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Kevin O'Halloran '11 Rocks Little Big League

Many of us have rock-star dreams, but guitarist Kevin O’Halloran ’11 is living his. His band, Little Big League, which he co-founded with Michelle Zauner BMC ’11 two years ago, signed to independent label Tiny Engines this spring and released its full-length debut, These Are Good People, in July. The Philadelphia-based quartet, which also features drummer Ian Dykstra (previously of the New Jersey punk outfit Titus Andronicus) and bassist Deven Craige, has already released a self-titled seven-inch, featuring cover artwork by Haverford’s own Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies John Muse.

The immediate goal of Little Big League, which O’Halloran likens to guitar-driven indie bands like Sleater Kinney and Built to Spill, is, in his words, to “tour, tour, tour.” The band booked two big Philadelphia shows this spring: in May at Johnny Brenda’s, and in June at the even larger Union Transfer with Titus Andronicus, as well as a two-week Northeast tour in July, and has already earned a slot at the huge annual punk-rock gathering FEST12 in Gainesville, Fla.

O’Halloran knows that music is a difficult and fickle industry, but, armed with the skills he honed as a Haverford English major, he is resolved to make his living doing what he loves.

“Haverford definitely gave me the skill set and the confidence to pursue a career in music,” he says. “Perhaps it’s not the most lucrative or traditional career path, but nevertheless it’s still work that requires the same hard work and persistence as academic life.”

--Rebecca Raber

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