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Photo caption: Victoria Legrand ’03 with bandmate Alex Scally Photo credit: Liz Flyntz

Beach House: An Alumna’s Band Returns to Campus

On October 9, Vassar College Entertainment (ViCE) will host the indie-rock band Beach House—featuring alumna Victoria Legrand ’03— in its major concert of the year. The concert will be held in the Chapel and also will include the band Grizzly Bear.

While at Vassar, Legrand, a drama major, took vocal lessons and played in various bands. “There were lots of people in bands playing parties and shows,” she told the Miscellany News in 2007. “I met a lot of people who knew a bunch of crazy stuff, so it made me grow musically.” After graduating, she moved to Baltimore, where she met future bandmate Alex Scally and began collaborating on what would soon become their acclaimed self-titled debut, released in February 2006.

Their music, a fusion of guitar, keyboard, vocals, and organ, has been hailed as “languid,” “lonely,” “haunting,” and “wistful”—a testament to the lingering quality of the vocal tracks for which the classically trained Legrand is responsible. The duo released another critically successful album, Devotion, in 2007, and recently signed to Sub Pop Records, a prominent label with acts as popular and diverse as The Shins, The Postal Service, and Fleet Foxes on its roster. Beach House’s anticipated next release, scheduled for winter of 2010, was recorded this past July.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are available for $25 at; a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for the same price.

October 2009

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