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OK Go to perform at Legends this weekend for Revue Alternative

Observer Scene | Friday, January 30, 2004

This Saturday, the majority of campus will have two major options: trek all the way to Saint Mary’s to watch the Keenan revue, or take the short trip to Legends and watch professionals put on an incredible concert. The rumors flying around campus are true – OK Go, a Chicago-based, nationally known band is coming to Legends Saturday, and the best news is, as always, it’s free! (And by free, I mean included in tuition).

OK Go is a well-known four-piece band that plays punk rock with a pop twist (think Phantom Planet, Rooney and a more upbeat Guster). Their self-titled album, “OK Go,” is a 12-song masterpiece that any respectable college student is obligated to own. Some of their best known songs are “Get Over It” (“Hey! Get, get, get, get, get over it!) and “You’re So Damn Hot” (“You don’t love me at all, / But don’t think that it bothers me at all. / You’re a bad-heart boy trap, baby doll, but you’re …/ You’re so damn hot!”). The songs are memorable and will get stuck in your head for days, but you’ll be happy about it because they are just that good. One critic calls them “part indie rock, part stadium rock, part straight-up pop with the occasional whiff of The Pixies or The Cars or Elliot Smith.” With a mix of fast, slow, hard, light and everything in between, the music of OK Go is enjoyable for anyone and everyone. There is not a single song on their album that allows standing still, and don’t try to fight it.

Beyond simply their great music, OK Go is known for putting on a terrific live show. With Damian Kulash on vocals and guitar, Tim Norwind on bass, Dan Konopka on drums and Andy Duncan on keyboards and guitar, OK Go is not an act to be missed. They are four fun and smart guys that have fun with who they are and what they do. If that isn’t enough for some of you females sitting on the fence, all four of the members of the band just recently made the “Elle girl” list of “The 50 Hottest Rockers,” which is a boast no one over at the Saint Mary’s auditorium can make.

The night is going to be kicked off by a modern rock, New Jersey-based band called Spiraling, which has the reputation as one of the East Coast’s best independent bands. With a sound a bit harder than OK Go’s, Spiraling is a four-piece band that has become known without the support of a label, but just through support of fans due to their tremendous talent.

Doors open at 8:45 p.m. at Legends for one of the biggest nights Legends has yet presented. This is a concert any average college student would put down $20 to see, and it is available to students for free – and you didn’t even have to wait in line for tickets. Do yourself and your music collection a favor, and take the short trip to Legends this Saturday night for an unforgettable concert – and say hello to your new favorite band.