Dodos was supposed to be the first big show of fall semester—the first time it really feels like the whole campus crammed into one tight den of tinnitus and joy. Not so, says Wye Oak, a fast-emerging Baltimore-based dreampop duo named after the honorary state tree of Maryland.
I liked a lot of things about the band’s performance last night at Eclectic, but I especially liked that it almost sounded like autumn’s arrival: sparse organ, Jenn Wasner’s smoky, melancholy moan, and those freaking crescendos. Despite its only two members, this group’s sound is unmistakeably grand, textured and full enough to fill up Eclectic’s every corner and even force out an enthused encore. Who needs a bassist when your drummer handles the organ parts with his left hand?
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It’s not even the second week of school, but with the smattering of impressive concert options littering the sidebar of the newly revamped Aural Wes, it may as well be the fifth. More succinctly: look at all these sweet bands (ok, fine, duos) coming to campus! And none of them even have “bear” in their name. What a trip.
Here’s a by-no-means-comprehensive guide to what’s up and when, from tonight’s Wye Oak gig through to the end of September. If you haven’t already scoped out Aural Wes 2.0 (and I’m not talking about a sparsely updated Blogspot account), slide on over, and if you’re a freshperson, welcome for the billionth time to Wes. There’s a lot of music here, and despite every instinct in your body, there is nothing even faintly wrong with showing up to one of these shows alone to investigate. Read on for the lineup. [EDIT: LAST.FM LINKS! EVERYWHERE! REJOICE!]
Salutations, dudes. Duo Week at Eclectic Haus rolls on – JEFF brothered up the ‘hood this Tuesday, Bestival had at least two pair playin’ for the (substantial) crowds last night, and tonight, Dem Wye Oak Boyz roll into town peddlin’ some indie folk jams (with just a little more keyboard backing than you might expect from a two-piece). The deets, from regular Wesleying contributor Do not include name and class year in post ‘??:
Alt.-folk rock duo Wye Oak will be coming to campus this Saturday. Widely known for their shoegazy/creative guitar melodies and powerful drums, Wye Oak separates themselves from the other rock bands out there and create a truly unique sound. Forget other plans. Come to Eclectic Saturday and enjoy their awesome sounds. Treasure Island will be opening. More details at Aural Wes.
Date: Sept. 10 – Sept. 10 Time: 9:00 PM – Bedtime Place: Eclectic Cost: $000.00 (If you guys haven’t been paying attention, there hasn’t been a single student-organized concert so far with a cover price. Awesome!)