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Get Ready to Rumble with Ballast and Doctor Jeep

1941495_781808248545230_6003194701497607682_oHere is what you need to know about the two up-and-coming electronic artists that will be in Gardner to perform a co-headlining set at Grinnell for the first weekend of the spring semester. Ballast is the dance music project of Trevor Osterman. Ballast expands on the core aspects of House music and 2-Step by applying intricate rhythms and layers of synthesizers, textures and samples. His own style of tech house is at once involved and complex, but not abrasive. Osterman’s music does not seek to reach one cathartic peak, but rather is a constant amorphous body of rhythm and movement. After spending many years DJing in underground club scenes in L.A., Osterman finally began to receive some broader exposure in 2014. He released the single “For Club Use” on Dirtybird last month, which climbed Beatport electronica charts through the latter weeks of December. Ballast’s tasteful synthesis of various techno and dance genres appeals both to listeners immersed in underground electronic music and to those drawn to big-ticket artists like as Disclosure or EDM giants such as Zedd or Skrillex. Doctor Jeep, otherwise known as Andre Lira is a young producer from New York who blends a variety of international sounds and subgenres into his high intensity dance music. He released his EP “Angel” at the end of 2014. “Angel” was released on record label Trouble & Bass. He describes his own music as “dark, tribal and percussion-heavy.” Lira creates music that incorporates elements of grime, dancehall and garage. Many of his mixes can be found on his Soundcloud account. He has an active Facebook account as well, featuring a wide variety of mixes and even an invitation to join him in a game of Call of Duty on Xbox. Clearly, he is a DJ of the people. Event details: Fri, 1/23 9pm Gardner Lounge FREE || ALL AGES || OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Cakes da Killa and MikeQ to Run Gardner

Cakes da Killa, also known as Rashard Bradshaw, is a rapper from New Jersey. He dropped his first EP, Easy Bake Oven, in 2011, and garnered widespread critical acclaim in 2013 with his second mixtape, The Eulogy, released on Mishka NYC . His music is intense. Citing Lil’ Kim as a pivotal influence, he raps with raunchy and commanding lyrics that flow and skitter over boundary-pushing beats. In 2012, Cakes da Killa appeared in Pitchfork’s profile of queer rappers in New York, but his music can’t be reduced to his sexuality, nor should it be. He has toured through Europe, Canada, and Australia, and in June he put out a new mixtape, Hunger Pangs.cakes-cover1-560x683 MikeQ is a ballroom producer and DJ based in New York. He heads up Qween Beat Productions, a crew that is spearheading a new generation of ballroom and vogue house music, and is a frequent collaborator with Fade to Mind and Night Slugs. In April 2013 he performed in Gardner with Prince William and Kelela. Cakes da Killa // MikeQ Mon, Oct 6 @9pm Gardner Lounge This event is free, all ages, and open to the public. Watch the video for Cakes da Killa’s “I Run This Club” below:

PUP Brings Catharsis to Gardner

PUP (formerly Topanga) is a pop punk band gracing us all the way from Toronto. PUP stands for “Pathetic Use of Potential,” a phrase coined by a band member’s grandmother, who jokingly warned that playing punk music was a pathetic waste of potential. Nonetheless, this grandmother is extremely supportive of the band, and rightfully so. PUPPUP is comprised of four childhood friends (Stefan Babcock, Zack Mykula, Steve Sladkowski, and Nestor Chumak). The band has been deemed as one of Rollingstone’s “Breakout Rock Bands of 2014,” and this description has held true. Their self-titled debut album, released last April, has been praised by Noisey as “a perfect ten,” filled with addictive “ripping guitar riffs, infectious hooks, [and] cathartic, angst-ridden screams.” Considering that they are in the middle of their European and North American tour after having played several music festivals, PUP is sure to bring an energy-filled show this Monday night. Their new album is available for streaming here. PUP Mon, Sep 15 Gardner, 9pm Free // All Ages // Open to the Public

Mandolin Orange Lights Up Gardner

On September 9, Mandolin Orange will be lighting up Grinnell College with its memorable blend of folk, country, and bluegrass. The band is comprised of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, who, through the “plainspoken, mournful power of bluegrass” leave one in a state of serene calm. The two met in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and have released multiple albums together. Their most recent project is titled This Side of Jordan and is described as an album focused on the healing process, a work that combines the sounds of Southern Appalachia to create a moving exploration of love and loss. Ashley Phillips of Independent Weekly described the duo’s sound as able to “go beyond chord progressions and vocal harmonies, leading somehow toward something pure.” The amazing multi-instrumentalism of Marlin and Frantz, who incorporate guitar, violin, mandolin, and more into their music, exposes the talent of their act. Mandolin Orange is going to bring an element of its own personal beauty to Gardner, and it’s going to be something to witness. <a href="http://grinnellconcerts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Mandolin-Orange commander cialis internet.jpg">Mandolin Orange You can watch the video for “One More Down” below. Opening for Mandolin Orange is Leif Vollebekk, based out of Montreal, Canada. His sound is a mix of folk and blues, generated out of influences in Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Sigur Ros. His album North Americana is out now.   Mandolin Orange // Leif Vollebekk TUE, 9/9 9pm Gardner Lounge This event is free, all ages, and open to the public.  

GRRRL PRTY to Launch Fall Lineup

After surviving a long, concertless summer, we are getting excited for the fall lineup of shows. Fortunately, we don't have to wait long. On August 29, GRRRL PRTY is coming to Gardner and kicking off a new year of Concerts in the right way.
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GRRRL PRTY is a "celebration of femininity and unsheathed swagger," comprised of Sophia Eris, Manchita, and Lizzo. Each of the three artists brings their own style and voice, but they all come together to create a "gritty, unapologetic sound." Since forming in Minneapolis last year, the trio has established itself as an integral part of the hip-hop scene: they've dropped a mixtape, held a residency at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, and are currently set to release an album. Their live shows, featuring DJ Lanae & The Hot Pants and DJ Clean Drop, are explosive and infectious. GRRRL PRTY will leave Gardner begging for more. You can watch the video for "Wegula" below. Opening for GRRRL PRTY is the Minneapolis-based hip-hop duo KILLSTREAK, made up of Tony Williams and ICETEP. The pair draw upon diverse influences ranging from LA beats to Midwest hip-hop to create smart, hard-hitting rap music that refuses to be boxed in. FRIDAY, 8/29 9pm Gardner Lounge This event is free, all ages, and open to the public  

Ryley Walker Plays [2014]’s Last Show

ryley walker poster 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  

Celebrate the Holidays with Worthless

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