Review: Oh, Hello with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

Originating their characters on The Kroll Show on Comedy Central, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney decided to take their two-man show on the road. Oh, Hello features Nick Kroll as Gil Faizon and John Mulaney as George St. Geeland, two older gentlemen from the Upper West Side of New York City. On Gil and George, the New York Times said,

“They are angry, insular, out of touch, egregious cultural stereotypes who perceive the rest of the world in similarly stereotypical terms.

What’s more, they think they’re really funny, which they’re not. Which is exactly what makes them really, really funny.”

This show is essentially a two-man stand-up theatre show. Which sounds confusing, because it’s a really weird concept. They go along a plot and they have some lines, but a lot of it is improv. And it’s absolutely flawless. The fact that these guys can go two hours speaking in these absurd accents, interacting with the audience, and keeping all of their jokes hilarious is something I was not expecting. One hour, maybe an hour and a half, but two hours without losing the crowd is something I wasn’t ready for.

Background knowledge of their characters on the Kroll show is recommended, but not required. I personally did not know much about their characters on the show, but still found the performance to be incredibly funny. Perhaps I’m biased because John Mulaney is my favorite and Nick Kroll is perfection in The League, but perhaps that also means my expectations were set high. Their witty banter, sarcasm, and ability to stay in character kept me laughing for the entirety of the show.

If you have the chance to see this show, do it. If you don’t have the chance, then sorry but you’re certainly missing out.

Kathy Griffin WGMU Exclusive Comedian Interview

Comedian Kathy Griffin chats with WGMU GM and “Improv4Mason” host Jesse Robinson and 4th Estate Lifestyle editor Savannah Norton. Griffin brings her comedic styling to Fairfax next week for GMU’s Homecoming Week. Tickets are available at Student Involvement or Ticketmaster!

Follow @Improv4Mason and host @JesseRobinson94 on Twitter!

“Improv4Mason” airs Tuesdays nights form 9-10 PM on WGMU Radio!

Reid May Interviews Emily Hearn

Emily HearnEmily Hearn is a singer/songwriter from Athens, GA, and is currently touring in support of her most recent album Hourglass, which was released back in March. Her songs from this album have been featured on the CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ and ABC Family’s ‘Switched At Birth’. Emily phoned in to WGMU to talk to DJ Reid May before her show at Jammin’ Java in Vienna on October 1st.
 
Listen to Emily Hearn’s music https://emilyhearn.bandcamp.com/
Tune in to Reid’s show Cacophonous Revel every Thursday from 2-3pm onhttp://wgmuradio.com

[VIDEO] In-Studio Performance with Cinema Hearts

cinema heartsOn April 9th, we sat in-studio with Fairfax based dream-pop group Cinema Hearts. During their unplugged session, sister and brother Caroline and Erich Weinroth (their drummer James Adelsberger couldn’t make it) performed a couple of songs from their latest EP “I’ll Always Be Around” as well as a sample of some unreleased material. Drawing influences from La Sera, La Luz, and other female centered indie rock groups, Cinema Hearts evoke unadorned melodies laced with nostalgic lyricism fit for past summer nights. Feel free to support them on Bandcamp and Facebook to purchase music and keep up with their current performances.

Concert: Parkay Quarts

By Rhett Guenthner

Parkay Quarts took the stage at a sold-out DC9 on November 6 as “more of a Parquet Courts cover band,” frontman Andrew Savage described while the smell of fresh bread wafted through the air for some reason.

The difference between Parquet Courts and Parkay Quarts is essentially the lineup. Savage and guitarist Austin Brown are in both groups while the bassist and drummer positions get switched out for Parkay Quarts. The second Parkay Quarts release came out the week following the show, the darker, experimental LP Content Nausea. Featuring covers of The 13th Floor Elevators and Nancy Sinatra, the record is Savage and Brown’s second of the year, following spring’s Sunbathing Animal under the Parquet Courts name. It also shows them continuing further in the direction Animal started. Feedback is used more, as well as periods of repeated rhythms and wild, electronic distortion. Savage also leans even more towards his nearly monotone, Lou Reed-like vocals.

