Local: Monday 3/23 (7:30pm) –– SALT Presents: Miniature Philosopher/Mouth Washington/Jacob Augustine/Synthesia @ UMass Agricultural Engineering Building, Amherst, MA Friday 3/27 (8:30pm) –– Deerhoof (w/ Perfect Pussy, Zula) @ Pearl Street Clubroom, Northampton, MA ~~~TUNE IN TO WMUA THURSDAY, MARCH 26 FROM 6-8pm FOR TWO CHANCES TO WIN A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS TO SEE DEERHOOF, PERFECT PUSSY, & ZULA~~~ Saturday 3/28 (7:15pm) –– SALT Presents: Spraynard/Shakusky./Yeehaw!/Guest House/Osaka @ UMass Agricultural Engineering Building, Amherst, MA Boston & Beyond: Friday 3/27 (8:00pm) –– Horse Feathers (w/ River Whyless) @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Sunday 3/29 (9:00pm) –– Honeyblood @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Sunday 3/29 (6:30pm) –– La Dispute/Title Fight (w/ The Hotelier, The Attending) @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Image: Perfect Pussy (Crack Magazine)
|Martian Gardens is a program of chamber, orchestral, jazz ensemble, electroacoustic, electronic, and mixed media musics emphasizing developments in the "classical" genre from the WWI era through the present day. The purpose of Martian Gardens is to provide a history of musical developments since the early 20th century and an outlet for living artists and composers who are generally excluded from popular commercial and publicly-funded media in the United States|
|10:08pm||Nick Didkovsky||Seltzer Session Ii&I/Ice Cream Time Song||Ice Cream Time|
|09:54pm||Alvin Lucier||Risonanza||Broken Line|
|09:33pm||Pauline Oliveros||Time Perspectives||Reverberations (Boxed Set)|
|09:22pm||Nocturnal Emissions||Susnpot Activity Xii||Sunspot Activity|
|09:17pm||Pas Musique||Listening To Interstellar Space||Inside The Spectrum|
|09:13pm||David Lee Myers/Marco Oppedisano||An Infinitely Hot And Dense Dot||Tesla At Coney Island|
|09:06pm||Dariusz Mazurowski||The Great Red Spot Of Jupiter||Non Acoustic Symphony|
|08:55pm||The Tallest Man On Earth||1904||There's No Leaving|
|08:48pm||Post War Years||All Eyes||All Eyes - Single|
Local: Friday 3/6 (9:00pm) –– ODESZA (w/ Little People, Big...
Local: Friday 3/6 (9:00pm) –– ODESZA (w/ Little People, Big Wild) @ The Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA Boston & Beyond: Friday 3/6 (8:00pm) –– St. Vincent (w/ Jenny Hval) @ Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, VT Saturday 3/7 (9:00pm) –– Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (w/ Cuddle Magic, Henry Jamison) @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Image: St. Vincent (Flora Hanitijo)
Local: Tuesday 2/17 (7:00pm) –– PHOX (w/ Field Report) @ Iron...
Local: Tuesday 2/17 (7:00pm) –– PHOX (w/ Field Report) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Wednesday 2/18 (8:00pm) –– Umphrey’s McGee (w/ Tauk) @ Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA Wednesday 2/18 (8:30pm) –– Aesop Rock // Rob Sonic (w/ Homeboy Sandman) @ Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton, MA Saturday 2/21 (7:00pm) –– And The Kids (w/ Mal Devisa) @ The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA ~~CD RELEASE PARTY~~ Boston & Beyond: Tuesday 2/17 (8:00pm) –– Kishi Bashi (w/ Busman’s Holiday) @ The Royale, Boston, MA Wednesday 2/18 (9:30pm) –– Weather (w/ Alpenglow, Babydriver, Covey) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Saturday 2/21 (8:00pm) –– Ariel Pink (Jack Name) @ Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Sunday 2/22 (7:00pm) –– Sleater-Kinney (w/ Lizzo) @ House of Blues, Boston, MA Image: PHOX (Facebook)
It’s a brand new year, and that means tons of brand new...
