On November 7, Vulfpeck gifted the world with another one of their feel good funk filled albums. Vulfpeck was created by a few students during their studies at the University of Michigan. Per usual, their album is comprised of both vocal and strictly instrumental tracks, sending listeners for a nice smooth ride right into funk city, with groovy & sweet cleverly lyricised 60s sounding songs. The band’s original members include Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman, Woody Goss, and Joe Dart. For this album, Vulfpeck borrowed the musical talents of Antwaun Stanley, Charles Jones, Christine Hucal, Joey Dosik, David T. Walker, James Gadson, Michael Bland, Coco O., Baby Theo Bootsy Collins and Mushy Kay. Th
Grace McElhone "Hey I'm Grace! I'm a second year student double majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Foodservice Operations and Sustainability. I chose to join WIDR because I wanted to get involved in Kalamazoo's music community. I love to sing and play ukulele, guitar, and kazoo, and would like to improve my skills on the tambourine." How long have you been volunteering at WIDR FM? This is my second year volunteering for WIDRfm, I got involved during the fall of my freshman year. What is your most memorable moment at WIDR FM? My most memorable moment at WIDR was last year's homecoming tailgate. I was new at WIDR, so I did not fully understand the scope of WIDR and its cu
This week is the week I’ve looked forward all semester, but unfortunately this gluttony-fill holiday is also filled to the brim with driving, waiting in traffic, and hating your family. I’ve handpicked these tunes from the depths of my terrible taste. So relax, put on this playlist, and drive your ass home. You can listen to our "Drive Your Ass Home" playlist here ! 1. “Boy Racers” by Metronomy off Love Letters This first song is from the British artist Metronomy, giving a slow growing groove that would give anyone’s head a twitch. This song is one of my favorite to drive to, eat turkey, and passively aggressive respond to kin. 2. “Ghost Town” by The Specials off Stereo-Typical: A’s, B’s, an
On the 11th of November I made the trip to the state’s capital, Lansing. I had pre-ordered tickets to see one of my favorite hardcore punk bands, Trash Talk from Sacramento, California. The show was being held at Mac’s Bar on Michigan Ave., and if you have ever been there you would probably have a good idea of how this hardcore punk show was going to go down. Mac’s bar is a pretty small place, especially when you cram about 100 people around the ages of 16 to 25 inside. Having grown up in the Lansing area, I have attended many-a-show at this venue, and it always has that same smell of old stale beer and sweaty teen angst when you walk through the door, and you would think there was a funeral
Through their mix and mash-up of sound, tempo, and style Stoop Kids have truly pioneered a genre of their own. The eclectic quintet that makes up Stoop Kids first formed in New Orleans in the year 2012. The group consists of Griffin Dean (lead vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and rapper), Thomas Eisenhood (baritone, saxophone, and harmonies), Sam Fruend (bass and harmonies), David Paternostro (guitar and keyboard), and Jon Tontillo on drums. Since there convergence they have released three projects including What a World, Queue: The Mixtape, and Already Out of Time. Through their mix and mash-up of sound, tempo, and style Stoop Kids have truly pioneered a genre of their own.
