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Class is Almost Out!

April 21st, 2017

What better way to say goodbye to another school year than to enjoy some live music right on campus?

Friday, April 28th at 6pm you can start off your summer vacation with some awesome tunes from
Fat Dutch
4 Guys 3 Beards
& the Jeffersons

We will be taking $2 donations, or non-perishable food donations at the door that will go towards the Invisible Needs Project.

So come on out and start this summer with a bang!

Faunce Student Services Bldg, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, United States

Calendar, Information, Local Music, New Music, Promotions, WIDR Events

Record Store Day 2017

April 20th, 2017

Record Store Day is just around the corner, do you know where you’ll be shopping?
Stop by Green Light Records between 9am & 1pm Saturday, April 22nd & catch some of your favorite WIDR Volunteers!
We’ll have WIDR merch for you & your friends so stop by to say hello!

Local Music, New Music, Promotions, Random Fun, WIDR Events

2017 Battle of the Bands

February 13th, 2017

Welcome to the Home of WIDR FM’s 2017 Battle of the Bands 

We would like to thank everyone who participated and supported our first every Battle of the Bands competition!
Thanks to your support we were able to host 4 weeks of successful competitions, see below for information about who came out on top…

 

Business, Calendar, GM, Independent Music, Information, Local Music, New Music, News, Programming

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

Independent Music, Information, Music Director, Music Reviews, New Music, Programming, Random Fun, Uncategorized

They’re heeeere….and it’s BIG news!

September 8th, 2011

BARKING TUNA FESTIVAL IS UPON US! MUA HA HA HA HA!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, WIDRites of all ages, we’ve kept you in suspense long enough. It’ll be October 14th & 15th before we know it and with tickets at $10 in advance and $13 day of show, we know they won’t last long, either online or at The Strutt. So it is with snickering and girlish delight that we present your 2011 Barking Tuna Festival lineup!

Friday
Kicking things off on BTF night one will be WIDR’s own DJ diva, DJ Boone. If you haven’t heard her spin, your funky bits haven’t truly grooved.

Next up, we deliver the rock-out-with-your-genitals-of-choice-out audio whiplash that WIDR is known for, with local genre-defying party masters U.S.S.A. (members of The Dead Mavericks). If you don’t know them yet, you will after this night and you’ll never be the same.

And then, when we’re all feeling good and rocked, what are we going to do? BAM! We’re going to give you this guy!
Read more…

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Dead at WIDR – In Euphoric Company, Gunship Radio

May 4th, 2011

We at WIDR want to help usher in the summer weather by giving you all some music to frolic about to. We present the following…

In Euphoric Company — South Bend, Indiana — these guys stopped by mid-April to deliver some soothing sounds on a rainy afternoon. Hit their facebook up. Check out a sample of their set below, and then download the rest HERE

Gunship Radio — Kalamazoo, Michigan — some good home-grown rock’n'roll — be sure not to miss these folks if they’re playing. their facebook here! Check out a sample below and download the rest HERE.

Dead @ WIDR Performances, Independent Music, Information, Local Music, New Music

Dead at WIDR band at Corner Bar tonight!

May 10th, 2010

Right now, Omaha Nebraska’s Husbands are recording an in-studio for the Dead at WIDR series. Tonight, they will be playing the Corner Bar on Vine St. around 9 pm, accompanied by Coma Nova. This is part of their midwestern tour, which started in their hometown and worked its way to Michigan. Last night, they played the Basement 414 in Lansing.

Husbands’ sound is spacey, noisy indie rock in the classic trio format. Former Kalamazoo resident David Ozinga bangs the drums, and he is joined by Devin M and Brendan M on bass and guitar/vocals, respectively.

You can check out their in-studio performance later this week, and to hear the band’s tunes, you can visit their myspace page.

Dead @ WIDR Performances, New Music

Double dose of Dead!

April 20th, 2010

Dead at WIDR’s are boomin’ right now!

Who would bring you two new in-studios in the same week? Only WIDR FM, of course! Both of these fine performances are brought to you by the WIDR audio interns.

This past weekend, garage-rockers Doomstar from Cambridge, Mass. came by to tear shit up, and you can check out the entire performance HERE or play a 3-song sample below!

Also, check out a slightly more subdued performance by NY indie-rockers matt pond PA. Full podcast HERE and 3-song sampler below!

Dead @ WIDR Performances, New Music

Local K-zoo rapper Skitzo on the Hammock District today

April 16th, 2010

Making his third (?) appearance at WIDR, local rapper Skitzo of Merk will be performing on the Hammock District this afternoon between 3 and 5 pm. Also, here’s an official, self-produced music video:

Enjoy, y’all

New Music, Uncategorized

Mo’ Dead, Mo’ WIDR

March 30th, 2010

Despite the WIDR-Week commotion, we made time for another in-studio performance this weekend. Past Lives, a band from Seattle, formed out of the ashes of the legendary Blood Brothers in 2007. They play some experimental rock music that WIDR listeners can probably get down with. Check out a 3-song preview below, and download the full podcast here!

Dead @ WIDR Performances, New Music