The Ryne Experience, who WIDR has had the pleasure of having for our Music at the Library Sessions and The Basement Show, recently released a new album called Funky Town on 4/20. This album has an incredible sound, and Ryne Clark adds to it with his distinct vocals and range. They play a lot with their sound in this album, ranging from an indie/alt rock vibe to a more folky, funky one. Throughout Funky Town, they have some fantastic guitar riffs and melodies. The song that starts the album, titled “Paul Mashake,” has a groovy guitar melody that ends with a fantastic guitar solo. We have the pleasure of hearing this all throughout the album. They also change it up by adding some different ins
Hi guys! I don’t know about everyone else, but I had a very real musical phase in high school where at times the majority of what I listened to was musical soundtracks. Maybe that’s because I was in the pit orchestra and always around them or because I was a huge band geek in general. Even if you didn’t listen to them growing up, I think there’s a lot to love with musical soundtracks. The music very much reflects the story that the musical is telling and is intertwined with that story. For that reason, musicals are a great way to explore different genres and styles of music. I think there are many ways to enjoy music with other art mediums and musicals are a great way to do so. To get you st
While everyone is stuck in quarantine, we are taking the time to catch up with some of our previous Music at the Library artists to see what they have been up to and what their future plans are as musicians. This week we featured Rob Lindsay! Check out the full interview here and the condensed version here.
I grew up as a young kid loving skiing. It has always been one of my strong passions, largely fueled by Warren Miller’s film. Warren Miller was a ski filmmaker that created reflections of my childhood. Whether it be from scenes of base jumping, steep skiing in Chamonix, or just the sheer adrenaline that these films instill, it’s easy for me to miss that feeling. What causes this phenomena is not just attributed to the film shots, but actually the music. My music taste now has roots in these early films. My childhood musical leanings were strongly influenced by artists whose music was licensed for these films, and big names too, like The Kooks, Muse, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, and Foo Figh
While everyone is stuck in quarantine, we are taking the time to catch up with some of our previous Music at the Library artists to see what they have been up to and what their future plans are as musicians. This week we featured Diego Agoytia! Check out the full interview here and the condensed version here.
To be fair, you must possess a very high IQ to truly understand and appreciate the genre that is vaporwave. It’s all at once a rejection of corporate agendas and canned music, with the hazy imagery of abandoned malls, and facilitated by the groundbreaking technology of automating the playrate in your software. It makes me wonder at how, more than 60 years after the invention of music, artists still find a way to innovate, and push the boundaries even further. Vaporwave is a testament to humans’ natural impulse to explore the unknown. It’s a shame that this goes over a lot of people’s heads. Personally, I blame the government. I don’t think there’s much doubt that vaporwave is better when lis
I had the pleasure of interviewing Harrison Cramer, a hip hop artist in the Multimedia Arts Technology program at WMU on behalf of WIDR Kalamazoo. Harrison's favorite album this year is Heathen from Gauvi. His favorite song from it is "Climate Change". Check out Harrison's most recent mixtape, The Pass Through here. Watch the interview here. If anyone reading this is interested in being interviewed, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I wanted the visuals to be menacing yet cartoonish. I liked the idea of something dark eventually breaking out even when the outer layer is trying everything in its power to keep it in," said Noah Shankool about his new music video for Creeping Up. The video is comprised of intimate shots of Shankool singing, dancing, and staring into the camera. The simple scenes fit the eerie mood set within the lyrics. He released the video today (Friday, May 15th). Check out the official video for Creeping Up here.
On April 3rd, Peach Pit released their second album, You and Your Friends. I proceeded to listen to the album multiple times that day, and I think that it is a strong follow-up to their first album Being So Normal and EP, Sweet FA. The smooth and easy sounding vocals of Neil Smith matched with his bandmate’s strong guitar melodies and riffs, bassline and quick drums really show their refined sound. The accompanying lyrics are often a bit down compared to their upbeat groovy sound, making it something that can be listened to when feeling many different emotions. You and Your Friends portrays some universally experienced situations using great metaphors like in the tracks “Black Licorice” and
While everyone is stuck in quarantine, we are taking the time to catch up with some of our previous Music at the Library artists to see what they have been up to and what their future plans are as musicians. This week we featured Natural Wires! Check out the full interview here and the condensed version here.
Lianne La Havas just released a single titled Paper Thin on May 5th. She also announced her new LP set to release on July 17th this summer, which will be her third album. With a straightforward beat and La Havas' soothing guitar, she guides us through a smooth, summery, and nostalgic song. I would highly recommend checking it out (here) and I can't wait for her new album. Much love.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Grace Betzold, a jazz musician at WMU. Grace's favorite album this year is The New Abnormal from The Strokes. Her favorite songs from it are At the Door and Bad Decisions. Grace's favorite jazz standard is Round Midnight. If anyone reading this is interested in being interviewed, please shoot me an email! Watch the interview here. Email me here.
Last summer I noticed something cool while listening to the radio. “Con Calma” by Daddy Yankee was playing which is a song entirely in Spanish. Throughout my life I have heard various American pop artists with Latin inspiration in their music, but I hadn’t heard music that was completely in a different language on the radio in the United States. With English being the dominant language (meaning numerous people who don’t speak English as a first language seek to learn it) in the world, American pop artists have been slow to incorporate other languages into their music. Music in other languages has also struggled to penetrate American pop radio. However, artists outside of the United States wh
You may not know who Brian Wilson is, but you definitely know who The Beach Boys are. You
probably know them for their surfy sound that catapulted them to fame in the 1960s. But why would we cover the standard stuff that everyone knows about? I was talking to one of
my friends who introduced me to the infamous album Smile*. The uncompleted project that
was published by Capitol Records in 2011, forty five years after the initial conception. *Wilson released his own version of Smile in 2004 under his own personal moniker. This album was supposed to be released after Pet Sounds, but the other band members were
not huge fans of the departure from their distinct surfy style. Honestly, it feel
HELLO ALL I am so excited to begin this journey of being WIDR’s General Manager. Our former GM, Zack, was an incredible leader, and I can only hope to leave the impact that he did. I was welcomed into the WIDR family last year as an assistant, and it felt like home. I was not expecting the year to come to an end as quickly as it did, but even so, I was left with an amazing experience. I am so thrilled to get to experience even more of Kalamazoo’s music community and continue here at WIDR as a leader. As we continue to cope with everything going on in the world we seem to be left with a lot of unanswered questions. All we can do is push through and try our best to remain positive. This isn’t
No matter how old you are, sometimes you feel like you're still just a kid. This playlist will get your teenage angst out and also give you that nostalgic pop punk vibes you were feeling in high school. Check it out here.