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First Annual Last Concert Ever

From Mickey Capper ’13 Adam Isaacson ’13 WHATEVER YA’LL:

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Packing is for losers!! So many seniors playing music TONIGHT at Eclectic cause they never will ever again! If you’re on campus, don’t miss it. If you’re off campus come back to campus for this show or you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. BRING YOUR PARENTS CUZ YOU LOVE THEM!!!

10:00 pm Elvis Presley

10:05 pm Protein Stains

10:30 pm Dr. Hackensack

10:50 pm Miami Heat

11:20 pm The Japanese

12:00 am Treasure Island

12:30 am Bamenda

12:45 am Perfecto

01:15 am Adrien Feat. William

01:30 am Tonsil Hockey

01:55 am Juke Wherry???

WITH SLOLIVIA DROPPING THE HOTTEST SLO SONGS ALL NIGHT LONG!!!

schedule subject to change so don’t even exist anywhere other than this show from 10pm-2am

If you can’t go at all try tuning in to WESU 88.1 fm. We might be live streaming?!? [Also always a source for great freeform radio! Donate today!]

Date: UNTIL THE END OF TIME
Place: Eclectic.

Girl#$wag Takes the Crown at Battle of the Bands, Will Open Spring Fling

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.

Photos: Widowspeak Entrances Eclectic With Crisp, Airy “Heartland Rock”

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For those music lovers and late-night concertgoers who skipped/couldn’t get tickets to/were rejected from Dead Prez last night, it was Ladies’ Night at Eclectic, and there was more than enough rock to go around. The billing featured two female-led bands, with Wesleyan’s own Treasure Island opening for Widowspeak, fresh off the release of their newest album, Almanac.

Widowspeak, fronted by the lovely Molly Hamilton, was an exhibit of grace and subtlety—except louder. Operating in the roots-rock realm of the Heartless Bastards but with a true penchant for spacious arrangements, Widowspeak burned through both newer songs and older material in their hour-long set. Hamilton showed no hint of performance anxiety as she wielded a guitar and leaned into the microphone, her voice smoky and laid back.

Hamilton, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, used to call the band’s style “cowboy grunge” before switching her description to “heartland rock.” Neither is far off, really. Playing live, Widowspeak creates a hazy atmosphere by layering airy keyboards over rhythm guitar, with drums filling in the texture.  Lead guitarist Robert Earl Thomas plays bluesy distortion right up against Hamilton’s vocals in the best possible way. Hands tied, I’d say that combination is what gives Widowspeak a serious edge over the competition.  From the stormy Almanac single “Ballad of the Golden Hour” to my personal favorite and show-closer “In The Pines,” Widowspeak masters both the slow burn and the full-out forest fire.

Widowspeak at Eclectic

If you missed out on tickets to see dead prez (or prefer a more alternative vibe), Brooklyn group Widowspeak will be playing Eclectic tonight, alongside Wesleyan’s own Treasure Island. Chelsie Green ’14 (hey, that rhymes) coming at you with the details:

Widowspeak is coming down up from Brooklyn this Saturday to play some
tunes. They played NYC’s Mercury Lounge on 1/22, and the reviewer
found their set “rounder, fuller, [and] more expressive” than ever
before. The material from their brand new release (from this week) is
more hard-hitting and varied than their first attempt (I’d even say
it’s better).

Video Evidence: The Mash, According to Benjamin Travers

“Wesleyan National Convention!”

After two months, The Mash, otherwise known as that thing with all the bands in all the different places that was sort of like Spring Fling except not, has finally gotten the Ben Travers treatment. (Travers, the Wesleyan videographer, is the guy behind this MRoth Meets Elaine clip and this MRoth meets Carter Bays ’97 clip.) (The president appears in this clip, too—there’s a shot of him playing the keys at 00:41.) (Unfortunately, the clip doesn’t capture his dancing with A-Batte during Bear Hands.)

Set to Bear Hands’ “Belonging,” the video offers a bite-size overview of the dizzying array of music and public life (woah!) on display, with an admirable focus on all the groovy dancing happening during Bear Hands’ set, which somehow never manages to fall in sync with the “Belongings” soundtrack. It was screened for your parents at the unexpectedly political Parents’ Assembly during Homecoming Weekend, and now it’s floating around the Wesleyan main page and Connection, with this blurb attached to it: 

The Mash: A Music & Public Life Initiative

Not that dumb game you played in middle school.

