Headlining this year’s Doobiepalooza is Brooklyn-based R&B group Phony Ppl. Phony Ppl either crash-landed from the past or the future: critics and fans can’t decide. With iconic hits such as “Why iii Love the Moon” and “End of the Night” from their breakthrough 2015 album “Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” Phony Ppl have had a meteoric ascent in the music scene and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon with an upcoming LP planned for 2017. Lead vocalist, Elbee Thrie, and keyboardist, Aja Grant, are the founders of the band and have been playing music together since high school. The dynamic quintet also features Elijah Rawk on guitar and Matthew Byas on drums. Phony Ppl’s sound has been described as a combination of vintage astral funk, soulful complex R&B, and dusted-out hip-hop, which evokes a newfound genre-less form of music. Their live performances have mostly been direct support on other tours with like-minded experimental performers Theophilus London, Erykah Badu, and The Roots. We look forward to Phony Ppl closing out this year’s Palooza with a groovy bang.
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"GOSH PITH IS A BAND FROM DETROIT," states the languid and strangely settling alt-R&B duo's Facebook page. The duo, composed of vocalist and guitarist, Josh Smith, and percussionist, Josh Freed, has been described as having a slow, stoned mix of synthed-up funk, crisp drums, and dark basslines. There are echoey, reverb-drenched laptop FX, clattering beats, woozy witch house, stoner rock, pop, and many more descriptions that can be attributed to Gosh Pith’s music. Essentially, they’re Vampire Weekend meets The Weeknd. Some of their music can be heard on their SoundCloud, soundcloud.com/gosh-pith, along with traditional music streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify.
Local Columbus rapper and Denison alumni, Sarob., will take the stage on Friday at Doobiepalooza. The singer-songwriter started his musical career in late 2013 with his track, “high noon.,” a well-known to Denison flip of Kankick’s classic instrumental, “Seeing Spirits”. In April of 2014, Rob released his first official mixtape titled "noon", which garnered international acclaim as well as praise from veteran artists such as Homeboy Sandman. Recently, Rob has released his second free project, "the down," which can be found online at www.sarobperiod.com. On his website, you can also find a handful of singles, including a track with Portland band, Fine Animal, titled “Imitator,” which can also be found on Sarob.’s Soundcloud. This will be Sarob.’s 4th Doobiepalooza performance. We're looking forward to his mesmerizing lyrical talent and his ever-present crowd involvement.
April 14th will be singer-songwriter Ethan Ling’s fourth Doobiepalooza of his career. A Denison student-performer veteran and Cleveland native, Ethan goes by the artist name “Heavy Boots”. He has released three EPs containing a laid-back folk sound. He is a talented and accomplished singer that brings warmth and sincerity to each of his songs. His instrumental creativity has only been increasing the past few years – so expect his performance to kick-off Doobiepalooza on the right note.
Check out his EP “Endings”: https://heavybootsoh.bandcamp.com/
Count Spacey is a garage type band that started last semester founded by Zach Lichtman '20 (drums), Chase Whipple '18 (vocals & guitar) and Marcos Arnett '20 (bass). They have been performing at school events and in Granville consistently. They've gotten an impressive amount of exposure in a short period of time and everyone should be looking forward to their performance at Doobiepalooza on April 14th. What can you expect from them? “We usually perform some covers that are mostly rock, whether it is psychedelic, classic, or a bit jazzy and we add few of our own spins that ultimately gets the crowd going”, Zach and Chase said.
Simone Stevens & Jose Rodriguez
Jose is a rapper/songwriter and Simone Telease is a singer. They will be performing original hip-hop/ RnB songs written by Jose and Simone, as well as a few covers. One of their songs was produced by Simone's brother. Simone is excited to be in the spotlight and for the adrenaline rush that coincides with that. “I started singing around the age of 6 and I began writing music when I was 8-years old. I can’t imagine my life without music. Music will always be one of my priorities.”
While Jose has been recording tracks and writing music for a few years, this is his first time performing in front of people and he's very excited about it. “I just want to mention how excited and grateful I am for the opportunity to perform on this platform. I look forward to using this experience as a chance to grow as an artist.”
Li Chien, aka OHKO, is a DJ and rapper. When we asked him about his style, he said, "I love rapping to electronic tracks. Anything that sounds digital is great to me. I'm going to play some songs I made for other people, including Darren Hannible from the DC area, who has been scouted out by Young Money and XXL. I also made a remix to Above and Beyond's 'You Got to Go' and I might play a throwback song I made when I was 16. And of course, I gotta rap about Dim Sum and dumplings and stuff.” Li is a firm believer that the crowd responds best when performers have fun with themselves on stage, so he does his best to get that reaction from crowds. That effect on audiences is his favorite part of performing. His senior project will be in The Nest on April 27th and will be releasing an EP around that time as well.
This electronic music wizard is a familiar face on Denison's campus. He has performed countless times with former Denison Students, Joey Aich '16 and Sarob '16 at previous Doobiepalooza festivals and D-Day concerts throughout his four years at Denison. He started getting into DJing during his sophomore year at Denison. “This is my third and last Doobiepalooza performance. This is my favorite event during the year at Denison because it is a chance for a completely student run music festival and we always seem to have the best event of the year.” Want a taste of his music? Check out his SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/carter-moebius/waves.
