The Oberlin Review

Indie Singer-Songwriter Anna Burch Gives Poignant, Intimate Performance

Indie Singer-Songwriter Anna Burch Gives Poignant, Intimate Performance

May 10, 2019

Detroit-based singer-songwriter Anna Burch gave an intimate performance at the Cat in the Cream Tuesday night as a stop before her show at the TREEVERB Music Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on June 1.  Burch has been a part of a few folk-rock bands in the past, one of which is Frontier Ruckus. Her stab at the indie-rock genre is a stark contrast from Frontier Ruckus’ banjo-twanging songs, more personal and ambitious territory for Burch. Her song demos — which she wrote after finishing gradua...

Canadian Singer Serenades Cat

Canadian Singer Serenades Cat

April 1, 2016

Singer-songwriter Safia Nolin opened her performance at the Cat in the Cream on Monday with “La Laideur,” from her debut album Limoilou. The song’s calming but somber chords resonated with Nolin’s lyrics well: “Toute seule, je m’en vais toute seule / Sans peur, j’avance sans peur / Mais j’ai menti parce qu’au fond / j’ai peur,” (All alone, I go alone / Without fear, I advance without fear / But I lied because in my heart / I’m scared), she sang. Such sentiments are charact...

Folk Musician Sings of Childhood, Self-Love

Folk Musician Sings of Childhood, Self-Love

March 4, 2016

The lulling drone of pre-show chatter immediately ceased as Nakaya, cast in blue light, took the stage at the Cat in the Cream on Saturday night. She began her set with “Dear Skin,” a hauntingly mesmerizing track from her newest EP, Out of Breath. Airy acoustic guitar riffs paired with Nakaya’s echoing vocals, sending a message of self-love as she addressed her skin in a rhyming, ode-like form. “Dear skin, you are so lived in / Dear skin, forgive my flaws / I’m sorry for the pain I’ve c...

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 Kyle James Hauser, Singer-Songwriter

On the Record with Kyle James Hauser, Singer-Songwriter

November 20, 2015

Kyle James Hauser is a singer-songwriter, banjoist and guitarist currently based in Louisville, KY. Hauser studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music and has performed at such notable events as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, CMJ Festival in New York and the Toronto International Film Festival. Hauser’s recently-composed ballet, A Well Worn Path, follows up his two solo albums, 2012’s Oh Oh and 2014’s You a Thousand Times. Hauser visited Oberlin last Thursday to lead a songwriting workshop...

Roots Residency Brings Punch Brothers Back to Campus

Sam Rueckert, Staff Writer

October 9, 2015

In a Bibbins Hall classroom, Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny and singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan sat amid the muffled sounds of various instruments and voices echoing through the hallway. “[There’s] something very inspiring about being in the confines of a building like this [and] seeing everybody working with such focus on furthering themselves as artists and as people,” Pikelny said. “I have this real sense of jeal ousy that that wasn’t what my college experience was like.” Given that Pikelny completed his sixth visit to campus in the last three years with the band last week, it seems like he may be getting a taste of that experience anyway. Punch Brothers and O’Donovan began their residency...

Ambient Musician Brings Showgoers to Tears

Owen Harrington

April 10, 2015

Last Saturday evening at about 8 p.m. I entered Fairchild Chapel, beginning the arduous wait until ambient singer-songwriter Liz Harris, also known as Grouper, arrived onstage. The opening act, cave weta, didn’t come until 8:45 p.m. His performance began with a quiet, high-pitched hum, which served as the basis for the rest of the song, as the manipulation of some pedals and hearty doses of feedback kept the once-feeble sound going for the next 15 minutes. At times, the performance, characterized by deep drones with peculiar textures, was lovely. cave weta shone especially towards the end when vocal loops were incorporated into the mix, adding a more human and melodic element to the formidable wall of sound. At some...

Despite Technical Difficulties, Burnett’s Set Proves Successful

Despite Technical Difficulties, Burnett’s Set Proves Successful

February 13, 2015

Slow Train’s live sound is not equal in quality to its coffee, but College senior Autumn Burnett’s song-writing talent shone through at her Saturday night performance despite technical issues. Minutes before performing, Burnett sat at a table with a couple of friends, calmly sipping a glass of red wine. Unlike other artists who snag a last minute tuneup or run through chords in some inconspicuous pocket of the venue, Burnett appeared nonchalant before taking the stage. With a visibly r...

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