Lawnparties headliners tend to come in two flavors. First, you’ve got your Popular Mid-Level Acts: your Lupes, your Roots, your pre-Umbrella Rihannas. And then you’ve got your Random Throwbacks, the Pat Benatars and the Everclears of the music world. (For while Everclear the alcohol is notoriously flavorless, Everclear the band tastes strongly and somewhat unpleasantly of 1997).
This year’s performer falls firmly into the former group, and has to be considered something of a coup for the USG. Just two days ago B.o.B was performing at the MTV VMAs in front of some 11.4 million viewers. Next Sunday, he’ll be rockin’ the main stage at the Quadrangle Club. Although for B.o.B himself, I suppose, such a progression would seem less “coup” than “comedown”:
But those thirsty for a strong swig of nostalgia shouldn’t fret. It’s no Everclear, but I guarantee this news will make you nice and woozy nonetheless: just one day before Lawnparties, Campus Club will play host to a very special throwback guest who is every bit as random as B.o.B is (Mid-Level) popular — Former Child Actor Frankie Muniz, star of beloved early Aughts sitcom Malcolm in the Middle! He played Malcolm!
“Huuuuh?” you say? I reply: “Read on after the jump!”
Malcolm-I-mean-Frankie is in town with his band You Hang Up, for which he plays the drums, sometimes in abandoned parking lots:
(In this sense, Frankie is like a mirror-image B.o.B. If MTV –> Quadrangle is a “comedown”, then Abandoned Parking Lot –> Campus Club surely brings us right back up to “coup”.)
You Hang Up is performing as part of Campus Club’s “3 Floors of Fun” event, to be held this Saturday from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Now, Muniz knows what you’re thinking, and he wants you to know that his band is actually good. He explained in a recent interview:
I think a lot of people, when they hear I’m in a band, expect it to be like most “actor bands,” which is not usually the greatest music, but especially not great performed live. Most bands can make a recording sound good, but when you come hear us live … I think people will be impressed. We want to come out with a bang. And I would definitely love my fans to follow my new career and hopefully enjoy it.
Bring your prox to get through the door. And let me know how the show is, OK? Sadly, I’ll be recovering from my Yom Kippur fast and will therefore be unable to attend the concert and/or badger Frankie into autographing my copy of Agent Cody Banks.