COIN’s HWYKIYNT Is Past The Sophomore Album Slump

COIN wows in recent album. HWYKIYNT (2017). Photo By (COIN/Facebook).

COIN wows in recent album, HWYKIYNT (2017). Photo By (COIN/Facebook).

COIN is leading a front in the independent pop artist game. Their newest album, How Will You Know If You Never Try (2017) also known as HWYKIYNT, came out this past Friday, April 21. With leading singles “Talk Too Much” and more recently “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, they leave indie pop fans vacating all music elsewhere and directing themselves to the album. Their second album is a familiar pop series that embodies a mixed bag of emotions, all with a stagnant and cheerful disposition.

Two years after the release of COIN (2015), featuring some prominent go-to pop singles like “Run” and “Atlas”, the new album shows the very development and confidence of the band. The Nashville band takes their dreamy vocals, pumping drums, and wildly smooth guitar riffs up a notch. Their lyrical growth and outreach of emotions makes the listening experience a familiar yet enjoyable one.

COIN’s album starts with an empty and slow introduction “when I talk about the future.” They quickly adjust their momentum and bring back their usual windy drums and pushy beat. Chase Lawrence, the lead vocalist, assures his Nashville heritage by mixing his vocal twang with jumpy indie pop instrumentals. It is rather reminiscent of indie artists who share optimism in their tracks, like Magic Man, LANY, The 1975, Grouplove, and Smallpools.

Following songs have a similar format, each containing relatable story, undeniable cheer, and riffs true to the band. “Talk Too Much” is the third song off the album, and it is the talk of the town; this anthem emulates the insecurities of many individuals in a cute and honest approach. Their fourth song “I Don’t Wanna Dance” also has a similar message, validating the goodness of the song through irony, in a way.

COIN’s album holds a theme: challenging the realities of teenage/young adult love and relationships. With relationships comes insecurities, blunt conversation, and of course, courtship. Their lyrics prove this. In their sixth song “Are We Alone?”, parts of the script add to the very emotion that comes with young love. “Pulling teeth just to ask how your day was” is one notion which many may relate to.

A part of young love, however, comes along innocence and a fresh start. COIN ends their album slow, like the beginning. The last songs “Miranda Beach” and “Malibu 1992” simply add to the narrative, ending in such a way that is filled with nostalgia.

Overall, COIN’s HWYKIYNT (2017) is the ultimate go-to summer album to add to any indie pop playlist. Though there is little variety between songs, they still contain positive messages that are relatable on so many levels.

Rating 7/10, would recommend.

Check out COIN’s full album HWYKIYNT (2017) on Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes.

Frank Iero Interview (April 2017)

Frank-IeroMusician Frank Iero (Frank Iero and the Patience, My Chemical Romance) called in to WGMU Radio to catch up with DJ Matt Dotson, since their last interview in March 2015 (found here). Frank and Matt talked about Record Store Day, humor on social media, Rob Trujillo’s son in Korn, and a very special story about Matt’s grandma (it involves the picture on the left). WGMU thanks Frank for coming on the station, he’s our absolute favorite interview!

Listen to the interview HERE:

 

You can catch Frank Iero and the Patience on their US tour now. Buy tickets here.

You can buy Stomachaches and Parachutes here.

 

P.S. – Frank can say all the bad words he wants. We love him.

The Capitals Even the Series in A Pulse-Pounding Thriller

Nick Colletti

WGMU, Sports Blogger

Thursday April 20, 2017

tom wilsonThe heavily favored Washington Capitals have faced an opponent in the Toronto Maple Leafs that many predicted would be eliminated with ease by a D.C hockey club that has played some of its best hockey in franchise history. Three games into this series, the Maple Leafs have surprised hockey fans and audiences everywhere. Their ability to challenge the Presidents Trophy-winning Capitals with nifty goaltending from Frederic Andersen and a potent offense led by Toronto’s premium young talent has abruptly disturbed Caps fans everywhere.

