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1) A band from Cincinnati Ohio and Oakland California, who play both indie rock and alternative hip-hop
2) A folk rock band from England active in the 1990s.

1) A trio of Cincinnati-born men who fiddle with skins, strings, bells and microphones and present their findings to the listening public. Singer Yoni Wolf grew up the second son to an art book editor and a rabbi. He got his start recording bad poems and sloppy beats on the family synagogue’s 4-track. In junior high he discovered hip-hop. At art school, he learned how to drop out. Yoni’s brother Josiah played drums at Rabbi Wolf’s worship service as a kid, became a band geek as a teen, and fell in love with Thelonious Monk on his way to study music at University of Cincinnati. Doug McDiarmid would eventually get expelled from that same school for carrying a stun gun, but first he was raised by two French teachers and taught piano while in kindergarten. He also went to high school with the Wolfs, where he played in Steve Miller cover bands.

In various permutations together and with other now-notables (i.e. Doseone, Odd Nosdam, Mr. Dibbs, Atmosphere’s Slug), these three created and/or contributed to several freewheeling rap and lo-fi rock-related projects including Greenthink, Miss Ohio’s Nameless, Reaching Quiet, and the seminal cLOUDDEAD outfit. Their wildest dreams were achieved when they relocated to Oakland to make pop-inflected psychedelic folk-hop.


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  • minstreldossier

    one of the best minstrels in the game lockjaw was a straight up blackface racialist classic. i love yoni and would lovingly apply the paint for him if only he'd let me. he could even have some of my special sauce for his lips. OH MAMMY!

    7 Apr 9:41pm Reply
  • sraahjean

    seeing them tonight. couldn't be more excite.

    7 Apr 5:21pm Reply
  • autumn-fall

    7 Apr 2:26pm Reply
  • bethanypwns

    i like reading this comments feed because you find gems like the word "yonilicous"

    28 Mar 3:18am Reply
  • minstreldossier

    YONI WOLF in blackface:

    21 Mar 9:31am Reply
  • MinnieWeis

    FINALLY a new default! yay

    20 Mar 9:53pm Reply
  • bootymcbuttbutt

    missin uuuuuuuuu

    17 Mar 9:01pm Reply
  • gonzeaux

    "Alopecia tier" is an extremely high tier though, rather than compare their later work negatively against it I think we're better celebrating the fact that Why? released such a great record in the first place

    9 Mar 5:03am Reply
  • tatiabytatia

    Please, come to NY!

    28 Feb 7:51pm Reply
  • mister_tussin

    I guess you could call this the "off-season"

    18 Feb 12:21am Reply
  • FuckLolito

    Casualmente me sentindo com o sangue nigga -n

    30 Jan 7:25am Reply
  • taIktostrangers

    alopecia tier music is never coming back ) :

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • vividserenity

    Do I hear a hint of Pixies influence, perhaps? Anyone else get that?

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CpVb006

    according to fb they're recording a new album

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    apparently they were just advertising the austin show from last month, oh well i was getting greedy

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    i thought funfunfun announced a couple months ago that why? was returning but their name never popped up in the line-up and it seems like their tour is over. am i remembering something that never happened? oh well, i'll take serengeti as consolation

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CpVb006

    two different reviewers, I guess.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    i don't usually pay much attention to their opinions but in what world is golden tickets better than mumps?

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CpVb006

    pitchfork gave WHY? a perfect ten if you add the last three scores together : / i feel bad reading those reviews.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    they only played songs from mumps, e.eyelash & alopecia but that had to be the first time i heard 'waterfalls' & 'the hoofs' live since i first saw them in '05

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
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