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.

Friday Fixat10ns: Break Ups and Reunions

Friday Fixat10ns: Break Ups and Reunions from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

I thought I needed a break when I ended things with my boyfriend. The Spice Girls thought they needed a break when they ran out of spice. The difference between these two things is that the Spice Girls’ reunion was epic enough to earn them a worldwide concert tour and a spot in the closing night of the Olympic Games. I, on the other hand, am still single.

Regardless of the woes of my personal life, I’ll admit that getting back together can sometimes lend itself to something greater than before. Two bands that can attest to this are the Killers and Ben Folds Five. The former released “Battle Born”, an emotionally charged album one should not listen to while sad. Ben Folds Five’s album, emerging after a mere 13 years, makes me want to square dance. And while the reason behind that is beyond me,  the tracks are undoubtedly strange and enticing.

This week, I’ll be sharing songs by bands that made the (sometimes) wise decision to reunite after spending time apart (even if it’s just for a tour).

Flesh and Bone — The Killers You can’t even listen to the first ten seconds of this song without wanting to listen to the whole thing.

Wannabe — The Spice Girls I wanna be their lovers all day long. Preferably Posh and her husband’s.

Battle Born — The Killers What I describe as a languid, chill, country rock jam.

Every Breath You Take — The Police “Every breath you take, and every move you make. Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you ” Rather creepy. This was my parents’ wedding song.

Big Love — Fleetwood Mac Rumored to be having a reunion tour in 2013. Keep your eyes peeled.

I Hate the Kids — Hot Snakes Please listen to this song if you’re feeling like you want to punch that ex I was talking about in the face.

Take it Easy — The Eagles All Georgetown students should abide by these lyrics.  Most of them will not.

Here Comes Your Man — The Pixies Here comes my man? I’ll believe it when I see it.

One Last Breath — Creed Though I’m slightly frightened by the intensity of his mostly black eyes in this music video, the song is a classic. If you see me around campus, please ask for a Creed impersonation. I’m proud of it.

Do it Anyway — Ben Folds Five Great, great, great new song. Upbeat. True. Risky. This song is like a wonderful pecan pie.