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The great outdoors

Posted: May 24 2010

The great outdoors

This year AUB Outdoors is broadening its horizons, with bands of all genres from outside campus. Danny Qiblawi gives 12 good reasons why May 22nd and 23rd should be in your diary.

Euphonia
This group of high schoolers are a spectacle you don’t want to miss. A rock band gone AWOL, expect flamenco, oriental and dizzy trip-hop influences tossed in with the synthesizers.

Bringing it Back
This bunch are all about resurrecting the soul of Arabic music and pumping it back into pop culture. Inspired by the likes of Marcel Khalife and Fadel Shakir, these guys play both originals and covers.

Extorted
Extorted are currently working on their EP, due to be released by the end of 2011.They cover the likes of Motorhead, Pantera and Mega- death. We’re hoping for some real headbanging, and mosh pits!

Payphone Rendez-vous
What started off as a regular jamming session between friends turned into a band with their sights set on AUB outdoors. This band knows how to add their own twist to any genre they’re playing.

Rebellious Phoenix
They play vintage and modern rock, progressive and oldies both originals and covers, satisfying the ear drums of almost any audience. Stay tuned for their album due to be released this summer.

The Karma Initiative
Expect to hear everything from the late Michael Jackson to Santana guitar riffs (their forte). The band’s mission: to play every song as close to the recorded version as possible.

The Scorps
This Scorpions tribute band have got all the romance and rock that any true Scorpions fan would ever need. It’s all about the chemistry with these guys, and they’ve promised to put on a raging show.

Lazzy Lung
One of the booming Beirut bands that’s been permeating our music scene is hitting AUB Outdoors as well. This indie rock/alternative band have a record due to be released summer 2010.

Michelle Keserwany
This advertising and graphic design student from USEK is sure to crack you up with her thigh-slapper sarcastic guitar tunes. She writes and composes her Arabic original songs.

Pulse
The core of Pulse, is where covers from Jimi Hendrix and Portishead, are played for inspiration shifting to original compositions, like Train Lady and Sorry Town, which were recently recorded in studio.

Walad
This band describes their musical genre as ‘Lebanese Urban Music’. They’re inspired by the likes of Ta- nia Saleh, Bob Dylan and Mahmoud Darwish. They’re currently in the studios working on an album.

Tim Hassal & The August Company
These guys won the Time Out Dubai Nightlife Awards for 2010! They’re currently recording their studio album and are flying in from Dubai just for Outdoors.

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