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The Rush Debate: An Important Fundraising Message from The Seizure Experiment

There has been a long-running contentious issue in the Seizure Experiment world: Do you like Rush? During a past fundraiser, we asked our DJs and got a perfect split, 3 v 3; then, we asked the listeners to donate to voice their opinions. After several donations it ended as a perfect split.

So now, we are returning to this topic. This Sunday on The Seizure Experiment, we will be having a new debate over Rush. Join us to voice your opinion and cast your vote! If Rush wins, we will play a Rush song on air. If The Anti-Rush Brigade wins, we don't have that one fully planned out yet.

Odd-amount donos signify support for Rush, even amounts support The Anti-Rush Brigade.

Tune in to WCBN Sunday, February 23 at 10pm EST, and feel the spirit of the radio!

FUNDRAISER [2/14 to 2/23] 2020

It's that time of year again... And what better way to show your love than to dig deep into your pockets.

CBNers will be manning our phones (734)763-3500 and taking pledges 6am-12am every day of fundraiser (2/14 - 2/23)

You can avoid social interaction and donate though our U of M web portal (scroll to the top of this page and click on the "DONATE" button) which also has a list of fundraser premia options.

  • You can dedicate pledges to specific shows 
  • no amount is too big or too small !!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting freeform radio and WCBN <3

WINTER 2020 SPORTS ON-AIR SCHEDULE

Tune in to 88.3fm these days for live coverage of SPORTS by wcbn SPORTS. To listen to our regular schedule visit our stream at the top of this webpage or on our app.  Fri. Feb. 7 - 2-4 pm  Sun. Feb. 9 - 9-11 am  Tue. Feb. 18 - 4-6 pm   Sat. Feb. 29 - 5:30-7:30 pm   Wed. Mar. 11 - 4-6 pm  Fri. Mar. 20 - 4-6 pm  Fri. Mar. 27 - 6-8 pm  Sat. Apr. 4 - 2-4 pm  Wed. Apr. 8 - 4-7 pm  Tue. Apr. 14 - 6-9 pm  Sun. Apr. 26 - 1-4 pm 

 

Dr. Dog Does Dawg Doings - The Majestic 2/4/20

On February 4th, just after the opening act, 6 members of  the beloved indie psychedelic-folk-pop band Dr. Dog came onto the stage at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit with pure energy. I was there in the front row, wearing a flannel much like 85% of the crowd, as was expected by such a following of a band of this caliber. Despite all of us wearing the same outfit, Dr. Dog was ready to blow our minds.

 

The opener, Michael Nau, came on about an hour after the doors opened, and absolutely set the tone of the night. I can not stress enough how good this guy’s voice sounds. Personally, it reminds me a lot of Paul Simon. Anyways, the raw passion in his voice, the heavily EQ-ed acoustic guitar, groovy basslines, tight drums, and perfectly placed synth fills had the audience grinning from ear-to-ear, and let me tell you, there was no shortage of swaying in the crowd. Nau had just debuted his album Less Ready to Go in late 2019, giving him and his bandmates an ample amount of time to perfect the set. Ending on an extremely slow, beautiful song “Be Smiling When You Can”, the crowd at the Majestic was in the perfect mindset to hear the best touring band around, Dr. Dog.

 

Shortly after Michael Nau finished his set, Dr. Dog came onto the stage, said their long-overdue hello to Detroit, and began rocking and rolling. They opened with “Abandoned Mansion” at a tempo much lower than the studio version, which was a perfect way to open the set and displayed the true talent that all 6 of the guys onstage had. Throughout the rest of the night, they really proved to hold spot as one of the best touring bands around, as they played 23 songs total, including the first song on their very first album dating all the way back to 2003. Some highlights of the night were “Nellie”, “Black-Red”, “Jim’s Song”, and “Ain’t It Strange”, but it could be easily argued that every single song they played was a highlight. These songs, along with the others they played had the audience dancing, singing, and overall just in awe of how tight these guys were live. The harmonies created by 4 guys pouring their hearts out into the microphones, the drums that carried on in between every single song, and the love that Dr. Dog 

had for their music made that Tuesday night one for the books.

 

I have been in love with this top-tier band ever since I first listened to their album We All Belong, but their concert at the Majestic made that love grow infinitely. I really mean it when I say that they are the best touring band around.

