Local: Friday 4/10 (10:00pm) –– Protomartyr (w/ The Gotobeds) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Saturday 4/11 (8:00pm) –– SALT/WMUA Presents: Giraffes? Giraffes! / Creature Comforts / Hot Dirt / OroborO @ UMass Agricultural Engineering Building, Amherst, MA Saturday 4/11 (8:00pm) –– Gregory Alan Isakov (w/ Jolie Holland, Caitlin Canty) @ Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA ~~~TUNE IN TO WMUA THURSDAY, APRIL 9 FROM 6-8pm FOR TWO CHANCES TO WIN A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS TO SEE GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV~~~ Boston & Beyond: Tuesday 4/7 (8:00pm) –– Nosaj Thing / Clark (w/ Rival Consoles) @ Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA Thursday 4/9 (8:00pm) –– Rubblebucket (w/ Vacationer) @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Friday 4/10 (10:00pm) –– The Soft Moon (w/ Noveller) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Saturday 4/11 (8:00pm) –– José González (w/ Ólafur Arnalds) @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Sunday 4/12 (8:00pm) –– Shlohmo (w/ Purple, Nick Melons) @ Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA Sunday 4/12 (9:00pm) –– SALES (w/ Laney Jones, Couples Counseling) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Image: Gregory Alan Isakov (Atlanta Music Guide)
with Conor McMahon
|12:08am||Rozmov||Empty Sky||Of Gods And Flesh|
|12:03am||Isolated Antagonist||The Antagonist||The Isolated And The Antagonist|
|08:56pm||Transit||Young New England||Young New England|
|08:50pm||Dan Croll||Compliment Your Soul||Sweet Disarray|
|08:47pm||The Weakerthans||One Great City!||Reconstruction Site|
|08:44pm||Sons Of The East||Hold On||Sons Of The East - Ep|
|08:37pm||Fire In The Hamptons||Humanimal||F.I.T.H.|
|08:35pm||The Ballroom Thieves||Archers (Live)||The Ballroom Thieves - Audiotree Live Session|
|08:29pm||Humming House||Run With Me||Revelries|
|08:24pm||Sufjan Stevens||Should Have Known Better||Carrie & Lowell|
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Local: Friday 4/3 (7:00pm) –– SALT Presents: Carnivora / Goblet...
Local: Friday 4/3 (7:00pm) –– SALT Presents: Carnivora / Goblet / Snowhorses / Blueprints / Sleeper Wave @ The Unitarian, Amherst, MA Saturday 4/4 (8:00pm) –– Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (w/ Rathborne, Great Smokey) @ Pearl Street Clubroom, Northampton, MA ~~~TUNE IN TO WMUA THURSDAY, APRIL 2 FROM 6-8pm FOR TWO CHANCES TO WIN A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS TO SEE LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER~~~ Boston & Beyond: Wednesday 4/1 (8:00pm) –– Tigers Jaw (w/ Lemuria, Somos) @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Thursday 4/2 (8:00pm) –– Tigers Jaw (w/ Lemuria, Somos) @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Friday 4/3 (7:00) –– Twin Shadow (w/ Lolawolf) @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Friday 4/3 (7:00pm) –– The Decemberists (w/ Alvvays) @ House of Blues, Boston, MA Friday 4/3 (10:30pm) –– Diarrhea Planet (w/ Left & Right) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Saturday 4/4 (6:00pm) –– The Decemberists (w/ Alvvays) @ House of Blues, Boston, MA Saturday 4/4 (9:30pm) –– Reptar (w/ Breathers, Grammar) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Sunday 4/5 (9:30pm) –– Matthew E. White (w/ Wilsen) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Image: Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (WNYC)
Local: Monday 3/23 (7:30pm) –– SALT Presents: Miniature...
Local: Monday 3/23 (7:30pm) –– SALT Presents: Miniature Philosopher/Mouth Washington/Jacob Augustine/Synthesia @ UMass Agricultural Engineering Building, Amherst, MA Friday 3/27 (8:30pm) –– Deerhoof (w/ Perfect Pussy, Zula) @ Pearl Street Clubroom, Northampton, MA ~~~TUNE IN TO WMUA THURSDAY, MARCH 26 FROM 6-8pm FOR TWO CHANCES TO WIN A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS TO SEE DEERHOOF, PERFECT PUSSY, & ZULA~~~ Saturday 3/28 (7:15pm) –– SALT Presents: Spraynard/Shakusky./Yeehaw!/Guest House/Osaka @ UMass Agricultural Engineering Building, Amherst, MA Boston & Beyond: Friday 3/27 (8:00pm) –– Horse Feathers (w/ River Whyless) @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Sunday 3/29 (9:00pm) –– Honeyblood @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Sunday 3/29 (6:30pm) –– La Dispute/Title Fight (w/ The Hotelier, The Attending) @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Image: Perfect Pussy (Crack Magazine)
Local: Friday 3/6 (9:00pm) –– ODESZA (w/ Little People, Big...
