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Above the Static October Newsletter

Our October newsletter is out! Within is news about sports broadcasts, info about our new journalism show The J Word, the new Living Writers website, and more. Read it here

 

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WCBN x Audiotree: Charly Bliss

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It’s ninety-two degrees in the beating sun at Kalamazoo’s Audiotree Music Festival, and yet Eva Hendricks of the band Charly Bliss is energetically jumping and screaming as if conditions are perfect. By watching her and the rest of the band, the audience forgets about their sweat-drenched shirts and begins to jump along. In a battle against the sun, Charly Bliss decidedly wins.

The explosive New York based band played a selection of songs from their critically-acclaimed record Guppy before closing with a rendition of 2014’s “Love Me.” The band also played two new songs from their forthcoming record, which the band hinted was coming soon.

After the set, I sat down with Eva (vocals/guitar), Sam (drums), Dan (bass), and Spencer (guitar) to talk about the new record, Guppy, Weezer, and super powers. You can listen to the full interview below.

WCBN takes on Audiotree

   Last week, WCBN was at the Audiotree Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI! The two-day festival was held at Arcadia Creek Festival Place in the midst of an intense heat wave (temperatures hitting 94°). Thanks to the Audiotree team, all the artists and fans stayed well-hydrated under the blistering heat. People were shooting water guns at the crowd, passing out water bottles and handing out fans.

Despite the heat, the festival provided a great experience for crowds of diverse musical tastes. The lineup featured a variety of talented up-and-coming and big name electronic, hip-hop, and indie rock artists that filled the vicinity with good energy. Transitions between all the sets were smooth, and every band had fantastic sound engineering. In addition, in case you couldn't make it, all the performances were live-streamed for all the fans back home. All around, Audiotree put up a great festival and we look forward to Audiotree Music Festival 2018!

 

While we were there, we had the chance to meet with some of our favorite artists who get some great airplay on WCBN. We are excited to have some exclusive interviews and content for you, our beloved listener! Check out our homepage for WCBN's coverage of #ATMF17. (More interviews to come)

 

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Recap of Friday from WCBN's Aarthi:

Audiotree music festival was one of the most surreal, unique, and sweltering music events I’ve ever been to.  Our Friday began with SALES, whose soft, guitar-based pop enchanted the audience.  “Getting it On”, a fan favorite, was met with cheers and a swaying crowd.  After the set, we met with SALES (Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih) to talk about their music and inspiration.

From there, I photographed Smino, whose commanding stage presence and futuristic funk rap excited the crowd.  Smino truly gave a stellar performance, and his crisp, boldly accessorized look against the Audiotree stage made for some pretty great visuals.  Noname, one of my favorite artists of the day, also gave a captivating performance.  Her songs “Bye Bye Baby” and “Diddy Bop” are full of sadness and emotion, and contrasted by her positive and playful rap.  She is smiling and laughing in between verses, clearly enjoying herself, and the audience feels it too.  The crowd was taken away by her, and so was I.  

Next up was the iconic Lizzo.  With her colorful, skin-tight bodysuit and her striking dancer duo, she gave quite a show.  Her newest release “Truth Hurts” was the highlight of the set.  The final show was SuperDuperKyle.  At this point, the heat and excitement of the day had gotten to me, so I was unable to photograph him firsthand.  However, listening to his music backstage was still breathtaking.  He covered his favorite song “Pursuit of Happiness” beautifully— the Audiotree audience agreed and held up their phone flashlights and swayed to his voice.  

Audiotree Music Festival was an experience I’ll never forget.  The heat, the sounds, and the stage stunned me and created a distinctly captivating show that will be difficult to recreate.

 

Fall 2017 Program Guide

The fall 2017 program guide is HERE!!! And it's jam-packed with our current schedule, as well as show information and other goodies.

You can read it online or drop by the station to pick up a hard copy.

This semester's program guide was lovingly (and awesomely) designed by Dives, Campbell, Charlotte, Kara, Jeremiah, Lilli, Maggie, and Victoria.

via GIPHY

Summer Intern Blogs

We love our interns! This past summer we had several high school interns work at the station, increasing our presence on campus, reviewing music, and writing some blog posts.

Check them out!

Tarek's World Tour: Mali

Tarek's World Tour: Japan

Oscar's Under the Influence: Kendrick Lamar

Stay up to Speed with "Above the Static," WCBN's Bi-weekly Newsletter

Suffering from FOMO? Never fear, WCBN is here with our new bi-weekly e-newsletter! We'll let you know all the cool stuff that's been going on down at the studio, plus upcoming events at WCBN and our community. We'll also bring you reviews on new music, baller playlists, and hand-picked song recommendations from the DJs. 

Check out the link to this week's newsletter to learn what our summer interns have been up to, read Tarek's review of the Malian band Tamikrest and listen along to his playlist, and find out what music our DJs really want you to be jamming to this week. 

And don't forget to jump on that mailing list! If you sign up and don't see a confirmation email, check your spam folder. 

 

Remembering Chris Peterson

This week we remember Chris Peterson, one of our brilliant DJ's who passed away in July of 2016. Peterson was a community advisor at WCBN and an English teacher at Skyline High School. He was known for his commitment to bringing world music to Ann Arbor and broadening our listenership's musical horizons. Most notably, he hosted the Latin Hour and the Pan African Heartbeat, as well as occasional freeform from 3 to 6am. We've compiled an archive containing several of his shows. Chris and his contributions to the station are deeply missed.

Please take a minute to listen to any of the audio clips he wanted to share with you.

 

July 28: Interview with Bob McAllen

We are excited to announce that on July 28 at 10AM on our show Right on Radio, DJ Rodney Pate will be airing his interview of Bob McAllen. McAllen recorded a now-obscure 500 pressed folk rock album out of the Lansing area in 1967, with a failed release in 1971. He then vanished, and was presumed dead for nearly 40 years. This is the first time he has ever been contacted and has spoken about the album and his music. Some collectors consider this album a lost folk rock masterpiece, with delightful fingerpicked guitar and tenor voice drenched in reverb. The introspective song writing ranges from deep subjects like the Vietnam war to light love songs about his pet cat, making an album with a dream-like vibe. We hope you can tune in!

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