 

--Henry Theodoroff

  

Detroit Techno and Resistance: A Black History Month Symposium presented by WCBN x MEMCO

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Free
lecture
WCBN-sponsored

As a precursor to our upcoming Black History Month party (2/21/20), MEMCO and WCBN invite you to a speaker event featuring a panel of three prolific Detroit-based producers, DJs, and activists. Each panelist will help to contextualize the emergence of Detroit techno, the music’s DIY ethos, and the ways in which the music has inspired their work today.

Hard start at 3:15pm
Free Admission

Learn more about each artist on the facebook event here

BROCKHAMPTON IN REVIEW - 11/30 Masonic Temple

On the 30th of November, the worlds’ greatest boyband took the stage at the masonic temple in Detroit for their ‘HEAVEN BELONGS TO YOU’ tour. BROCKHAMPTON is a group comprised of 13 (!!) members, 6 of which appear on stage in the performance (the other members focusing on production, photography, design, and other behind the stage things). As one of the staples of the indie, ‘new wave’ scene, the appeal of these guys in a word is their diversity. The group origionates from all different walks of life, black, white, gay, straight, American, European, Carribian, the boys have a wide range of influences and stories to tell, which keeps their content fresh and is a large reason for the cult like fan base they have aquired. This diversity was similarly reflected in the audience, as we waited in the freezing cold for well over an hour before the show, there were so many visibly unique groups of young kids finding common ground with viewing music that they could connect to; I have never seen such a wide range of people at a show before, it was really incredible to be a part of that crowd, and something that not many other acts can pull off. 

Once the wait was finally over, opening acts 100 gecs and Slowthai, an experimental/electronic band and British rapper respectively gave their performances. I was not familiar with these two acts before the show, but I was pleasantly surprised. BROCKHAMPTON clearly wanted openers that would establish the energy for their set, and these two certainly did that, their crowd involvement and stage presence were both great, they kept the energy in the building and certainly gained more than a few fans that night. 

After a suspenseful 15 minutes after Slowthai’s performance, the lights went out, the curtain dropped, and the beat to ‘ST. PERCY’ blared in the speakers. For the next hour and a half, BROCKHAMPTON provided one of the most fun and energetic concert experiences I have ever seen. Artists Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Dom McLennon, Joba, Merlyn, and Bearface all brought their own unique style to the performance, somehow all sticking out yet complementing each other perfectly. Mirrors covered the stage to make for an amazing use of lights throughout the whole performance. Mirrors surrounded the stage on all sides topped off by three massive cross shaped mirrors overhead to go along with the themes of their latest work of questioning where they find themselves with concepts like religion and heaven. It was beautiful and complemented the mood perfectly. The boys played a majority of their new album ‘GINGER’, and, much to the excitement of the audience, played several songs off of their debut ‘Saturation’ trilogy. They expressed their range through the setlist, bouncing from emotional ballads like ‘BLEACH’, ‘NO HALO’ and ‘LOVE ME FOR LIFE’ to bangers like ‘BOOGIE’ and ‘I BEEN BORN AGAIN’ to fun sing along songs like ‘GOLD’, ‘1999 WILDFIRE’ and ‘SUGAR’. New renditions of nearly every song kept things interesting for new fans and old, and their crowd engagement, led by Kevin Abstract, was impeccable. There was never a dull moment, BROCKHAMPTON has only been in the indie limelight for about 2 years now, but after this tour, one thing is clear: they have mastered the art of performing.

 

By Michael Barnes

Clairo: Bedroom Pop Star Cuts Teeth in Detroit - St. Andrew's Hall 11/14/2019

On Thursday, November 14th I made the 40 minute drive from Ann Arbor to St. Andrew’s Concert Hall in Detroit to see Clairo on the US/CA leg of her Immunity Tour. What appeared to be mainly high school kids made up the majority of the crowd, with college-aged and early 20s such as myself filling in the difference. Arriving late, I had to ruffle some teenage feathers to get to the front. Luckily, I was able to win over the disgruntled local kids around me by taking copious pictures of them and,  per their asking, juxtaposed what my hometown in Southern California was like to Southeastern Michigan. 