Local: Friday 3/6 (9:00pm) –– ODESZA (w/ Little People, Big Wild) @ The Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA Boston & Beyond: Friday 3/6 (8:00pm) –– St. Vincent (w/ Jenny Hval) @ Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, VT Saturday 3/7 (9:00pm) –– Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (w/ Cuddle Magic, Henry Jamison) @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Image: St. Vincent (Flora Hanitijo)
Local: Tuesday 2/17 (7:00pm) –– PHOX (w/ Field Report) @ Iron...
Local: Tuesday 2/17 (7:00pm) –– PHOX (w/ Field Report) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Wednesday 2/18 (8:00pm) –– Umphrey’s McGee (w/ Tauk) @ Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA Wednesday 2/18 (8:30pm) –– Aesop Rock // Rob Sonic (w/ Homeboy Sandman) @ Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton, MA Saturday 2/21 (7:00pm) –– And The Kids (w/ Mal Devisa) @ The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA ~~CD RELEASE PARTY~~ Boston & Beyond: Tuesday 2/17 (8:00pm) –– Kishi Bashi (w/ Busman’s Holiday) @ The Royale, Boston, MA Wednesday 2/18 (9:30pm) –– Weather (w/ Alpenglow, Babydriver, Covey) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Saturday 2/21 (8:00pm) –– Ariel Pink (Jack Name) @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Sunday 2/22 (7:00pm) –– Sleater-Kinney (w/ Lizzo) @ House of Blues, Boston, MA Image: PHOX (Facebook)
It’s a brand new year, and that means tons of brand new...
It’s a brand new year, and that means tons of brand new music is coming your way! Throughout the month of January, WMUA’s staff has been compiling their list of the best of the best. From artists like Aphex Twin, to bands like Sleater-Kinney, here is a hand-picked selection of what we’re listening to, and what you should be listening to as well! Glitter Priest –– Summertime in Babylon On one of the two (and arguably far superior) surprise Miniature Tigers side projects, multi-instrumentalist Brandon Lee shells out some awesome synth pop with his debut under the moniker Glitter Priest. It’s fun, it’s dancy, and it’s really reminiscent of Miniature Tigers’s 2014 release, Cruel Runnings, but with a far bigger sound. -Andrew DesRochers (General Manager), 91.1 WMUA Sleater-Kinney –– No Cities To Love No Cities To Love marks the first release in 10 years from the iconic Pacific Northwest trio. Born and bred out of the ‘90s riot grrrl scene, Sleater-Kinney are still as relevant and needed today as they were 20 years ago. As can be expected, Sleater-Kinney deliver potent and insightful lyrics paired with masterful musicianship from Tucker, Weiss, and Brownstein on this perfect follow-up to 2005’s The Woods. Tucker and Brownstein absolutely shred, providing powerful riffs while Weiss delivers effortless, driving percussion. Additionally, Tucker and Brownstein’s signature howling yet controlled vocals tie the record together. Since their departure in 2006, there has been a gaping hole in rock music – finally, Sleater-Kinney have returned. This is not a reunion album. This record is not about reminiscing. No Cities To Love is simply the latest installment from one of the most important bands of our time.-Chloe Doyle (Music Director), 91.1 WMUA Aphex Twin –– Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP It’s Christmas all over again! Apex Twin made his return 4 months ago with Syro, an album made of pure electronic gold. Now, he’s back with pt2, and in classic AFX style, it is highly ambiguous as to where the first part of “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments” took place. Maybe it was the album – who really knows? The point is that Aphex Twin lays down some no-nonsense electronic grooves on this EP that yet again demonstrate his mastery as the the greatest beat-make ever to touch a computer. -Isaac Wood (Office Manager), 91.1 WMUA Image: Record Collection (New Yorker)
Local: Tuesday 2/10 (7:00pm) –– Futurebirds (w/ Carinae) @ Iron...
Local: Tuesday 2/10 (7:00pm) –– Futurebirds (w/ Carinae) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Wednesday 2/11 (8:00pm) –– The New Pornographers (w/ Jaill) @ Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA Tune-in to The Electric Beach on WMUA Tuesday 2/10 to win a pair of FREE tickets to The New Pornographers Saturday 2/14 (10:00pm) –– Sinkane (w/ Mal Devisa) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Saturday 2/14 ( 9:00pm) –– And The Kids // The Sun Parade @ The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA Boston & Beyond: Thursday 2/12 (9:00pm ) –– The Districts (w/ Pine Baron, Vundabar) @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Thursday 2/12 (9:00pm) –– Beacon (w/ Lord Raja, Grammar) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Image: And The Kids (And The Kids)
Björk… It’s hard to describe Björk the artist or...
