The Kenyon Girl

kenyon cool girl

Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a Kenyon girl. Being the Kenyon Girl means I am a brunette, bespectacled, coastal elite who adores Peeps parties, Pinegrove, the Collegiate, and American Spirit cigarettes, who reads David Foster Wallace, drinks Natty Lights, is friends with all of the Fools but not in the Fools, loves to hookup before ignoring each other on Middle Path, and jams Peirce grilled cheeses and VI spinach and artichoke dip into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest Peircegiving while somehow fitting into the same cuffed jeans, because Kenyon Girls are above all hot. Hot and quirky. Kenyon Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Kenyon Girl.

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In the Studio: Annie Blackman ’20


Photo by Jacqueleen Eng ’19

Welcome to In the Studio, a feature dedicated to exploring the fantastic independent musicians at Kenyon. This week, we showcase Annie Blackman, an English major, Thrill Grandma, and singer-songwriter from Montclair, NJ, who is known for artfully crafting melodies and lyrics that evoke a sense of forlornness.  Continue reading

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

Hornucopia: A Musical Recap

Wait, wrong Hornucopia. Our bad.

So if you were anywhere this Saturday afternoon, you were probably at the Horn Gallery’s annual Fall Festival, Hornucopia. Between games of cornhole, sipping on fresh-pressed apple cider, and getting your face painted by Phoebe Rotter ’14, you probably also saw some ridiculously cool music. And if you weren’t actually doing any of those things, that’s ok – read on for our official recap of the show! Continue reading

Pinegrove Drops “V”

(via their Bandcamp)

(via their Bandcamp)

I can’t say I enjoy many Kenyon bands as much as I do Pinegrove (I’m looking at you band that rhymes with Balk the Swoon).  So I was especially excited last night when I got a release email for their new track “V”. From their email:

Esteemed Cooleagues,

We write to you this evening with an urgent message: we broke up.


According to our esteemed Thrill writer Becca Hafter, “It sounds just as loosey goosey and wild and aching as Pinegrove did when it was just Evan and everyone constantly swooned over him.”  The track can be found after the jump as well as a link to their last album (which was also great).

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Review: Pinegrove’s Momentous Return to Kenyon

The above video is not from the Horn Concert, but it grabbed your attention, didn’t it?

As you probably already know, Pinegrove (among whose members are Evan Stephens Hall and Nandi Plunkett, both ’11) recently released their new album, Meridian. Last Friday, they made their triumphant return to Kenyon to play at our own Horn Gallery. Their sound has changed since the band began, but the addition of new members and update of older songs did not detract from the concert experience.

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