Hippo Campus at 9:30 Club

By: Nick Wodzinski

Minnesota based indie-rock quartet, Hippo Campus, made their way through D.C. on November 13 during their 2017 fall tour. Known for their quick wit indie-pop and youthful sound, Hippo Campus delivered a high energy and electric performance at the 9:30 Club.

The sonics were not far from the studio version and their on stage performance was fun and thrilling. The setlist was diverse, containing tracks from their latest full-length album Landmark (2017), along with highlights from their other EPs, especially their debut, Bashful Creatures (2015). From the opening song “Way It Goes” to their encore performance of 2015’s “Violet”, Hippo Campus had the club dancing, head-banging, and screaming their lyrics. Their boyish charm combined with their indie appeal and rockin’ energy to create a highly enjoyable experience.

Remo Drive. Photo By (Connor Siedow/The Show Last Night).

Remo Drive. Photo By (Connor Siedow/The Show Last Night).

Prior to their set, another Minnesota based group, Remo Drive, took the stage. Fresh off of their debut release, Greatest Hits (2017), Remo Drive delivered some the best emo/punk-pop I’ve heard in a while. Combining elements of indie-rock with straightforward punk, this trio came through with a half an hour of solid tunes.

Although they probably won’t be back to D.C. until 2018, I would highly recommend checking out this group live if you get a chance. For now, you can enjoy Hippo Campus’ latest work, Landmark (2017), along with Remo Drive’s debut, Greatest Hits (2017), on all streaming platforms.

 

Feature Photo By (theconcurrent.org/Official Website).

 

Death From Above at The Filmore

Photo By (Death From Above/Official Website).

Photo By (Death From Above/Official Website).

By: George Minning

On October 28, The Filmore Silver Spring welcomed the eclectic rock-duo Death From Above! The Canadian group consists of only a drummer/vocalist and a bassists/keyboardist, but the band delivers so much energy and power through their music, that it feels like nothing is missing. The group is on tour supporting their most recent album, Outrage! Is Now (2017), and as such opened with the first track on the album “Nomad” – a hard-hitting track perfectly queued to start the excitement.

Next up, they followed with some tracks from their older albums, like The Physical World (2014). They continued bouncing about through their discography, leaving very little out and hitting every song I was dying to hear. The wild intense energy they started with kept growing as the set went on, and the crowd’s energy grew right along with it.

Death From Above clearly had a no-frills approach to the set, with only simple but effective lighting to go along with the music. There were no crazy effects, extras, or distractions. And while at first this may seem boring, my excitement never dipped; it allowed you to give your focus purely on the music and truly appreciate the talent and showmanship these guys both have.

When the set came to it’s apparent end, the crowd stuck around and chanted for an encore. Like the rest of the show, the band delivered. They came back out for two more songs, one called “Right On, Frankenstein!”, for Halloween. The other was “Blood On Our Hands”, my favorite track from them. This single was dipped out of the live setlist for years, but they brought it back once for this show.

Looking back at old videos of the band live, you can’t help but see amazing improvement over the years. The band has perfected their craft after years of touring, and they gave one of the most exciting and energetic shows that I’ve ever experienced. Next time they are around, I will definitely be seeing them again.

To stream WGMU’s phone interview with Death From Above’s Jesse Keeler, click here.

 

The Megaphone Podcast: Manfred Veizaga

20171019_151553-1On this week’s episode of the Megaphone Podcast, Igor interviews Manfred Veizaga, of MCN and the Society of Professional Journalists, about what it’s like to be a student journalist, as well as how to balance journalism with student life. Listen here:

The Megaphone Podcast: David Carroll

20171019_132637On this week’s episode of The Megaphone Podcast, Igor interviews David Carroll, the Associate Director of Student Media at George Mason University. They discuss his role, how Student Media operates, and the role of student leadership within Student Media as an organization. Give it a listen!

 

 

 

The Megaphone Podcast: Chris Byrne

IMG_2973On this week’s episode of The Megaphone, Igor interviews Chris Byrne, the host of “What’s Your Style, Mason?” on MCN. They talk about teamwork, MCN, his show, and being a TV anchor. Give it a listen!

Oh Wonder at 9:30 Club

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By: Laurel Griffin

What a wonder Oh Wonder was at the 9:30 Club in D.C. on Monday, October 2. Who is Oh Wonder? The band originated in London, England, back in 2014 and consists of two band members – Josephin Vader Gucht and Anthony West. The band bases their genres around Indie Pop and Electropop. They became internationally known through their DIY debut album and have been having several singles hitting top charts here in America and in a few other countries.

At the concert they had a fantastic set up going on – they had different color lights hitting/strobing the crowd to the different songs they played. They played a mixture of songs from their previous album and their new one. Two songs that stood in general that were very good was their singles “Drive” and “Lifetimes“. Watching the concert and being a fan of the band itself they rocked the house. The crowd was very pleased by their performance as was I and personally think they are better in concert than on Spotify or Apple Music. After reviewing the concert and their performance, I highly recommend going to see them the next time they come to a town near you. Their energy and excitement is thrilling, which truly shows their love for music and makes for a good time.

Solid 5, hands down. Will definitely be attending another one of their concerts.

Lit&Local With Death From Above

 

 

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Death From Above’s Jesse F. Keeler joined WGMU’s George Minning for an upbeat conversation revolving around their newest album, Outrage! Is Now (2017) and recent fall tour.

 

 

 

Full interview:

 

Death From Above with The Beaches will be stopping by The Filmore Silver Spring on Saturday, October 28th.

Follow Death From Above on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and their official website.

 

The Megaphone Podcast: Jackie Reed

IMG_2597On this week’s episode of The Megaphone, Igor interviews Jackie Reed, the Music Director for WGMU. They talk about student motivation, music management, taking initiative, and the convergence of the different departments of the Office of Student Media. Give it a listen! Listen HERE:

 

The Megaphone Podcast: Sosan Malik

20170929_131104On this week’s episode of The Megaphone, Igor interviews Sosan Malik.

Sosan is one of the editors-in-chief for IV Estate. They talked about student motivation, and she gave good suggestions about how to be an effective student leader and how to motivate your staff. Give it a listen!

Listen HERE:

The Megaphone Podcast: Lauryn Cantell

On this week’s episode of the Megaphone, Igor interviews Lauryn Cantell.

Lauryn is the president of Mason’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. They talk about ethical issues in modern journalism, as well as how she encourages writers and what drives her to be a journalist. Check it out!

Listen HERE: