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 Exhibition 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.

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. 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).


 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at 9:30 Club

Photo By (Jesse Benitez/WGMU).

Photo By (Jesse Benitez/WGMU).

Right off the bat, I could sense that this wasn’t going to be just like any ordinary show.


By: Jesse Benitez

Following the release of their fourth studio album, Sex & Food (2018), New Zealand-American psychedelic rock band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO for short), embarked on a full-length international tour with London-based, electro-dance artist, Makeness. On Friday, April 27th, the musicians stopped in the nation’s capital to play an electrifying show at the iconic 9:30 Club. Right off the bat, I could sense that this wasn’t going to be just like any ordinary show. My anticipation for their performance stemmed from my previous experience back in 2016 during their Multi-Love (2015) tour, and let me just tell you, these guys don’t fool around when it comes to stage presence. Every euphonic melody makes an impressive statement on its own, but along with the band’s magnetizing energy, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is indisputably remarkable.

A feature that’s worth noting about UMO’s takeover of the club Friday night was how they managed to visually encompass the whole aesthetic of their latest album. The venue’s stage was constructed to have a personality of its own, complete with white faux fur rugs, a mod plastic swivel chair for frontman Ruban Nielson, and a minimalistic, achromatic turntable sitting atop a sleek, coffee table. Beneath a couple of bookshelf speakers sat one of their long-play, instrumental SB-01/SB-02 vinyl records, ready for a spin on the groovy player. The stage itself embraced all the good things of my low-key fascination with modern/retro-inspired living space fusions, and my slightly pretentious dream of hanging in a contemporary abode listening to strictly analog recordings-

Good thing the song that started it all, “Ffunny Ffriends,” off their first and self-titled album, Unknown Mortal Orchestra (2011), snapped me right out of my grandiose daydreams and back into the nostalgia of UMO’s humbly memorable beginnings. The band continued with some fan favorites, featuring delicate tunes like “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark),” from their second studio album, II (2013), and “Necessary Evil,” the eighth track from their critically acclaimed, third studio album, Multi-Love. I have to give credit to the amped crowd as well, for just flat out being incredible and going wild for Ruban when he produced shrilling riffs along the neck of his guitar. The electric lo-fi solos were notable in “From the Sun,” and “So Good at Being in Trouble,” both of which are featured in II (2013). From there on, the band continued with blasting energy, powering through “Nerve Damage!” off their self-titled album, and into a personal favorite of mine, “American Guilt,” the sixth track off Sex & Food (2018) that was released as a single prior to the official album release. The illumination on stage went from kaleidoscopic to fiery, misty reds, thematically appropriate for “American Guilt” and reminiscent of the cover art on the single itself.

I still cannot believe how engaging UMO was with the audience. Drummer Kody Nielson revved up the fans during their performance of “Not in Love We’re Just High,” the eleventh track from Sex & Food (2018), while frontman Ruban Nielson sang the song from within the crowd- all while perched on a fan’s shoulders! The sense of community and love in the crowd manifested itself even more so in tender tunes of the night such as, “Chronos Feasts on His Children,” and “If You’re Going to Break Yourself,” the final track from their latest album. The show could not have been complete without an opalescent version of “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone,” a hypnotically dance-inducing jam off Multi-Love (2015). I looked around hoping nobody was actually checking their phone because not only would that be painfully ironic, but Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the one band you wouldn’t want to miss a second of.

 

Album Review: The Voidz’ Virtue (2018)

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Julian Casablancas, the man who wrote arguably the best album of the 2000’s, now might have a two-decade streak.

Top Tracks: Leave it in My Dreams, QYURRYUS, ALieNNatioN, Lazy Boy…… All the songs.

Rating: 9.8/10


By: Mikey Bamarni

If you’ve ever looked up anything on Google about The Strokes you know how much Julian Casablancas is and especially was their leading creative force. Their first two albums, the ones that have achieved the most critical and commercial success, are basically 100 percent credited to Casablancas. The music, the melody, the lyrics, are all his. Except for one co-writing credit with Albert Hammond Jr on “Automatic Stop”. Album three saw Julian allowing a little more bandmate input, but due to its drastically darker sound (thanks at least partially to changing their producer), did not sell as well or receive the same response from critics or fans at the time.

Now what ends up being of The Strokes afterwards can be argued on both sides. The other members were getting better and better as artists, and with that came the desire to be more involved in the music making process, but on the other side Julian was also improving and wanted to have the band stick to the same writing routine that brought the first two albums such acclaim. This led to a minor break and some solo albums from the NYC five-piece. Two more solid Strokes records followed that were now made as a “band” (All five member have songwriting credits here or there), but Julian never got his chance to be the artistic strong force he once was.

No promotion was done for that last record and within a year Jules decided to release his second non-Strokes album credited to Julian Casablancas+The Voidz. At this point they still weren’t together, just seeing each other. It was an album that was super ambitious, but also not very accessible. It was a crazy record full of loud sounds and beautiful melodies so buried in the mix that dissecting lyrics was nearly impossible. Then after a Strokes EP which many critics and fans thought was a step in the right direction, the Voidz returned this year for album number two. Now it can be said…… Julian Casablancas is a genius.

This album is not perfect or linear, but that’s its greatest appeal. In interviews prior to the release, Julian stated that this album was meant to be more accessible than the last JC+Voidz outing. He also made it clear that there would be a song on it for everyone. This is true. The record basically sounds like 15 different bands all with the same lead singer and consistent lyrical content, almost solely centered on the issues facing 2018 America.

It starts off with “Leave It in My Dreams”, the most Strokes sounding on here, but with enough strange guitar work and textures to make it unique. “QYURRUS”, arguably the best song on the record, is crazy. Self-described as Arabic-Prizon Jazz with a cult-like chant at the end, it will lead to an overwhelming first listen, but go back for more listens and you will see all of the appeal. To think that this man also wrote Last Nite is mind blowing.

Then you’re again put in the ring with “Pyramid of Bones”. This track is heavy, loud, yells, and bites. Almost coming across like a Black Sabbath/System of a Down track. Then comes “Permanent High School”, a song that wouldn’t be too out of place on the last Strokes record Comedown Machine.

Two tracks that I can’t fully give a perfect score to are “One of the Ones” and “Black Hole”. The later one only because it is meant to sound super loud and raw, not something that appeals to me. When you try to appeal to everyone you’re bound to not get a perfect score, and that’s expected but also should be commended.

I could do a track-by-track here, but that would take forever. This album is required listening, it is a tour-de-force that only gets better with repeated listens. The only sad thing about this album is that it ends. This is not it for Julian. He is still breaking ground and pushing the limits of what an artist can do almost 20 years after introducing a new style of music that has brought artists like Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, and Kings of Leon to the mainstream. Never question his qyurryus mind.