The Oberlin Review

Feature Photo: A Mighty Good Time

Feature Photo: A Mighty Good Time

March 11, 2016

The High and Mighty Brass Band blasts a jazzy tune at a packed Cat in the Cream. Though the audience was sitting at the beginning of the nine-piece band’s set on Friday, nearly every attendee was standing and dancing by the end of the fun-filled performance. The HMBB boasts a sound that combines classical big band jazz with hip-hop and R&B. The band covered a number of popular, recognizable tracks in its performance, displaying the influence of contemporary musical genres on its style...

Amanda X Outshines Sebadoh in ‘Sco Doubleheader

Danny Evans, Arts Editor

March 11, 2016

In the days leading up to indie rock band Sebadoh’s ’Sco performance Saturday, excitement among students and community members was palpable. After all, the beloved band has not, after all, played a show in the U.S. since June. However, come showtime, the ’Sco was sparsely populated and off-puttingly quiet, which did not bode well for Sebadoh’s set. Though the performance had its moments, a lack of engagement from both the crowd and the band was noticeable throughout. In fact, opener Amanda X — a younger, less established rock trio from Philadelphia — came off as far more vital and energetic than the headliner did. Featuring Lou Barlow of alternative-rock institution Dinosaur Jr. as frontman, Sebadoh initially...

Storage Showspace Hosts Student Rockers

Storage Showspace Hosts Student Rockers

March 4, 2016

The last few years have seen a resurgence of a style of rock music characterized by unorthodox musical elements seldom found in the highly danceable, melody-oriented indie rock of the ’00s and early ’10s. Critics and fans have hailed this resurgence as an opportunity for rock music to reclaim its former position in mainstream music charts. Three rock outfits comprised entirely of Oberlin students — Julia Julian, Woof and Shya — played music of this sort at the Storage showspace Friday....

Feature Photo: Ray of Sunshine

Feature Photo: Ray of Sunshine

March 4, 2016

Sunshine Scouts members and College juniors Jesse Arnholz, left, Jesi Gaston and Harley Foos strike a comedic pose. Audience members received the Sunshine Scouts, Oberlin’s only musical long-form Improv troupe, enthusiastically last night during its show at Warner Center. College sophomores Zoe Kushlefsky and Daniel Cramer and College first-years Imke Hart and Brian Weaver also performed with Arnholz, Gaston and Foos. Sunshine Scouts staged a monoscene, or an approximately 30-minute long, rea...

Feature Photo: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Feature Photo: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

February 26, 2016

From left, pianist Sam Harris, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown play compositional jazz at Joseph R. Clonick Recording Studio Sunday. Attendees filled the Studio past capacity, receiving the musicians — who performed as the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet — fervently. Akinmusire, who has collaborated with jazz luminaries like Steve Coleman and appeared on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly, was born in Oakland...

On the Record with Active Bird Community

Danny Evans, Arts Editor

February 26, 2016

Active Bird Community formed in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY — a quaint suburb outside New York City — when the band’s members were just 11 years old. Ten years later, the now New York City-based quartet is more active than ever. Its brainy, shoegaze-influenced take on indie rock has earned praise from publications like East of 8th, Cereal + Sounds, Showspark and IndieBeat. Active Bird Community performed at the ’Sco with fellow Hastings-on-Hudson indie-rockers Primate House last Friday, receiving a warm welcome from attendees. The show is one of many the band has played in support of its most recent release, I’ve Been Going Swimming, recorded at Salvation Recording Co. by Christopher Daly, who has also recorded cr...

Terada, Huckaby Versatile in Lengthy Electronic Sets

Terada, Huckaby Versatile in Lengthy Electronic Sets

February 19, 2016

Soichi Terada is best known for scoring classic video games like Ape Escape, but no one would have ever guessed that based on the sheer amount of energy and dancing at the ’Sco during his set last Saturday. The Tokyo electronic musician proved that his production and DJ skills extend far beyond the world of gaming. He had just about every audience member in an especially packed ’Sco jumping and cheering as if they were at a mainstream electronic dance music show. After a lengthy — yet cons...

On the Record with Francesca Blanchard, Singer-Songwriter

On the Record with Francesca Blanchard, Singer-Songwriter

February 12, 2016

French singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard has received praise from a number of publications, including Seven Days, for her signature brand of acoustic folk music, which incorporates influences of jazz and rock ’n’ roll. Fresh off her most recent LP, deux visions, released last October, Blanchard came to the Cat in the Cream for an intimate show backed by her current band. The Review sat down with Blanchard for a chat about writing lyrics in multiple languages, life as a touring musician and...

On the Record with Maria Miranda, Artist and Activist

On the Record with Maria Miranda, Artist and Activist

February 5, 2016

Maria Miranda, a reproductive health activist from Cleveland, serves on the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio board, works at an online reproductive health-oriented publication called RH Reality Check and has worked with other social justice organizations including Greater Cleveland Community Shares and Preterm. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to social activism. She has visited Oberlin twice before for reproductive health workshops and is one of three artist-activists who participated in ...

Triple Bill Cohesive Despite Stylistic Differences

Triple Bill Cohesive Despite Stylistic Differences

December 11, 2015

Perfect Pussy, Fielded and PWR BTTM each appeal to very different audiences. Perfect Pussy, a punk band from Syracuse, NY, has earned comparisons to everyone from hardcore icons like Earth Crisis to British singer-songwriter Kate Bush; Fielded, the solo project of Lindsay Powell, offers a glitchy interpretation of electronic pop music; and PWR BTTM, who met at Bard College, has risen to prominence recently thanks to irresistible indie-rock songwriting. Clearly, formidable stylistic dissimilarities...

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