Lit&Local: Sweater Beats, Getting Cozy & Ready “For The Cold”

14046145_1159632220777778_4720892689247195437_nMaryland native Antonio Cuna, better known by his DJ name Sweater Beats, debuts his For The Cold tour this holiday season, stopping by U Street Music Hall in D.C., November 23rd. His singles and mixes are a bundle of sharp production, textured sound bites, and modal elements of EDM rooted with R&B and pop undertones. He has opened for EDM superstars Flume and Chet Faker (now Nick Murphy), along with rap gods like Chance the Rapper. His experience working with big name artists, along with years of work in production and remixed tunes, will make for a noteworthy performance next week. It is a show you do not want to miss.

 

Below is a conversation Local Music Director Jackie Reed had with Antonio Cuna, talking about his upcoming show at U Street:

 

Sweater Beats’ Did You Wrong (feat. MAX)

Sweater Beats is performing at U Street Music Hall, Wednesday, November 23rd. Tickets are $20, Doors open at 10:30pm.

DJ Bearson and Different Sheep will be opening the show.

Link to show tickets: http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/1349547-sweater-beats-washington/

Facebook/SoundCloud: https://www.facebook.com/sweaterbeats/ / https://soundcloud.com/sweaters

Twitter/Instagram: @sweaterbeats / @sweater_beats

Website: http://www.sweaterbeats.com/

The Plugs w/ Tiera Dobbins, NFL writer for ‘NFLfemale.com’

img_0246Dobbins currently writes out of Cincinnati, Ohio. We first asked Dobbins how it felt to be a Steelers fan living in the same town as their rivals. We then asked Dobbins about NFLfemale.com and her opinion of being a female sports writer in a ‘so called’ male dominant industry. We dove into the Steelers surprising 4-4 record up until this point, and their 14-21 loss vs. their rival Baltimore Ravens from MT&T Bank last Sunday. We asked Dobbins what her most intriguing story-line was this NFL season so far, and what she looks forward to most in the second half of the season. You can read all of Dobbin’s articles on the NFL and Steelers on NFLfemale.com. You can also follow Dobbins on TWITTER @_Dobbins_ & INSTAGRAM @_dobbins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plugs w/ Grant Paulsen, co-host of “Grant & Danny”

img_0242We caught up with Grant to talk about the Washington Redskins’ 4-3-1 record heading into next week’s game vs. the once 5-0 Minnesota Vikings, who are currently losers of 3 straight. We asked Grant how the Trent Williams suspension, Matt Jones injury, and Josh Norman referee criticisms will impact the Redskins moving forward. We then talked about HC Jay Gruden’s job security if he fails to make the playoffs. We lastly touched on the Washington Wizards, who have started out the season with a woeful 1-5 record. We asked Grant if Scott Brooks was the right hire and if the core of John Wall and Bradley Beal was good enough to be a contender for years to come in the NBA. You can listen to Grant weekdays from 10am-2pm ET on 106.7 The Fan.

 

 

 

Lit&Local: The Strokes’ Valensi, Sheds “New Skin” With CRX Tour

14909901_1667412903570447_7619501183182998757_nNick Valensi, NY-native and Frontman of CRX joins WGMU staffers Jackie Reed and Mikey Bamarni in an exclusive phone interview to talk about his fall tour. Known as the guitarist for headlining band The Strokes, having him a part of WGMU is something that Reed and Bamarni assumed to not just let go, or “Give [It] Up”, if you will. The album, New Skin (2016), is a cutting-edge presentation, with an abundance of deep basslines and pop undertones, and a diverse expression of creativity reminiscent of discographies’ the band members have built up over the years. Literally an “On Edge” collection of pop hits and colorful mixes, the new album is an experience Valensi will surely enjoy, something that will keep him musically active during his time off with The Strokes.

Below is an interview with Nick Valensi, facilitated by Local Music Director Jackie Reed and Assistant to the Program Director Mikey Bamarni:

 

CRX’s “Ways To Fake It”

CRX is performing at U Street Music Hall, Wednesday, November 16th. Tickets are $15, Doors open at 7pm.

The Streets of Laredo and The Gloomies will be opening the show.

Link to show: http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/1338683-crx-washington/

Social Media Sites:

Facebook/YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/CRXmusic/?fref=ts / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSvaQrqHSVrHuHy6mGmLPQ

Twitter/Instagram: @crxmusic / @crxmusic

Snapchat: @crxmusic

Website: http://www.crxmusic.com/

Lit&Local: Live with Aztec Sun, Bringing Funk and Fire to New EP

14955939_1247238402001202_4944903430312449899_nDC-based funk band Aztec Sun joined Local Music Director Jackie Reed, Friday, November 4th, on WGMU Radio to talk about their EP, “Set You Free”, coming out this December. The 8-piece ensemble is a coming together of multiple musical disciplines, a creative space for them to express their sound as everyday virtuosos. Their tracks go beyond the funk scene in DC; they mix soul, jazz, Motown, blues, and much more. Their harmonious lyricism combined with electric guitar lines and popped-out piano chords makes for a great listening experience. Aztec Sun is a musically adaptive collective of artists melodically embracing their talents through personable concert sessions and community events along the U Street district. Their upcoming EP will have an exciting selection of songs dedicated to the members’ various skills and talents, a physical expression of their interwoven experiences as refining artists and individuals. Prepare for a change in innovative style, something way beyond their storyline classics “Confuse Me” and “My Way Home”, a “Revolution” in musical form and level, if you will.