“You know what I wish?” says person number one. “What?” says person number two. “I wish that several of the talented musicians that attend/have attended Wesleyan will select a day in which they scatter themselves about the campus and play their music loud and for all to hear,” says person number one. “Wouldn’t that be nice?” But person number two does not respond because they left the conversation. Sad story, but true. Fortunately, if you are person number two, your wishes are being granted—by Chelsie Green ’14, Michael Roth ’78, frequently returning alumni Bear Hands, and a whole committee of students and faculty:

The Mash, inspired by Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, will highlight the student music scene at Wesleyan and kick off the year-long campus and community-wide Music & Public Life initiative.

The event will open with President Roth and other faculty members performing at noon on Friday, September 7 in the Usdan Courtyard. From 2-5 pm, three stages, located at the WestCo Courtyard, Usdan Courtyard and Olin Library Lawn, will feature some of Wesleyan’s student musicians, as well as newly formed groups (30 minutes of every hour will be left unbooked, so come ready to play with whatever instrument you need to make music—drums, amplifiers, and microphones will be provided). From 5-8 pm, THE MASH will continue on Andrus Field with a performance by campus band Treasure Island. This stage will be headlined by BearHands, an alumni band. Meanwhile, an all-campus outdoor barbecue dinner will be happening on Andrus Field/Foss. As a part of the event, small instruments will be handed out to encourage everyone to make music.

TREASURESZ

What name do a nineteenth-century novela twentieth-century geographical formation, and a twenty-first century band share? Yeah, it’s time for a a shout-out to BEJEWELED ARCHIPELAGO!?!!… wait, shit, I mean Treasure Island.

To clear up all the confusion/misplaced hate out there, Treasure Island is Faith Harding ’14, Dema Paxton-Fofang ’13, Jason Katzenstein ’13, and Tobias Butler ’13.

The band, memorialized amidst all the ACB vitriol with the parenthetical “havent played in a while but good” are back on the live scene with a gig at tonight’s Battle of the Bands at Eclectic, where they will be playing alongside The AppledaughtersGrand CousinLyons DenPeace Museum, and Static Stamina.

In case you’re trying to catch them in the daylight, they’ll also be on Saturday afternoon in the WestCo courtyard for Zonker Harris Day with North Paw, Yeoman’s Omen, Grand Cousin, Featherwood Bee, and Tan Lines.

And for the really anti-social among us, they’ve also got their new single “College” available for download. Scoop it here.

Tanlines to Headline Zonker Harris Day 2012

Dashing WestCovian devil child Cal Hickox ’15 writes in about an incomparable WesFest classic that’s here to stay, alternative names be damned. This time around electro-pop duo Tanlines is headlining, set to talk the stage after (and before) sets by a veritable kaleidoscope of prolific WesBands (some of whom performed last year too). The weather’s supposed to be a darling, so let’s hope no one gets on P-Safe’s bad side:

Imagine… a place and a time where the world could come together as one.

Think hard; really try to taste the pure buttercup air; really try to feel all those wind turbines humming with satisfaction; and really, really, really try to see all those effervescent smiles plastered across the faces of a new tomorrow. Nice, isn’t it? Well I’ve got some good freakin’ news… This utopia is not out of reach! This is all it is: A unity based upon trust, love, harmony, innovation, …… and WHAT?!?! …… a man?

BATTLE OF THE BANDS UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE


Update in from Dylan Bostick ’13Battle of the Bands (THIS FRIDAY OR WHATEVER) has a lineup, y’all – chosen from quite a few EP entries by a careful and time-honored process. Also I heard facebook has an events system and this is on it, does this link work? Apparently it’s like an event or something, IDK.

Anyway, onto the contestants. Don’t be too impressed with these descriptions I’ve amassed from leading music critics:

The Appledaughters – battlers man these guys crazy theyll punch you out the face bro fuck
Grand Cousin – yo used to be grand dad but like its complicated with mom so cousin now
Lyons Den – i mean its just some lyons see
Peace Museum – sounds chill not too much fighting in the museum and stuff
Static Stamina – um i failed physics so not sure what this means but yeah
Treasure Island -haha dude loooove tresure man!!! found some sweet $$$ under my bed yesterday

Got issues with the lineup? If only there were some place where people had already left more than 50 comments about it…oh well.

Also, if someone wants to tell me what (if any?) is the difference between Social and Spring Fling Committees, that would be $w33t. Sorry I have no idea what’s going on, but isn’t that how we all go through life? …oh, so that’s just me? Okay. Fine.

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.