From Mickey Capper ’13Adam Isaacson ’13WHATEVERYA’LL:
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!]
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.
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.
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
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:
“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, frequentlyreturning alumni BearHands, 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.
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?
Update in from Dylan Bostick ’13 – Battle 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.
“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.)
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.