips’ forthcoming new album, Embryonic (and yes, that is the cover art at right):

1. It’s easily the Lips’ freakiest, boldest piece of work in a decade.

2. Ben Goldwasser ’05 and Andrew VanWyngarden ’05—known to the world, of course, as MGMT—are featured on a particularly sludgy slab of Lightning Bolt-inspired noise rock entitled “Worm Mountain.” And it rules.

The album in full is streaming on the Colbert Report’s official site. Check it out!