89.1 WIDR FM is planning a super spactacular, all-day event on Saturday, September 7th! The WIDR Block Party will take place on Locust St. in the Vine Neighborhood, between Vine St. and Hoffman Ct.
12 P.M To 8 P.M
We’re talkin’ live music, local food, family friendly activities, and MORE!
Our LIVE musical guests include:
Great Green Room-12:00 PM
Lincoln County War-12:30PM
Secret Animal-1:00 PM
DJ Hardbargain’s House of Boogie, featuring KalamaCrew-1:30 PM
Bridge Band Plays Modest Mouse-2:30 PM
DJ BOSCO -3:00 PM
Aaron Garcia Band-4:00 PM
Glowfriends -5:00 PM
Graham Parsons & The Go Rounds -6:00 PM
This event is sponsored in part by:
Lotsa Little Things
Black Owl Cafe
Fourth Coast Cafe
Puff N’ Stuff
We want to thank these businesses for their support of Radio Evolution!
We’ll see you there!
WIDR’s own Reggae Revolution, a show dedicated to bringing listeners roots, reggae, dub, nyahbinghi, rock steady, and the occasional non-reggae African-based music, gained national attention when it was nominated for Mixcloud’s “Best Online Radio Show” Award at the 2013 International Radio Festival Zurich, the show made it all the way to the top 11!
Moldy Pie here!
So, as you may have noticed, I haven’t posted any music here in a while. I’M SO FAR BEHIND. I’M SO SORRY.
It’s alright though, just expect some insane update with all the raw, live music you could ever want!
In the meantime, Redbeard and I just had some incredible musicians come in from Boston. Hillary Reynolds Band is just about all the folk you could ever want, and we luckily caught them before their performance this Wednesday at Foundry Hall.
Thanks again to Smokey Joe for getting the band in!
The WIDR Top 5 is BACK after a brief hiatus! New music is overflowing our mailbox and we’re happily swimming in bubble wrap.
Yesterday we had the Reptilian Shape Shifters join us for a live set in our studio and apparently they rocked out a little too hard. The fellow university workers upstairs at the Faunce Student Services building felt tempted to call the police on us to shut the band down.
But it’s all in good fun. They let us off with a warning.
For now, let’s cut to the Top 5.
1) Valerie June – Pushin’ Against a Stone
Behold! Valerie June’s debut album recorded straight outta the hot South. Produced by an ultimate musical dream team: Keven Augunas (Edwarde Sharpe, Florence and the Machine), Peter Sabak, and Dan Auerbach; and chock full of musical guest appearances, including Bookert T and Jimbo Mathus. This gal’s got everything blues, soul, country, folk, and sexy dreadlocks. Here’s the single.
2) DIANA – Perpetual Surrender
Collect your weekly fill of sweet, sweet synthpop from the excited debut album from DIANA, a four-piece band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Perpetual Surrender is scheduled to stock shelves next week. Check out their Soundcloud where you can find two sneak peeks off the LP and a neat remix from Four Tet.
3) Washed Out – Paracosm
That’s right, dudes. New Washed Out. Otherwise known as Ernest Greene, Paracosm marks his long-anticipated second full-length release. You might be tempted to call this electronic music, but Greene made it a point to record and sample over 50 different musical instruments, expressing an impressively wide range of sounds. It’s upbeat, dreamy, and a little bit amazing. It All Feels Right.
4) You Me & Us – Paperweights
You Me & Us is a fresh garage-pop trio from Palm Springs, CA. Six songs in less than 11 minutes, Paperweights is a certainly a fun record. Check it out on their Soundcloud, along with their previous EP!
5) Summer Cannibals – No Makeup
No makeup indeed. Summer Cannibals is the punch-punk lovechild of former Your Canvas members Jessica Boudreaux and Marc Swart. The album’s title might have been taken literally in that the instrumentation and production is particularly simplistic. Enjoy limited streaming on their Bandcamp here.
Listen to WIDR fm for a chance to win tickets to Audiotree Music Festival! Audiotree Music Festival is happening August 31st at K Wings Stadium. The line-up includes Dr. Dog, Bluesky Greengrass, Blues Traveler, Brother Ali, Valiant Thorr, The Soil and the Sun, Into It. Over It, and MORE!
Listen to WIDR now through Friday to win free tickets to Taste of Kalamazoo where acts like Ultra Violet Hippopotamus, Corn Fed Girls, Red Sea Pedestrians, Thornetta Davis, and Buddy Guy will be playing!
It’s another WIDR Top 5 post and magic is everywhere. We’ve got zillions of brand new tapes at the station, new DJs kickin’ it in the studio; and live, in-studio performances every week. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced happiness to this capacity.
More special WIDR news to come. But for now, here’s what we’ve been listening to:
1) Hunx and His Punx – Street Punk
That’s right, kids. Hunx and His Punx is totally back with even more angst, trash, and flaming homosexuality; this time around with Shannon Shaw (of Shannon and the Clams!) on bass and vocals, Erin Emslie on drums, and frontman/founder Seth Bogart. Street Punk marks the group’s third full-length LP, and second cut with Hardly Art. Track 10 is a Beastie Boys cover.
2) Part Time – PDA
Back at it again with Mexican Summer, shoegazey synth-pop duo Part Time returns with a brand new LP, complete with the nostalgic, 80s dream sounds I can’t seem to get enough of. Its chorus-filled guitar riffs, shimmering keytar, and goth-y vocals make me wish I had a cute onesie like the guy on the cover.
3) Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird
Somewhere between disco, raggae, and R&B, New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop will leave you satisfied and gushing. Throwing at you a wall of sound dosed with horns, guitars, and male vocal harmonies, this record is for good times only.
4) Therese Aune – Billowing Shadows, Flickering Light
Multi instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Therese Aune offers a powerful swarm of interesting and engaging sounds that will get your brain moving. If you listen closely, you may hear piano, wurlitzer, harmonium, harp, cello, accordion, tuba, saw (yes, like the garage tool), and a choir, among many other things.
5) A Great Big Pile of Leaves – You’re Always On My Mind
Not much to see here, just great big pile of leaves.
Just kidding–here’s a link to the starting track on the album: catchy whistle riffs and big choruses to make the perfect college rock sing-a-long.