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News of Note: Miike Snow to play SU March 30th by tjwell01
March 1, 2010, 12:38 pm
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Miike Snow will headline the first Bandersnatch show on March 30.

PREVIEW: Miike Snow’s MySpace

The Daily Orange broke the news this morning that the Bandersnatch concert series announced its first concert this semester—Miike Snow. As some of you know, UU was targeting Miike Snow with the survey they put out at the beginning of the year. It’s not a bad selection, to be honest, but this news makes you think more about that mystery act at Block Party. Delorean, a Spanish electro-pop group, will open up for Miike Snow and I’m a little more excited for these guys. Either way, it’s going to be a synthesizer-heavy show in the Schine Underground at 8 p.m.

–Jett Wells

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News of Note: The Hold Steady to play The Wescott by tjwell01

The Hold Steady are coming back to Syracuse for an encore.

PREVIEW: The Hold Steady’s MySpace

The Hold Steady are back. The Wescott just announced that the Hold Steady will play there on April 10 along with The Oranges. Tickets are available on Feb. 5.

The Hold Steady played at Syracuse University a couple years ago as part of that year’s Bandersnatch Series, and it turns out Syracuse left quite an impression. Of course, this isn’t exactly the same band, since Franz Nicolay left the band last month after five years. Nevertheless, this band wasn’t bred to disappoint.

Now with this concert set and Sleigh Bells confirmed yesterday, the stage is set for the second week of April to rock hard.

–Jett Wells

Scene Around Town: The Academy Is…, Hot Chelle Rae and Fazeshift at Syracuse University’s Bandersnatch Series by Irina Dvalidze
William Beckett of The Academy Is... at Syracuse University

William Beckett of The Academy Is... at Syracuse University

Chicago pop-punk favorite The Academy Is… made a stop at Syracuse University’s Schine Underground on Tuesday, Nov. 17. 20 Watts’ Alyssa Stone was on hand to catch some shots of the headliners, as well as openers Hot Chelle Rae and Fazeshift.

Want more?  Make sure to check out Irina Dvalidze’s lengthy philosophical interview with TAI frontman William Beckett and bassist Adam Siska.

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The Academy Is… at Syracuse University’s Bandersnatch Series: “We just want to make the album of our career. I guess that’s where we are right now.” by 20watts
William Beckett of The Academy Is... at Syracuse University

William Beckett of The Academy Is... at Syracuse University

It’s not often you find a band  that makes a tiny underground venue feel like massive arena.  But University Union found such a band in the second concert of its Bandersnatch series: Chicago pop-rockers The Academy Is… headlined an energetic and mesmerizing set on Tuesday night, backed by Hot Chelle Rae and local opener Fazeshift (see photos here).

20 Watts’ Irina Dvalidze sat down with frontman William Beckett and bassist Adam Siska before the show.  She knew they’d talk about fame and touring — but she also got a glimpse into the weirdly philosophical minds of these two well-adored musicians.

20 Watts: Could you describe your sound for those of our fans who are not really familiar with The Academy Is…?

Adam Siska: That’s probably my favorite question… no.

William Beckett: It’s impossible to describe your own sound, because what we think of our sound is not only what we have out right now, but what we want to be, what we are going to be, so its kind of hard to describe that. I would be weary of a band that can describe their sound right away, because it’s clear that they are going through something particularly that’s more planned out and calculated, contrived, as opposed to the band whose sound evolves naturally which I think our band does.

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WALE: S.U. pimpin, uptown roamin by Trevor Kiv
March 25, 2009, 12:02 am
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Bandersnatch Music Series & University Union Presents….

with The Legendary UCB Go-Go Band
+ Special Guests:

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
The Schine Underground
Doors @ 7:30PM
Tickets: $5 w/ SU/ESF I.D., $10 w/o