January 28: We Are Scientists feat. Ghosts In Pocket
Reminiscent of postpunk revival and indie rock, We Are Scientists add a sprinkling of ‘80s synth pop to create what allmusic.com’s Matt Collar calls their “knack for bright, harmony-laden melodies and big, anthemic choruses”.
Springing on the music scene in 1997, frontman Keith Murray and bass player Chris Cain wowed audiences with infectious rhythms and light-hearted songwriting. They signed with Virgin Records in 2005 and have gained a loyal following, a third member (drummer/keyboardist Andy Burrows), cross-continental tour miles and a slew of madcap videos.
Fresh yet mature, familiar yet adventurous, We Are Scientists serves up a sonic smorgasbord of classicist pop and oh-so-catchy lyrics.
Haunting hooks, swayable melodies and a sore-the-next-day energy, Ghosts in Pocket leaves an undeniable mark on the world of indie rock. This “just four dudes” band features Zachary Mullen (lead guitar), Nick Hartman (bass), Chris Pulley (drums) and Keith Beshwate (singer/songwriter/rhythm guitar).
(Guess which two met as UCR undergrads? Hint: They aren’t Nick and Chris.)
Their mission? To make you think, love, dance and drink (legally, only). Experience all four with cuts from Shadowbox (2013) and their self-produced EP Leave the Door. It’s what they call the “perfect depiction of the band’s musical DNA – a blend of operatic rise and fall and unsettling atmospherics.”
February 11: Del the Funky Homosapien, Okira Myth & KUCR DJs
Signed at 17 by his cousin and rap icon, Ice Cube, Oakland-native Del recorded three albums on Elektra Records. Following a tumultuous break up with the label, the underground hip-hop artist carved out a niche with his Hieroglyphics Imperium label and tongue-twisting (sometimes tongue-lashing) cuts.
Del forges ahead with raw experimentation, an off-kilter rhyming style and dramatic verses aimed at wannabes and ill-intentioned industry moguls. His “Militant” lyrics perfectly sum up the experience that is Del: “I never dumb down, you don’t get it or gyrate.” And gyrate we do.
Joining Del are Okira Myth with his melodic spray of poetic bullets and KUCR DJs with their mad between-set beats.
February 25: KUCR’s COMEDY APOCALYPSE 12
Get your laugh on with KUCR 88.3 FM’s cutting-edge Apocalypse 12. It promises bust-a-gut antics from the comedic stylings of Comedy Central and Def Jam Comedy’s best comedians.
U.C. Riverside Barn Concert Series // Winter 2015
(WEDNESDAY NIGHTS, JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2015) DOORS AT 7:30 P.M. // ALL AGES
General tickets for non-UCR students/staff/faculty can be purchased at both Ticketmaster and the UCR Fine Arts Ticket Office.
Students/staff/faculty discounted presale tickets can ONLY be purchased through the UCR Fine Arts Ticket Office. Student discounted tickets will not be available at the door the evening of the event. Backpacks are also not allowed during the event.
TICKET OFFICE INFORMATION:
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Toll Free Ticket Office Number: (951) 827-4331
General Admission (Non-UCR Student/Staff/Faculty) $5 UCR Student/Staff/Faculty - price applicable on advanced sales only with valid UCR ID.
Call the UCR Fine Arts Ticket Office at (951) 827-4331 for additional event and ticket information.
DIRECTIONS TO THE BARN:
Exit 60/215 at Martin Luther King Blvd. Take the Yield to the Right. Turn Right at Canyon Crest Dr. Take First Right onto Campus Dr. Park in Lot 6 on your left side.
Parking is available for The Barn in Lot 6. Parking cost is $5 - payable in cash to the lot attendant on site.