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You Oughta ROCK

October 23, 2014

by Zach R.


A day for sleeping in, making chili, and watching TV. Lots of TV. Finishing off that big assignment before it’s due Monday. TV. Comfortable clothes, and watching TV. What a day.

A recent Sunday at Purchase was not quite like this, though. Yes, it included sleeping in, and eating seasonal soups, but it also included an element not usually associated with the quaintness of Sunday:


That’s right. Rock n’ Roll, baby. Sunday, October 19th, 2014, Montreal-based rock band Ought graced Whitson’s Memorial Greeting Hall in the Stood at Purchase College.

And they brought the ROCK.

The Evening was kicked off by campus band Pupppy, followed by Stood favorites Told Slant, each impressing the crowd with their rockin’ chops. The show was intimate, capping off at around 40 people at it’s highest capacity, but that sure didn’t stop the pure, unfiltered…


After two great opening sets (really, go check these bands out, they know a thing or two about rockin’), it was finally Rock O’Clock (around 10:15) and Ought took the stage,

This was the last night of Ought’s rockin’ tour, in which they rocked all over the country and ended up right here on our campus.

What was interesting, though, was that just 5 nights prior, Ought were headlining New York’s Bowery Ballroom, a theater which holds a capacity of 550 people. They played to a crowd of around 30 at Purchase, certainly a major shift, but that didn’t stop them from rockin’ til they couldn’t rock any more (about 11:20).

Playing songs off of their acclaimed 2014 album, More Than Any Other Day, the four-piece rocked our ears off with songs that shifted from lyrically captivating to mesmerizingly ambient. One second you’d be dancing to the rockin’ vibes, the next you’d be trying your best just to take it all in.

By the end of the set, it was clear that we had all just shared a very special, if small, moment of rock goodness.

You often hear cries of “they played here before they were famous” and “why can’t we get them now if we got them way back then” on campus, in regards to acts such as Drake, Iggy Azalea, and Kendrick Lamar. I can only hope that the same may one day be said for Ought, an act that deserves to revel in the bright future that is ahead of them. And I can say that I rocked with these rockers in a small, rockin’ room with only a handful of other rockers, and it rocked.