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Sunday, Apr. 02, 2017


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WHY? is a trio of handsome Cincinnati-born men who fiddle with skins, strings, bells and microphones and present their findings to the listening public. Singer Yoni Wolf grew up the second son to an art book editor and a rabbi. He got his start recording bad poems and sloppy beats on the family synagogue's 4-track. His brother Josiah played drums at Rabbi Wolf's worship service as a kid, became a band geek as a teen, and fell in love with Thelonious Monk on his way to study music. Doug McDiarmid was raised by two French teachers and taught piano while in kindergarten. For four years, WHY? was Yoni’s personal stage name. He honed his trademark delivery – a sickly sweet, half-rapped, singsong style – shined up his wry, picturesque poetry, and developed a clip-and-collage aesthetic using keyboards, toys, guitars, samplers and anything worth banging on. When Doug and Josiah moved west to join Yoni, they brought with them a hoard of instruments and the ability to wail on every last one. In various permutations together and with other now-notables (i.e. Doseone, Odd Nosdam, Mr. Dibbs, Atmosphere's Slug), these three created and/or contributed to several freewheeling rap and lo-fi rock-related projects. Their wildest dreams were achieved when they relocated to Oakland to make pop-inflected psychedelic folk-hop. By chops and imagination, WHY? grew into a thing of flesh, bones and fully fledged songs, resulting in 5 studio albums… the latest, Moh Lhean, released in March 2017.

w/ Rituals of Mine

Tickets available at STINKWEEDS and Crescent Ballroom!


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