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CUB Alt starts semester on high note By Brandon Agalaba Staff Writer

Indie rock bands Vundabar and Rozwell Kid headlined the first CUB Alt concert of the spring 2018 semester in the Brower Student Center on Feb. 6, featuring New Jersey-based band Ragged Lines as the opener. Vundabar, a Boston indie rock band, was the first of the headlining acts to perform. Vundabar was formed in 2012 by singer and guitarist Brandon Hagan, bassist Zack Abramo and drummer Drew McDonald. The band released their first album, titled “Antics,” in 2013, and their most recent album “Gawk” in 2015. Vundabar’s set was exciting and unpredictable. The band played wild, capricious songs that featured guitar solos and unexpected pauses. Abramo and McDonald had excellent musical chemistry, with McDonald creating spontaneous and energetic drum beats to match Abramo’s intense bass riffs. One of the songs that Vundabar played was “Fast Car.” The band

members made jokes amongst themselves and with the crowd as audience members formed a lively mosh pit. The lead vocalist damaged a tree that was at the concert, and he joked about lawsuits in front of the audience. Additionally, Linkin Park, 311 and Pearl Jam were brought up during the concert. McDonald listens to bands like Modest Mouse and The Fall, and the other members of Vundabar are into ’80s and ’90s punk bands such as Circle Jerks and Bad Brains. The lead vocalist of Rozwell Kid grew up listening to Weird Al, Green Day, Weezer and The Shins. Rozwell Kid ended the concert with a set of original, upbeat poppunk songs. The West Virginiabased band was formed in 2011 by singer and rhythm guitarist Jordan Hudkins, bassist Devin Donnelly, lead guitarist Adam Meisterhans and drummer Sean Hallock, who also provided backing vocals during the show. The band mainly played material off their latest album, “Precious Art,” released in 2017. With

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Hagan jokes about a lawsuit from the College for damaging a decorative tree.

an up-tempo sound falling somewhere between early Green Day and Weezer, the band played songs including “UHF On DVD,” Total Mess,” “Futon,” “Boomerang” and “Wendy’s Trash Can.” Rozwell Kid’s performance at the College was their first show of 2018. Ragged Lines opened the show, energizing the audience with upbeat, melodic rock music that alternated between soft guitar lines and crunchy, distorted riffs. Harmonies

backed the vocals, and the band played all of their songs available on Spotify, as well as two new songs entitled “Bud Light Summer” and “Keep Talkin’.” Carter Henry, Ragged Lines’ main vocalist, is into older bands from the ’60s and ’70s. Henry also draws inspiration from The Strokes, Sam Cooke and soul music like Motown. Matt Viani, Ragged Lines’ drummer, enjoys Manchester Orchestra, and backup

singer Ally Wepner listens to an eclectic mix of genres, including hip-hop and R&B. Students in the audience were impressed by the concert. Carolyn Mandracchia, a junior fine arts major and a graphic artist for CUB, is happy to kick off a semester full of CUB Alt shows. “Everyone had a great time,” Mandracchia said. “Having stuff like this changes the atmosphere of the school.”

Mixed Signals shows sense of humor at ‘Date Night’

Heidi Cho / Arts & Entertainment Editor

Left: Devoe introduces the comedians to the audience. Right: The group acts out a scenario inspired by a key word from the audience. By Heidi Cho Arts & Entertainment Editor Students dressed in their Sunday best were serenaded by the Mixed Signals’ warm-up noises — a cross between yodelling and screaming — outside of the Library Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 10, as the group prepared to present its “Fancy Date Night” show. The comedians entered in pairs, sporting formal attire and laughing with one another. Once everyone was on stage, Nolan Devoe, a senior communication studies major, announced the new members of the group, as well as older members of the group who will soon graduate as “Bignals.” The group then jumped into its first improvisation scenario, in which the actors in the scene incorporated a key word that was provided by an audience member. Logan Paul was the inspiration for the scene, which included a director and three actors respectively playing as a protective mother, a lovestruck daughter and a reckless boy that is taking her to prom. “Just because I smoke my weed with

Juuls—” said Dylan Lembo, a freshman international studies major, in character as the obnoxious bad boy defending himself to his date’s mother. Devoe played the director, and had the actors repeat the scene three times, changing it to reference Logan Paul more and more each time. The first time, Lembo and the other performers could talk normally. The next, the three actors were all zombies acting out the scene. Lastly, the three actors could only communicate in trumpet noises, which produced fits of laughter from the audience. The category for another scene’s conflict was first-world problems, and an audience suggested that there should be no Wi-Fi in the scene. A couple played by Paul Chukrallah, a junior marketing major, and Stephanie Sonbati, a freshman English and journalism and professional writing double major, tried to post a selfie of themselves on Instagram. Mixed Signals members from the seats onstage provided the error and retry sound effects when his phone failed to connect to her house’s Wi-Fi, because her dad

changed the password on him. “The last girl I dated gave me Wi-Fi the first night,” Chukrallah said to his girlfriend of four hours in the scene. Coyly, Sonbati said that she knew how to reset the Wi-Fi by going to the modem in the kitchen. After double-checking the girl was of age, the boyfriend agreed to “do it in the kitchen.” When Chukrallah and Sonbati went to push the modem’s power button, Sonbati instructed, “Two fingers.” Whenever a scene was losing steam, the Mixed Signals would introduce a new element, like sound effects or a fictitious loose emu, to the scenario from the sidelines. For the game “World’s Worst,” Devoe pulled out a piece of loose-leaf paper with role suggestions from the audience for actors to impersonate. Any actor could step forward and act out a few seconds of any scenario in the game. The “World’s Worst” game is a favorite of Emily Litwin, a junior marketing major. “They’re a really close knit group,” Litwin said. In another game, actors would even

“swipe” or change the scenario around on each other seamlessly, showing how well the members knew each other’s capabilities and strengths. Sam Miller, a graduate student and English major, found the group’s chemistry to be one of the best parts of the show. “They are always trying to learn and get funnier,” Miller said. “They have a good sense of what people can handle.” Miller “loves the Sigs,” and attends many of their shows. Another crowd-pleaser the group performed was a scene involving Charlie, an unseen character whose traits were developed by actors onstage as the scene progressed. Charlie would then walk on stage, exhibiting all of the traits mentioned. To everyone’s amusement, Charlie was a lasagna lover, and an excessive fainter in the presence of a masked doctor. The audience had a hilarious night out with the Mixed Signals. The group delivered crowd-pleasing pair scenarios and hilarious group scenes, and may have left some audience members hoping for a second date.

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