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JackEliza

Holdin’ guitars, havin’ fun, bein’ cute.

Almost a full year ago, Senior Staff Writer and Video Editor Anna Hotter ventured to Williamsburg to see NYU-Columbia duo Jack + Eliza in concert. In light of it being the almost-anniversary of Anna’s post about this event, Bwogger Lila Etter headed to The Knitting Factory on Friday night to check out the band for herself.

As a first-year, I’m all too aware of my own naiveté. So when I was told about an upcoming concert in Brooklyn, I felt embarrassed that I didn’t recognize the band. It turns out, Jack + Eliza, NYU ’17 and CC ’17, respectively, are celebrated across both campi, and apparently it was only a matter of time until I’d find out about them. I was eager to jump at the chance to cover the concert for Bwog, as I would be checking three items (Brooklyn, The Knitting Factory, and my first concert of the school year) off my bucket list in only one night.

After taking the 1, to the 2, to the L, and subsequently walking four more blocks to Metropolitan Ave, we arrived at the venue with enough time to see the opener: The Britanys. In short, they did not disappoint. Between songs, my friends and I debated over which band they sounded most like. One vote was for Drowners, and although I could see the resemblance between the band’s guitarist and heartthrob Matt Hitt, I remained unconvinced. Someone else suggested CAKE, and it was easy to see why: Songs like “Are You Gonna Do It Right?” are sure to remind some of CAKE’s well-loved “Short Skirt / Long Jacket.” Still, I’m sticking to my guns; while listening to The Britanys, I was most reminded of old Arctic Monkeys songs. You know the ones. Back when Alex Turner was still crooning about lost loves, before he walked around with a leather jacket draped casually over his shoulder. That’s the Arctic Monkeys I sometimes miss, and the era that The Britanys made me nostalgic for. So yes, their lyrics included a few references to manic-pixie-dream-girl-esque figures, and yes, they drank cheap beer on stage and made terrible jokes. But the overall effect was one of watching cute city boys (wink, wink) have a blast with each other, almost entirely forgetting their own surroundings. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the guitarist had a Barnard “B” temp tattoo on his forearm, a quirk that only made me like them more.

Read more about Jack+Eliza after the jump

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Playing music and such

A few moons ago, resident music critic Anna Hotter made the trek to Williamsburg to check out Columbia and NYU duo Jack and Eliza. After coming to terms with her own lack of artistic accomplishment, she is now finally ready to report from the field.

When someone told me about a “really successful indie-rock band” on campus called Jack & Eliza, I was skeptical. It’s never easy to hear about other peoples’ success. Especially at Columbia. Especially when your idea of a great accomplishment is doing laundry before you run out of underwear. Intrigued and mildly irked, I looked them up online, only to find with great horror that Eliza Callahan, CC’17 and Jack Staffen, NYU’17 weren’t only every bit as celebrated as my friend promised, but also a whole year younger than me.

Two weeks ago, they played a show at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, and so, equipped with my MetroCard, a friend, and an unbecoming bitterness, I boarded the M train.

The venue hilariously describes itself as a “hip music venue with elevated pub grub,” but once you get past the Brooklyn-ness of it all, and the exceptionally friendly bouncer, it’s actually very nice. The drinks menu boasts an “illegal mescal” cocktail called the “Ai Weiwei,” which my friend and I felt very plainly pandered to our demographic. It almost worked, until we realized that neither of us wanted to shell out $11 for a drink named after a political activist. You’re mostly paying for the name.

Sweet melodies and more on their live performance after the jump.

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