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Hitting the Spot: Ben Sollee

Rachel Hunt

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Focus
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Do you love cello but can't bear to listen to that Yo-Yo Ma album one more time? UPB is bringing some unconventional artists to town on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. to show CWRU students what they've been missing out on. Like Bells from Oberlin, Oh are a three piece band that incorporate drums, keyboard, guitar, and violin into their songs to craft beautiful and sweet indie-jam masterpieces. They've been compared to other contemporary instrumental bands such as Sigur Ros, but are set apart from like bands by a small touch of folk and the professionalism that they bring to the table (two of the band's members are set to graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music this year). Like Bells will make you sit back and relax, tap your feet, and sink into their layered tunes.

Ben Sollee is a solo artist from Louisville, Kentucky who has plucked and bowed his way onto NPR's list of Top Ten Unknown Artists of 2007 and since has released a new album, Learning to Bend, in 2008. The album mixes traditional folk and bluegrass techniques with vocals that evoke the feeling of 1950s R&B. Even though Sollee's sound seems antiquated, his songs focus on present day issues. In "A Few Honest Words" and "A Change is Gonna Come," Sollee sings about the changing political climate in the United States and samples sound bites from President Obama's speeches on his way to office. For being only 24, Sollee seems to be an old soul. When he isn't talking about politics, Sollee is traveling the world, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as praising the incredible capacity that human beings have for change, their flexibility to bend to challenges, and obstacles in everyday life.

In case you missed it… Neon Tongues, Holly Miranda, and The Antlers had the Spot packed with students on Sept. 23. Neon Tongues opened with a fun, high energy set that got everyone pumped for the following acts: Holly Miranda followed them, a solo artist who is used to performing with her main gig - The Jealous Girlfriends. She's been on tour with The Antlers, and both bands work very well together aesthetically. Antlers fans were in rapture at this event, up close with one of their personal favorites. The intimate nature of The Spot as a venue really pulled all of the bands and the crowd together at Case two Wednesday nights ago.
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