I just heard word of a concert that you might not know about. Midnight Snack, an art Rock jam band based out of Boston is playing at Buddhist House at 8:30pm tonight. The amazing Robert’s Don will be opening the show. Check out the sweet tunes here. This will be a sweet one you’re surely not gonna to want to miss!
When: Wednesday at 8:30 pm
Where: Buddhist House
Cost: Zero dollars
“Who is Robert Don ’15?” would be a question asked by somebody who hasn’t been at Wesleyan for more than a minute. Depending on which show you’ve showed up to, he’s either the frontman of solo project vehicle Robert’s Don or the St. Louis-based Since 1902. If you’re confused about the difference between Robert Don singular and Robert’s Don possessive, you’re not alone— even Don acknowledges it’s “an awful band name, trust me, we know.”
But ignore all of that. Don’s latest EP, Liriope, is the reason why you shouldn’t throw up your hands in exasperation. In fact, the four songs and ~20 minutes of music here are the perfect beginning to summer, reminding you that, even after school ends, you will never escape the Wesleyan music scene. Half-recorded in Don’s now-famous room in the Butts, and half-recorded at his home in St. Louis (with production by Since 1902’s Justin Enoch), Liriope expands on some of the excellent anti-folk he experimented with on his debut Honestly Honesty and adds a little blues-rock into the mix.
Tryna go out tonight but don’t know where to go? Tryna hear some good music at the same time? Desperately interested in the unsung story of Narcissus’ mother, Liriope? Robert Don ’15, whose solo music has been featured on this blog before, has good news for you:
Come party with your pals Robby D, Matty KG, and Dylly AC tonight at Buddhist House from 9-12 PM as we celebrate the end of classes by serenading, lulling, and seducing you with the sweet sounds of music. We will be playing Robert’s second EP, Liriope, all the way through, to be heard for the first time ever by human ears! Come be the first to be wowed and regale us with oohs and aahs before the work is released to the public.
Listen to the first single here!
Robert’s Don is:
Robert Don ’15 (guitar/vox)
Matan Koplin-Green ’15 (bass/vox)
Dylan Awalt-Conley ’15 (drums)
Also playing are Trash and all caps LADD!!!
Date: May 8 (tonight)
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Place: Buddhist House (it’s not that far and the Ride goes there!)
Why: Music and the end of classes!
Not pictured: Girl#$wag. Sorry.
Last night at Eclectic, seven Wesleyan bands kept the crowd raging and vibing for almost three straight hours. The bands performed in the following order: Girl#$wag, Molly Rocket and the Crooks, O Presidente, The Japanese, Robert’s Don, Grand Cousin, and Treasure Island.
Girl#$wag began the show at around 9:30 p.m. to a large crowd of fist-pumpers and ragers. A bit more mellow acts followed after, but still maintained a vibrant crowd throughout. I ran away from the mosh pits that formed during The Japanese’s performance.
After a slow but incredible performance from Robert’s Don, things took a turn as established campus acts Grand Cousin and Treasure Island got the crowd jumping for every second.
If you don’t know already, the winning band gets to perform as the opener for Spring Fling. The thirteen-some judges stayed for the entirety of the show and deliberated afterwards which band would take the prize. (Disclosure: This blogger was among them.) After considering many different criteria, such as which band would translate well outdoors, get people dancing, excite the crowd for the rest of the concert, and more, the judges, myself including, held a vote and Girl#$wag came out on top.
From Henry Robertson ’13:
Come see us, Anaphylactic Shock, in concert. We are a group of 4 musicians that formed for my music thesis project. An infectious blend of rock, jazz, funk, grunge, bluegrass, folk and a bunch of trippy shit, we wanna make you dance your ass off and rock out with us and have an ethereal, profound experience. We want to expand your consciousness and melt your face. Also come check out the asskicking band Robert’s Dawn perform at 10 before we go on.
When I arrived home Saturday night after chowing down on some meatsicles and spring rolls at Lan Chi‘s soft opening, I realized that I was compelled to see a show. The night before, I had a religious experience at The Stepkids, Sidewalk Dave, and Featherwood Bee in the Chapel. Before that, late Thursday night, I was fortunate enough to see most of Delicate Steve’s set at Eclectic, where he blew minds and melted faces.
So, in order to keep my streak off seeing fabulous live music alive, I headed out to see Molly Rocket & The Crooks (Molly Balsam ’14, Lindsay Shapiro ’14, Ian Anderson ’14, Matt Gross ’15, Robby Caplan ’14, Henry Peterson ’14, Atticus Swartwood ’14) with openers Robert’s Don (Robert Don ’15, Matan Koplin-Green ’15, Dylan Awalt-Conley ’15). (Molly Rocket and The Crooks will be sharing a bill with The Taste and Grand Cousin at Psi U this Saturday at 10:30, Facebook event here.)
Robert’s Don, who also got the party started before Delicate Steve Thursday evening, warmed the crowd up with a surprising amount of groove juice emitted from just three members. Most notable was Koplin-Green’s head bobbing, which basically looked like this. I must say, I was a little distracted by a rather competitive game of billiards and missed most of Robert’s Don’s set, though I would advise against you doing that next time they perform. (For more of Robert Don’s music, click here.)
From Yiyang Wang ’15:
D. Steve: Like a hydro-electric Mothra rising from the ashes of an African village burned to the ground by post-rock minotaurs, the music of Delicate Steve will literally make you the happiest person who has never lived.
Robert’s Don: They’ve been described as irish pirate rockabilly, but still don’t know what that means. Bandcamp link here.
Date: February 21