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WHY? plays Alopecia with Lala Lala
November 14 • 7:00 pm• $15 – $18
On Wednesday, November 14, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome WHY? back to the WOW Hall for the Alopecia 10 Year Anniversary Show with special guest Lala Lala.
When it dropped in 2008, Alopecia not only marked WHY?‘s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live-recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists. It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heart-rending song-rap that jangles like folk, bursts like psych-rock, and sways like chamber pop. To this day, there is no other group that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. Revisiting these songs is like catching up with an old, very strange friend — one who obsesses over his mortality, wonders if his ex is some sort of god, identifies as a “lifelong local foreigner,” and does his emotional unpacking in public restrooms. When Yoni Wolf sings that he’s been “faking suicide for applause in the food courts of malls” on album opener “The Vowels Pt. 2”, you aren’t sure if it’s a metaphor about fame or a real thing he did. Inspired by Bob Dylan and Joanna Newsom, Yoni packs confessional candor and vivid detail into honeyed melodies. The result is a swirl of humor, desperation and beauty that both pulls us into his world and draws out our own proud, wounded inner weirdo. Yoni was uncovering his anger, anxiety and ambition — celebrating his ugly by wearing his lowest of lows like badges of honor, devising characters to exorcise his inner demons, and arriving at begrudging self-affirmation.
Lillie West initially started Lala Lala as a way to communicate things that she felt she could never say out loud. But on The Lamb, her sophomore LP and debut for Hardly Art, she has found strength in vulnerability. Through bracing hooks and sharp lyrics, the 24-year-old songwriter and guitarist illustrates a nuanced look on her own adulthood – her fraught insecurity, struggles with addiction, and the loss of several people close to her.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show, and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages (6-11 half price at the door when accompanied by parent or adult guardian; five and under no charge). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-274