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News of Note: OK Go to play Ithaca, NY on April 25th by tjwell01
February 28, 2010, 10:32 pm
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Ithaca concert promoter, Dan Smalls, announced on Twitter that OK Go will perform in Ithaca, NY at The Haunt on April 25th

PREVIEW: OK Go’s MySpace

Local Ithaca, NY concert promoter, Dan Smalls, announced on Twitter that OK Go will perform in the city on April 25th, open to all ages.  The venue was later announced as The Haunt. Dan Smalls is well-known for bringing in quality talents to the small Central New York culture hub. Last time I saw a Dan Smalls concert, St. Vincent played at Castaways. I say it again: this semester’s concert season keeps getting better. OK Go is absolutely electric live, and I will undoubtedly see this show.

–Jett Wells

Spring CNY Concert Season by tjwell01

Neon Indian is just one of many great upcoming concerts scheduled for CNY

The Spring Central New York concert lineup is turning out to be pretty legendary. Don’t have a car? Carpool with some friends, because star-studded gigs like these don’t come every year when you’re stuck on the banks of the Erie Canal. The highlights are everywhere, whether it’s Neon Indian and Passion Pit in Buffalo, or Sleigh Bells in Syracuse or The Flaming Lips in Ithaca.


Cold Cave @ Mohawk Place (2/21)

Cursive @ Mowhawk Place (3/7)

Free Energy @ Big Orbit Soundlab Space (3/10)

YACHT w/ MNDR @ Big Orbit Soundlab Space (3/7)

Neon Indian @ Big Orbit Soundlab Space (3/12)

Passion Pit @ Town Ballroom (3/28)

Bassnectar @ The Tralf Music Hall (4/20)

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Editor’s Pick #272: Skybox’s “In a Dream” by tjwell01

Skybox's bubblegum electro flavor tastes just right

PREVIEW: Skybox’s MySpace

LISTEN: “In a Dream” by Skybox

It kind of scares me that electro-pop is transitioning to more girl-y bands like Owl City, and Skybox’s “In a Dream” isn’t exactly beer can-crunching kind of music, but it feels good just listening to it while working on school work. Skybox could be one of those bands you like at first, listen to three times on your iPod and then completely bemoan the following week. Regardless though, Skybox is best at being fluid and light-hearted. It only takes one episode of Gossip Girl or one Twilight movie to make this song a global teen girl sensation (God, spare us all). If the music sings to you (to all of you Upstate New York lcoals), go and check them out in Ithaca, NY on March 5 at The Haunt.

–Jett Wells

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Scene Around Town: A Sunny Day in Glasgow at Ithaca’s Wildfire Lounge (with Photos) by Isabel Alcantara

A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Why the Wires rocked the Wildfire this past weekend

PREVIEW: VISIT A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Website

Ithaca’s Wildfire Lounge lends itself to open-mic folk music nights. Two enormous Persian rugs in place of a stage create an intimate setting for both audience and performer. However, Why the Wires and A Sunny Day in Glasgow both proved their skills in adaptation, introducing a thick atmosphere of sound to an otherwise serene venue.

Opening for the Philadelphia-based dream pop band, Why the Wires set the mood for the evening with a noisy punk-waltz set. Blending accordion, violin, and saxophone with a traditional band set-up, the Ithaca locals displayed a startling amount of cohesion for a quintet. Lead guitarist Dave Nutt plays with a style akin to Stephen Malkmus and Thurston Moore’s punk-rock lovechild. Raw energy surged through the speakers with every one of his primal screams. Throughout the set, Why the Wires mastered the humble, emotional connection with the audience without being overly dramatic in their performance. Satisfied and stimulated, I was ready for more as the band thanked the audience and, instead of exiting the stage, simply shuffled back into the crowd. Continue reading

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ISSUE 19 | SLIDESHOW: Caution Children by Irina Dvalidze
November 2, 2009, 4:48 pm
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Check our awesome 20 Watts exclusive photos and interview with Caution Children, one of the hottest bands coming out of Ithaca today. They played our launch show and now they’re playing on your screen! Photos by Max Jackson and interview by Caitlin Dewey.

— Interview by Caitlin Dewey
— Photos by Max Jackson

20 Watts Issue 19 | November 2009 by 20watts


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EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE of the Positive Jam, featuring the Hold Steady, the Felice Brothers, Deer Tick and Rural Alberta Advantage, ONLY on 20 Watts by 20watts


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