I’ll admit that when MCAB announced that the Spring concert this year was some hip-hop/rap band I had never heard of, I was a little disappointed. I was one of the many who suggested that another outdoor concert along the lines of the Guster concert last year would be a better option, and thus was less excited about the prospect of another sweaty dance party in Mcculough. However, after recently actually listening to the band, I have to say, they are pretty impressive. Listen to this and check them out, tickets are on sale now at the box office, and are $14 for students and $25 for the general public.
Every Midd kid knows that Middlebury has produced some impressive musical acts in the past (Dispatch and Anais Mitchell FTW). But in the past months Midd has seen the budding presence of many on campus bands as well. With J-Term leaving us more time to explore and enjoy some of the non-academic aspects of Middlebury, MiddBlog wanted to take the time to profile two of these artists that you should definitely spend some time listening to this winter.
Alpenglow is a five-piece folk rock band that first came onto the Vermont music scene last spring. Featuring Middlebury students Graeme Daubert ’12.5, Elori Kramer ’13.5, and Peter Coccoma ’12, the band has performed a handful of times on campus this semester, packing every venue it books (The Gamut Room was a tight squeeze). Dan Bolles of Seven Days describes their music as, “a sprawling indie-folk sound that fans of bands such as Fleet Foxes or the Low Anthem could eat with a spork. This is swooning, harmony-laden stuff, complex arrangements laced with arcing fiddle, shimmering keys and healthy doses of ringing guitar punch….they pretty much win, hands down, for best new local band.” Their current Kickstarter project to fund a debut album has already surpassed its goal by almost $1,500 with four days left to go. A copy of the cd is guaranteed to those who chose to donate $15 or more (incentive). Check out their latest video below and make sure to catch them live this Saturday in Mead Chapel at 7pm, featuring Maryse Smith.
Will Cuneo ’15 may just be a sophomore, but his debut EP released this past Thursday is anything but a sophomore slump. Accompanied by Emily Luan ’15 on the violin and Laura Heaberlin ’12.5 on cello and vocals, Cuneo produces folksy-acoustic melodies rich in sound and lyrics that stay with you in the best of ways. His six track EP has a cohesive and genuine sound that will surely make up the base of a great debut album. Word has it there are still some copies left available from Cuneo himself on a pay-as-you-please basis.
We know we couldn’t cover all the great artists making beautiful music out there this winter, so tell us who we missed! Let us know what other Midd bands we should be listening to below in the comments!
In case you haven’t seen it already, here is the latest from Sam Robinson ’11, the man behind the (in)famous “Midd Kid” rap (which now has almost 1.3 million YouTube views). It’s called “Find Me in the 90s,” a kind of ode to Robinson’s youth and the “era that defined [him],” as he sings in the chorus.
It’s worth watching for its novelty, although too random and not catchy enough to achieve the success of the Midd Kid rap.
What do you think readers?
There are endless punny jokes to be made here.
After the news leaked over Facebook from the band’s website, MCAB officially announced that this year’s major fall concert will feature the up-and-coming band “fun.”. The band gained popularity last year when, among other things, their song “We Are Young” was featured in a popular Super Bowl commercial. The concert is part of a “campus consciousness” tour of college campuses to raise awareness about a number of important issues. In particular, this tour focuses on mobilizing college students to actively support LGBTQ equality, an issue that has always been important to fun. Ben & Jerry’s will also be on hand to give out some ice cream and promote their “Get the Dough Out of Politics” campaign. You don’t want to miss this one.
After personally seeing them perform in Burlington last spring, I can tell you that this is destined to be a fantastic concert. I am very excited.
Tickets will become available for students on September 24th and to the general public on October 1st.
Hey everybody! After a solid first week of Jterm: be it Death-by-Orgo, non-stop skiing, devoutly working on your “thesis” (watching all of Mad Men) or never leaving Ross (there’s gotta be someone…) I now bring you my weekly installment of news/random stories/whatever I think is interesting outside of the Middlebury world.
MUSIC: Remember “This is How We Do It” and Eiffel 65′s “Blue?” Me either. Thankfully, Thought Catalog’s Chelsea Fagan has assembled a list of the Top 10 Middle school dance jams. You’ll thank me later. Turn up those speakers.
BEAUTIFUL GEEKDOM: Several big ones this week. (1) Ever wonder what Star Wars characters would look like if they were style-saavy hipsters? Apparently so has John Woo, a Hong-Kong based designer and illustrator. You can find his paintings here. My personal favorite is “Chewbacca with Outdoor Style.” (2) Collider.com reports that the Avengers will be from Captain America’s perspective. Not all too worried about whose perspective its from, just want to see more of this.
WEDDING CRASHING: Now, there’s an app for that too. Crash Corsage (be sure to watch the video demo) deftly uses all of the happy couple’s online info they post about the wedding; the app streams it into an easy-to-navigate format and helps you party the night away. Even better, you can earn points to see where you rank among fellow wedding crashers.
TWINKIES: The news that Hostess filed for bankruptcy was a filing heard round the world, soliciting response from the most prestigious to obscure of news sources. From those who tried to envision a world without Twinkies to NPR’s list of 10 things to do with Twinkies to prove how useful they are, it is clear they are an American cultural icon. Interesting finding: turns out, Twinkies do not dissolve in Mountain Dew, unlike mice (as Pepsi claims).
HAPPINESS: It’s like Thought Catalog just exists to provide me with my favorite articles. Ever wonder the Things You Need In Order To Stay Happy? Or just want confirmation someone agrees with your life philosophy? Definitely read it. Read it now. And read it once more.
TEBOW, FOOTBALL & FATE: Tebow. The amazing man, the myth, the legend. Sadly though, yesterday the Broncos were easily shut down by the Patriots, (45-10) in a highly anticipated playoff game. Blogger Patton Dodd wrote of the match-up between Tebow and Brady in advance of the game: “Brady is the guy every teenage boy wants to be. Tebow is the guy every teenage boy’s mom wants him to be.” Apparently, being a momma’s favorite didn’t serve him too well against the Patriots. The victory has led some to question if God exists, though, I’ll leave that up to you.
COLBERT: As though last week my obsession level wasn’t obsessed enough… this week he definitely deserves his own category. This past Thursday, Colbert handed over his SuperPac to Jon Stewart in order to form an exploratory committee to examine his possible run as a candidate for the President of South Carolina!
And for your video of the week, for all you thesis and ‘independent project’ workers for Jterm — this video goes to you. An oldie-but-goodie AMAZING post-it stop motion animation film about deadlines & the art of procrastination. Enjoy!