What to Expect From the Artists at Kickback


Today, The Corp announced the full lineup for Kickback, “a music and arts festival” on Labor Day.

With a mix of professional and student acts, Kickback promises a day of good music next week. But before the event is here, we’ve got a rundown of each of the bands, including our favorite song they perform.

The Knocks

The Knocks, an electropop duo, is one of Kickback’s professional headline acts.

Our favorite song of theirs is “Classic,” not to be confused with MKTO’s “Classic” because this “Classic” is more classic. This song is so fun. It’s perfect for the singalong-type jumping, happy dancing that was made to do with friends you haven’t seen in a while.

The Knocks seem kickback-ready because they have the scruff game on lock.

We also have an expert opinion on record claiming that The Knocks are incredibly talented.

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One of the professional act headliners, Misterwives serves up delightful indie pop like this song, “Reflections”.

Are your ears happy yet?

Other than that one song I am completely lost on the rest of Misterwives’s stuff but I like what I hear so far and am looking forward to hear the rest of their catalogue on Monday.


Coin is an indie pop band that will open for the two professional acts. Our favorite song, “Oh No,” combines playful lyrics with an upbeat melody.

This song discusses the difficulty of a challenging relationship and the problems one can run into when it’s clear that one person should have broken up with the other but couldn’t because he or she “liked the view”. The view is nice ladies and gents.

The Unforgiven

At first we were upset that was their only video on YouTube but it’s actually awesome; they legitimately play in Georgetown townhouses for student parties. I’m just really disappointed that I was never invited to one.

They even sing “Wagon Wheel!” It might be a bit unseemly to call these guys hot because of their age. (Sorry members of The Unforgiven, but if it’s any conciliation we seriously love you.) Was that creepy too? Anyway they seem really chill and we feel like we already know them after watching this short documentary.

Tigers Are Bad For Horses

Tigers Are Bad For Horses, one of the two acts featuring Georgetown students, is a duo featuring Mary Ellen Funke (SFS ’15) and Lyell Roeder (COL ’13). The group just got together this year so their only video as of now is a cover:

Look for new music and original songs from them at the festival next week.

Peter Fanone

Peter Fanone (COL ’15) serves up some folky indie rock. This is our favorite song of his, especially because the music video was created by and stars Georgetown students.

Happy kicking back Hoyas! Check out the Kickback site to buy your tickets and I’ll see you there.

Full disclosure: The Hoya is a sponsor of Kickback.

Longest Post I’ll Ever Write – Summer Music Festivals

I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the short blog post. I don’t like reading long things – it makes History, English and Philosophy classes next to impossible. Today, I make an exception. The lineups are out and some of the tickets go on sale mañana – ’tis the season of the summer music festival!

Across the country, America is killing it with the headlining performers this time around. How is Tom Petty playing every music festival? How?

Firefly Music Festival — Dover, DE


Come with me this summer. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon. Imagine it now — we won’t shower, we’ll wear matching tie dye, we’ll eat a lot of hot dogs, hang out with 65 year old hippies and sleep in a field. Best thing to happen to Delaware since Joe Biden and low taxes, right? Red Hot Chilis, Tom Petty, Public Enemy, Avett Brothers, the Lumineers (fun fact – the lead singer was a Richmond Spider with my brother), Alabama Shakes, Foster the People, Dispatch. Road trip!

More information and tickets here.

Newport Folk Festival — Newport, RI


If you ever listen to anything I tell you, make it this: go to Newport this summer. If it was anything like when I went in 2011, it will be well worth your money. Unfortunately, only Friday tickets are still available, but I’m sure if you’re willing to break the bank a little bit, you can find 3-day passes on StubHub or other ticket websites.

More information and tickets here.

Jazz and Heritage Festival — New Orleans, LA


Disclaimer: it takes place Georgetown Day weekend and the weekend when finals start so I almost don’t want you to look at the lineup because it will break your heart into pieces. Stop reading now if you love all things good. The nine headliners for both weekends include Billy Joel, DMB, Earth Wind and Fire, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Phoenix, Widespread Panic and Band of Horses. Oh, and Fleetwood Mac. Look me in the eyes and tell me you didn’t get the chills when Landslide played in that Budweiser commercial from the Superbowl.

More information here.

Bonnaroo — Nashville, TN


Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty (at it again!) and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, R. Kelly, The National, Of Monsters and Men, Ed Helm’s Bluegrass Superjam Situation with Special Guests (special guests!), Tallest Man on Earth, Gov’t Mule, Foals, the XX — well, you all can read so I’ll let you take a look at the lineup. This will be nuts. Weird Al is going.

Bamboozle Surf and Skate Festival — Freehold, NJ


I went to Bamboozle my junior year of high school. It ended in a concussion during the Weezer performance — YOLO, mom wasn’t happy about that one. Related or not, Bamboozle cancelled the festival for 2013 but the great state of New Jersey still plans to hold the Surf and Skate Festival, which will feature Fall Out Boy and Macklemore if that peaks your interest. Doesn’t peak mine, but as my dad always said, that’s what makes markets.

More information and tickets here.

*Note that Lollapalooza hasn’t released their lineup yet and Coachella is sold out (if you were a fan of the ’90s British invasion, this would have been your year — Stone Roses AND Blur performing). So, as you shiver in the 35-degree weather in Georgetown, imagine yourself standing in a crowd next to a sweaty man in an American flag visor listening to Chilis serenade you with a Otherside.