Folks from every corner of the Stanford bubble are gathered in Roble Gym doing jumping jacks set to synth-heavy trap tunes. Some students in sweatpants dance across the space, while others spit poems about station wagons and blond afros. This is just a typical Wednesday evening rehearsal for the Chocolate Heads Movement Band, Stanford╒s most outrageous and innovative art collective. This deconstructed dance crew, directed by Aleta Hayes ‘91, invites musicians, artists, poets, DJs and designers to contribute to their creations.
Last Saturday night, hundreds of students rolled out to the Sigma Nu lawn for Snowchella, the yearly benefit concert that brought to campus three impressive acts: psychedelic rock band Cuckoo Chaos, disco-house producer Shook and music industry boss Salva.
The music world has been generous this summer as more and more artists have turned to free releases. Mixtape culture, previously a rap phenomenon, has expanded to include a variety of genres that can use online releases to establish new artists or please old fans. Here are some of the summer’s most interesting happenings in rap, hip-hop, dance and dubstep.
Four lawyers stand still in an office hallway surrounded by elevators. Dressed in typical business attire, the men’s backs are to each other, and they don’t say a word. The lawyer on the left makes the first movement, reaching over to slap his shoulder. The rest follow in a series of gestures and expressions as they bend, stretch, point and shout. What appeared to be a normal scene of lawyers in suits is transformed into a dance.
It all started with a fire. Well, it wasn’t exactly a fire, although the heat of an inferno would have been nice as a group of at least 100 stood expectantly outside of Paul Brest Hall in the brisk autumn night. They were waiting for the final part of IDX (Identity Xpression), a two-day event jointly hosted by Lambda Phi Epsilon and the Residential Arts Program intended to promote awareness of and engender an appreciation for the diversity on the Stanford campus.