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Celebrating the End of Classes With Smallpools, Grizfolk, and Vinyl Theatre at Exit/In

Last night Smallpools played Exit/In for the second time in the past six months, this time promoting their new album LOVETAP!

Last night Smallpools played Exit/In for the second time in the past six months, this time promoting their new album LOVETAP!

*Note: DJ Blumy will still be contributing occasional music commentary and reviews to The VU Backstage because he is an unemployed philosophy major and has nothing better to do.

At 3pm yesterday, I turned in the final assignment of my college career. Partially to celebrate and partially to distract myself from the terror of facing the adult world, I headed over to Exit/In with my friend Sparling to see Smallpools rock the joint. My sister loves the band and had turned me on to their music, so making her jealous was another great reason to go to the show.

We arrived at 7:30 to find the half-full floor dominated by people without the over-21 hand stamps. Any illusion I had of being able to escape feeling old vanished immediately. Pitying the venue for what promised to be a slow night of alcohol sales, I grabbed a Shiner Bock and snagged a spot in the crowd just behind a couple of girls taking selfies. Naturally, Sparling and I photobombed as many as we could.

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Ryan Stowe on The VU Backstage

I don't think we could have dressed more disparately.

I don’t think we could have dressed more disparately.

Last night was one of the liveliest shows I can remember hosting–and a good thing, too, because we won’t be on the air again until March 15th.  Among the topics Ryan Stowe and I discussed were the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways project, the nascent rock scene in his native Houston, and the summer recording plans of his band, Mile 26.  Check out the full episode below!

 

 

 

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