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.
Girls are a rock pop outfit based out of San Francisco, and Honey Bunny is from their most recent release, Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther, 2011). They have a wonderfully accessible sound and lyrics that cut straight to the reality of it all, and have been compared (with good reason) to the likes of Buddy Holly and Elvis Costello. This video was taken in an abandoned church in Brooklyn.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is from Portland, OR and they released their self-titled debut last year. The album as a whole is a beautiful brief and entrancting foray into noise pop. Be sure to check out their Daytrotter session.
If tickets aren’t sold out yet, they’ll go soon, so get on that. This is the first winter show Red Rocks has ever hosted. Ever. This song is “Guns and Cigarettes” by Atmosphere, off the album Lucy Ford. Slug is one of my favorite MCs ever, and puts on a great show. Grieves is also coming into a style all his own, and is from Colorado. I can’t speak for Common, but it’s sure to be a great time.
The video project for “Otherside Remix ft. Fences” took place over a year and a half at a bunch of different locations. It was directed by the same guy who made Macklemore’s video for “My Oh My”, a tribute to longtime Seattle Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus. Enjoy the video, and for those of you on top of your game, enjoy the show.
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.
“Love and Appreciate” is off Murs’ collab album with 9th Wonder, Murray’s Revenge, released in 2005. Murs has had a long career, and is touring for the album he released at the beginning of this month, Love and Rockets, Vol. 1. I know it’s on a Sunday night at the Black Sheep… tickets are only $15 though, and it will be a fun show. Here’s a link to the show, see you there!
“Joe Metro” is off Bayani, released in 2007. Those of you from Seattle will love the video, even though I know you’ve seen it already. At the Black Sheep this Saturday, the tickets are only $13 so get at it!