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Album Review: “Oh Wonder” album brings up wonderous emotions

February 5th, 2016

Written By: Christina Mora A&E Assistant Editor at the Western Herald
Infamous for selling out since their first performance in London at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in September 2015, London based duo Oh Wonder, is hitting the ground running.

Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht produce a mellow, R&B, keyboard/drum based alternative sound. The duo promised to write, record and release one song a month for a year starting in September 2014.
They finished the year with their do-it-yourself album, self named “Oh Wonder,” after signing with Republic Records. The band self-claimed their fame with their viral online streams.

In 2015, Oh Wonder was the second most blogged about band in the world. With 15 songs on the album, West and Gucht do a fabulous job at making each song original and intriguing. Due to the fact most songs on the album were written, recorded and released in one month, I am astonished I wanted to download all the songs on my iTunes library.

Their first single released, “Body Gold,” is the type of song you would see edited over a GoPro video of a crowd of girls wearing flower crowns dancing at a music festival. In my opinion, songs with this feel are the best way to get a band’s name out in this generation.

My favorite track is “Landslide,” which was their 10th single to be released. This song truly intoxicates me. Being the avid indie-pop and alternative music listener that I am, I live for songs that embody the quote “music sooths the soul,” which this song does ravishingly.

Josephine has a sweet but powerful sound to her voice. She mends perfectly with West’s mellow voice and overpowers him to the perfect extent without drowning him out. I praise the two for finding a perfect medium.

When I first heard “Whiteblood,” I instantly thought of the alternative England based artist, Birdy. However, iTunes compares Oh Wonder to The xx and The Weepies because of their shared alternative, R&B, indie-pop, and electropop genre.

Oh Wonder is making its way to to a handful of states in North America, including both Bonnaroo and Firefly music festivals. I would die to see this band at The Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on July 21, 2016.

“Drive” is another song that brought up a lot of emotions for me. The majority of the album made me want to pitch up my ENO hammock by a lake and find my bliss while listening to it. Every song made me feel at peace, almost like the songs were made specifically for my life.

The album seems to be somewhat of a break-up album, which is a relatable concept. Even though I’m not currently going through a breakup, the songs dredge up past feelings. “Oh Wonder” steers my thoughts of my heavy heart toward my past relationship with the most tranquil approach that I am left grateful for.

The Duo appeared on the television show “Conan” this month and performed “Lose It,” which is the last song that stood out to me on a personal level. This is the kind of song I would listen to while walking around at night after a long day in my Michael Kors heels and black trench coat.

Oh Wonder’s album reached No. 26 in the Official UK Charts, No. 16 in Canadian charts and No. 80 in the United States Billboard. Hopefully, for my want of them to tour in Michigan, they will become more popular in North America. I am officially a fan of Gucht’s and West’s work and I adore the “Oh Wonder” album. I would rate this album a 10/10.

This album review is brought to you by the Western Herald.
Link to original: http://www.westernherald.com/arts_and_entertainment/article_367124ce-c88d-11e5-8619-6f65a5112c2e.html

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SWAGOWEEN VI: The Last SwaGoweening

October 30th, 2015

It’s time for an EXTRA GROOVY EXTRA SPOOKY edition of the Bat Guano SwaG! Dance Party!

Luckily, your hosts Bat Guano and Richard Bowser have provided the low-down:

HALLOWEEN NIGHT!

1. Bat and Richard will play SPOOKY records.
2. No costume, no candy.
3. We got candy.
4. We got fog and lasers and black lights.
6. The night ends at 2 a.m. Thanks to the time change, that is actually 3 a.m. EXTRA HOUR! THE WITCHING ITCHING BITCHING HOUR!
7. Free.
8. THE LAST SWAGOWEEN AT THE HOME BAR!

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WIDR Block Party 2015 Re-Cap

September 21st, 2015

The WIDR crew would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who was involved with the WIDR BLOCK PARTY 2015. Whether you were volunteering with our merchandise table, performing on stage, or just there to have a good time, you made this day spectacular. We feel very supported by our community and can’t wait until next year.

