It’s a beautiful day, and Barnard’s annual music festival WBAR-B-Q (Edition XX) is today! Check out the lineup below and event page here, but not for too long because it’ll be much better to hear these people in person. The festival/concert/extravaganza starts at 12 p.m. on the Lehman Lawn and runs until 8, so hustle over right now!
Great Mason’ll kick off the barbeque- They’re a psych group formed in NYC that plays slouchy, sprawling rock ‘n’ roll music. Their first tape, Cypriot Sarcophagus, is as unpredictable as it is subdued. They sound confused, but they might not be. Their songs surprise you like a satisfying leg cramp. WBAR alumni in the band. Check out Cypriot Sarcophagus here.
KLEENEX GIRL WONDER
Born out of the Chicago D.I.Y. scene, Kleenex Girl Wonder just may be the wittiest band you’ve never heard of. Over the last seventeen years, frontman and chief lyricist Graham Smith has built a cult following with his catchy guitar hooks and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. The band released its twelfth full-length, Let It Buffer, just a few weeks ago, and it’s a doozy; here, ponderings about creepy 20th century mysticism, there, diatribes on Brooklyn poseurs. If you dig Weezer or They Might be Giants, you definitely won’t want to miss out on these wacky rockers.
Old Wounds is an awesome three-piece sludgy post-hardcore band from Jersey; they’re heavy, playful, and frantic. You’ll like ‘em if you you like energetic, loud, or grimy tunes, or if you often find yourself angry. Listen to the track “New Fortunes” from their new LP From Where We Came is Where We’ll Rest here: