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Artist Spotlight: Oberhofer

Oberhofer - I Could Go
Oberhofer - Away FRM U

Who would’ve thought that what started out as a 5th grader practicing freestyle rapping in his bedroom would end up becoming the talk of the indie rock scene in Brooklyn? Brad Oberhofer’s propensity for creating catchy bedroom pop began in the basement studio of his childhood home in Tacoma, Washington. Having spent his Bar Mitzvah money on a Roland workstation, the hip hop beats he was so accustomed to slowly began turning into short orchestral pieces. Honing these skills lead to Oberhofer’s acceptance into NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Piano Studies program.

However, while away at school, Oberhofer’s idyllic creative haven went up in flames when his childhood home in Tacoma was severely damaged in a house fire. Along with personal possessions like childhood photos, Brad also lost much of his music and recording equipment, triggering what he’s described as a “metaphysical crisis”. But instead of giving in to the weight of having lost so much, Oberhofer was driven to make the music he still had as widely available as possible.

Now 20 years old, Brad Oberhofer’s unique blend of energetic, yelp-inducing experimental rock and kazoo-littered, infectious indie pop has been noticed by music bloggers, critics, and concert-goers alike. Along the way Brad picked up a few friends to play shows with him and Spring 2010 sees the band going on tour and playing in support of Tapes ‘n Tapes, among others:

14th – The Basement, Columbus, OH with Cloud Nothings
15th – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL with Cloud Nothings, Handsome Furs, and Jaill
17th – The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON with Cloud Nothings
18th – Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, QC with Cloud Nothings
19th – The Monkey House, Winooski, VT with Distractions
20th – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY with The Vaccines
22nd – Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY with The Vaccines
26th – Billiken Club, St. Louis, MO
27th – Gardner Lounge @ Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
28th – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI with Tapes N’ Tapes
31st – Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH with Tapes N’ Tapes and Film Strip

1st – The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI with Tapes N’ Tapes
3rd – Paradise, Boston, MA with Tapes N’ Tapes
5th – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA with Tapes N’ Tapes
7th – Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC with Tapes N’ Tapes
8th – Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA with Tapes N’ Tapes
9th – Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC with Tapes N’ Tapes
10th – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC with Tapes N’ Tapes
11th – The Earl, Atlanta, GA with Tapes N’ Tapes
12th – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN with Tapes N’ Tapes
14th – The Bottletree, Birmingham, AL with Tapes N’ Tapes
15th – Thristy Hippo, Hattiesburg, MS with Tapes N’ Tapes
17th – Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX with Tapes N’ Tapes
18th – Emo’s, Austin, TX with Tapes N’ Tapes
19th – The Loft, Dallas, TX with Tapes N’ Tapes
21st – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack, Little Rock, AR with Tapes N’ Tapes
22nd – The Opolis, Norman, OK with Tapes N’ Tapes
23rd – Mojo’s, Columbia, MO with Tapes N’ Tapes
24th – The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE with Tapes N’ Tapes
25th – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN with Tapes N’ Tapes

Additionally, Brad has self-released two 7-inch singles for o0O0o0O0o and Away Frm U, both available via Inflated Records.


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