Marquee: Yo La Tengo & Girl Talk
In the early years of this decade, Ohio State's annual Springfest was marked by quality tunes that make the hip kids swoon, its picks spanning from the cute and cuddly weirdness of The Unicorns to the disturbingly intense hardcore rap of Immortal Technique. But OSU's barely afloat online radio station The Underground canceled the fest in 2006, transformed into the offshoot Ohio.FM and practically disappeared.
Now OSU hosts a cool free concert every spring - see: last year's M.I.A./Soulja Boy double bill, this year's "Big Free Weekend" with Kid Cudi, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more - but you have to be a student to get tickets.
Thankfully Ohio Wesleyan University is not so strict about attendance. The Delaware school is bringing in chameleonic indie-rock legends Yo La Tengo and laptop-equipped body-mover Girl Talk for their own Springfest this Friday. And as long as you've got $20, you're welcome to come.
Stylistically, Yo La Tengo and Girl Talk seem like strange bedfellows. But philosophically, the New Jersey trio's schizophrenic appreciation for rock and pop fits right in with the kitchen-sink madness of Pittsburgh's one-man dance party.
Yo La Tengo & Girl Talk
When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 24
Where: Gordon Field House, Delaware