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Los Elk to Play 2014 CBGB Festival

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Why, yes: that IS an anarchy symbol painted on a train.

Skidmore’s very own indie-pop professors and Fun Day regulars Los Elk have been announced as part of the lineup for the 3rd annual CBGB Music & Film Festival. If you read the acronym “CBGB” and only think of the t-shirts worn by that one kid in high school who had “KURT COBAIN’S #1 FAN” as his name on Myspace, then read this and learn something about a huge part of American music history.

The CBGB festival made its debut in 2012, with headliners like Cloud Nothings, War on Drugs, and The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, and featured more than 300 bands in the lineup—in addition to screenings of more than two dozen rock ‘n’ roll related films. The following year marked a couple changes in the festival: it was moved from July to October, it expanded from three days to five days, and it increased its lineup to about 500 bands.

This year, running from October 8-12, will be more of the same, with one major change: the producers have made substantial cuts to the lineup, limiting the total to a mere 50 bands. Allan Kozinn of reports that “The organizers, saying that they wanted to focus on quality rather than quantity this year, have scaled back the number of bands and solo performers to about 50.” Granted, the economy is also still in shambles, so that might have something to do with it as well.

Still, the fact that our very own Los Elk made the cut with the 90% decrease (shout out to is fucking huge, and we/they should be super stoked and proud. They’ll be joining an eclectic lineup of performers, from Jane’s Addiction to We Are Scientists to Macy Gray (of Spiderman fame).

Seeing all the other band photos made me realize that these boys really need to step up their game in this department.

Alright, boys, if you’re going to be landing gigs at sweet festival, you really oughta step up your band photo game.

Los Elk will be performing at Pianos on Saturday, October,11 at 10:00pm, right before Skidmore’s newest pals, The Rooks. If you’re interested in attending the show, I’m sure you’ll have no trouble finding a couple friends to head down to the city with and throw up your antlers to support our boys.

Okay, that last sentence felt really stupid to type. Besides, who are you kidding: you’re seeing Chance the Fucking Rapper on Saturday. Either way, congratulations to the band for landing a sweet gig. Yet another thing to reinforce that they’ve certainly come a long way from covering that one song by The Killers from Guitar Hero 3.

Take the Bus to New York for $10

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012


This weekend, you can catch a ride to New York for a measly $10. This is much better than paying $120 for Amtrak, or taking Megabus and losing all feeling in your ass while some old lady sitting next to you eats tuna fish. BOTH SCENARIOS ARE ENTIRELY PLAUSIBLE.

The bus leaves from Case at 8:30am and drops off at the Brooklyn Museum. You’re REQUIRED to go to the Museum, but apparently you can leave whenever you want (not sure if I understand this logic but whatever) and fuck around the city all day.

Here are some fun things to do in New York:

  • Get lost on the subway and end up at Citi Field!
  • Buy a bong on St. Mark’s Place!
  • Fight your way through Times Square!
  • Get coffee with your friend who goes to NYU and listen to him/her tell you how amazing it is to “live in a real city!”
  • Spend $35 to get to the top of the Empire State Building!
  • Visit the $3,200/month, sixth-floor studio walk-up you’ll live in after graduation!
  • Get a hot dog at Gray’s Papaya!*

Anybody interested in the trip must pay for a ticket by 5pm on Friday, October 12 at the SGA Desk. Spaces are probably limited.

*Not a joke

Departs: Saturday October 13, 8:30am @ Case
Returns: 7pm @ Brooklyn Museum