It’s a brand new year, and that means tons of brand new music is coming your way! Throughout the month of January, WMUA’s staff has been compiling their list of the best of the best. From artists like Aphex Twin, to bands like Sleater-Kinney, here is a hand-picked selection of what we’re listening to, and what you should be listening to as well! Glitter Priest –– Summertime in Babylon On one of the two (and arguably far superior) surprise Miniature Tigers side projects, multi-instrumentalist Brandon Lee shells out some awesome synth pop with his debut under the moniker Glitter Priest. It’s fun, it’s dancy, and it’s really reminiscent of Miniature Tigers’s 2014 release, Cruel Runnings, but with a far bigger sound. -Andrew DesRochers (General Manager), 91.1 WMUA Sleater-Kinney –– No Cities To Love No Cities To Love marks the first release in 10 years from the iconic Pacific Northwest trio. Born and bred out of the ’90s riot grrrl scene, Sleater-Kinney are still as relevant and needed today as they were 20 years ago. As can be expected, Sleater-Kinney deliver potent and insightful lyrics paired with masterful musicianship from Tucker, Weiss, and Brownstein on this perfect follow-up to 2005’s The Woods. Tucker and Brownstein absolutely shred, providing powerful riffs while Weiss delivers effortless, driving percussion. Additionally, Tucker and Brownstein’s signature howling yet controlled vocals tie the record together. Since their departure in 2006, there has been a gaping hole in rock music – finally, Sleater-Kinney have returned. This is not a reunion album. This record is not about reminiscing. No Cities To Love is simply the latest installment from one of the most important bands of our time.-Chloe Doyle (Music Director), 91.1 WMUA Aphex Twin –– Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP It’s Christmas all over again! Apex Twin made his return 4 months ago with Syro, an album made of pure electronic gold. Now, he’s back with pt2, and in classic AFX style, it is highly ambiguous as to where the first part of “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments” took place. Maybe it was the album – who really knows? The point is that Aphex Twin lays down some no-nonsense electronic grooves on this EP that yet again demonstrate his mastery as the the greatest beat-make ever to touch a computer. -Isaac Wood (Office Manager), 91.1 WMUA Image: Record Collection (New Yorker)
Local: Tuesday 2/10 (7:00pm) –– Futurebirds (w/ Carinae) @ Iron...
Local: Tuesday 2/10 (7:00pm) –– Futurebirds (w/ Carinae) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Wednesday 2/11 (8:00pm) –– The New Pornographers (w/ Jaill) @ Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA Tune-in to The Electric Beach on WMUA Tuesday 2/10 to win a pair of FREE tickets to The New Pornographers Saturday 2/14 (10:00pm) –– Sinkane (w/ Mal Devisa) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Saturday 2/14 ( 9:00pm) –– And The Kids // The Sun Parade @ The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA Boston & Beyond: Thursday 2/12 (9:00pm ) –– The Districts (w/ Pine Baron, Vundabar) @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Thursday 2/12 (9:00pm) –– Beacon (w/ Lord Raja, Grammar) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Image: And The Kids (And The Kids)
Björk… It’s hard to describe Björk the artist or...
Björk… It’s hard to describe Björk the artist or Björk the person in such a way that does her genius justice, a genius that has been been at work for more than 30 years. Yes, she wears outfits that are pretty out there. Yes, her thick Icelandic accent is impossible not to notice when she sings. But this doesn’t make her a joke, this doesn’t give anyone the right to look past the masterful artistry in her work. And this masterful artistry is undoubtedly present in her latest record, Vulnicura. Björk’s ninth studio album, which was leaked just last week and then rush-released soon after, sees Björk once again transcend the boundaries of what traditional music is meant to be. Her lyrics on this record are jarringly potent, depressing at their very core, and she does nothing to hide that. Rather, Björk builds an instrumental framework around these lyrics, carrying them from their lowest emotional point to their highest. Complex string arrangements and electronic beats hold the record together, with sweeping violins, aching cellos, and cacophonous yet harmonious drum and bass. So, what is Vulnicura? Vulnicura is tragic. But one need only look to its tragedy in order too see its beauty. -Chloe Doyle (Music Director), 91.1 WMUA Image: CD Stack
Local: Tuesday 1/27 (7:00pm) –– Frontier Ruckus (w/ The Novel...
