By Meg Dolde, Saxifrage Co-Editor
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in The Cave, Lute Air Student Radio, Saxifrage, The Matrix and Associated Students of Pacific Lutheran University are hosting an event you don’t want to miss: the final Open Mic of the semester. The open mic was supposed to be followed by Ings, but they were unable to make it. They are still a great group you should watch out for, though.
Originally from Springfield, Mo., Ings is a lullaby rock outfit now based in Seattle. Their first EP, Dog Physics, debuted in 2013, a five track record with titles such as “SoND” and “Sleepy Blinking.”
Inge Chiles is the founder and singer of the band. I first met Chiles last spring when her group played a show at Northern Pacific Coffee Company (NPCC).
She’s incredibly down-to -earth and clever, as evidenced by the lyrics she writes.
In the title track, Chiles sings, “I will speak your language. I will teach your dog physics.”
This line, among many others, highlights the whimsy and sincerity that is characteristic of Chiles’ songs. Chiles wrote all of the songs in her bedroom, and in her EP she invites us into a world where dogs are friendly aliens and secrets are kept safe.
The Open Mic, which will take place before the Ings concert, is a continuation of Student Media’s effort to provide PLU students with opportunities to showcase their creative talents.
Earlier in the semester, student media hosted an Open Mic that was attended by musicians, poets and beat boxers alike.
“Open Mic is a great way for students to share their creativity with their peers in a relaxed setting. It really is a lot of fun,” senior Olivia Ash, director of LASR, said.
Though finals are fast approaching, tonight’s offerings promise to provide an equally relaxed atmosphere. Anyone interested in performing or reading is encouraged to participate, or listen to other students and the wonderful Ings. ◼︎