Music Preview: Upcoming Oberlin Concerts

The snows of this past March accompanied a relative drought in Oberlin concerts, but April showers will bring the raw power with these upcoming shows.

Adrian Rew

4/7 — Riot Grrrl Night — 10 p.m. at the ’Sco — Free A night celebrating the underground feminist punk movement of the ’90s features a reading by Oberlin graduate Sara Marcus, OC ’99, from her recently published book Girls To The Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, performances by WAM! (Women and Art Music Ensemble) and Oberlin’s reunited Bikini Kill Cover Band. The night also showcases DJ sets by Chelsey Johnson, Sara Marcus and more.

4/10 — Jandek — 8 p.m. at the ’Sco — $3 w/ OCID, $7 w/o Jandek is the musical project of a legendary outsider musician from Houston, TX, who has released records of unconventional folk, blues and spoken word since 1978. Very little is known about the notoriously enigmatic “Representative from Corwood Industries” (as he refers to himself). Jandek has only ever granted two interviews and did not begin performing live until 2004. For this rare performance at Oberlin, The Representative will be joined by local musicians Peter Blasser, Aaron Dilloway, Robert Turman and Conservatory senior Austin Vaughn.

4/12 — Northern Ohio Hip Hop Showcase — 10 p.m. at the ’Sco — $2 This showcase of filthy local rappers features Young Slink Gator, and Kidd with more to be announced. Don’t attend expecting positive and/or socially conscious hip-hop.

4/16 — Kevin Drumm — information TBA Kevin Drumm is a renowned experimental musician from Chicago who works primarily with prepared guitar, laptop computers and analog modular synthesizers. He has collaborated with Jim O’Rourke and Tony Conrad among many others and his 2002 album Sheer Hellish Miasma is considered a landmark of the noise genre. The date and location for this noise overlord’s performance have yet to be finalized, but you can check the Modern Music Guild’s website for updates.

4/19 — Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Dolphins Into The Future, Family Underground, Floris Vanhoof — 9 p.m. at Fairchild Chapel — Free Monopoly Child Star Searchers, a.k.a. Spencer Clark, a.k.a. the other half of The Skaters with James Ferraro, will transport you to a world of lo-fi tropical psychedelia, while Dolphins Into The Future will bring in the New Age. Dolphins Into The Future, Family Underground and Floris Vanhoof come from Denmark and Belgium, so see them while you can.

4/21 — Blood Stereo, Bill Nace — information TBA Blood Stereo is the husband-and-wife team of Karen Constance and Dylan Nyoukis. Their junk tape manipulation and goofy sound poetry cemented their status as legendary players in the British underground. Bill Nace’s wacked guitar mangling has found its way onto collaborations with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Chris Corsano as well as his own solo records. Another Modern Music Guild show with a to-be-determined venue, Blood Stereo are coming from Brighton, England, for this exclusive performance.

4/25 — Lightning Bolt, Dog Leather — 10 p.m. at the ’Sco — Tickets TBA Lightning Bolt requires no introduction. The Providence, RI noise rock duo has released several critically acclaimed records, but it is perhaps best known for its incredibly loud guerilla gigs where it eschews traditional performance spaces, frequently playing on the ground rather than a stage. Opener Dog Leather is the scumfreak-wanderer supergroup of DJ Dog Dick and Sewn Leather.

4/28 — Rapoon, Promute, Stag Hare — 9 p.m. at Fairchild Chapel — Free Rapoon is the ethno-ambient solo project of pioneering industrial group Zoviet France co-founder Robin Storey, and has been operating out of the United Kingdom since 1992. Promute and Stag Hare explore the similar sonic territories of droney psychedelia.

4/30 — Pink Reason, Circuit Des Yeux — 10 PM at the ’Sco — Tickets TBA With 2007’s epochal Cleaning The Mirror, Wisconsin native Kevin De Broux (punk name Kevin Failure) garnered heavy praise from critics at Pitchfork, Spin, Tiny Mix Tapes and Dusted for the Robitussin blues recorded under his Pink Reason moniker. MTV lumped Pink Reason into the burgeoning lo-fi scene with acts such as Times New Viking and Jay Reatard, but De Broux’s meticulously constructed, goth-tinged loner folk songs transcend the increasingly stagnant genre. Pink Reason will be touring behind its much-awaited sophomore record Shit in the Garden with Indiana’s Circuit Des Yeux.