Ryley Walker Plays [2014]‘s Last Show

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For the last show of the semester, Grinnell Concerts is excited to present Ryley Walker with openers Seth Hanson and Grinnell’s very own Adriana Walsh, this Thursday in Gardner.

Ryley Walker is a 24-year-old Chicago native singer/songwriter whose music has been described as “straight out of the 1970s.” Last year Walker released a 3-song EP, The West Wind, which features songs from his recently-released full-length LP, to critical acclaim.NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich wrote of the EP’s title track, “with acoustic guitar in hand and a voice like browned butter, Walker swings and sways in a lush string-and-piano arrangement right out of Buckley’s Starsailor; it slowly picks up to a swirling gallop without bucking the rhythm.” The title track from the The West Wind was also featured on NPR Music’s SXSW 2014 mix, and the song earned him a spot on Acoustic Guitar’s “30 Great Guitarists Under 30” list. Be sure to check out the music video for “The West Wind,” which debuted on The Fader in November. For more information, see Ryley Walker’s page on The Windish Agency website. 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, April 29th

9 PM

Gardner Lounge

This event is free and open to the public

 

Full Saturdaze: Dream Weapon/ Beat Detectives/ Canoe/ DJ PYGYN

This Saturday night, Grinnell hosts Dream Weapon, Beat Detectives, Canoe, and DJ PYGYN. Dream Weapon, an experimental band out of Minneapolis, has an avant-garde sound that relies heavily on synthesizers and layered noises to create multi-dimensional music that builds beautifully. Check out their release for Opal Tapes here.

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Beat Detectives continue the good vibes with bassy and funky beats that Moonglyph describes as “outsider chopped and screwed dance hits from an imagined, weirdo urban radio station floating in the ether.” With smooth, jazzy tracks that slip from heavy synthesizer beats to hazy drip noises to slowed down looping vocals, Beat Detectives’ original combinations create an atmospheric and fresh sound. As impose Magazine writes, their music “pulses and throbs with homemade beats, indecipherable lyrics, bassy thumps, and the occasional slice of a raw guitar lick.” Listen to their soundcloud here.

Lastly, Grinnell welcomes back [concerts] favorites DJ PYGYN (Robin Dugas ’10) and Canoe (Nic Wilson ’12). Listen to Canoe here and here. 

 

SATURDAY, April 26th
9 PM
Gardner Lounge
This event is free and open to the public
 

 

Celebrate the Holidays with Worthless

 

a1162032784_10This Sunday, [concerts] brings to you Worthless with visuals by Drippy Eye Productions. Hailing from Brooklyn via Florida, the Worthless and

Drippy Eye combo offers an engaging soundscape with awe-inspiring visuals to further  boost the psychedelia of the show. Don’t let their name fool you, a Worthless performance is truly an amazing spectacle of lo-fi psychedelic rock and trippy “liquid light” visuals. Worthless, lead by Drippy Eye contributor Curtis Godino, combines vibrant aural and visual elements together to produce a concert experience unlike many others. In the words of Godino, “the lights keep the music going, the music keeps the lights going.” Synesthesia plays a huge role, with the band’s intent to help you to truly experience the color, feel the sound, and transport the whole of your mind and soul back to the more carefree era of the Summer of Love. Worthless’ most recent release via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records is titled Keep Sleeping and fuses sweeping sitars, bongo beats, intricate guitar work, and spaced out vocals to help you completely lose yourself.

You can check out some of the band’s early tracks on their bandcamp page, weareworthless.bandcamp.com, and their most recent releases on beyondbeyondisbeyond.com/worthless

And, to catch a quick glimpse of some of the artistic stylings of Drippy Eye Productions, definitely peruse their facebook page at www.facebook.com/drippyeyeprojections.

Shake the Monday Night Blues // DTCV // Spaceships

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This Monday, [concerts] welcomes DTCV, pronounced Detective, a French-American rock band from Los Angeles made up of The Lola Freakout, James Riot, and Ringo. The band is often compared to rock ‘n’ roll groups such as the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, and Black Sabbath on their more riffy tracks, and are known for their energetic, jam-filled live shows. Most recently, the band released a double album titled Hilarious Heaven under Xemu Records, an impressive record that “contains free jazz saxophone skronk and flute solo(s), a piano ballad in French, synth-pop, a Monks cover, and two songs that surpass the eleven minute mark.” Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices did the beautiful cover art. Check out the album here, and listen to the band’s soundcloud here.

 

Monday’s other act, Spaceships, plays noise-pop-bedroom-garage-punk. The band is funky and fun and stands to turn us all into little disaffected nose-picking beer chugging punk children. It can’t be summed up better than the following quote from LA Record: “Nobody knew anything about Spaceships but manager Mani Quin, who mumbled “Get this” in my ear. A short fusillade of arty brusque noise pop followed, highlighted by Jessie Waite’s impassioned powerhouse vocals. There ensued a gooey community sweat and all was drippy cheers and well-kicked ass.” Listen to their bandcamp here. 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 14th

9 PM

GARDNER LOUNGE

This event is free and open to the public

PUNK WEDNESDAY// Audacity // The Coathangers

Liven up this Wednesday with Audacity and The Coathangers, playing in Gardner Lounge at 9 PM!

