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September 4, 2015

On a June afternoon this sum­mer, children and adults alike held brilliant pastels in their hands and sprawled themselves across the sidewalks of downtown Ober­lin. Vibrant images emerged from the pavement outside Hall Audi­torium, one of the prime locations to create drawings during Ober­lin’s 10th annual Chalk Walk. Soft sandstone pavement serves as a great palette to blend colors, and its smooth texture creates an ex­cellent canvas. Despite scattered showers as event organizers set up chalk...

Hackneyed Songwriting Plagues Eskimeaux Set

Danny Evans, Arts Editor

September 4, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Music

Despite enthusiastic stage presence, solid audio and an obviously practiced four-piece lineup, Eskimeaux, the recording project of New York-based musician Gabrielle Smith, did not impress at the ’Sco last Friday night. As the headliners of this year’s orientation show, Smith and her live bandmates Oliver Kalb, Felix Walworth and Jack Greenleaf squandered their opportunity to win over a room packed with incoming first-years by failing to stand out from hordes of similar lo-fi rock acts. Based on Smith’s older records, she might have played a set that would fit snugly into the ambient and drone genres, or at least contain trace elements of these styles. Disappointingly, the songs she offered adhered more closely...

Feature Photo: OSlam

Feature Photo: OSlam

May 8, 2015

College sophomore Annika Hansteen Izora passionately delivers a spoken word poem at OSlam’s final slam showcase. The showcase was a cumulative display of all the hard work that OSlam members have invested in creating a repertoire of moving, powerful poetry. Poets reprised old favorites and presented fresh material at the event, which took place in Third World lounge on Friday at 8 p.m. The team has emphasized the importance of giving precedence to marginalized voices, including but not limited...

Controversial Band to Combine Disparate Styles

Controversial Band to Combine Disparate Styles

April 10, 2015

“Some people think the record is a joke,” Liturgy frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix said of his band’s just-released third album, The Ark Work, in an email to the Review. “Others describe it using phrases like ‘mad genius,’ ‘masterpiece,’ ‘ahead of its time’ and so on. This is certainly the type of record that is aiming for that type of status, for better or for worse.” Liturgy will likely perform cuts from the album at the ’Sco this Saturday at 10 p.m, giving attendees a chanc...

Feature Photo: La finta giardiniera

Feature Photo: La finta giardiniera

March 13, 2015

Conservatory senior Rosie Kearin as Sandrina and an unidentified rabbit gesture toward a captivated audience. The Oberlin Opera Theater delivered a rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera La finta giardiniera Wednesday night. Showgoers received the performance positively, guffawing at its characteristic off-kilter humor. Conservatory junior Juliana Zara, who played Arminda, said the cast grew close during the opera’s production cycle. The Oberlin Opera Theater will perform La finta giardi...

Claytons Add Spark to Strong OJE Concert

Claytons Add Spark to Strong OJE Concert

March 13, 2015

John Clayton must be a magician. There is no other way to explain the effortless precision with which the jazz icon played his mesmerizing bass solos at the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble concert last Friday evening. After being introduced to the audience at Finney Chapel by ensemble director Dennis Reynolds, Clayton — clad in a peach button-down and matching tie patterned with images of basses — appeared from behind a black blockade. With a genuine grin slapped across his face, he stepped through a band...

Pharmakon Blurs Line Separating Noise Music, Performance Art

Pharmakon Blurs Line Separating Noise Music, Performance Art

March 6, 2015

Pharmakon, the experimental noise project of New York’s Margaret Chardiet, evoked visceral reactions in ’Sco-goers Wednesday night in a manner that even the heaviest of metal shows could not match. She fulfilled her self-proclaimed “deep-seated drive” to engage audiences in “uncomfortable, confrontational ways” in a painfully loud, performance art-tinged set. Fans, critics and musicians alike tend to throw around words like “unusual” and “intense” when discussing power electronics,...

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