In the meantime, keep it tuned to 89.1fm and check this killer re-cap video from our friends at YBOT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJdr1jYeDWY

 

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WIDR BLOCK PARTY 3.0

September 3rd, 2015

SEPTEMBER 13 / VINE AND LOCUST / BE THERE OR BE SQUARE

The 3rd Annual WIDR Block Party will take place from 12noon to 8pm. Come enjoy live music, food, fun, join your friends, meet your community &  support local businesses. We hope to see you there!

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Audiotree Music Festival Set Times Announced!

August 7th, 2015

It’s that time of year again, y’all. Audiotree Music Festival is returning to Kalamazoo!
WIDRfm is proud to be helping out our friends from the windy city to promote such a killer day of music. The event takes place at District Square in downtown Kzoo and runs from about 2pm until just after 10pm. More information is on it’s way, as well as ticket giveaways, exclusive interviews, and artist previews. Here’s the just-released schedule:

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DJ Bowser in Revue Magazine

August 4th, 2015

Our very own DJ Bowser is featured in Revue WM for August 2015! Bowser discusses everything from Violent Apathy to his long-time gig here at 89.1fm WIDR.

Click on the issue below to browse and zoom!


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A July WIDRAMA at Louie’s Trophy House

June 14th, 2015

 

It’s WIDRAMA time, Kalamazoo. We are ready to celebrate this warm weather with a great line-up at Louie’s Trophy House!

Coming from the far-away lands of Southbend, Chicago, and Cleaveland, these touring bands are sure to put on a great show. Kalamazoo’s Petrillo will be present too, so you can catch them if you’ve missed any of their recent rave-worthy appearances.

The show will take place on July 10/ doors open at 8. You must be 18+ to attend this tiny mid-west fest. Bring some extra $$$ for the WIDR table, ya dig?

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596594493930800/

 

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Sam Herald Bench Dedication

June 11th, 2015

 

As many of you may know, earlier this year we lost our beloved Dr. Staticoy. In honor of his lifelong dedication and passion for WIDR, a bench will now live outside of the WIDR studios in his name. Tonight, June 11th, there will be a ceremony to honor both Sam Herald and the bench that will allow him to leave a permanent mark here at WIDR. The ceremony is open to the public, and if you are interested in attending, here is what you will need to know:

The ceremony will take place outside the WIDR studio on the South side of the Faunce Student Services building at 6:00 pm. WMU Parking Services graciously allowing us use of two lots from 5:00 pm to 7:30: the small lot just south of the roundabout near Faunce , and Lot 39 which is south of the large lot south of Miller Auditorium. The bench will be on display, funds raised beyond the cost of the bench will be handed over to the radio station, and people will be encouraged to share memories of their time with Sam, especially when it comes to time shared at WIDR.

Please join if you are able.

WIDR would like to extend a special thanks to Mark Chucta for organizing this beautiful event.

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Fat Guy Fest 2

June 9th, 2015

WIDR fm is stoked to once again be sponsoring FAT GUY FEST. You may be unfamiliar with this event as this is only year 2. Explained best at FatGuyFest.com:

August 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th, Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Shakespeare’s Lower Level will be the host to the second annual Fat Guy Fest. The first year lineup featured over 40 regional, national, and internationally touring bands from the U.S., France, and Canada! Fans of punk rock, hardcore, ska, indie, alternative, surf, sludge, metal, and good old fashioned rock n’ roll will all find something to love here.

More details will be released as we approach August, but you can already check out the great line-up of bands and sponsors on their website. We will be hosting ticket giveaways, featuring some of these artists in our rotation, and hopefully we’ll snag a few on-air interviews and sessions with these guys.

We’d like to thank Shakespeare’s Lower Level for asking WIDRfm to sponsor this event. They know we’re all punks at heart.

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Interested in volunteering at WIDRfm?

May 17th, 2015

WIDRfm is a great place to volunteer! Whether you’re reviewing the newest music for on-air rotation, alphabetizing our large library of cds and vinyl, or spending 1 to 3 hours per week as a regular disc jockey, we have so many volunteer opportunities at the station. And we’d love to have you as part of our team!

Come by the office in the Faunce Student Services building on campus or send an email over to widr.program@gmail.com for an application.

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