Clubhouse Fest @ Laurel Park

By: Rosemary Idisi

On October 20th at Laurel Park Racetrack, a number of artists performed at the 2018 Clubhouse Festival. The lineup included Grammy-nominated rapper Tyga, Platinum-selling artists Rich The Kid, Sam Feldt, Lost Kings, and Bonnie x Clyde. The headliner was Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki.

The tailgate began at 12 noon with the first performance by Deerock. Following was Salamander, who played hot remixes and tunes. Bonnie X Clyde were up next, and they gave the crowd major electronic dance vibes with their tracks. Everyone was buzzing when Rich The Kid came on stage and performed hits “Plug Walk” and “New Freezer.” Tyga followed, having entire crowd bobbing their heads with his signatures “Molly”, “Taste”,  “SWISH”,  “Ayo” and many more. These performances were amazing; there was not a soul in the crowd not jamming out to the music.

After Tyga finished lighting up the stage, ten minutes went by, and Lost Kings came to perform. The crowd literally went wild when they played “When We Were Young”,  “Phone Down”, and “First Love”.  After Lost Kings stole a piece of my heart, Sam Feldt came out and swept me off my feet. He killed it on stage and the entire crowd was dancing and singing along when he played his better known singles “Know You Better”, “Show Me Love”,  and “No Lie.”

There was an intermission and most of the crowd went to watch the Maryland Million horse race. At the horse race, the DJ duo Lost Kings were walking around taking pictures with fans.  After the race, it was time to go back to the mainstage to enjoy the night’s headliner: Steve Aoki.

The crowd grew three times larger than it was all day when it was time for Steve Aoki to perform. The beginning interlude started to play, and the masses had their phones out recording. The bass was pounding, the red lights were beaming, and Steve Aoki popped out on stage. The crowd was thrilled! Steve Aoki’s entire performance was riveting. He had the entire crowd jumping around and then toward the end, his hit “Cake Face” came on and he started throwing cakes into the crowd. Steve Aoki gave the show of a lifetime and he shut the festival down. Clubhouse Festival was one for the books.

Kero Kero Bonito at MilkBoy ArtHouse

By: Shiraz Baig

“Don’t die for me, live for me!” shouted Sarah Midori Perry, the lead singer and aesthetic force behind the electro noise-pop trio Kero Kero Bonito. Kicking off the release of their sophomore studio album, the London-based trio-gone-rock band just touched the nation’s capital at the MilkBoy Arthouse in College Park, MD. Luckily, WGMU was able to catch a glimpse of the live performance the indie pop-rock outfit offered on stage and in person.

Starting the show, the crowd heard “Outside”, the intro song to their latest album, Time ‘n’ Place (2018). This gritty rock pop tune would serve as a sonic theme throughout the show with its distorted guitar and heavy bass spilling into their next two most famous songs, “Lipslap” and “Flamingo”. These two bubblegum pop singles from the earlier, punchy years of KKB were given a rock twist that converted simple head bopping ballads to headbangers with the addition of a bass, guitar, drum set, and tenacious vocals. Frankly, had anyone else but Gus and Jamie tried to do this, it wouldn’t have worked, but the off and on-stage chemistry of the group was so prevalent and passionate that the new interpretations were something the crowd loved and have heard before but now wearing a fun, hardcore mask. The catchy melodies of old were just as catchy that night, but instead of just singing along, everyone joined in and moshed the night away!

Throughout the evening, there was a pattern in the songs – one song was from the new album, then two or three songs from past albums, but with the new rock twist. From their first studio album, Bonito Generation (2016), singles like “Fish Bowl” and “Picture This” were played live and remastered with hard rock guitar and bass solos, causing incredible mosh-pit action amongst the crowd. This was a refreshing rendition that gave the audience a creative new interpretation to fond over. It was not just the group regurgitating what the audience probably listened to non-stop and on repeat the previous days and weeks – it was a whole new Kero Kero experience that many would likely pay to see again.

The band, specifically the guitarist, would hold his guitar out to the crowd for them to strum and play wildly after songs like “Only Acting”, which ends in an experimental noise: car crash. This gives each and every venue its own unique little experience where one feels connected to the act rather than just seeing the artists pick up instruments, play music, and leave. Throughout the show, the entire act was smiling, enjoying themselves, having snacks and just being musicians that love doing what they do – performing music!

At the end of the show came the most hardcore event of the night! After a chant for an encore ended, the band re-emerged from backstage to come up and perform “Trampoline” from Bonito Generation, but with growls and yelling. Man, oh man. The crowd went absolutely wild, and even the opening act came out and started moshing along. Another pleasant surprise!

This entire show felt like it was an ode to the fans. The latest album dredged through some deep, dark topics, lyrically and sonically, which were tough for the band, but they came on stage, giving the fans a big hug for getting them a new record deal, a new North American tour, and a warm reception to their new musical direction.

The show was an experience uncaptured by their previous albums. If you are into noise pop and alternative rock, this show would be great for you! You won’t ever see anime cosplayers and shoegazers moshing like that.

CLUBHOUSE Fest | Ticket Giveaway

Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki and Rich the Kid – OH MY! You read the flyer right and the line up is as good as you think it is. On Saturday, October 20th at Laurel Park Racetrack, some of the biggest EDM and Hip-Hop artists will come together for Clubhouse Festival. This lineup is presented by Club Glow, a division of Echostage, so no wonder why it is so incredible.

Here are some FAQs that might answer your burning questions:

What is Clubhouse Fest?

