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Gear Co-op Combines Music, Fundraising in 4th Festival

Daniel Markus, Arts and Culture editor
May 5, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

In spring 2015, the Oberlin College Gear Co-op, then still a fledgling organization with little more than a few beat-up drum sets and some old amps, hosted the first edition of Gear Fest, a mammoth day-long festival that featured 22 different acts at two different locations. The event has since been en...

Solarity’s “Atlantis” Returns to All-Student Roots

Solarity’s “Atlantis” Returns to All-Student Roots

Victoria Garber and Julia Peterson
May 5, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music

Solarity has thrown the largest student-run event on campus every semester and will be back tonight in the Heisman Club Field House. This semester’s Atlantis theme will offer a ship-furnished, aquatic feel, and organizers have brought the event back to its student-centered roots with an impressive s...

Folk Fest Reaches Beyond Genre’s Traditional Boundaries

Sydney Allen, Production editor
April 28, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Since its inception in 1999, community members and College students alike have flocked to Tappan Square for Folk Fest, an annual celebration of the genre featuring multiple live performances and events. Nineteen years ago, the inaugural concert featured a single headliner followed by student acts, but the...

Jiménez Conducts Back-to-Back Orchestra Performances

Ivan Aidun, Staff writer
April 28, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music

Next week, the Oberlin Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, led by conductor Raphael Jiménez, will present two eclectic programs. The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra will perform this Tuesday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel, and the Oberlin Orchestra will follow the next day at the same time and place. T...

“Live from Studio B” Celebrates Centennial Session

“Live from Studio B” Celebrates Centennial Session

Daniel Markus and Quentin Nguyen-Duy
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

It began as the pet project of TIMARA major Charles Glanders, OC ’14, with a VHS-tape recording of Nagual, an ambient guitar duo formed by Ian McColm, OC ’13, and David Shapiro, OC ’12. The footage is grainy, washed out, and there’s only one camera view, a wide-angle shot that’s a little off-...

Jay-Marie and Friends are ‘Here, Queer & Staying’

Jay-Marie and Friends are ‘Here, Queer & Staying’

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Jay-Marie and Friends, who performed Sunday night at the Cat in the Cream, delivered a show that celebrated Black and queer identities. Musicians Jay-Marie Hill, Britt Baker, Suyá Nascimento and surprise guest Wriply Bennett showcased powerful protest anthems with unambiguous, unapologetic lyrics like ...

Princess Nokia Upsets Students with Second Missed Booking

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff writer
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Princess Nokia’s performance at the ’Sco on April 8 was supposed to be one of the biggest shows of the year. Students planning on attending the New York rapper’s concert, however, were in for an unfortunate surprise: Destiny Frasqueri, known by her stage name Princess Nokia, missed the show due ...

Lamar’s Lyrical Genius Impresses Again on “DAMN.”

Daniel Markus, Arts editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music

As Kendrick Lamar finished a stunning set in the waning hours of Coachella Sunday night, diehard fans and internet detectives alike were left slightly disappointed. After releasing a new 14-track opus, DAMN., last Friday, fans desperate for even more music found themselves spurred on by a rapidly spre...

On the Record with Pianist Vijay Iyer

On the Record with Pianist Vijay Iyer

Interview by Louis Krauss, News editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record, Recent Stories

Vijay Iyer is a world-renowned jazz pianist and composer who has also written music for various classical and electronic ensembles. Iyer visited Oberlin last weekend to attend a workshop performance of his new violin concerto, titled Trouble, by Oberlin Sinfonietta ahead of its worldwide premiere at O...

Kero Kero Bonito Brings Upbeat Pop to ’Sco Performance

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff writer
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music

“I’m having a party / Everyone can come / By the way, you’re invited / You seem pretty fun,” Sarah Midori Perry, frontwoman of Kero Kero Bonito, sings in “My Party,” a track from the group’s first mixtape, Intro Bonito. “My Party” and other songs from the Intro Bonito mixtape, release...

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Student artists of color took the stage in Finney Chapel for the 21st annual Colors of Rhythm showcase last Thursday night, showcasing languages, instruments and dance traditions underrepresented in Oberlin classes and campus life. This year, the event featured spoken word performers, singers, OCTai...

Students Get Hyped for Princess Nokia ’Sco Show

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff writer
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Music

“My name is Ms. Destiny / I go hard in everything / I bring out the best in me / And do what is best for me,” Destiny Frasqueri raps in “Excellent,” the eighth track from her 2016 mixtape titled 1992, her first release under the name Princess Nokia. Frasqueri is one of the most refreshing and ecle...

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