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The Oberlin Review

Dâm-Funk to ‘Invite the Light’ at ‘Sco

Paul Mehnert

May 6, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Music

“If we invite the light, it will surely come to us / If we invite the funk, it will never let us down.” These words comprise the interlude to DâmFunk’s “Junie’s Re-Transmission,” a track off of his latest LP Invite the Light. Spoken by ’70s funk star Walter “Junie” Morrison, the lyrics are fuzzy yet confident and almost spiritual, like a divine message. Though only 18 seconds of the massive 90-minute record, this brief clip is a sort of encapsulation of Dâm-Funk and the music he makes. It’s abstract and maybe even a little hard to understand, but there’s something endearing in the message. Dâm-Funk, who will perform at the ’Sco tonight at 10 p.m., is one of the most prominent outsider artists ...

Alum Ishikawa Returns as Solo Artist

Paul Mehnert

April 8, 2016

Filed under ARTS, Music

Upon returning to Oberlin, a place she once called home, touring electronic musician and 2014 alumna Rachel Ishikawa felt the bittersweet taste of self-realization and towering student loans. “I learned a lot at Oberlin and met some of the most wonderful people,” she said. “I am grateful that [the school] is bringing me back as a paid musician, but at the same time, I will be paying money to Oberlin forever.” Ishikawa, also known by the stage name Shakai Mondai, will perform at the Cat in the Cream on Monday with supporting act Uxvie. Students may be familiar with Ishikawa from her work in the band Peaks. The indie and alternative rock quintet was a staple of the Oberlin student music scene before its members...

’Sco Hosts Jenkins in Anticipation of Debut Album 

’Sco Hosts Jenkins in Anticipation of Debut Album 

February 26, 2016

Chicago-raised rapper Mick Jenkins, who will perform at the ’Sco tonight, has skyrocketed to the forefront of underground hip-hop over the last couple of years thanks to the successes of his 2014 mixtape The Water[s] and last year’s Wave[s] EP. The show will feature opening performances by electronic musician composers Xuan Rong, College junior Rachel Katz, and Aten Rays, College sophomore Luke Nikkanen. Though Jenkins is just 24 years old, he has released a steady stream of mixtapes since...

Jlin to Play ’Sco for First U.S. Show Since U.K. Tour

Jlin to Play ’Sco for First U.S. Show Since U.K. Tour

February 12, 2016

Tonight’s Jlin show at the ’Sco will be the electronic music heavyweight’s first performance back in the U.S. after a long stint in the U.K., and one of her only shows before returning to tour abroad. With double-degree junior Sarah Snider providing an opening DJ set and interest in electronic dance music growing at Oberlin, the show should serve as a warm welcome for Jlin. Jlin, whose real name is Jerrilynn Patton, has been making music since the late 2000s within the fast-paced dance music...

’Sco Continues Year of Impressive Acts with Hellfyre Club Rapper Milo

’Sco Continues Year of Impressive Acts with Hellfyre Club Rapper Milo

October 30, 2015

Next Thursday, Nov. 5, Oberlin will bear witness to a performance by the one and only rapsmith Milo, aka Scallops Hotel, aka Black Orpheus, aka Rory Ferreira. The ’Sco show will feature an opening performance by local experimental hip-hop collective Bémbe. Born in Chicago and raised in Maine, Milo has proven himself to be one of the most consistent forces in underground hip-hop, releasing a multitude of mixtapes, EPs and studio albums since he broke onto the scene just a few years ago. The...

Lower Dens Impress with New Cuts Despite Small Crowd

Lower Dens Impress with New Cuts Despite Small Crowd

October 9, 2015

When Baltimore’s Lower Dens released their second record Nootropics back in 2012, Pitchfork writer Joe Colly wrote, “There are bands who arrive fully formed and there are those who take a little while to find their footing. Here’s a band you can’t ignore anymore.” If that album demonstrated the band finding their sound, their new release, Escape From Evil, sees them perfecting it. The album, which was released in March of this year, has garnered wide-reaching acclaim, earning the band ...

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