Below includes the clips of the live on-air interview with Aztec Sun, in addition to stripped down performances of their songs:

Pt. 1 of Interview:

Pt. 2 of Interview:

Intro & Confuse Me:

Revolution:

My Way Home & Conclusion:

 

See Aztec Sun live at the following dates and times:

Thursday, November 10th, at Boundary Stone DC, starting at 6 pm. FREE – https://www.facebook.com/events/990819387693241/

Friday, November 11th, at Blue Side Tavern in Frederick, MD, starting at 9:30pm. With SoulXChange. Tickets are $5 – http://thebluesidetavern.com/event/soul-xchange-tbst/

Friday, November 18th, at The Camel in Richmond, VA, doors open at 8pm. With Dance Candy. Tickets are $10 – http://www.thecamel.org/event/1378636-kings-cookout-dance-candy-richmond/

AZTEC SUN EP Release Party – Saturday, December 10th, at Songbyrd Music House & Record Café in DC, starting at 9pm. – https://www.facebook.com/events/586446421547903/

Social Media Sites:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aztecsunband/

Bandcamp: https://aztecsunband.bandcamp.com/

Facebook/YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/aztecsunband/ / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC6KZ5ND7_hGgECRYZnJlsg

Twitter/Instagram: @AZTECSUNBAND / @aztecsunband

Website: http://aztecsunband.com/

 

Kyle Weidie Interview

kyle-weidieKyle covers the Wizards for truthaboutit.net, a Wizards blog brought to you by TrueHoop Network (an ESPN affiliate). He joins WGMU’s Sports Director Cory Morgan to discuss expectations for the Wizards after their 0-3 start, their late game struggles, and what Scott Brooks does differently than Randy Wittman as head coach. Kyle is a great follow for Wizards insight @Truth_About_It.

 

 

Photo Courtesy: truthaboutit.net

 

 

The Plugs w/ Chris Camello of “The Rebel Media Group”

camello-picWe caught up with with Chris to talk about the LA Lakers and Clippers start to the 2016-2017 NBA Season. The Lakers, although with a record of 1-2, have looked surprisingly exciting with a mixture of youth in the first season of the Post-Kobe era. We touched on the Lakers mixture of young talent, including D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson. We also asked Chris if this was ‘the last hurrah’ for the Chris Paul-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan nucleus for the Clippers. We lastly touched on the 2016 World Series. In ‘the series of droughts’ between the Cubs and Indians, one team will end it’s world series curse. Game 6 is tonight at 8:08pm ET in Cleveland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lit&Local: VA Rapper Wolfe, “Hip-Hop Head” & Future Headliner

10632690_1137001766333163_6528575076441966409_nFrom Chesapeake, Virginia, Kevin Wolfe is a Virginia Wesleyan graduate pursuing his passion as a rapper and a “hip-hop head”. Having opened for artists like Juicy J, Wu Tang, and Trey Songz, his experience as a rapper and entrepreneur has grown extensively. His lyricism is built upon his gained knowledge as a political science junkie and everyday transcendentalist. His latest album, Wonderland LP (2016), is a mélange of Top 40 beats meeting low-key, philosophical lyricism that roots back to the beginning of meaningful rap. His LP is one of the many pieces of work created by Wolfe, and is a small part of his developing music collection rich in nature and experimental in demeanor. A representation of his aptitude, a reflection of his written life story, Wolfe’s work connects the divide between modern music and classic, expressive poetry that live to tell his tale.

Listen to the below audio clips to hear about Wolfe’s work, facilitated by Local Music Director Jackie Reed:

Live On-Air Interview:

Freestyle #1:

Freestyle #2 & Conclusion:

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/wolfe-2

Bandcamp: http://kevinwolfe.bandcamp.com/

Facebook/YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/truewolfemusic/?fref=ts / https://www.youtube.com/c/wolfeva757

Twitter/Instagram: @WolfeVA757 / @WolfeVA757

Website: http://truewolfemusic.com/bio

The Plugs w/ Palmer Alexander III, Dir. of N The Zone Network

img_0193Palmer Alexander III (@thelegendkil) was formally a sports writer for the St. Louis American, which in 2012 became the single largest weekly newspaper in the entire state of Missouri. Currently, Palmer devotes his time as the Executive Director of the ‘N The Zone Network’ (Twitter: @NTheZoneShow @NTZNetwork), which is among the best sports pod-casting networks in the country. We caught up with Palmer to update us about N The Zone. We also asked Palmer how he feels about a similarly suffering sports fans base to St. Louis, in Cleveland, Ohio, which seems to have turned its fortunes around with the Cavaliers winning their first championship last year, and the Indians being in the 2016 World Series.

 

 

 

 

 

The Plugs Interview w/ Al Galdi, ESPN980

img_0171Al Galdi (Twitter: @AlGaldi) is the radio host of “The Morning Blitz” which airs weekday mornings from 5am-7am ET on ESPN 980. We caught up with Al to talk about the Redskins winning their 4th straight game after starting the season 0-2. We recapped the Redskins 27-20 victory over the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. We talked about the Redskins offense, if RB Matt Jones can continue his pace, how crucial the Jordan Reed injury is, and the if the Redskins are legitimate playoff contenders. Al Galdi made a BOLD STATEMENT at the end of our interview. Listen in to check it out! You will not be disappointed!