Lit&Local with Ghoul Kids

Bay-area based thrash punk duo Ghoul Kids talked with WGMU’s Christian Hernandez to share details about their most recent album, Dead Beat (2018).


By: Christian Hernandez

Bay-area based thrash punk duo Ghoul Kids talked with WGMU’s Christian Hernandez to share details about their most recent album, Dead Beat (2018). Taylor and Bailey added insight about local California scene and future endeavors.

For full artist discography, go to open.spotify.com/artist/4c0lqzW0b…0S-u4bBY1dzFgaA/.

Feature Photo By (Ghoul Kids/Facebook).


Lit&Local with The Flavr Blue

Seattle-based trio The Flavr Blue talked with WGMU’s Jackie Reed to share details into their third album The Blue Dream (2017).


By: Jackie Reed

Seattle-based trio The Flavr Blue talked with WGMU’s Jackie Reed to share details into their third album The Blue Dream (2017). Hollis of The Flavr Blue offered insight into artist collaborations and future tour plans.

For full artist info, go to theflavrblue.com/.

Feature Photo By (The Flavr Blue/Official Website).


 

Album Review: Albert Hammond Jr.’s Francis Trouble (2018)

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“The Stroke” shows off why he doesn’t need Casablancas and company on AHJ’s defiant fourth album.

Top Tracks: Muted Beatings, Set to Attack, Stop and Go, Rocky’s Late Night

Rating: 8.1/10


By: Mikey Bamarni

Albert Hammond Jr. was the first Stroke to go out on his own in 2006 and has the most solo tracks under his belt. His first album Yours To Keep (2006) showed off a sound that despite being very guitar-driven and reminiscent of The Strokes, had enough originality thanks to his unique vocal delivery and summer-vibe upbeat riffs that only AHJ could produce. He followed that up with a mediocre sophomore slump album Como Te Llama (2008). Later, The Strokes got back together and released 2 full albums and an EP. Since 2013, Albert has released the great AHJ (2013), a solid third record, Monetary Masters (2015), and now, his best album yet.

Francis Trouble (2018) is an album where Jr. discovers a fresh and energetic identity – note, an identity inspired by a twin brother who was sadly never born, but whose fingernail was still found in the afterbirth. This revelation, which he didn’t learn until age 36, brings to the forefront that frontman swagger that he lacked in the past.

On the first single “Muted Beatings”, Albert channels the sounds of 2009 Paramore with far more personal lyrics and extremely intricate arrangements. “Rocky’s Late Night” is another highlight off the record. This track is captivating with infectious guitar work and deeply personal lyrics about his growth as a person and grasping how to deal with life’s changes. The beautifully harmonized and slow-building jam “Set to Attack” also soars and is sure to be a staple for live shows down the road.

Unfortunately not all the songs are winners. The second teaser “Far Away Truths” falls short when it’s up against other tracks in Hammond’s discography; it also just sounds like a weak Strokes song.  A few other tracks suffer due to similar reasons, not bad songs by any means, but underwhelming.

With all that being said, Albert has made it clear that even if The Strokes don’t get together to record any time soon, we’ll still have one-fifth of the band. He’s putting his heart and soul out here, and it’s pretty damn catchy. All in all, the future looks bright.

Feature Photo By (Albert Hammond Jr./Official Website).

Individual Breakdowns of this Season’s Starters

Photo By (Rafael Suanes/GMU).

Photo By (Rafael Suanes/GMU).

A profile into Womens BBall players that ended the season strong.


By: Domenic Allegra

Stats from GoMason.com

Nicole Cardaño-Hillary finished this season with a Field Goal percentage of 34.7, 68 3-pointers made, 137 free throws made, 605 total points, averaged 17.8 points per game, grabbed 113 rebounds, dished out 102 assists, and had 84 steals. She has a great basketball IQ and can read defenses well; I cannot wait to see how her “MJ” style and play-making ability progresses as she goes through this program.

Jacy Bolton finished this season with a Field Goal percentage of 43.5, 36 3-pointers made, 47 free throws made, 305 total points, grabbed 142 rebounds, dished out 72 assists, and had 39 steals. She now sits 20th all-time in school history with Cardaño-Hillary with 68 3-pointers made and still has a bright 2 years ahead of her; I’m definitely excited to see her play.

Sarah Kaminski finished this season with a Field Goal percentage of 36.2, 52 3-pointers made, 21 free throws made, 215 total points, grabbed 96 rebounds, dished out 76 assists, and had 22 steals. She now sits 16th all-time  in school history with 83 3-pointers made passing Amber Easter, Director of Operations for Mason WBB. I guarantee that she’ll still be lethal from behind the arch next year.

