A Musical Odyssey: SPORTS Takes Columbus

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kenyon’s own SPORTS at their first off-campus gig, which went down at Carabar, a funky little spot in downtown Columbus.  The all-ages show also featured Columbus’s own Pretty Pretty and headlining act Radiator Hospital from Philadelphia, who had just finished up a U.S. tour. Punk rock was the flavor of the evening, and the crowd was down — albeit slightly tame.

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Do it tonight: Pinegrove at Deb Ball

“Kenyon’s dreamiest English major” Evan Hall ’11 will be playing the Independent lounge stage (as a member of Pinegrove, “Kenyon’s most bioluminsecent late-00’s indie rock band”), at Deb Ball this evening.  It would behoove you to gussy up, dress your best, and get ready for some real introspective partying. Continue reading

Hear A New E.P. By James Plunkett ’13

What do the Kenyon groups “Townships,” “Willows,” & “The Lawnmowers” all have in common?  A shared member: James Plunkett ’13.  The man himself managed to pay campus a visit this week, having just put out a follow-up to his 2013 solo EP, Ghosts.  The new EP is called Doing What I Can, the moniker this time around is “Just The Kids,” and the photo on the cover (by Charlotte Woolf ’12, incidentally) depicts a pair of friends embracing, with a broom, in the basement of the now-demolished Forman House (ex-home of the Food Co-op).

The folky jams found within share related themes like friendship, Kenyon, and the relentless churning of history’s engine, and were written “mainly for the kids that meant it,” as the man himself says on his Bandcamp.  Read on for a link to the EP! Continue reading

Teen Daze Remixes Adrian Galvin

Exciting news for all you blogosphere hounds out there: Kenyon’s own Adrian Galvin ’12 (of Poor Remy), part of the indie-electronica duo Yellerkin, just had a track of his remixed by first-gen chillwave star Teen Daze.  The Canadian producer/songwriter has done remixes for the likes of Bon Iver, Toro y Moi, and Local Natives, and his take on Yellerkin’s “Solar Laws” cuts out the upbeat guitars and percussion of the original to submerge Galvin’s ethereal vocals in deep swamps of ominous synth drones and plodding beats.

Known mainly for sunny, reverb-heavy synthpop, here we get a different sort of sound from Teen Daze, one more akin to the dark minimalism of Purity Ring than, say, Washed Out.  This post also marks the first time we’ve ever seen a Kenyon artist get remixes, so that’s pretty cool too!  You can stream and download the track below the jump.

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