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NITIC’S CROTEBOOK: Ex Marks the Spot

“man 9 months ago I was in a fucking small ass booth checking parking tickets now i’m a starving artist… shit fuck’s my head up. “

Who knew a gruff-voiced former Crown Heights parking attendant-turned-weirdo-emcee could pack Eclectic with sweat, rhymes, and somewhere between eight and twelve raucous hype men? Not me. Not you. As promised, it sounded a bit “like the time you saw a Mexican dude and a Chinese dude arguing in Spanish while a garbage truck backed up and someone drove by blasting the bass line of ‘Grindin.’” Except louder, and without the strippers.

After spirited opening sets by Wes’ own Kill-F (seriously: spirited) and Harvard-based Silky Johnson, Mr. Mothafuckin’ eXquire took to the stage for 30-35 minutes clad in a red Phillies hat last Friday, ran through raucous feel-good verses about “Dunk Driving on a Wednesday” and “Good Pussy in Chicago,” then retired quietly to the back of the stage and let his DJ’s club mixes rule the crowd for a lil while. As Argus correspondent Michael Darer ’15 faithfully reports, “Eclectic found itself particularly enlivened during the show, shaking with thunderous beats and boastful lyrics so that the entire house rumbled like a volcano.”

Below, a gallery of images primarily from eXquire’s set, with a few of Kill-F mixed in. If you snapped any of Silky Johnson, send them our way at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

NITIC’S CROTEBOOK: Lower Dens Wants To Take You Higher

“These guys are totally like a chiller Beach House!” —anonymous

Baltimore’s big on campus these days. Wye Oak, Dustin Wong, and Lands and Peoples all hail from the Charm City, and if you cast your memory a little farther back, so does Beach House. Lower Dens is apparently the latest to occupy the “Baltimore-based critical darlings” slot—they’re a little bit moody, a little bit noisy, a little bit shoegazy, a little bit psychedelic, and after a set by spirited indie-poppers Treasure Island at Eclectic last Friday night, most of it worked. (The band’s on its way to SXSW for a third consecutive year, so props to HB ’14 for organizing: sweet timing.)

Also, props to a sizable crowd for turning out, props to Dens’ unnamed guitarist for the most righteous mustache this side of Bear in Heaven, and props to the band’s crew for the most psychedelic lighting setup since The Luyas opened for Dodos: this show was fun.

Nootropics (prononced “No-eh-tro-pics”) comes out in May, and if you Google that, you’ll learn far more about “smart drugs” than you ever wanted to know. Scroll on for a full gallery, and scope tomorrow’s Argus for an interview with the band.