Heading into a pivotal Game 4 in the rambunctious Air Canada Center full of passionate hockey-mad Ontario citizens, the Capitals needed to be at their best to quiet the chaos. Two quick goals from the sticks of TJ Oshie off a rebound and a laser slap shot from the hashmarks by Alex Ovechkin steered momentum in favor of the visitors, at least for a little bit. The puck luck for the Maple Leafs would continue to frustrate Washington as Zach Hyman deflected a pass from the point past Braden Holtby and resurrected the Toronto faithful. At this moment, Caps fans felt a familiar “here we go again” feeling and braced for another blown lead that has eviscerated significant games in recent past. But it would be two quick goals from an unexpected hero in Tom Wilson that allowed Caps fans to exhale heading into the first intermission.

Toronto would score first in the second stanza off yet another lucky bounce to cut Washington’s lead into two, courteous of James van Riemsdyk. The rest of the period would remain scoreless but at the end the Capitals started to play with fire. After a slashing penalty from Brooks Orpik, the Capitals faced a difficult 5-on-3 penalty kill heading into the third period.

The Capitals would be successful in killing the penalty and gave them much needed momentum any road team strives to obtain. That momentum would be strained after Auston Matthews buried the puck into the net off yet another lucky bounce. Less than a minute later however TJ Oshie would find himself a narrow lane of ice heading right toward Andersonn and made no mistake in striking the back of the net with a gorgeously executed five-hole goal. The crucial insurance goal would make the contest 5-3 in favor of Washington and it would be up to the defense and Braden Holtby to stand tall and close this game out. The Capitals resilience would be tested again when Tyler Bozak notched a late goal with 27 seconds left in the final period, but it wouldn’t be enough as Washington fought and tied the series heading back to D.C.

Many have been surprised so far on how competitive and difficult the Maple Leafs have been to the heavily favored Capitals. As Game 5 approaches, fans should expect this to be a long series and extend to seven games. In recent years most Game 7s on home ice have not treated the Capitals favorably. Even though this is a different team since those last season-ending disappointments, you really can’t blame any Caps fans for worrying if history will repeat itself.

Crystal Fighters @ Black Cat 04/14

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Sasha Toophanie, Music Director

On April 7th, 2017, Washington D.C.’s Black Cat was humming with anticipation for Crystal Fighters! The electronic/folk band hails from London and their third studio album, “Everything is My Family” released October 21st, 2016. Crystal Fighters have gained a loyal following since their first album release in 2010, and much of their DMV fan base supported the UK band.

Machineheart opened the show with a phenomenal set, including tracks like, “Stonecold”, “Best Thing”, and “Speak”. Electric energy poured from the artists into the crowed and the pit could not get enough of Machineheart! They used the smaller stage to make the set more intimate between themselves and the audience. Despite one minor technical difficulty, Machineheart created an incredible atmosphere for Crystal Fighters.

After intermission, six men and women dressed in Native American garb began chanting as they took the stage. Sebastian, the lead male vocalist, waved a bundle of leaves at the crowd and began their set with, “Follow”. The interesting approach to their set stirred an outburst of adrenaline among the audience, and a surge towards the stage encouraged Crystal Fighters of their support. That opener was followed by 15 additional songs like, “LA Calling”, “I Love London” and “Everything is My Family”, and an encore. The unmistakable energy the audience produced for Crystal Fighters will be one for the books!

Lit&Local: Electric Heart

Electric Heart

Based in Sterling, VA, Electric Heart pulls at the strings of music lovers everywhere. The duo consists of Padi Goudarzi and Sean Ghosh, two childhood friends who mix soul, folk, alternative, and indie into their own distinct genre. They reach out to the D.C. and Virginia area by playing at open mic nights and local gigs. Almost a capella, Ghosh adds to the soulful vocals by switching it up with some raspy guitar, wispy and acoustic at its finest. Much of their music is rooted in optimism, very much alike the works of local artists Cinema Hearts and Nemes. Sometimes a guitar and a voice or two is all you need, and they show listeners the endless possibilities of music, simplified and amplified. Electric Heart duets with passionate melodies, wagging instrumentals, and a la-dee-da energy that goes beyond the typical Kumbaya vibes.

