Van Halen— Atomic Punk from the album Van Halen

February 24th, 2016

UPCOMING SHOWS THIS WEEKEND:

February 23rd, 2016

Hey all!

We’ve got some rad shows happening around the area so if any of you are looking for some music to support and check out, these are some good places to start.

Friday Feb. 26th:

  • Bike Tuff, Guppy & Murder Party @ Louie’s Back Room 

Saturday Feb. 27th:

  • Vida Eterna, Hello Emerson, Overly Polite Tornadoes, Field Sleeper & Fiona Dickinson @ Louie’s Back Room 
  • Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts, ByJR, Mushmen & Ghost Bunnies @ The Free Clinic 
  • Vines, Dad Jeans, True F.O & Edith @ Rey Mysterio’s 

Sunday Feb. 28th:

  • 11th annual gumbo cook off feat. Big Trouble, Jesse Ray and the Carolina Cat Fish, Saxsquatch and the Bridge Band, Big Boss Blues, Out of Favor Boys & Megan Dooley @ Louie’s Back Room 
Thanks to DITKALAMAZOO for keeping up with shows happening around town!
(http://www.ditkalamazoo.com/)

 

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Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (WIDR Classic Spotlight)

February 23rd, 2016

8.5/10

An eagerly anticipated debut record from the rich indie-folk band from Wisconsin released back in ’07. The album’s tracks consist of warm, echoing layers draped in lush choral walls, with the occasional accompaniment of an acoustic guitar and simplistic percussive elements. Justin Vernon’s hauntingly entangled words and falsetto vocal style tie together the exquisite embrace.

Definitely worth a listen!

A WIDR reviewer wrote of it at the time: “Generally quiet freak folk, strange little songs that sneak inside your head. Mostly acoustic guitar based, lots of ambient backing vocals. Nice!”

 

Music Reviews

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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