Tayler Dodson finished this season with a Field Goal percentage of 36.6, 6 3-pointers made, 55 free throws made, 181 total points, grabbed 187 rebounds, dished out 110 assists, and had 23 steals. Dodson, a true senior, finished her career at Mason with the school record for games played with 124, had 112 career starts, a total of 469 points, holds 22nd place all-time in school history in rebounds with 455 and holds 12th place all-time in school history with 251 assists. She passes the ball well, a characteristic that is often overlooked in basketball. It’s sad to see her go, but she was a great asset to this team.

Camarie Gatling finished this season with a Field Goal percentage of 50.8, 22 free throws made, 144 total points, grabbed 101 rebounds, dished out 12 assists, and had 10 steals. She had a good amount of points for the minutes that she played, I can not wait to see her play next season.

Marika Korpinen “Finnished” (sorry, I had to) this season with a Field Goal percentage of 30.1, 13 3-pointers made, 12 free throws made, 81 total points, grabbed 46 rebounds, dished out 39 assists, and had 15 steals. These are good numbers for her size and the amount of playing time she has. I can not wait to see how she develops in this program.

Congrats on the great season, Mason WBB! Best of luck as you prepare for the next one!

Stay tuned for a Breakdown of Natalie Butler’s season on WGMU Sports.

Mason WBB Season Highlights (Nov. 2017 to March 2018)

Photo By (Rafael Suanes/GMU).

Nyla Milleson perfectly sums up this entire season – “Not sure I can be more proud of a basketball team.”


By: Domenic Allegra

FAIRFAX, VA — The Mason WBB Basketball Season ended with their final loss in the Second Round of the WNIT against Virginia Tech back on March 18. However, do not let this loss define this entire season, as this team has accomplished so much, from individual accolades to program records; they worked extremely hard to arrive at where they are today.

Boom.  Let’s get it started.

November

11/22/17 – Patriots (5-1) win over Illinois St. (1-2) for their fifth straight victory of the season; this was Coach Milleson’s longest winning streak during her 5 years at Mason; this was the longest streak since the 2011-2012 season when Mason was still in the Colonial Athletic Conference.

11/24/17 – Mason (6-1) rally to win their sixth straight win against Drake in the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic. This match the best start in six years for the program and they had won six straight games for just the second time in the last 24 years. The Patriots trailed by as much as 18 points in the first quarter before coming back and winning 87-75.

The Patriots finished with 7 wins in the month of November, which is the most in program history for the month.

December

12/9/17 – Mason (9-2) beat Eastern Kentucky by a score of 64-41. At this point in the season they had won 3 straight games and were off to their best start since the 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 seasons.

12/11/17 – Patriots win over UMBC for their best start in 30 years by a score of 58-38. With this win, the Patriots moved to 8-0 at Eagle Bank Arena for their best home start in program history. Also, side note, I feel that because of what UMBC’s men’s team to UVA during this year’s NCAA tournament, it is an honor be mentioned in their presence. #UMustBeCinderella

The Patriots finished Non-conference play winning 11 games which was the most non-conference wins in 30 years since the season of 87-88.

12/31/17 – The Patriots rally and comeback from a 21-point deficit at the half to win against Davidson in the first A10 game of the season.  This was one of my favorite highlights of this season, as the Patriots were down by 21 after the first half and only allowed Davidson to score 16 points in the entire second half while scoring 47 to win in the end. With this win the Patriots moved to 10-0 at Eagle Bank Arena.

January

1/14/18 – Coach Milleson wins her 350th Career game as a collegiate head coach with the overwhelming win against University of Rhode Island by a season-high score of 92-53.

1/15/18 – Nicole Cardaño-Hillary is named the A10 Rookie of the week for the 4th time. She had double-digit scoring in every game of this season, was 2nd in scoring, and 1st in steals in the A10 conference. Additionally, she was 2nd in scoring and 2nd in steals among freshmen in the NCAA.

1/28/18 — Patriots lose to Fordham snapping their program-record home winning streak by a score of 67-62. At this time, the Patriots were 12-0 at Eagle Bank Arena before this matchup.

1/31/18 – The Patriots win over St. Bonaventure to clinch a winning season since 2003-2004; this being the Patriots’ 17th win of the season. Additionally, Mason matched their conference win total from the last two seasons with 6 conference wins.

February

Photo By (Rafael Suanes/GMU).

2/15/18 – Patriots were victorious over VCU to clinch their first 20-season in 17 years. This one was special.

2/18/18 – Mason ties the single-season school record for wins with victory over St. Bonaventure. This marked their 21st win, which was the fifth time the Patriots won 21 games in a season, the last time being 2000-2001. Furthermore, this was the breast cancer “pink” game, a game that was memorable to so many people.

2/24/18 – The Patriots defeat La Salle to set single-season school record with their 22nd win by a score of 65-55. With this win the Patriots finished in fourth place for their highest finish since joining the A10. Additionally, this tied the school record for the most conference wins in a season with 11.