Björk… It’s hard to describe Björk the artist or Björk the person in such a way that does her genius justice, a genius that has been been at work for more than 30 years. Yes, she wears outfits that are pretty out there. Yes, her thick Icelandic accent is impossible not to notice when she sings. But this doesn’t make her a joke, this doesn’t give anyone the right to look past the masterful artistry in her work. And this masterful artistry is undoubtedly present in her latest record, Vulnicura. Björk’s ninth studio album, which was leaked just last week and then rush-released soon after, sees Björk once again transcend the boundaries of what traditional music is meant to be. Her lyrics on this record are jarringly potent, depressing at their very core, and she does nothing to hide that. Rather, Björk builds an instrumental framework around these lyrics, carrying them from their lowest emotional point to their highest. Complex string arrangements and electronic beats hold the record together, with sweeping violins, aching cellos, and cacophonous yet harmonious drum and bass. So, what is Vulnicura? Vulnicura is tragic. But one need only look to its tragedy in order too see its beauty. -Chloe Doyle (Music Director), 91.1 WMUA Image: CD Stack
Local: Tuesday 1/27 (7:00pm) –– Frontier Ruckus (w/ The Novel...
Local: Tuesday 1/27 (7:00pm) –– Frontier Ruckus (w/ The Novel Ideas) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Wednesday 1/28 (8:30pm) –– San Fermin (w/ White Hinterland) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Saturday 1/31 (10:00pm) –– Mo Lowda & The Humble, Forest & The Evergreens (w/ Sexy Girls) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Boston & Beyond: Wednesday 1/28 (9:30pm) –– Horse Jumper of Love (w/ Spain, Sports Coach) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Thursday 1/29 (8:00pm) –– Giraffage @ Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA Saturday 1/31 (6:00pm) –– Dr. Dog (w/ Chadwick Stokes) @ House of Blues, Boston, MA Image: San Fermin (KEXP)
Image: Record Collection (New Yorker) Over the past couple...
Image: Record Collection (New Yorker) Over the past couple weeks, WMUA’s staff has been compiling their list of records they enjoyed the most that came out in 2014. From artists like Beacon, to bands like Warpaint and Girlpool, 2014 was a memorable year for music. Now that the year is coming to a close, here is a hand-picked selection of what we couldn’t stop listening to, and what you should be listening to as well! TV On The Radio –– Seeds This album became an instant classic. There’s literally not a single bad song on this record. Don’t listen to anyone who says that this isn’t their best record; it’s TV On The Radio’s most full and complete work to date. -Andrew DesRochers (General Manager), 91.1 WMUA The Belinda Butchers –– HEAVEN This one made me feel the most feelings. -Matthew Thornton (Programmer), 91.1 WMUA Warpaint –– Warpaint Warpaint, released back at the very beginning of 2014, is a record that has stuck with me throughout the year; it still has the same amount of allure and power for me today compared to the first time I laid ears on it back in January. A perfect follow-up to the band’s debut LP, The Fool, Warpaint showcases the four-piece’s progression into a dreamier sound, highlighting airy vocals and a more minimalistic tone throughout. Standout tracks for me include “Hi,” “CC,” “Biggy,"and "Disco//very.” Fun fact: you’re absolutely lying to yourself if you say that Warpaint member Theresa Wayman’s stare into the camera at the beginning of the “Disco//very” music video doesn’t make you feel feelings. -Chloe Doyle (Music Director), 91.1 WMUA Girlpool –– Girlpool EP Girlpool has helped satisfy my endless thirst for excellent girl bands. The EP has a delicious grunge feel that I’d like to think anyone can get behind. Killer harmonies throughout. “Plants and Worms” is a track with a tremendous amount of depth despite it’s simplicity. Can’t get enough. -Haley Chauvin (News Operator), 91.1 WMUA The Rentals –– Lost In Alphaville I’m not sure how many of you have seen the 1960s French film Alphaville, about a dystopian society run by a computer where women are mere sex objects for the men and everyone is on drugs. The good news is, you don’t have to have seen it to enjoy The Rentals’ 2014 album, Lost In Alphaville. It’s cheating to say that it’s one of this year’s records I listened to most, because it was the first one I put into my iTunes when I came back for the fall semester. But the dreamy lyrics and fuzzy wall of sound are perfect for late nights, early mornings, and mid-afternoon walks. The whole album carries this sense of looking for something that you lost, or can no longer return to, a time or a place, something that lies hidden in your memories or the dreams you wake up from without being quite able to remember them. Personally, I recommend the first track on the album, “It’s Time to Come Home,” or the fifth track, “Damaris.” The first one is nice and dreamy, and the second one, without losing that quality, is pushed forward by a nice driving beat and a slow build that leaves you wanting to move. -Despina Durand (News Editor), 91.1 WMUA Beacon –– L1 Beacon is a duo of electronic musicians from Brooklyn, signed to Detroit’s influential art, design & music label Ghostly International. L1 is their third EP and the follow-up to their debut album, The Ways We Separate. I love the complex, effortless beats on this record. Overall, it has a really fresh sounding R&B; vibe. -Isaac Wood (Office Manager), 91.1 WMUA Real Friends –– Maybe This Place Is The Same and We’re Just Changing Since its release back in July, I haven’t been able to stop playing this album. This is the band’s first full-length release, and it doesn’t disappoint. The lyrics are the standout feature on this record, bringing emotions to life through Kyle Fassel’s passionate vocals. Some of the best tracks are definitely “Old Book,” “Cover You Up,” and “Loose Ends.” -Jess Burks (Visual Media), 91.1 WMUA