Why? with Open Mike Eagle

March 28, 2017 - 8:00pm

By: Maya Vagner

On Tuesday, March 28, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Why? back to the WOW Hall along with special guest Open Mike Eagle.

Open Mike Eagle, is a hip-hop comedian/musician who is simply hilarious.  He started in 2004 and is originally from Chicago.  I really like his songs and think it's awesome that he adds a lot of millennial references that are worth focusing on.

For example for the song "Informations" the line:

"Yeah, I got a lady and I dance with her I’m happy to see her, but what she feels is my transmitter

My antenna span's killin'

I'm all full of data like a Spiderman Villain

I'm part flesh and part energy.”

You could hear more of his humor come out in his 2014 comedy album called Dark Comedy.  My favorite song by far on that album is “Thirsty Ego Raps”.  There is a line I thought was so funny, I thought I should share: " We can yell ‘eye of the tiger’ if he sees gazelle.”

Why? is an alternative hip-hop/ indie band also founded in 2004. Why? began as Jonathan Yoni Wolf’s stage name.  After he wrapped up his last solo album back in 2003, he enlisted his older brother Josiah and others and then transformed his stage name into a band name.  

Just released in 2017, Why’s sixth album Moh Lhean has been a real success so far.  With such hits as “Dumb Hummer”, “The Hollows”, “Waterlines” and “The Ole King”, it's no wonder they are a hit.  A lot of their lyrics contain imagery and a narrative like a story -- but a very long one.

Although this song I'm about to share with you is from the Mumps album back in 2012, Why? still can grasp you with meaningful lyrics. For instance in the song “Jonathan's Hope”, there is wonderful imagery of a bird that he finds to be a symbol of hope.  The lyrics are so good you just need to read it for yourself:

 "Brief is the life of that bird 

Who brings your secrets, your deepest beefs and desires

Through it's beak in a minor squeak to be heard

It's meaning complete no need for words

It might not last more than a week 

And if this my final trip it be 

Lord take me quick, let me see ye 

And please heed the needs of my family". 

Don't bother asking Wolf what "Moh Lhean" means.  He won't tell you.  It's the name of his home studio, where WHY? regulars Josiah, Matt Meldon, Doug McDiarmid, Liz Wolf and Ben Sloan, plus a handful of Ohioans, gathered to record this (and also at Josiah's studio, dubbed El Armando).

You can catch WHY?  along with Open Mike Eagle at the WOW Hall on March 28.  Tickets are available in advance for $15, $75 for VIP Meet & Greet and $18 at the door.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.


Each WHY? VIP Meet & Greet Package Includes:

One (1) General Admission Ticket

VIP Early Entry into The Venue

Pre-Show Meet & Greet with a Photo Opportunity

One (1) Blue, Collector’s Edition Vinyl Record of Why?’s New Album, With Digital Download Code

One (1) Limited Edition, Autographed Poster

One (1) Limited Edition, Why? VIP Exclusive Tote Bag

Here is a link to the new WHY? song off the upcoming LP that was just released into the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oes4gfSbOWs

WHY? just premiered the first track from the new WHY? album: http://www.stereogum.com/1916602/why-this-ole-king/premiere/

Door Time: 
March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
$15 Advance, $18 Door, $75 VIP