Despite having a whole new record’s worth of material to pull from, they chose to mostly play Sunbathing Animal and Light Up Gold tracks, keeping it light. They launched into a set full of fast, loud songs that had some on the verge of moshing through “Black and White,” “Vienna II,” and “Master of My Craft.” Despite having some gear problems that caused Savage to play a Squier and an ornately designed Telecaster he borrowed from local opener People’s Drug, the whole band was perfect at hitting all the abrupt stops in tracks like “Vienna II” and “Borrowed Time” that last just quite long enough for people to start cheering, only to be cut off by the band continuing.

Instead of saying the usual, “We love you, (insert city name here),” Savage told the crowd that Richmond and Baltimore had been saying some awful things about D.C., but he then reassured the crowd, “you’re not so bad.”

The band did get around to some slower stuff throughout the set. They covered 13th Floor Elevators’ “Slide Machine” and played “Dear Ramona,” which Brown chose to dedicate to “Obama for getting re-elected on Tuesday.” Near the end, they played “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth,” the closing track to Content Nausea, which shows the band in a whole new light. The six-and-a-half-minute track sprawls with a dark, strumming guitar as Savage calmly tells a cryptic story that sounds like a composed retelling of a tense, moody western. Likely as a result of gear problems, Brown was without a slide, so he used an extra pedal for his lead guitar parts. He soon finished his beer and rubbed a sticker off so he could have something a bit less unwieldy for his meticulous plucking. The song builds into a clash of Savage’s vocals and the rest of the band as he repeatedly screams, “It was the uncast shadow/ Of a southern myth.”

Following “Southern Myth,” they chugged out the even-longer “Instant Disassembly” before finishing the show with “Light Up Gold” and “Sunbathing Animal.” No encore. Some people started to cheer to try and get them back quickly, but soon most of the crowd just stood there in the dark waiting to see if the band would come back, but content enough with the set filled with many of their best songs, that it would be perfectly fine to end the show.

Listen: LUDACRIS Interview on WGMU Radio with Jesse Robinson & JB

Listen to WGMU Radio’s interview with well known rapper and actor Ludacris today before his performance at the Patriot Center on Mason Day! The musician was interviewed by DJ’s Jesse Robinson (The Sports Hour, Improv for Mason) and DJ John Barnes (All the Wrong Notes) about his current music career, his upcoming projects and his film work with Fast and Furious 7!

For tickets to Ludacris’ concert this evening at the Patriot Center, visit the Patriot Center Box Office, or visit their Monumental Network website for more information! 

Ludacris to interview On-Air with Jesse Robinson 4/25 at Noon

Renowned rap artist and actor Ludacris will call in to the WGMU Radio studios LIVE tomorrow 4/25 at Noon! Be sure to tune in at www.wgmuradio.com or www.radioflag.com ! (as well as Mason cable Ch.16 on Fairfax Campus, the TuneIn mobile app, iTunes Radio)

Ludacris will be talking about his concert at Mason happening later on in the evening, as well as his latest musical endeavors and the new Fast and Furious flick!

Be sure to get your tickets to Ludacris’ concert on Friday night at the Patriot Center, just after Mason Day festivities.

The musical guest will be interviewed by WGMU Program Director and DJ Jesse Robinson.

Concert: Graham Colton w/ Cumulus

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by Jon Howard

 

I honestly didn’t know what to expect heading into Jammin Java to see Graham Colton play for his local fans.  Between my lack of knowledge about the musician and my unfamiliarity with the venue itself (I apologize for my ignorance of the world around me), I walked into Jammin Java completely blind. I’m glad to tell you that my eyes were certainly opened wide before the night ended.

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Concert: Frightened Rabbit

By Ben Simpson

They may not have the mainstream audience locked down yet, but judging from the rabid sold-out crowd at DC’s 9:30 Club, Frightened Rabbit will never have to worry about filling up a venue for the rest of their careers. Smack dab in the middle of their tour supporting their latest effort, their 4th studio album Pedestrian Verse (released on February 5th on Atlantic Records), the five-piece Scottish-folk-infused group conquered the crowd with high energy ballads and the same unique sound that has followed them throughout their 10-year run.

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Concert: Tyler, the Creator

by Alex Green

There can only be so much pent up anticipation for a concert as dedicated and livid as the Odd Future fan base, and last night proved to be a special event; as fans lined up for hours outside the corridors of U Street Music Hall. Many donned in the collectives’ traditional garb (from a crude caricature of fellow OF rapper Earl, to various demonic cat hoodies) while my roommate and I, dressed in matching sweaters and chino pants, hoped to get heckled by the notably neurotic LA rapper.

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