Interview with DJ Jackie Reed

Surrender – unreleased track

“Wanderer” – from their Be Alive EP (2017)

 

For a full setlist of their Be Alive EP (2017), check it out on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0REQkGerEKHhaDQl30ObBo

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/electric-heart/id1122232737

Bandcamp: https://electricheart.bandcamp.com/releases

Check out Electric Heart’s Facebook for news and updates.

Electric Heart will also be playing at Epicure Café, Friday, April 28. Free copies of their Be Alive EP (2017) and merch will be handed out. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/235404703595716/.

Warped Tour 2017

Rachel Handschuh

WGMU Blogger

warped tourWarped Tour 2017 is about to be upon us, and the internet is raging about it. Warped tour is the longest running touring music festival in North America, beginning in 1995. It is also the largest touring festival in the United States, with this year having forty-one stops, not including the Rewind at Sea event. For this year’s tour, huge companies including Journeys, Monster Energy, and Music Save Lives are sponsors. Major bands such as Neck Deep, Counterparts, and Bowling for Soup are in the recently announced lineup as well as eighty-seven other bands playing. The lineup was announced via webcast on March 22nd, 2017, and ever since then, ticket prices are going up as well as the tickets being sold out themselves. Ticket prices range greatly depending on the venue, which is a concern if you live in an expensive ticket state such as California and you want to see your favorite bands. This shows that fans of the festival largely approve of this year’s lineup, which is a change from last year’s slightly negative reviews. If you want to check out the full lineup, tour dates, and links to the venues with ticket pricing, go to the Warped Tour website: http://vanswarpedtour.com/

The Capitals Defeat the Jackets at Home in a Thrilling OT Victory

Nick Colletti

WGMU, Sports Blogger

Friday March 24, 2017

caps-bjsIn what was the most significant game of this long season, the Washington Capitals win an OT thriller against Columbus to remain as the top seed of the Eastern Conference. A nail-biting contest between two heavyweights in their fierce division was a low-scoring feud and perhaps a first round playoff preview. A chess match ensued when both teams fought for every inch of ice and zone time and whoever blinked first would give up that crucial first goal.

It would be the Caps that blinked first, surrendering the first tally off a Seth Jones snapshot from the point that rose above a sprawling Braden Holtby and quieted the Red House faithful, but not for long. Dmitry Orlov would answer with a slap shot of his own from the blue line and made Verizon Center loud again, tying the game at one and forcing overtime.

3-on-3 play commenced for five minutes with both teams getting high-grade scoring chances. But within the frenzy of OT play, neither Vezina trophy candidate in Braden Holtby or Sergei Bobrovsky gave up a goal. It would have to take a shootout to determine the victor. T.J Oshie, who tormented Bobrovsky in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, outwitted the phenomenal goaltender with a five-hole dart that almost pierced the through the back of the net. It was a rather simple shootout play with very little stick work but the shot was executed brilliantly, proof that if you give Oshie just an inch of the five-hole, he will bury it.

The Blue Jackets would fail to score in any of the three rounds of the shootout and a vital two points was earned by the Caps. The Capitals now have a 3 point lead ahead of Columbus and a 2 point lead ahead of Pittsburgh. As the Stanley Cup Playoffs loom closer and closer, home ice advantage will be coveted and fought for until the very end of the season. Each team treats having a Game 7 on home ice as a significant commodity and worth fighting tooth-and-nail to obtain. The Capitals are no different. If the Capitals clinch home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a Game 7 in their barn may make their quest for the Cup a little easier and the immense pressure placed on them a little lighter.

How is Manchester United Going to Play Without Zlatan?

