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.
"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.
Last night's Big Red Sports Talk debuted an interview with Jeff Passan. An MLB columnist at Yahoo Sports and author of The Arm, Passan talked about the off-season, the first week of the season, and even (sigh) Tim Tebow. Listen below and be sure to subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Among the four (!!!!) guests on last night's Big Red Sports Talk was TSN anchor Jay Onrait. Formerly of FS1, the tall Canadian talked about his new show, SC with Jay and Dan, which debuts in September. Onrait also discussed his former employer, FS1, and his time in the states. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Among the four (!!!!) guests on last night's Big Red Sports Talk was ESPN MLB Insider Dan Szymborski. In the interview, Szymborski gave his predictions for each division, talked some Indians, and explained whether or not Mike Trout and CC Sabathia are Hall of Famers. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Among the four (!!!!) guests on last night's Big Red Sports Talk was Nick Shook of NFL.com. Shook grew up a Browns fan, so he was able to reminisce about the franchise's awful quarterback history. He also previewed the team's future, especially the NFL draft. There was also some talk of free agency and the Raiders' impending move to Las Vegas. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Among the four (!!!!) guests on last night's Big Red Sports Talk was Sports Illustrated NBA writer Ben Golliver. During the interview, Golliver talked about the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors (obviously), as well as Devin Booker's 70-point game, and peanut butter tacos. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
More Life, the eighth release from Canadian Rapper, Singer, and Songwriter Drake, has been received with unprecedented positive feedback from the music community. Critics praised Drakes wide variety of featured artists including, but not limited too, Young Thug (Sacrifices), Quavo (Portland), Travis Scott (Portland), 2 Chainz (Sacrifices), and Kanye West (Glow). The new material broke streaming records on both Spotify and Apple Music with an initial day total of 61.3 million streams on Spotify, breaking the previous record of 56.7 million for ‘÷’ by Ed Sheeran, in early March 2017. On Apple Music, the tracks of the album achieved a total of 89.9 million streams on the day of release (not including the amount of listeners during the OVO Sound Radio debut of the album on Beats 1), setting the record of most streams of an album in a single day on Apple Music. More Life is an important development to be noted in the streaming industry as the subscriber base of both Spotify and Apple Music have nearly doubled since Drake’s previous album in 2016, Views.
Here at the Doobie our personal favorite tracks happen to be ‘Portland’ and ‘Gyalchester’. ‘Portland’ offers the traditional upbeat aggressive rapping style of Drake in addition to the catchy lyrics of Migos member Quavo, and the vocal talent of Houston rapper Travis Scott. ‘Gyalchester’ is definitely Drakes most aggressive track on the album, with straight hard hitting verses and an infectious chorus. From a macro perspective it seems like ‘Passionfruit’ has held the #1 place in audiences hearts with nearly 50 million listens since last weeks release.
It is still unclear whether Drake plans to tour this summer as a follow-up to More Life but whatever he does it is clear that Drake is currently extremely confident with what he has produced and will only be fueled to write more material after this commercial success.
From all of us here at the Doobie,
For last night's Big Red Sports Talk, WDUB sports director Alex Kaufman chatted all about the NBA with Erik Malinowski of Bleacher Report. The two discussed peanut butter and jelly, the impending NBA Finals rubber match between the Warriors and Cavs, and more! Malinowski even previewed his new book, Betaball, which is available for pre-order on Amazon. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
With the Cavs on the All-Star break and the Indians reporting for spring training, it's a great time to analyze the state of Cleveland's sports teams. Sports director Alex Kaufman talked with WTAM 1100's Glenn Forbes about both teams, and there was even a conversation about Whit's! Listen below and don't forget to subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
For last night's Big Red Sports Talk, sports director Alex Kaufman interviewed Chris Cotillo. A writer for SB Nation and MLB Daily Dish, Chris is also a college student, himself a junior at UNC. There are even some "way too early" predictions! Listen below and don't forget to subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Sports director Alex Kaufman talked a lot of NBA with Dan Devine for last night's Big Red Sports Talk. Devine, who covers the NBA for Yahoo Sports' Ball Don't Lie blog, talked about the Cleveland Cavaliers, the trade deadline, and plenty more. Listen to the interview below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
A Cincinnati native and Miami (OH) University graduate, CBS Sports' John Breech knows his way around a gridiron and around a 5-way. On last night's Big Red Sports Talk, Breech gave his two cents on Cincinnati chili, the Super Bowl, and plenty of other NFL news. You can listen to the interview below. Tune into Big Red Sports Talk on Friday nights from 7:30-9:30 and subscribe to full show podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
The Super Bowl is coming up soon, so Zach and Alex dialed up CBS Sports NFL writer Sean Wagner-McGough to talk about the big game and some other recent NFL news. You can listen to the interview below. Tune into Big Red Sports Talk on Friday nights from 7:30-9:30 and subscribe to full show podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
New York Times Bestselling Author Jeff Pearlman Talks About His Career and Gunslinger, a Biography of Brett Favre
New York Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman has written seven books, most recently Gunslinger, a comprehensive biography of legendary Packers quarterback Brett Favre. In the interview, which you can listen to below, Pearlman talked about all of his books and his illustrious career. Tune into Big Red Sports Talk on Friday nights from 7:30-9:30 and subscribe to full show podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Mike Fisher has had a distinguished sports media career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As his Twitter bio tells you, Fisher is a Dallas Cowboys insider for 105.3 The Fan. He also writes for CowboysHQ.com and DallasBasketball.com. During the interview, Fisher talked about the Cowboys (obviously), Skip Bayless, strawberries, and why he won't be watching this weekend's AFC and NFC Championship games. Listen to the interview below, don't forget to tune into Big Red Sports Talk on Friday nights from 7:30-9:30 eastern. You can also subscribe to full Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
On last night's Big Red Sports Talk, sports director Alex Kaufman debuted an interview with Tony Kornheiser Show producer Marc Sterne. A Denison graduate (class of 1991), Sterne had plenty of great anecdotes about his time atop the hill, his work on the Tony Kornheiser Show, and even shared some spot-on impressions. Listen below and be sure to subscribe to full Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
With the NBA season still in its infancy, sports director Alex Kaufman dialed up Sports Illustrated writer Ben Golliver to talk about all of the early-season storylines. Golliver talked about the Cavs, the Warriors, the other 28 NBA teams, and even some of the effects the Presidential election might have on NBA players. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!