Headlining this year's DoobiePalooza is none other than Korean Jesus himself, Dumbfoundead. DFD was born in Argentina to South Korean immigrants and was smuggled along with his sister to Mexico and then to Koreatown in Los Angeles. Dropping out of high school to pursue a rap career, DFD began to gain notoriety on Youtube from his various rap battles. He released his first solo album, self-titled DFD, in 2011 which contained hit songs such as Cell Phone, Are We There Yet, and Cool & Calm. Since his debut album in 2011 he has released two albums, Take the Stares in 2012, and Old Boy Jon in 2013. Recently he featured in Keith Ape’s top billboard song It G Ma along with Waka Flocka Flame, ASAP Ferg, and Father. We look forward to seeing what Dumbfoundead has in store for us tomorrow! Listen to his song “Cell Phone” below:
Formed in Boston, Vundabar is a lively indie-rock trio returning for their second Denison performance. They were a huge hit after their show at the Bandersnatch last year, and if you couldn’t make it you wont want to miss their DoobiePalooza debut. This past year Vundabar has soared in popularity while maintaining their energetic vibe with well-received sophomore album “Gawk”. They describe their sound as “sludgy jangly pop”, mixing satirical lightness with passion and musicianship. Their songs juxtapose the serious and the absurd with darkly humorous lyrics paired with playful vocals and driving guitar. Their on-stage presence is nothing but entertaining and you can expect their front man to be bouncing around stage like a jester. This May and June Vundabar will be embarking on their largest tour to date, so make sure to catch them early and rock out on April 15th!
Check out their latest album:
Columbus Natives, Nick D’ & the Believers, will be making their first ever Denison performance on Friday showcasing their unique brand of Indie Pop Rock. Starting in 2013, the group met in Columbus and had a similar interest in the Indie pop scene. Realizing they could make their own style of Rock that adhered to their preferences, the group set out in September to produce their first EP. Now with over 10k monthly listeners on Spotify, Nick D’ continues to push their music into new audiences and expand their presence outside of the greater Midwest region. 2016 looks like their year with multiple shows lined up over the summer. Look forward to an upbeat show that is sure to get the crowd dancing and remind you that summer is right around the corner. Listen to their 2014 single ‘Bang Bang’ below:
Charlie Burg possesses both a mind and heart focused solely on music. From acoustic covers of Drake amassing over 50k plays on Soundcloud to producing his first solo pop/R&B/funk album earlier this year, Charlie transgresses traditional genre confines to create a uniquely fresh sound. After a year at Denison (2014-15) and a killer debut performance at DoobiePalooza 2015, Charlie made his way to the metro-Detroit area where he has grown even more as musician. The Doobie welcomed Charlie back on the Hill earlier this February as he performed for an electric Bandersnatch crowd that certainly hadn’t forgotten his eccentric and infectious stage presence and his ability to get everyone moving their feet. Help us welcome Charlie back once again – this is a live performance you won’t want to miss. You can get a little dose of Charlie below:
Denison Junior and Doobie extraordinaire Carter Möbius, takes the stage again for his second Doobie performance that we are certain is going to be wild time. Infusing Electronic beats and trap instrumentals over his self-produced jazz scales and chords, Möbius is like nothing you have heard before. With just a year of performance experience under his belt, Möbius plans for an energizing set that will take you from the infectious house beats of the East Coast and Europe to the slow bass heavy tracks originating from the West. Be sure to keep an eye out for this longhaired hooligan bouncing around on stage and a reciprocating crowd that can’t get enough. You can listen to his DoobiePalooza set from last year below:
In addition to the other student performers, Denison Senior and long time Denison performer Joey Aich, will be taking the stage this Friday to showcase his music and talent for the Denison community. With multiple EPs under his belt, Cleveland-native Joey Aich has been a rising star in the Midwest, opening for acts such as Dub-O and Asher Roth. As he takes the stage for his final Denison performance, look forward to his high-energy music and his ever-present crowd involvement. Take a listen to his most recent EP, Aich-Files, and get ready for a hip-hop performance like no other.
Bharat Madhavan isn’t just your ordinary guitar player. Denison Junior and pastPalooza performer, Bharat shreds on his axe like no other. Starting his love for the guitar in his High School Band and from his renowned guitar teacher, Bharat has played with multiple bands over the years and has opened for acts such as Steve Vai. Bharat’s performances include songs such as a metal cover of Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D and self written tracks in which he uses the body of the guitar as a percussive instrument and whips out licks using both hands on the fret board. We look forward to the brain melting guitar melodies that Bharat has in store for us this Friday. Watch his videos below:
April 15th will be singer-songwriter Ethan Ling’s third Doobiepalooza of his career. A Denison student-performer veteran and Cleveland native, Ethan goes by the artist name “Heavy Boots”. He has released three EPs containing a laid-back folk sound. He is a talented and accomplished singer that brings warmth and sincerity to each of his songs. His instrumental creativity has only been increasing the past few years – so expect his performance to kick-off Doobiepalooza on the right note.
Check out his latest EP “Endings”- https://heavybootsoh.bandcamp.com/
Thanks to Beach Fossils for making Doobiepalooza 2015 a smashing success. We got the opportunity to interview and ask them questions about their creative process, college radio, and many more. Check it out!