One-day festival, tailgate and horserace! Music, food, horse wagering and fun are all waiting for you.

When and where – I’ve gotta go!

Saturday, Oct. 20th at 198 Laurel Race Track Road, Laurel, MD 20725. Doors open at 12pm and the event ends at 10pm. 

Will the event happen rain or shine?

Absolutely!

You can find more information about the event here!

*UPDATE – Deadmau5 will not be performing at the event. Visit the link above to read more about the changes!

 

Now here’s the real reason why you’re here…

WGMU Radio is giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Clubhouse Fest! On October 15th and 16th, we’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets on each day. On October 17th, we’ll be giving away a final pair of tickets. All you have to do is know the CODEWORD OF THE DAY and get randomly selected to win on our Twitter or Instagram. You’ll have to give the CODEWORD to our social media when prompted – make sure you check back here everyday to get the new CODEWORD.

CODEWORD FOR GIVEAWAY:

Monday, October 15: MickeyMau5

Tuesday, October 16: GLOW

Wednesday, October 17: Finishline

*stay tuned tomorrow by 10:30am for the next CODEWORD*

 

 

 

You must be a George Mason University student to be eligible to win.

Kali Uchis at 9:30 Club

On October 9 and October 10, Columbian-American artist Kali Uchis took the 9:30 Club stage. Originally from Alexandria, VA., Kali had a performance which felt close to home. Her stage presence shined beyond a revolving disco and accompanying live musicians.

After an upbeat set from Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Kali opened the show with “Dead to Me”, one of her many unapologetic tracks off of her debut album Isolation (2018). Her stage presence and her confidence truly took form on stage.

Take her slower songs, like “Loner” – though the song off Por Vida – EP (2015) is regimented in anxious narrative, no one ever went rogue and stopped feeling what Kali felt. Everyone was there with her, singing in unison, swaying in the moment and taking a glimpse into her world. Shortened, stripped down versions of “In My Dreams” and “Miami” followed, and a pure, genuine energy reigned in the crowd.

But it couldn’t have been done without the talented musicians to back her up. The live instrumentals are what set apart Kali’s distinct vocals. Overall, the performance was inviting, complex and was elevated by immersive jazz. Kali curated a bittersweet tango that danced around her most intimate thoughts.

 

Gabriel Garzón-Montano at 9:30 Club

Last night was incredible! Kali Uchis performed at 9:30 Club for a sold out crowd on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Her opener, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, kicked off the show with a spectacular performance of one of his most favored tracks, Golden Wings. The crowd was buzzing with excitement, singing along or mouthing every single word. Garzon-Montano’s attire, or tasteful like-there-of, added to the heat as he changed from an open white shirt and pants to a black latex playsuit with two shoulder straps. What was truly amazing was how supportive the audience was! Women and men were enthralled with his vibe and live performance of Fruitflies, Crawl, 6 8 and more. Although his opening performance was limited to only a half hour, he used the time beautifully. There are still tickets available for their second night, tonight October 10, 2018. Here’s the link!

Monk Tamony Interview

Two-piece New York City rock band, Monk Tamony stopped by WGMU’s studio for an interview with DJ Jonathan Ibarra last Friday before they played their second night at the 9:30 Club in DC with Highly Suspect. Click below to listen to the band talk about playing a sold-out show the night before, their writing process, and everything in between.

You can listen to more Monk Tamony at

Feature Photo by (Monk Tamony/Facebook)

Ethan Parker Interview

Singer/Songwriter Ethan Parker stopped by WGMU’s studio to talk about his latest album, “Sailing to Beverly” with Music Director Christian Hernandez. We were also treated to an electrifying performance of his songs “Deep Blue Sea,” “Roll,” and “Sailing to Beverly.” Click below for the full interview and performance.

You can listen to more of Ethan’s music here

Feature Photo By (Ethan Parker/Facebook).

I Wish I Could Skateboard Interview

Boston, Mass./Tyler, Texas emo band I Wish I Could Skateboard stopped by WGMU’s Studio for an interview and in-studio performance with WGMU Music Director Christian Hernandez. Click below for the full interview and performance of their songs “I Don’t, Do You?” and “Deconstruction.”

You can check out their music at https://iwishicouldskateboard.bandcamp.com.

Feature Photo By (Ron Akins/Facebook).

Art + Music Exhibition | November 9, 2018

WGMU’s planning to host our first ever Arts and Music Festival on November 9th, 2018 from 8pm-11pm. This event will be held in the Hub Ballroom and will host local bands/musicians playing live and Mason artists who wish to show off their artwork. Musicians like Cinema Hearts, Promise Nothing, Quick “O” Clock and Knope will be performing!

Any kind of artwork is welcome – drawings, sculptures, painting, etc.! Because this is our first time hosting an event like this, we’re hoping to have an abundance of artists and musicians alike participate. Artists and musicians will be selling their own exclusive merch and WGMU will be selling mystery music bundles for those looking to get outside their comfort zone. This event will be free for participants and open to the public.

If you’d like more information, please email Sasha Toophanie at stoophan@gmu.edu.

 

Lit&Live with Chaand Soorij

Local artist and producer Talha Mirza (aka Chaand Soorij) talked with WGMU’s Jackie Reed to share details about his upcoming projects and recent performances.


By: Jackie Reed

Local artist and producer Talha Mirza (aka Chaand Soorij) talked with WGMU’s Jackie Reed to share details about his upcoming projects and recent performances.

For more information, go to chaandsoorij.bandcamp.com/.

Feature Photo By (Chaand Soorij/Facebook).