This past Saturday night CC students gathered at 666 Uintah to let out some energy to the sounds of CC student bands Ominous Animals and Kauzmann On Ice. Above the roar of friends gathered around, upbeat guitars and smashing symbols keeping the room sweaty, lively, and full until the bitter end.
While I personally showed up late to the Ominous Animals set, friends like Lena Farr-Morrissey shared that they brought a lot of energy to the room with groovy jams like their rendition of “White Room” by Cream. They have been consistently creating an incredible atmosphere for every live set. These talented musicians have been around the CC music scene for a few years now and they that have come together under the name of Ominous Animals. The crowd always adores their performance and were sad to see their set end.
After the crowd filed out quickly for a short smoke break, Kauzmann On Ice followed Ominous Animals to complete the night. While Kauzmann On Ice was the name of this band this past Saturday, the official name of this group has yet to be decided. So continue to keep an ear out. With influences from CC student bands such as the beloved Randy and the Reptiles, curiosity elevated the crowds excitement. Extended downtempo jams on the guitar gave the room a spacey ambience as those next to me began to shut their eyes and dance for nobody but themselves. As the tempo increased so did the amount of collisions in the crowd. A perfect mixture of groovy bass, upbeat guitar, and loud, rhythmic drums riled up the crowd for the climax of the night. A crowd surfer passed overhead and fell soon after, but everyone still had smiles on their faces.
With another dynamic performance from Ominous Animals and Kauzmann On Ice’s lively debut show, Saturday night was one to remember. The intimate venue, the abundance of tigers, and high-spirited music created an exhausting yet refreshing experience for those who were lucky enough to attend. Keep an ear out for these bands next show, you don’t want to miss it.
“I worked at a pizza joint, a hotel, sold beach chairs for a while, landscaped, worked at a couple restaurants, a Denny’s. There is always downtime, and I recorded some melodies I liked on a pocket recorder while washing dishes. With the money from the jobs I craigslisted a guitar, drums, bass, and a synth. COLD CUTS was born straight out of my experiences with life, friends, women, and selling beach chairs.”
Lots of plastic bins, overflowing trashcan, eager freshman and opening convocation all mark the beginning of the new school year. While most people are forced to transition from summer break to a heap load of academic work, many students such as Quinn Webb, current events manager of Sounds of Colorado College (SOCC), have been working to make sure this transition and the bustle of first week is also complete with a music event and of course, free food.
This Friday August 28th from 9:00pm-12:00am in Gaylord Hall, Bay area band Part Time and student band Touchit will be providing the musical entertainment for the night. Featured on music blog Stereogum’s artist to watch, Part Time is a must see for anyone into synth pop, nu wave, rock or just having a good time. If you are a bit unfamiliar with the band, I suggest listening to their songs “Seashells” and “Night Drive.” Of course, a musical performance at the college would not be complete without a student band opener, which would provide a very special opportunity for new students to have their first Colorado college student band experience and a special opportunity for us returning folks to remember just how talented some of our friends are on campus.
After all the fun and entertainment, the night will be complete with midnight breakfast to feed hungry bellies after hours of dancing. What truly makes this event special other than the fact that this will be a great first weekend event to bring the community together but also that the SOCC staff has been working extremely hard over the summer to ensure that more musical performances will be happening throughout the school year with the hopes of something new and exciting happening blockly.
Yet again, The SOCC brought an awesome band to campus. I would be really bummed if I hadn’t made it to the You Me & Apollo concert on Thursday night in Shove Chapel. You Me & Apollo is a band based in Fort Collins, CO, started and now led by the talented singer/songwriter Brent Cowles, a Colorado Springs native. With great variety in their musical repertoire, their songs range from country-ish, almost folky music, to a more mellow bluesy vibe. Only half-way into the first song, CC students couldn’t resist getting up and rushing the stage to dance along with the band. While listening, I was trying to place who Cowles sounded like from other bands I know. Finally, I figured it out. His voice and overall vibe was a mixture between Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids, and even Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes (because, lets face it, we all thought that her voice was a man’s the first time we heard it). Great combination if you ask me. They seamlessly interacted with the audience which I always appreciate, because what’s worse than awkward interactions between band members and their audience? They especially appreciated the animated dance moves of the students and called attention to them more than once.
The band released an album entitled Cards for Cheats back in 2011 which I highly recommend. They are expected to release their second album on May 9, so be sure to keep an ear out.
Steep Ravine is a badass acoustic quartet hailing from the northern San Francisco Bay Area. If you didn’t hear them play at “Blues and Shoes” last year, take my word that these guys seriously have the chops. They are currently touring from New Orleans to the West Coast and, luckily for us, they will be blessing the Rocky Mountains with their beautiful bluegrass get-down sound. This coming Saturday they will be playing in Armstrong Theater accompanied CC’s very own YouJazz.com and the event is co-hosted by the SOCC. TICKETS ARE FREE AT THE WORNER DESK for CC students, non-students need only pay $5. Worth it!
Remember last weekend when you went to the Invasion rave thing in Worner and got really rowdy and wild and had a great time? The SOCC is here to help you relive those foggy memories.
Remember last weekend when you went to the Invasion rave thing in Worner and got really rowdy and wild and had an awful time? The SOCC is here to help you replace those painful memories.
Remember last weekend when you had no interest in going to that Invasion rave thing in Worner and you stayed home or did something else more pleasant/less in Worner? The SOCC is here to help you participate in on-campus events that you can believe in.
This Saturday, at 9pm, in The Carriage House, SOCC DJs will be spinning some seriously fresh tracks for you to sway, juke, bump, and/or grind to. Sets will feature original music by student producers, as well as a diverse mix of other stuff that you may or may not have heard before, but will probably like.
Jitu Varanasi (AKA Lejittbeatz) — Hip-Hop, including some self-produced beats/remixes
Anna Forster-Smith and Erin O’Neill — Indie/Electro/Hip-hop/Dance
Addis + Henry — Not SOCC DJs, but cool dudes. Set of original electronic material
Michal Varga — Elektro-House. Heavy Euro Jamz
You could go to a house party on Weber and dance uncomfortably to “that new Ke$ha joint” on some stranger’s sticky living room floor. OR, you could come to the Carriage House and get yr freak on in a cool spot to some real music. ITS UP TO YOU.