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Hailing from Fullerton, California, the garage-rock band Audacity has the rare capability of being energetic and noisy while also having sing-along choruses and lyrics worth reading. The four members of the band have played together since grad

e school, and their familiarity shows—not only do they jam seamlessly on their fast-paced tracks, but their lyrics often evoke a carefree, elementary school humor; for example, in the song “Indian Chief” off their 2012 album Mellow Cruisers, they sing, “Jesus has parties when God’s out of town/ Joseph and Mary are really not down.” In this sense, Audacity is like the garage-band that you formed in high school, except they stuck together and got better and better. With rough guitars, catchy hooks, and sweaty live performances, the band seems to relish in youthful, carefree energy that will be an exciting break from the workweek.

The band has put out a number of EPs and 7”s under with Burger Records (a label that has released the likes of King Kahn, the Pharcyde, and Hunx and His Punx), and most recently released their third full-length album, Butter Knife, under Suicide Squeeze Records. Check out their bandcamp here.

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Atlanta-based punk band The Coathangers is made up of three members: Crook Kid Coathanger (Julia Kugel, on guiatar), Rusty Coathanger (Stephanie Luke, vocals), and Minnie Coathanger (Meredith Franc, on bass). With tracks titled “Shut Up,” “Smother,” “Love Em and Leave Em,” and “Adderall,” The Coathangers’ new album, Suck My Shirt (also released by Suicide Squeeze Records) has gotten rave reviews for its range of sound and moods. Pitchfork writes, “Suck My Shirt shows a band continuing to grow and refine their sound. Have they become more tame as they’ve become a tighter band? Hell no. Their instruments still bite and their vocals still growl. But this time, the subject matter feels weightier.” Better yet, Suicide Squeeze Records writes “the title [Suck My Shirt] refers to an incident involving the salvaging of spilled tequila during the recording session for the album.” You won’t want to miss them! Listen to their bandcamp here.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9th

GARDNER LOUNGE

9 PM

This event is free and open to the public

Review: Oneohtrix Point Never

Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin) is experimental, ambient, and electronic. Upon first listen of his latest album, R Plus Seven, one might get a little lost in his minimalistic approach to orchestral and synthetic sounds. Though minimalistic, his albums are extremely complex, such that he does not try to replicate the songs in concert. He instead “takes the raw stuff of the songs — melodies, keyboard parts and noises — and basically remixes them on the fly, creating new compositions from familiar parts” (Washington Post).  So naturally, I was curious to see how Lopatin would take on a small college in the middle of Iowa on a Wednesday night.

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The crowd at Gardner slowly gravitated towards the stage as Lopatin played his first song, which displayed many of his talents as a musician. It slowly built up with layers of subtle bass, white noise, and small melodies and patterns that faded in and out. Along with the one blue light shining on stage and a television in continuous static in the background, Lopatin’s performance created an atmosphere in the room that made you feel like you were exploring the spooky depths of an ocean. Though his performance was improvisation, Lopatin still incorporated fine complexity—from small, rhythmic clicks to low, distorted, changing bass lines. He displayed an intense, almost mathematical concentrated look while performing, yet effortlessly made the crowd sway and even dance to his compositions.
The concert was an interesting change in pace in the midst of [concerts]‘ noise-rock and hip-hop shows, and it was pleasure to hear his sounds on the loud speakers of Gardner.

Start Your Weekend Right// with Lunice, P. Morris, and Sinjin Hawke

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Lunice (Lunice Fermin Pierre II) is a Montreal based trap producer who gained fame from taking part in the Montreal Bass scene in 2007-2008. Lunice makes up half of the production duo TNGHT, who has played many big festivals this past year. Although his music is similar to TNGHT’s, Lunice extends into many genres, from his remix of Hall & Oates’ “Out of Touch” to his appearance in the music video for Azealia Banks’ “212.” However, his main focus is trap music, in which he achieves his “versatile, energetic and positive” (LuckyMe Records) beats through reinvention of traditional music sounds with a heavy bass. Stream Lunice’s SoundCloud here, and don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes.

P. Morris, formerly Morri$, will soon release his first mixtape, Debut, on February 25. Moving from Kansas to LA, P. Morris is also a producer who spans several genres. In contrast to Lunice, P. Morris tends to remix pop songs and makes them appear mysterious and atmospheric with post dubstep beats. Recently, he has worked to produce Kelela’s debut mixtape last year, Cut4Me, and has remixed Katy B’s “Crying for No Reason” and even Justin Bieber’s “Hold Tight.” Listen to P. Morris’ SoundCloud here.

