Pile Outshines Palm, Offers Sincere Take on Rock and Roll

Owen Harrington
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

Pile provided Oberlin with a much-needed dose of sincere rock and roll this past Thursday at the ’Sco. The Allston, MA-based band, an oft-cited influence for many other alternative rock bands of today — including Krill, who played at Oberlin last semester — has received lots of attention recently... Read more »

Downtown Boys to Emphasize Political Themes with Multilingual Lyrics

Andrés Gonzalez
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music, Uncategorized

Who are the Downtown Boys? In the lead-up to their performance tonight at the ’Sco, many Oberlin students have surely asked this question. As friend of the band and member of New York hardcore outfit Nine of Swords Jack Tomascak succinctly said in a conversation with the Review, “Downtown... Read more »

Newly Formed Band Draws on Glam Rock, Punk

Bri DiMonda
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

This past Monday night at the ’Sco, Ex Hex delivered a set that excited attendees despite the fact that it was on a school night. The Washington, D.C., garage-pop trio features guitarist and singer Mary Timony, bassist and singer Betsy Wright and drummer Laura Harris. The musicians began playing together... Read more »

Kimya Dawson, 10 String Symphony Among Folk Fest Headliners

Sam Rueckert, Staff Writer
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

“It’s going to be a jampacked weekend,” said double-degree junior Kirk Pearson of the Annual Oberlin Spring Folk Festival, which will occur for the 17th time this weekend. Pearson, one of the organizers and performers of the festival, said that on May 1 and 2, national and local acts will play... Read more »

Mälkki, Denk Debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in Finney Chapel

Mälkki, Denk Debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in Finney Chapel

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

Embracing her Finnish roots, Susanna Mälkki opened last Friday’s installment of the Artist Recital Series by conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in legendary Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ The Oceanides. The tone poem musically represents the feminine spirits who animate the ocean in Greek... Read more »

Lil Bibby, 16 yr old Pack ’Sco

Sam Winward
April 24, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

On the evening of Friday, April 3, fans gathered outside the ’Sco to claim an additional 200 tickets released hours before Lil Bibby’s concert performance. At 10 p.m. when the doors opened, ’Sco student employee and College junior Matthew Walker demanded the mob transform into a single file line... Read more »

Obertones, Koreo Pull Heist to Remember

Obertones, Koreo Pull Heist to Remember

Keara Scallan
April 24, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

Last Saturday night in Finney Chapel, the Obertones brought the audience to their feet with their talented vocals and slick footwork. For their annual spring a cappella concert, the Obertones collaborated with Koreo, Oberlin’s hip-hop dance troupe, in a performance titled The Great Finney Heist. The... Read more »

Rock Hall Ceremony Centers on Hackneyed Acts

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
April 24, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

I know of only one event in the world where Green Day, Miley Cyrus, Karen O, Beck, Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder could feasibly share the stage to play a Beatles song: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The ceremony, which took place in Cleveland last Saturday, fell flat despite featuring... Read more »

Attendance Increases for Student Chamber Concerts

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer
April 24, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

Conservatory students participating in this semester’s chamber music program will perform a series of four concerts this Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in Stull Recital Hall. “The way we do it now is two doubleheaders, kind of like baseball,” said Associate Professor of Viola and... Read more »

On the Record with Tom Knific, Jazz Bassist

On the Record with Tom Knific, Jazz Bassist

Jake Frankenfield
April 24, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Tom Knific is a bassist, composer and professor of double bass and jazz guitar at Western Michigan University. His four albums, Home Bass, Siena, Lines of Influence and The Muse, have all received critical acclaim. Knific visited Oberlin last week to teach a masterclass and perform... Read more »

Collaborative Project to Connect Film, Sound

Collaborative Project to Connect Film, Sound

Lya Finston, staff writer
April 17, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music

Wilder 115 bustled with creative energy last Sunday as College first-year Rebecca Winer, alongside College seniors and Film Co-op co-chairs Maxwell Kopelowicz and Patrick Gilfether, led a room of adamant musicians and filmmakers in “collab-a-fest,” a creative forum for the second installation of... Read more »

Orcutt Peppers Compositions with Improvisation

Orcutt Peppers Compositions with Improvisation

Bri DiMonda
April 17, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

Bill Orcutt has combined free improvisation, atonal harmonies and blues forms on the solo acoustic guitar for the past 10 years. Orcutt performed an improvised set in Fairchild Chapel last Saturday, where the San Francisco-based artist performed for nearly an hour but played only a handful of songs.... Read more »