Justin Cheng

WGMU Blogger

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With Zlatan Ibrahimović picking up a three-game ban, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are desperate to figure out a plan to play without him. For the next three games, they are playing the league leader Chelsea in the FA cup, the Middlesbrough and Wes Bromwich. Zlatan even scored an away goal playing against Rostov in the Europa league Thursday.

The ideal way is to pick Rashford up front and simply replace Zlatan’s place with another forward, with Rashford, Martial and Mkhitaryan, they are providing a quick attack team performance to the team. However, the problem to this plan is that not only Jose Mourinho prefers to pick out experienced player, Rashford is nothing like the tall, strong Swede. Even though Rashford is quick enough, Zlatan has the perfect ball controlling skills that the young English just cannot come near to. More importantly this is something that Manchester must figure out.

Rumor has it that Zlatan will not extend his contract with Manchester United. Zlatan is already doing a fantastic job for his age. He is still one of the top scorers around the world, but he is not getting any younger. It is now time for Manchester United to search for a padawan to take his place in the possible future.

The Greater The Risk, The Greater The Reward in LDRs

Michael Cohen

WGMU Blogger

LDRsRelationships are interesting, to say the least.  However, being in a long-distance relationship is even more interesting.  I admit that it sucks being in a different state than the person I love.  However, being involved with somebody you truly love, rather than settling for somebody who lives close to you can be suitable to make the miles only a number.

Some key things to help a LDR include: Communication, Technology is Good and Bad, Patience, Being Alone is OK, Creativity and Living in the Moment.

Communication is key, because it is all you have in LDR’s.  Tone is especially hard to convey when communicating via text, email or instant messaging.  Therefore, the best way to convey tone is by video chatting so that way you can see the other person’s reactions to the things you say.

Technology is good and bad.  Both parties may think you have fantastic Internet connection until it crashes while video chatting or on a Skype date.  Along those same lines, when your partner types those three effing dots you should conclude that you most likely did something wrong/stupid.

Patience is also key.  Most of the times in LDR’s you may feel like you are constantly waiting to talk to your partner.  Therefore, LDR’s can be like medical appointments.

Living in the moment is also key.  Of course, the big payoff in an LDR is finally getting to see your partner in person.  Week’s turns into months, which turn into years of not seeing your partner however, it will all lead to the special and perfect time of an in-person joyful embrace.  Therefore, make the most out of every second, minute, and opportunity you can with your partner whether it when you are apart or together.

For WGMU Radio, this is DJ Mikey Mike signing off.

Is 2017 the Year of the Gorillaz?

Rachel Handschuh

WGMU Blogger

Damon Albarn - der britische Musiker und Saenger sowie musikalische Kopf der Bands Blur, Gorillaz und dem Projekt The Good, the Bad & the Queen bei einem Konzert am 01.07.2014 in Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit 36 KEINE PERSOENLICHKEITSRECHTE VORHANDEN, NUR FUER REDAKTIONELLE VERWENDUNG, KEINE WERBUNG. KEINE WEITERGABE AN DRITTE

Many people in recent years have been wondering for the past few years about the Gorillaz’s musical comeback, and 2017 may be giving them an answer. In 2016, the group began to release on Twitter a series of videos and artwork which came to be known as the Book of Noodle, named the animated band member Noodle.

Since then The Gorillaz dropped their first song in six years on January 19 titled “Hallelujah Money,” as of writing this piece has the video has 5,353,209 views, which teased at a new album coming once again. The song made the Internet overflow with the guesses that it will be 2017 the band will finally have the long-awaited album. Yet, a much newer event has made the Internet freak out.

This month the band announced that in partnership with Red Bull a one day festival will be held Saturday, June 10 in Margate, England. Now has it already been completely sold old, but the rumors of the event being the greatly craved album release are rapid on the Internet. I personally believe this concert holds a significant point in the Gorillaz history and could hopefully bring us a new album. Hopefully 2017 hopefully can be the Year of the Gorillaz.