Sinjin Hawke also came out of the Montreal Bass scene but now resides in Barcelona. RBMA Radio describes his music as having an “innate grasp of sensual alien jams, combining all the familiar elements of half-steppin footwork, neon r&b, and instrumental rap.” Sinjin Hawke creates big sounds and is currently working on a video-only series with other various other producers called Fractal Fantasy. Listen to Sinjin Hawke’s SoundCloud here.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21st

GARDNER LOUNGE

9 PM

This show is free and open to the public

Valentine’s Day with Inc.

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This Friday night, Inc., formerly Teen Inc, will be performing in Gardner at 9pm. Inc. is a producer duo hailing from Los Angeles comprised of siblings Andrew and Daniel Aged. Their first LP, 3, launched them into the music world, gaining them recognition for their danceable yet ambient atmospheres. Inc.’s debut album, “no world” came out last year, receiving favorable reviews from the likes of Pitchfork and SPIN Magazine.
Their music softly incorporates elements of R&B, jazz-funk, and 80’s music into an all-encompassing intimate mood. Inc’s “plaintive vocals [are] reminiscent of Prince,” (LA Times) complete with high vocals and gentle whispers. Though having built their music on elements of old music traditions, Inc. creates a sound that is entirely new and unique—a sound that sets the perfect ambiance for this coming cold Valentine’s night. Listen to music, watch videos, and read more about Inc. at their website, www.official-inc.com/
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th <3
GARDNER LOUNGE
9 PM
This show is free and open to the public

Windy City Hip Hop Comes to Grinnell

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A south side Chicago based rapper and singer, Noname Gypsy began as a poet, winning third place in the Louder Than A Bomb poetry competition in 2010. She has since been making music described by The Chicagoist as “psychedelic neo-soul and street smart rhymes.” Her history as a spoken word slam poet comes through when she raps about ‘hip-hop-opacracy’ and sings energetic R&B over trippy, atmospheric beats. Chance The Rapper featured her on his much acclaimed Acid Rap mixtape, and her verse on the song Lost earned her a share of the hype, exposing her to a wider audience. Her upcoming mixtape Telefone is due to drop this summer. The gypsy’s travels are only looking more bright and hopeful in the future. She says “a lot of people have been looking at me that weren’t looking at me before.” She’ll likely be turning more heads as time goes on.

Dubbed ‘Adventure Soul,’ Milo & Otis are a bass guitar/vocal duo from Chicago. They show their smooth, jazzy side well at their performance at Glass City Speaks in Chicago. Unafraid to explore bizarre musical territory, they did a hip coffee shop version of ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ on WBEZ Chicago. Check it out here. With a voice that can redeem even Britney Spears, Jamila Woods (Milo) fronts the duo with grace as Owen Hill (Otis) plucks out a solemn backing on the bass guitar. They show another side with the snappy doo-wopesque single  ‘Tiny Soldiers.

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April Fools will open the night, a brother-sister rap duo from Chicago, comprised of Damon Williams ’14 and  Kristiana Williams. A promising young act, the two build rich and soulful harmonies reminiscent of melancholy Motown, but prove equally talented when they break into rhyme. Their Bandcamp profile is quite the treat.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th

GARDNER LOUNGE

9 PM

This show is free and open to the public

This Concert is Gonna FREAK U DOWN// DJ Spinn// Junglepussy// Ian Isiah

This Saturday, Gardner Lounge welcomes DJ Spinn, Jungle Pussy, and Ian Isiah. Headliner DJ Spinn is a member of Chicago’s Teklife crew, an international DJ and footwork crew out of Chicago. DJ Spinn comes to Grinnell shortly after ending the whirlwind Social Experiment Tour with Chance the Rapper. Fact Magazine says, “Spinn, along with his regular production partner Rashad, is a crucial figure in Chicago’s juke and footwork scene, and one of the best DJs around full stop.” Spinn, while maintaining the fast pace, vocal loops, and sped up house rhythms of the footwork scene, adds a warmer, soulful sound that truly sets him apart. Listen to his soundcloud here.

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Junglepussy, a Brooklyn native, is an empowering rapper with flawless flow and catchy beats that will get any crowd going. Her upcoming project, Satisfaction Guaranteed, is due to come out this summer, and will produced by Shy Guy, who also produced Le1f’s album Treehouse. In addition to killing to the rap game, Junglepussy also doubles as a fashionista and internet sensation.  Listen to her tough track “Stitches” here.

Ian Isiah, also based in New York, is an R&B, soul-inspired, autotuned crooning powerhouse. As well as putting his first album, “The Love Champion,” this year, he also serves as a creative consultant for the hip streetwear brand, Hood By Air (which you will never be able to afford). His use of autotune and vocal layering are simultaneously sexy and weird, like an alien love song. Listen to his hot tracks “Freak You Down” and “Sweat.

Come so you can tell your children you were there–it’s gonna be that good.

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1

GARDNER LOUNGE

9 PM

Free and open to all ages