The Oberlin Review

Snail Mail’s Midweek Show Met with Applause

Carson Dowhan, Senior Staff Writer

December 7, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Arts, Music

Early-week shows typically aren’t the most popular, but indie rock bands Snail Mail and Why Bonnie might have brought one of the biggest weeknight crowds to the ’Sco this semester. They took the stage to play their new releases on Tuesday night. Students raved over the performance.  “The way Lindsey Jordan [of Snail Mail] carried herself on stage was not like an artist performing for a group of fans, but [like] she was one of us here performing for peers and just having a good time,” College first-year Eamon McKeon commented the next day. “She talked about things on campus and talked to people in the audience, and making jokes about the tech issues at the beginning of the show. She was very down to earth an...

Indie Group Preacher & Daisy Releases “Over Lake Erie”

Carson Dowhan, Senior Staff Writer

November 30, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Arts, Music

Preacher & Daisy, an Oberlin student folk group, will be releasing its debut EP Over Lake Erie next week. College senior Sam Bailey released his solo record Preacher & Daisy in the summer of 2017. Soon after, he began playing with College sophomore Eva Hilton to form an electric guitar and bass duo. Over time, Cody Edgerly, OC '17, and Conservatory senior Maddy Baltor filled in on the drums and electric guitar, forming the indie-folk-rock group, Preacher & Daisy. Bailey found the name for his fledgling group after reading a short story titled “The History of Rodney” by environmental writer Rick Bass. “In the story, Daisy, is an old woman who has dedicated her life to waiting in the Mississip...

Cover Band Showcase Sells Out During Parents’ Weekend

Cover Band Showcase Sells Out During Parents’ Weekend

November 16, 2018

WOBC’s popular Cover Band Showcase returned to the ’Sco last Friday to kick off Parents and Family Weekend. Students and parents alike filled the venue to maximum capacity to enjoy live music and familiar tunes. Those with drinks in hand carefully maneuvered through the packed crowd, cautious of bumping shoulders or catching an elbow — it’s not often the ’Sco gets this full. The showcase, which first came to fruition in 2011, provided something for everybody. The lineup included covers...

New Legislation Helps Established Musicians

Carson Dowhan, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Arts, Music

There’s been a lot of discussion recently around the impact of streaming music on how artists are compensated for their work, given the overwhelming rise of services like Spotify and Apple Music. In a new development, the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act was signed into effect Oct. 11. It stands as one of the most important pieces of legislation regarding entertainment and copyright law, but the legal jargon can be difficult to follow for those who are unfamiliar with music industry standards. The bill, which received bipartisan approval in Congress, impacts all creative rights holders and those who create music — but it affects industry giants much more than small Oberlin bands with music...

Music Executives and Oberlin Alumni Bruce Lampcov and Jumee Park

Music Executives and Oberlin Alumni Bruce Lampcov and Jumee Park

November 2, 2018

Oberlin alumni Bruce Lampcov, OC ’77, and Jumee Park, OC ’99, executives at Downtown Music Publishing, gave a talk on their experiences in breaking into the music industry on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Bibbins Hall. Lampcov has signed esteemed artists like Taylor Swift and Kanye West, and works as the head of West Coast Development for Downtown Music Publishing. Park is the director of Film/TV Music for Downtown Music Publishing. She works in synchronization rights, which allow the holder of a music co...

Kishi Bashi Duo to Play at Cat in the Cream

Carson Dowhan, Staff Writer

October 12, 2018

Filed under Uncategorized

American singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kishi Bashi will perform at the Cat in the Cream this Saturday, Oct. 13. He will be showcasing songs from his critically-acclaimed 2016 album Sonderlust, described as “frantic, unpredictable, digital, and danceable” by NPR. In an interview with Bandcamp, Bashi said Sonderlust “chronicles the life, death, and possible re-birth of a relationship.” The whimsicality behind the album title comes from John Koenig’s blog Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the title of which captures the theme of the album perfectly. His work takes an eclectic approach to the indie-rock genre, with noticeable inspirations from ’70s pop. Hints of influences behind Sonderlust ra...

New Pinegrove Album Re-Opens Questions on Separating Art From Artist in Wake of Controversy

Carson Dowhan, Staff Writer

October 5, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Music

After nearly 11 months of silence and confusion following a provocative Facebook post by Pinegrove lead singer Evan Hall, the indie band independently released their third album, Skylight, on Bandcamp. Pinegrove’s activity came to a halt in November of last year, after Hall made a Facebook post that revealed allegations of sexual coercion made against him by a fan. Pinegrove’s tour and album release were cancelled, and they parted ways with their label Run for Cover. Hall’s post had come without warning — the lengthy announcement was accompanied by apologies and claims that the singer was beginning to recognize the power dynamics that exist between male musicians and female fans. He claimed that when he pro...

Oberlin Band Blankat to Open for Laura Stevenson

Carson Dowhan

September 28, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Music

Indie folk-rock artist Laura Stevenson will appear at the ’Sco tonight at 10 p.m., featuring Blankat, Oberlin’s very own shoegaze group. Stevenson has been perfecting her craft since 2006, when she released Laura Stevenson: A Record. The album showcases a poignant voice, dynamic percussion, and distorted rhythmic guitars — all of which Stevenson has worked to develop as her signature style. Some of her influences include The Lemonheads, Liz Phair, and The Replacements. Not one to stray away from genre exploration, some of Stevenson’s early tracks, like “Baby Bones,” feature harmonizing vocals led by a fingerpicked guitar, segueing into eclectic compositions featuring brass and strings sections. Stevenson’s lyrici...

Calcagno and Leva Shine in Off-Campus Performance

Calcagno and Leva Shine in Off-Campus Performance

September 21, 2018

It’s not often that Oberlin students venture off campus for music, despite the multitude of local performances happening almost every day. Saturday, though, College junior Riley Calcagno and partner Vivian Leva made a surprise appearance at Riverdog, a quaint outdoor venue a few miles outside campus. Established only five years ago, Riverdog has hosted local and traveling Americana artists, welcoming folksy and acoustic performances. It has a large light-strung canopy, extending above the tables...

Ari Lennox Delivers Powerful Performance

Carson Dowhan

September 14, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Music

The line to enter the Cat in the Cream wrapped around the hallways of Hales Annex before R&B artist Ari Lennox’s show Saturday, Sept. 8. “Over 100 people were in line by 7:30,” manager and College senior Hanne Williams-Baron said. “At 330 people, we reached full capacity.” The sold out house was quite an impressive turnout for an artist not particlarly well known to the Oberlin community. Lennox launched her music career in 2012 and released her first EP Ariography in 2013. She signed to J. Cole’s record label Dreamville in 2015, and gained major traction with the release of her 2016 EP, PHO. While she has yet to present a full-length album, she has already garnered a national following, speaking to t...

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