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3OH!3 concert

Sean Foreman of 3OH!3. Photo by Jenny Krashin.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, R-SPaCE hosted possibly the biggest event of the semester–3OH!3 in concert with guests Hellogoodbye, Down With Webster and The Secret Handshake. Before the doors even opened at 7 p.m., people were lining up around the Dedmon Center where the gig was held. Listening to the conversations before the show, you could easily tell that many people had come from other universities as well as the area high schools to have the opportunity to see these bands play live.

The night began with The Secret Handshake, which was probably the least known band on the bill, but the audience was very welcoming nonetheless. They were probably the most chill performers of the night as well as the most in sync (they were really into swaying along with their music). The next band was Down With Webster and the response they received from the crowd was only rivaled by the love showed for 3OH!3 further into the night. They really got the crowd pumped and showered them with red cups emblazoned with the DWW logo their fan base has grown to recognize.

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

Hellogoodbye performed a lot of songs from their new album Would It Kill You?, which drops Nov. 9. The crowd really seemed to enjoy the new tunes, but I also think they would’ve enjoyed hearing some more old favorites. And who could forget Forest’s claims that they were actually 3OH!3 and that they started a clothing line called Hellogoodbye that was selling at a merchandise table in the back. Good times. Then, after waiting with anticipation for what felt like forever, 3OH!3 took the stage. They played songs from all three of their albums and one of my favorites of the night was Sean’s rap about the wolves with laser beam eyes. If you didn’t go to the show, don’t have your vision checked because you definitely read that correctly–WOLVES WITH LASER BEAM EYES. Honestly, they were probably the coolest thing to be seen the whole night, not to mention the little Carlton-esque jig that Sean and Nat did during “Starstruckk.”

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

Having been to a concert at Virginia Tech the week before, I’ve got to say that I was really impressed with the RU crowd and how they treated the opening acts. At Tech, the first two bands didn’t really get much response from the audience. On the other hand, some people should probably brush up on their concert etiquette before attending a show because I know a lot of people who went home miserable because of the people around them.

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

Overall, the bands were great and each performance had really memorable moments. Be sure to thank R-SPaCE for putting together an amazing show and the various fraternities that helped out with the heavy lifting.

Interview with 3OH!3:

3Oh!3:Streets of Gold plus other bands

Alright kids, we are days away from the 3Oh!3, Hellogoodbye, Down With Webster and the Secret Handshake concert on Oct. 19, so here is a little taste of the newer songs they may be playing so you won’t feel lost at the show.

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3Oh!3: Streets of Gold

I’ll admit that before writing this review I had never listened to the entire third album from headliners 3Oh!3, but just like the skeptical kid I was when I heard them for the first time at Warped Tour 2008, I was hooked. The album, much like their others, will pull you in with their catchy beats and clever lyrics, but there is definitely more variety in their sound with the record than what we’ve seen in the past.

Of course, we are all quite familiar with their single “My First Kiss” featuring the one and only Ke$ha, and the video for “House Party” should probably come with a warning label, but one of the songs that everyone should check out is “R.I.P.” Again, we see a side of the guys (the softer side of 3Oh!3) that isn’t shown quite often, but I’ve got to admit it’s one of my favorites. Although this is obviously a breakup anthem, it’s impressive how they take the higher road lyrically instead of turning it into what could be a hateful, girlfriend-bashing song. Also, “Touchin’ On My” uses censorship in a creative way that had me scouring the Internet for an unedited version; however, there isn’t one because that’s just how the song goes.

Don’t be turned off by my choice of favorites because the album is still full of the great dance-worthy jams that you’ve come to know and love by 3Oh!3.

My Picks: “We Are Young,” “R.I.P.,” “Streets of Gold”

Rating: 7/10

I don’t want to leave out the rest of the great bands that R-SPaCE has booked for us, so here’s a little preview as to what you can expect from the rest of the lineup.

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The boys of Hellogoodbye aren’t strangers to the RU campus; they performed here in the Fall of 2008. They haven’t made any new music since their last album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! in 2006 other than an EP called Ukulele Recordings sold at their shows in late 2008. The band does have a new album coming out from Wasted Summer Records on Nov. 9 called Would It Kill You? Hopefully they’ll be nice enough to give us a taste of their new material as well as delight us with old favorites.

My Picks: “Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn,” “Jesse Buy Nothing…Go to Prom Anyways,” “Baby, It’s Fact”

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Down With Webster’s musical style seems quite similar to that of 3Oh!3, i.e. rap mixed with rock/pop. They also have some pretty witty lyrics like “The doors are open baby light my fire” on “Time to Win.” (Kudos to you if you understand that reference.) Hailing from Toronto, the guys got their start by winning a junior high talent show and now have a debut album, Time to Win, Vol. I, to show for it. Check out their new video for “Whoa is Me” below and start getting excited for their live show, because I’m sure it will be amazing.

My Picks: “Time to Win,” “Whoa Is Me,” “Miracle Mile”

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The Secret Handshake is the final band on Tuesday’s bill. You might find this surprising, but ‘it’ is really a ‘he.’ That’s right, it’s one of those bands where there’s actually only one person in the outfit, except of course when a live performance calls for multiple people to play all of the instruments. His name is Luis Dubuc, and ever since he’s been writing songs and recording albums he’s become a trademark in the electronic/pop scene. With his new album Night & Day he’s taking a risk and going in a new direction–Motown. Critics and fans agree, according to Alternative Press, that the new album is a hit and that he was right to trust his instincts. I think that RU students will agree when he takes the stage with his touring band at the Dedmon Center.

My Picks: “Midnight Movie,” “Coastal Cities,” “Summer of ’98”

You can catch all of these great bands at the Dedmon Center on Oct. 19. Tickets are still available at the Bonnie Information Desk and are $10 for students, $20 for general public and will be $20 for everyone on the day of the show.