Whether you're a prospective student, a new first-year, or an Obie veteran, the following can serve to guide you though the sometimes overwhelming sea of Oberland artistry.
Oberlin resident Bobby Stevens rolls your burritos at Agave by day, but by night he whispers you bourbon-drenched folk tunes as if he were the long-lost son of Townes van Zandt. Influences include Wild Turkey, beautiful barmaids, "that low down feelin' in the bottom of the soul, hope, glory, frustration, and everything in between.
It's as if Neil Young and the Beatles had a kid - and truth be told, the results are almost too good for words.
Haley Antell crafts exquisitely fingerpicked ballads that feel disarmingly ethereal, yet grounded in reality. With his whimsical lyrics and expert whistling skills, Lionel O is truly a staple of the Oberlin musical community.
College junior Andrew Gombas is more than arguably the most prolific artist in Oberlin's music scene - in alone, he's recorded and released three albums. His most recent, Pibloktois a record full of loss and desperation; fitting, as the record's namesake is a hysterical condition known to specifically affect Eskimos in the wintertime.
The Bearcubes play sunshiny pop music that feels like puppy kisses, warm blankets, and ice cream sundaes; songs such as "Summer Storm" include a string quartet stirring amidst a jaunty piano ostinato. Did I mention the two oboes? What do you get when you mix keytar, two double basses, and a female Tom Waits? The Bits, of course! Their live shows, though infrequent, River Bones - Andy Cook (3) - Sing a force to be reckoned with.
With influences ranging everywhere from avant-garde composer John Zorn to more mainstream artists such as Outkast and Parliament Funkadelic, Organ Yank aim to assault your ears with fusion jazz perfection during every live performance.
If there was ever a band to embody the term "auditory orgasm," Organ Yank would be it. Zack Kelley fronts a group of musicians with a name that changes almost as often as Ohio weather in the summer. His band's most recent incarnation goes by the Maids of Le Mans, churning out rock ditties that simultaneously confuse and intrigue, River Bones - Andy Cook (3) - Sing still preserving Kelley's River Bones - Andy Cook (3) - Sing solid songwriting.
There's also this pretty sweet band called the Black River Belles that y'all should listen to. Bringing "bluesgrass" to the Oberlin community for the past two years, this three-piece aims to break traditional notions about folk music while sticking to a bluegrass instrumentation of guitar, upright bass, and fiddle. Gosh, it's really River Bones - Andy Cook (3) - Sing to write about your own band. Search Myspace Start typing Please try again.
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