Union Productions at Florida State knows how to put on a good show. Every semester the student organization successfully provides students with easy-access entertainment, particularly with attractive bands. A lot of the shows that they put on happen at Club Downunder (CDU), which is located on campus in the student union, where FSU music junkies can mosh and head-bang to music on the ground floor or lay low with a beer in hand on the top balcony. Either way, it is always a fun time for all.
Last semester Union Productions gave students a reason to hang out and jam out. Acts such as Jr. Jr. with Brother Tiger, The Growlers with BRONCHO and Waxahatchee were just a few of the tremendous performers that graced FSU with their presence. This semester is no different.
One of the first bands on the list was Mothers, fronted by Kristine Leschper. Starting as a solo project for Leschper, the band has blossomed into a complete band that produces introspective lyrics and experimental “math rock” melodies that are more complex and free flowing than typical rock music. The Athens-based band wooed show attendees on Jan. 6.
Next up is the heavy rock band Torche, who will be taking the stage on Jan. 20, fully equipped with loud and gripping instrumentals. Following Torche on the 21 is the surf pop group, Shannon and The Clams. Shannon and The Clams’ bubbly and retro sound first debuted in Oakland, California in 2009, and have compiled sharp, funky tunes along with good vibes ever since.
Indie pop band, Wild Child, will be kicking off the month of February on the 6 as they showcase their compelling, catchy melodies and airy, folkish instrumentals. The group resembles other bands with reputable talents, such as Rilo Kiley and The Head and the Heart.
Scheduled just three days after Wild Child on Feb. 9 is Robert Ellis whose work is sweetly saturated with the twang of country, folk and bluegrass. Two out of the three rock bands featured on Third Man Records’ Audio Social Dissent album, Timmy’s Organism and Video, will follow Ellis on the 14. Unless you consider heavy rock riffs and screeching guitars romantic, steer clear from bringing your Valentine’s Day date to this show.
On Feb. 18 the raw, punk band (quite similar to the sound from Audio Social Dissent), Protomartyr, will perform original songs that touch on philosophical questions and thoughts about evil and intellect from their latest album Agent Intellect. Finally, the electronic and synth filled artist, Le Youth, is scheduled to play on the 25th.
The club will start to mellow out on March 4 when Deer Tick and Mutual Benefit perform. While Mutual Benefit’s indie songs are calming and transcendent as they take listener’s beyond the ordinary, Deer Tick will be playing acoustic versions of their upbeat indie rock tracks.
Another soft indie performer, Alex G will soothingly haunt audience members on March 14 with Porches and Your Friend. With melodies closely similar to Mac Demarco’s and an angelic voice like Elliot Smith’s, Alex G’s work is both soulful and light.
Elle King will be closing out the semester and culminating a fantastic, versatile lineup on April 15. The energetic, pop solo artist will end the semester with a bang with her powerful and passionate instrumentals and dynamic melodies.
All shows at CDU are free for students with a student ID and the door will open at 8:30 unless stated otherwise.
By ALLISON KRIDLE / Interning Writer