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  • Point/Counterpoint: Lexi and Nat Sing, And Are Later Sucked Into A Vortex Of Rock

    26 Jan 2006, 23:50 by gnatware

    doublethink / Mixed Company
    December 2, 2005
    St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

    Point, by Lexi

    It’s a pretty standard belief that one of the most important characteristics of a good music critic is impartiality. Well, try as one might, it’s a little hard to give an unbiased review of a two-act evening when said critic is sleeping with one of the acts and is the other act. Anyway. I can honestly say that tonight was glorious on many levels. Performing at a Gay/Straight Alliance benefit at St. Paul’s School, the two groups joined together for a pre-concert meal with the high school students, during which we had a round table discussion about life, college, gender, sex, whatever. It was a nice idea, but kind of awkward, especially when we got off track and started equating racial minorities and sexual minorities. The kids seemed to appreciate us, however, as rambling as we may have been.

    First up, Mixed Company, Yale University’s finest college a cappella group (again, I am being very, very impartial here). …
  • Point/Counterpoint: Lexi and Nat Sing, And Are Later Sucked Into A Vortex Of Rock

    8 Jan 2006, 20:32 by Lexxxi

    doublethink / Mixed Company
    December 2, 2005
    St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

    point.

    It’s a pretty standard belief that one of the most important characteristics of a good music critic is impartiality. Well, try as one might, it’s a little hard to give an unbiased review of a two-act evening when said critic is sleeping with one of the acts and is the other act. Anyway. I can honestly say that tonight was glorious on many levels. Performing at a Gay/Straight Alliance benefit at St. Paul’s School, the two groups joined together for a pre-concert meal with the high school students, during which we had a round table discussion about life, college, gender, sex, whatever. It was a nice idea, but kind of awkward, especially when we got off track and started equating racial minorities and sexual minorities. The kids seemed to appreciate us, however, as rambling as we may have been.

    First up, Mixed Company, Yale University’s finest college a cappella group (again, I am being very, very impartial here). …
  • Live: l e x i + s c o t t

    13 Dec 2005, 06:21 by gnatware

    An amazing night of acoustic covers by my good friend Lexi "Lexxxi" Newman and doublethink frontman scott brown. It was rock and roll at it's finest in the basement of Davenport. Fuckin' awesome. 'Nuff said. A taste of the set list (the ones I can remember off the top of my head):

    Five Years
    Unintended
    American Girl
    Ugly
    Magic Bus
    Midnight Radio

    And many more great ones...
  • Point/Counterpoint: Lexi and Nat Make Magic at Alchemy

    5 Dec 2005, 14:49 by Lexxxi

    Point, by Nat

    While most Yale hipsters (I include myself in this group begrudgingly) focus on indie rock, the burgeoning New Haven hard rock scene goes largely unnoticed. Luckily, I got the heads up about this concert of local bands from my friend Lexi. She had sent me a few tracks of The Smyrk and Planeside and promised a great live show. These acts did not dissapoint.

    The evening got off to a rocky start with Amnesty Underground's set. The group of lefty anarchists is led by an awkward individual whose self-depricating, deeply sarcastic humor was perhaps the only entertaining thing about their act. "There once was a time when we rocked" he pronounced ironically (or something to that effect). Unfortunately, that time is not now. Midway through the set, he mockingly tossed his bass across the empty club.

    Next up were The Saucers, a group that featured a torch-singing alto as a frontwoman. Despite microphone troubles that made the lead singer's voice sound distorted and grainy…
  • Point/Counterpoint: Local bands rock Alchemy

    3 Dec 2005, 21:41 by gnatware

    The second in a series of Point/Counterpoint articles by me and Lexxxi.

    The Smyrk / Planeside / The Saucers / Amnesty Underground
    Alchemy, New Haven, CT
    November 30, 2005

    Point, by Nat

    While most Yale hipsters (I include myself in this group begrudgingly) focus on indie rock, the burgeoning New Haven hard rock scene goes largely unnoticed. Luckily, I got the heads up about this concert of local bands from my friend Lexi. She had sent me a few tracks of The Smyrk and Planeside and promised a great live show. These acts did not dissapoint.

    The evening got off to a rocky start with Amnesty Underground's set. The group of lefty anarchists is led by an awkward individual whose self-depricating, deeply sarcastic humor was perhaps the only entertaining thing about their act. "There once was a time when we rocked" he pronounced ironically (or something to that effect). Unfortunately, that time is not now. Midway through the set, he mockingly tossed his bass across the empty club.