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Harrison Lipton Debuts “Think Twice”

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

 

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I already feel gloomy.


If you listened to the new track from singer/composer Harrison Lipton ’15 and weren’t the slightest bit disappointed that it wasn’t a cover of the brilliant Eve 6 anthem of possessiveness, you’re probably not alone. (Seriously, you can admit it without shame. 2003 was a great year.) But don’t let that stop you from giving the track (which is currently streaming on CMJ) a listen, because this is a strong debut that exhibits excellent songwriting and crisp production–slightly reminiscent of PBR&B acts like Active Child, James Blake, and How to Dress Well. Kind of. But not exactly. RIYL’s are weird and counter-intuitive.

You might have witnessed Lipton’s striking talent as a vocalist and performer at Drastic Measures jams, but “Think Twice” shows that Lipton has a lot going for him as a solo artist as well. While Lipton showcases his impressive capabilities as a producer and songwriter, his hauntingly beautiful croon–recently featured in a new track from Mister Lies–is the real standout, delicately soaring above minimalistic yet lush instrumentation and pegging Lipton as a solo artist worth keeping your eye on for future work.

Though this is currently Lipton’s only track, you can check him out on both Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Lively Lucy’s & SEC Present: Los Elk & The Rooks

Friday, September 19th, 2014

It wouldn’t be the start of a new semester at Skidmore if we didn’t have a show of our very own indie darlings Los Elk. You may have enjoyed their performance at Putnam Den this past weekend, but this Saturday at 10:00pm, the four-piece outfit will be gracing the Falstaff’s stage and playing the first of what I’m sure will be many on-campus gigs this semester.

Amir and the boys

From right to left: Amir Rivera-Lieberman ’15, some dudes

I’d try to describe their sound in my own words, but their Facebook page features a pretty adequate description, in addition to some good ol’ humble-bragging.

Los Elk features a unique and precise blend of Dance and Indie-Rock to deliver their trademark electrifying and energizing performances. Composed of Amir Rivera-Lieberman, Noah Ross, Hal DeGroat, and Ryan Bondell, Los Elk had their origins in Skidmore College. Forming in the Fall of 2011, the group quickly made a name for themselves with their fun and skillful performances. Since then, Los Elk has played countless shows with more on the way. Stay tuned, because things are only getting better!

While it certainly shouldn’t be excused for a slightly gimmicky title, the band’s latest EP Part II, was a well-produced and well-executed hit among the student body, and the band’s appeal has certainly extended beyond both Skidmore and Saratoga Springs, as they’ve been incredibly active over the summer playing at a variety of venues. And rightly so, because their sound is fucking tight.

Also on the bill for the evening is the NYC-based sextet The Rooks. Branding a blend of soul, R&B, and pop and featuring delicately placed yet lush instrumentation that promises to translate incredibly well live and show what that new sound system at Falstaff’s is really capable of. Listen to and download their new single “Twister” and their 2013 EP Something You Can Take to get a sampling of their work. In the unlikely case that Los Elk doesn’t get you there, these guys certainly will.

Doors are at 9:300pm, show starts promptly at 10:00pm. Swing by and start your weekend in the most classically Skidmore way possible.