 

Before Clairo’s set were two opening acts - Hello Yello and Beabadoobee. I had just added Hello Yello’s song “Feel That Again” to a playlist a week prior, so getting to experience the Oakland trio live felt special. With their debut EP out last March, I expect their popularity will grow as they continue to stretch their legs on tour and develop their sound as a group. Beabadoobee, fresh off the release of her most recent EP Space Cadet, went on next and proceeded to blow me out of the water. I first came across Beabadoobee in 2017 when she uploaded her song “Coffee” to YouTube and it subsequently went viral. Signed to Dirty Hit Records (label mates with The 1975), and with impressive live vocals and guitar playing, I’m excited to see what’s in store for this 19 year old Londoner. 

 

I knew the anticipation for Clairo to come on stage began to boil as the Carhart beanies in the crowd began to bob more aggressively. She started the set with her hit “4EVER”, which was a vibrant choice to start the show. She was joined on stage by a drummer, a keyboard player, and a bass guitarist. Throughout the set she switched between playing two guitars she had on stage. Overall, I was deeply impressed with her vocal performance. This concert had a much more mellow vibe than what I’m usually used to, but this is to be expected with an artist like Clairo who is known for her soft, daydreamy sounds and vocals. Clairo has received a lot of flack for being an “industry plant”, but whether or not you think that is true, it cannot be denied after seeing her live that she is an extremely talented vocalist and songwriter. That being said, it was clear that this was her first headlining tour. In terms of stage presence and confidence, I think Clairo has a lot of room to grow into her talent and ability to connect with people through her lyrics. At age 21, Clairo has already experienced notable success, and now I believe it’s a matter of her coming into her own as a performer to solidify her place in the indie alt pop space. 

 

In sum, I enjoyed this concert, and the opportunity to witness the audience connect with a rising artist that I respect as she played some of my favorites like “Bags” and “Softly” was something I won’t forget. Plus with two excellent opening acts, this was a night of solid live music. 

 

-- Christiana Cromer

 

The Neighbourhood Concert Review - The Fillmore 11/9

On November 9th, 2019, The Neighbourhood brought its nationwide tour to the Fillmore of Detroit, Michigan. The crowd that gathered outside the venue consisted primarily of teenage girls, whom many passersby ridiculed for being “edgy hipster teens with poor taste in music”. Not sure why some adults find satisfaction in making strange jokes about young girls, but hey, such is life.

The first opening act was Claud, a nonbinary individual whose talent pleasantly surprised me. Typically, the first opening acts at concerts aren’t able to impress me but they did a great job of livening the crowd with their experimental pop tunes. Claud performed the kind of music that I could imagine high schoolers playing in the background of a montage of their summer. In a good way, though. I was also surprised to see that so early in the show, the venue was pretty full and seemed to be enjoying the unfamiliar artist as much as I was. I only wish they could have had a longer set!

The second opening act was a band called Slow Hollows. Just as the name suggests, the music was quite slow and quite hollow, lacking any substance that could keep me even slightly entertained. The frontman had an incredibly deep and sexy voice but that is all the band had to offer. No offense guys, I’m sure you’re great people...just not quite interesting. Surprisingly, the crowd seemed to enjoy them a bit more than Claud. Such a shameful perception. I blamed it on the frontman’s alluring voice.

To introduce the band, the frontman of The Neighbourhood, Jesse, appeared in full Chip Chrome attire (Seems to be a new persona he has picked up. Not sure if he is bored or onto something). Jesse stood alone, center stage, singing a soft ballad to kick off the show; immediately following, the rest of the band shared the stage with him. The setlist totaled to eighteen songs with a good ratio of old and new, slow and fast-paced music. This was my second time seeing The Neighbourhood live and I can say that they have yet to disappoint. Their energy is contagious and they never fail to excite the crowd. One thing I have always loved about their performances is the way they like to experiment with their songs, changing a few notes here and there to make each and every performance unique. Throughout the entirety of their performance, the crowd shared a collective feeling of serenity as we all danced to the ~groovy~ music being played. The Neighbourhood is full of fantastic entertainers, regularly able to keep any crowd on their feet.  I am ecstatic to have gotten the opportunity to see them again and hope there is more to come in the future.

 

- By Priscila Flores

 

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