The Oberlin Review

Kero Kero Bonito Brings Upbeat Pop to ’Sco Performance

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff writer

April 14, 2017

“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, released in August 2014 via Double Denim Records, established Kero Kero Bonito’s reputation for lightheartedness and inclusive fun, which the band will bring to the ’Sco tomorrow night. The London trio, which also features producers Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled, started when Bulled and Lobban posted an ad looking for a singer on MixB, an online message board for Japanese expats. Perry was one of the first respondents. “J...

Students Demand Administrative Transparency

Andrés González, Kai Joy, Contributing Writers

February 10, 2017

Oberlin’s administration has a transparency problem. The administrative body and the Board of Trustees have continuously left students out of both mundane and critical decision-making, and students are often first made aware of these decisions when physically confronted with them. The tuition hikes, the official repudiation of demands created by ABUSUA, the dismissal of Professor Joy Karega, renewal of business relations with Gibson’s Bakery, refusal to divest from the private prison industry and the continuation of a no trespass list of community members are all examples of administrative decisions that misrepresent student interests. The Board of Trustees has had a direct influence on these decisions. After Stude...

Political Folk Group Pays Tribute to Salvadoran Civil War

Political Folk Group Pays Tribute to Salvadoran Civil War

November 6, 2015

When live music manages to create a connection with the audience, it is often through the merit of the music being played — how much the audience enjoys the melodies, how in sync the performers are and how much energy is passing between audience and performer. Yet there is another way in which music can touch listeners: through honesty and palpable earnestness of expression. The curious part about music of this last sort is that it can transcend traditional notions of skill and preparedness. When...

Downtown Boys to Emphasize Political Themes with Multilingual Lyrics

Andrés Gonzalez

May 1, 2015

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 Boys are the future of punk-rock music, of underground music, of radical music.” As sweeping as this claim may seem, it befits a band whose intentions, both musical and political, are as grand as they are radically progressive. It is in that spirit, perhaps, that Downtown Boys defiantly titled their upcoming release, Full Communism, out via Don Giovanni Records May 4. Attendees of Friday’s show should expect a high-energy, fa...

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