Local: Tuesday 1/27 (7:00pm) –– Frontier Ruckus (w/ The Novel Ideas) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Wednesday 1/28 (8:30pm) –– San Fermin (w/ White Hinterland) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Saturday 1/31 (10:00pm) –– Mo Lowda & The Humble, Forest & The Evergreens (w/ Sexy Girls) @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA Boston & Beyond: Wednesday 1/28 (9:30pm) –– Horse Jumper of Love (w/ Spain, Sports Coach) @ Great Scott, Allston, MA Thursday 1/29 (8:00pm) –– Giraffage @ Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA Saturday 1/31 (6:00pm) –– Dr. Dog (w/ Chadwick Stokes) @ House of Blues, Boston, MA Image: San Fermin (KEXP)
Image: Record Collection (New Yorker) Over the past couple...
Image: Record Collection (New Yorker) Over the past couple weeks, WMUA’s staff has been compiling their list of records they enjoyed the most that came out in 2014. From artists like Beacon, to bands like Warpaint and Girlpool, 2014 was a memorable year for music. Now that the year is coming to a close, here is a hand-picked selection of what we couldn’t stop listening to, and what you should be listening to as well! TV On The Radio –– Seeds This album became an instant classic. There’s literally not a single bad song on this record. Don’t listen to anyone who says that this isn’t their best record; it’s TV On The Radio’s most full and complete work to date. -Andrew DesRochers (General Manager), 91.1 WMUA The Belinda Butchers –– HEAVEN This one made me feel the most feelings. -Matthew Thornton (Programmer), 91.1 WMUA Warpaint –– Warpaint Warpaint, released back at the very beginning of 2014, is a record that has stuck with me throughout the year; it still has the same amount of allure and power for me today compared to the first time I laid ears on it back in January. A perfect follow-up to the band’s debut LP, The Fool, Warpaint showcases the four-piece’s progression into a dreamier sound, highlighting airy vocals and a more minimalistic tone throughout. Standout tracks for me include “Hi,” “CC,” “Biggy,”and “Disco//very.” Fun fact: you’re absolutely lying to yourself if you say that Warpaint member Theresa Wayman’s stare into the camera at the beginning of the “Disco//very” music video doesn’t make you feel feelings. -Chloe Doyle (Music Director), 91.1 WMUA Girlpool –– Girlpool EP Girlpool has helped satisfy my endless thirst for excellent girl bands. The EP has a delicious grunge feel that I’d like to think anyone can get behind. Killer harmonies throughout. “Plants and Worms” is a track with a tremendous amount of depth despite it’s simplicity. Can’t get enough. -Haley Chauvin (News Operator), 91.1 WMUA The Rentals –– Lost In Alphaville I’m not sure how many of you have seen the 1960s French film Alphaville, about a dystopian society run by a computer where women are mere sex objects for the men and everyone is on drugs. The good news is, you don’t have to have seen it to enjoy The Rentals’ 2014 album, Lost In Alphaville. It’s cheating to say that it’s one of this year’s records I listened to most, because it was the first one I put into my iTunes when I came back for the fall semester. But the dreamy lyrics and fuzzy wall of sound are perfect for late nights, early mornings, and mid-afternoon walks. The whole album carries this sense of looking for something that you lost, or can no longer return to, a time or a place, something that lies hidden in your memories or the dreams you wake up from without being quite able to remember them. Personally, I recommend the first track on the album, “It’s Time to Come Home,” or the fifth track, “Damaris.” The first one is nice and dreamy, and the second one, without losing that quality, is pushed forward by a nice driving beat and a slow build that leaves you wanting to move. -Despina Durand (News Editor), 91.1 WMUA Beacon –– L1 Beacon is a duo of electronic musicians from Brooklyn, signed to Detroit’s influential art, design & music label Ghostly International. L1 is their third EP and the follow-up to their debut album, The Ways We Separate. I love the complex, effortless beats on this record. Overall, it has a really fresh sounding R&B; vibe. -Isaac Wood (Office Manager), 91.1 WMUA Real Friends –– Maybe This Place Is The Same and We’re Just Changing Since its release back in July, I haven’t been able to stop playing this album. This is the band’s first full-length release, and it doesn’t disappoint. The lyrics are the standout feature on this record, bringing emotions to life through Kyle Fassel’s passionate vocals. Some of the best tracks are definitely “Old Book,” “Cover You Up,” and “Loose Ends.” -Jess Burks (Visual Media), 91.1 WMUA
Image: Record Collection (New Yorker) Throughout the month of...