In 2015 S
In terms of genre and musical style, King Krule has been described as punk jazz, jazz fusion, and even darkwave. The first instance of Archy Marshall’s(known by his stage name King Krule) music came in the form of two singles under the name Zoo Kid. With this, he created the genre “Bluewave” and released a mixtape titled “U.F.O.W.A.V.E.” which followed this new genre. It wasn’t until 2011 that Marshall began using the name King Krule, releasing the first EP under that name later in the year. In December 2012, King Krule was nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll. In 2013, his debut album was released -- 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. After this, King Krule appeared on Conan and the Late Show with Da
Britney Gizzi We sat down with Britney Gizzi, and asked her about her experiences at WIDR FM. How long have you been working with WIDR? I started working at WIDR at the beginning of the 2016 school year. So if my math is right, it’s a little over a year. But I did go home for summer, so I don’t know if that time counts or not. What do you do? I am a part of the Promotions Team at WIDR and I just recently started reviewing albums. Favorite album? Are we talking in general? Not just out of the albums I’ve reviewed? Because I’d have to say How To Be A Human Being by Glass Animals. Out of the albums I’ve reviewed, probably Echo Papa by Air Traffic Controller. What drew your attention to WIDR? M
This Month brought WIDR’s rotation rack a number of different indie-pop records that are guaranteed to keep you going this semester. Our WIDR staff picked some of their favorites for an upbeat playlist full of dance grooves. 1. “Another World”, by Secret Colours off the album Dream Dream The first song on our playlist has a new wave feel with fusions indie pop. “Another World” is a smooth ride featuring ambient layered vocals, perfect for the intro the album, Dream Dream, as well as this month’s playlist. 2. “May 1st”, by Beach Fossils off the album Somersault “May 1st” brings some serious 70’s vibes, with a great bass lead and an acoustic guitar, this laid-back song will have you considerin
Maddie Haynes We sat down with Maddie and asked about her experiences at WIDR FM How long have you been volunteering at WIDR? I’ve been volunteering at WIDR for a little over a year now What is your most memorable moment at WIDR? My most memorable experience at WIDR would have to be getting the opportunity to meet all of the people involved. Without WIDR, I️ probably would not have met some of my best friends! Which bands make up your dream lineup? My dream lineup of bands would be The Strokes, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Flume. What does WIDR and Radio Evolution mean to you? To me Radio Evolution and WIDR are a means for me to connect with others who share my love of music.
You can listen to DJ No. 9's Special Halloween Playlist here! 1. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson from the album Thriller 2. "The Way It Is" by The Prodigy from the album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned 3. "Cementality" by King Krule from the album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon 4. Krule Love by TA-KU from the album Krule Love - SINGLE 5. Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers from the album The Original Monster Mash 6. Werewolf Bar Mitzfeh by Jeff Richmond & Tracy Morgan from the album 30 ROCK (ORIGINAL TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK) 7. This Is Halloween by The Citizens of Halloween from the album The Nightmare Before Christmas 8. This Is Halloween by Marilyn Manson The Nightmare Befo
Air Traffic Controller consists of singer/songwriters Dave Munro and Casey Sullivan, Steve Scott, Adam Salameh, and Adrian Aiello. The two met after Munro sent demos home while deployed. Since then, they have been 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Fest performers, been placed on the NPR Hot 100 List, and won Best Indie Alternative Song for “You Know Me” in the Independent Music Awards. Echo Papa is ATC’s newest album and consists of seven songs. The entire album is very upbeat and makes you want to get up and move. You know that feeling you get when a bass line is so powerful that you feel like you can do anything? I totally get that feeling throughout the album. This is an album that I want to listen
A variety show with the goal of delivering the most variety possible. It's not uncommon to hear jazz, metal, punk rock, hip-hop, and disco all on one show. "Essentially, it's controlled chaos at its finest." Saturdays 3-5 pm We sat down with DJ Parley and asked about his experiences here at WIDR FM. How long have you been DJing at WIDR?
I've been a DJ at WIDR since April of this year, and I have been hosting a variety show ever since.
What is your most memorable moment at WIDR?
My most memorable moment at WIDR is when I got to remember Chris Cornell over the airwaves. I grew up listening to Soundgarden and Chris Cornell's solo stuff. I also remember being really into the Te
This month’s favorites embrace the cool bitter weather with a mix of dreamy vocals and guitar and a sound that perfectly compliments the changing temperature. You can listen on Spotify here. All of these songs blend perfectly with any autumn moodiness you may feel. So put on this playlist, get cozy in bed, grab some hot chocolate and try not to think about those midterms. 1. “Dear Wormwood”, by The Oh Hellos from their album Dear Wormwood. This melancholy folk tune starts off this playlist, evoking a sense of nostalgia and comfort on these cold fall days. The song starts off simple, with acoustic guitar and vocals and builds over the five minutes to create an epic chorus of gorgeous vocals.
If there’s anything WIDR loves more than radio evolution it’s Kalamazoo bands. WIDR has had the awesome privilege of seeing Michigander grow, and I can’t help but feel like a distant step-mom. Back in their early days front-man Jason visited us for a little radio interview in 2015 before their Shakespeare’s Lower Level show. Since then they have gone on tour, done some Audiotree Live sessions, performed at Common Ground, Mo-Pop, and most recently headlined at Bell’s. I like bar shows, especially at Bell’s, but sometimes the draw back with bar shows is that people treat it like the space that it is. Which is fine, but I think there is a respect that’s due to the performer. The audience and cr