The Noisey College Tour stops in Syracuse

Preview: Kreayshawn and Neon Indian will team up at Schine Tuesday night.

Neon Indianites and White Girl Mob soldati usually don’t hang out. Constructing one’s own synthesizer takes time and bad, um, ladies, are notoriously difficult to assemble. There’s just no room on the calendar, right?


Somehow (I surmise pagan sacrifice) VICE Media has managed to unite Alan Palomo, the 23 year-old dude behind Neon Indian, and Oakland-area rapper Kreayshawn for the aptly tagged Nosiey College Tour. The duo is set to perform at Goldstein Auditorium Tuesday night as part of the two-week, 10-campus trek.

Under the Neon Indian moniker, Palomo blew up in October 2009 with the release of his critically acclaimed debut Psychic Chasms. A pioneer of chillwave, Palomo paints layered soundscapes grounded in 80s pop and burnished with modern electronics.

He recorded his latest album, September’s Era Extraña, in wintry Helsinki, Finland. And thanks to Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, the tech-dabbling songwriter has moved away from the four-track grime found on Psychic Chasms to a cleaner, more expressive sound.

“What makes Neon Indian, Neon Indian, is solitude and playing around with sounds,” Palomo told Spin Magazine. “I was able to explore my headspace. I couldn’t write another lo-fi record. It didn’t seem representative of where I’m at right now.”

Paste’s Wyndham Wyeth applauded the album’s tight construction and darker themes, citing these qualities as evidence of Palomo’s creative maturation. “It seems like Era Extraña takes place somewhere between the blow of an overwhelming loss and eventually being okay with letting it go,” he wrote.

Palomo’s tour-mate, 22 year-old Natassia Zolot, aka Kreayshawn, has experienced a similar rise to popularity over the past months. Heads and other important appendages exploded upon the release of “Gucci Gucci” in May (the YouTube vid has more than 24 million hits) and Columbia took notice, signing her a month later.

The lady MC has since competed for a Best New Artist moon-man at the VMAs, collaborated with Snoop Dogg, and become the subject of a swagged-out flash video game.

Kreayshawn is currently working on her major label debut, an album, she told GQ, considerably more coherent than her muddled 2010 mixtape Choppas x Kittys. A release date has yet to be announced.

Opinions vary on Kreayshawn’s merit as an artist. To some she’s a meme, to others a legitimate hip-hop trendsetter. Barring this question of artistic integrity altogether, the MC is, if anything, immensely entertaining and endlessly fascinating.

“I've got "I don't give a f---" syndrome,” she told the Huffington Post. “People either get it or they don't. But if they get it, they respect that, because that's where music is going right now.”

Tickets to Tuesday night’s show are $10 at the Schine box office. The doors open at 8 p.m.

Neon Indian and Kreayshawn wrap up the tour with dates at Hofstra, Providence College and Bowdin College later in the week. For face-melting/palming video coverage of the Noisey College Tour, you can check out Kreayshawn’s Youtube account. Everyone else has.

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