Image: Record Collection (New Yorker) Throughout the month of November, WMUA’s staff has been compiling their list of the best of the best. From artists like Grouper, to bands like TV On The Radio and Flake Music, here is a hand-picked selection of what we’re listening to, and what you should be listening to as well! TV On The Radio –– Seeds This might be my album of the year. We had a discussion on my show the other day about perfect albums––albums that don’t have a single bad song on them––and this is definitely one of them. Arguably their best work yet. -Andrew DesRochers (General Manager), 91.1 WMUA Grouper –– Ruins Even if you aren’t in love with Grouper right now, you will be when daylight and grass disappear. Grouper’s sound is the perfect backing to cold harsh winters in New England, and Ruins is no exception. -Matthew Thornton (Programmer), 91.1 WMUA Flake Music –– When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return [Reissue] Before The Shins, there was Flake Music. Originally released in 1997, the first and only LP by James Mercer’s Flake Music has been on repeat for me ever since its reissue in late November. With standout tracks like “Spanway Hits,” “Structo,” and “The Shins,” this classic record is perfect to ease you into the cold winter months ahead. -Chloe Doyle (Music Director), 91.1 WMUA Azealia Banks –– Broke With Expensive Taste After her 2011 breakout hit “212,” Banks became one of NYC’s most exciting young rappers. Azealia is a strong independent artist and her debut album features productions by a diverse set of electronic and indie innovators. -Isaac Wood (Office Manager), 91.1 WMUA
Image: Fitz & The Tantrums (Facebook) Saturday, November...
Image: Fitz & The Tantrums (Facebook) Saturday, November 15th I had the pleasure of going to the House of Blues in Boston, MA to see Indie NeoSoul-pop stalwarts Fitz & The Tantrums for a sold out affair. Big Data opened the concert with a pop-rock sound drenched in electronic beats. For a band with only two songs out, they were able to retain the interest of the concertgoers with their infections grooves. Closing out their set with the band’s single, “Dangerous,” Big Data exited to thunderous applause from the crowd. 30 minutes later, it was time for the main event. Fitz led off the set with their song “Get Away,” and from the first note on they had the crowd in the palm of their hands. As the set continued, the audience roared with delight hearing songs like “Don’t Gotta Work it Out” with its rollicking organ, punchy horns, solid bass, and extremely tight back beat. Singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs delivered powerful vocal performances throughout the show, with their on-stage chemistry being clearly evident. The whole venue danced along in unison during “Breakin’ the Chains of Love,” as both singers demanded participation from the crowd through clapping, swaying, dancing, and arm raising; Boston was more than happy to oblige. Another cool feature was that they handed out flashing bracelets to much of the crowd, which at times made the House of Blues glitter like the night sky. The band played through most of their new record, including a stunning version of their brand new single, “Fools Gold.” Older tracks made notable appearances as well, with the band also playing a funkified version of fan-favorite “Sweet Dreams.” At one point toward the end of the set, an explosion of snow-like confetti rained down upon the audience while an amazing light show occurred, to which the audience respond with boisterous cheering. The band was gracious and thankful, giving a passionate speech thanking the crowd for their continued support of Fitz & The Tantrums. Throughout the night, Fitz & The Tantrums executed their songs with a certain passion, panache, and strength that elevated their music to a whole new level. Perhaps this is a cliched way of describing this concert, but being this close to Fenway Park, it’s safe to say this show was a “Home Run.” Quite simply, this is a band you need to see live. And, as someone who has personally seen Fitz & The Tantrums a couple of times before, this was, in my opinion, their strongest concert to date. Be sure to check out Fitz and the Tantrums newest album, More Than Just a Dream, out now! -Alexander Gogol, 91.1 WMUA