#RandomStat (Courtesy of Bill Rohland): “Mason Set Program record for wins (22) its first time since joining D1 and the team did lose back to back games the entire season.”  This shows how tough the Patriots were as they did not let their losses distract them from winning the next game during the entirety of the season.

2/27/18 – Nicole Cardaño-Hillary hits her famous behind-the-back reverse layup as the play of the year in the first round of the A10 tournament win against St. Bonaventure.

March

3/1/18 – Nicole Cardaño-Hillary is named 2017-2018 A10 Rookie of the Year. She was the first ROY since 2001 and the fourth in program history. Additionally, Natalie Butler was named A10 Player of the Year. This was the first time since 1997 that a team has had both the ROY and POY.

3/2/18 – The Patriots were eliminated from the A10 Tournament with a Quarterfinal loss to the eventual champions, George Washington. Was this loss due to the fact that there was no Green Machine? No, probably not, the Patriots shot 41% and 29% from beyond the arch, while scoring ten points below our season average.

3/3/18 through 3/11/18 – This was the post-season waiting period, I tried to calculate the possibility of an at-large berth and the Patriots’ chances looked good, but it was not a guarantee that Mason would receive a bid. So many different scenarios had to happen for us to be a good contender.

3/12/18 – Mason receives an at-large bid to the WNIT for the first time since 2004 (Third time in program history). What a day this must have been for the team, I can imagine the excitement.

3/16/18 – The Patriots win their first postseason game in program history and Butler sets the D1 rebounding record. Cardaño-Hillary scores a career-high 28 points in this game.

3/18/18 Mason falls to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg ending their historic season by a score of 78-69.  Mason struggled in the first half, before mounting a comeback in the end and falling short.

Congrats on the great season, Mason WBB! Best of luck as you prepare for the next one!

Stay tuned for a Breakdown of Natalie Butler’s season on WGMU Sports.

WGMU Exclusive: Alpha Phi Omega

By: Robert McGreevy

WGMU’s Robert McGreevy hosts Kevin Embrey, member of GMU’s Alpha Phi Omega.

Alpha Phi Omega is an inclusive, co-ed fraternity that promotes leadership, fellowship, friendship, and service.

More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/apogmu/.

Feature Photo By (Alpha Phi Omega/Facebook).

Dan Auerbach at 9:30 Club

It was a perfect close to possibly one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.


By: Jesse Benitez

Whoever said rock ‘n’ roll is dead is probably unfamiliar with Akronite Dan Auerbach. His contributions in songwriting, record producing, involvement with The Black Keys, The Arcs, and many other musical groups are prime examples of his extensive talent and knowledge when it comes to authentic, modern American rock.

Dan Auerbach rocked the roof off the 9:30 Club during a sold out show alongside the Easy Eye Sound Revue, Robert Finley, and Shannon and the Clams on Thursday, March 22. Shannon and the Clams kicked off the night with “Ozma,” the fourth track from their third studio album, Dreams in the Rat House (2013). Lead singer Shannon Shaw’s profound vocals created naturally sympathetic vibrations through the floorboards of the venue, which carried over into surfy and quirky tunes like “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Boy,” a song from their fifth studio album Onion (2018)- a collaboration with producer Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound record label. The band’s ear splitting guitar riffs shrilled in pleasant harmony throughout their performance, noticeable in “I Will Miss the Jasmine,” off Gone by the Dawn (2015). They closed their opening set with a mellower jam, “Did You Love Me,” a ballad that made me recognize how unbelievable it felt to watch this band perform directly in front of me at that very moment.

Shannon and the Clams left me so impressed that I was almost questioning whether Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue would embody the similar energy and allure. It should be a sin to even let that cross your mind, for the Easy Eye Sound Revue is composed of legendary musicians who could not disappoint in the slightest. Lead guitarist Russ Pahl, was an outstanding gem, whose transcendent sliding riffs and sublime guitar solos radiated through tunes like “Stand by My Girl” and “Shine on Me,” from Auerbach’s second studio album, Waiting on a Song (2017). The crowd sang along to a breezy and refreshing melody, “King of a One Horse Town,” before Robert Finley joined the stage for wholesomely soulful anthems. He gracefully sang “Holy Wine” from the top of his lungs and “Medicine Woman,” both from his newest LP, Goin’ Platinum! (2017). Finley brought the audience together to celebrate good ol’ nostalgic blues through vivacious lyrics and crisp, electric chords crackling on stage.

Auerbach ended the night with an emotional solo he had only played twice before in the nation’s capital, “Goin’ Home,” the last track from his debut solo album titled, Keep It Hid (2009). A personal tune such as this one created the most beautiful and intimate atmosphere that Thursday night. It was a perfect close to possibly one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.

Feature Photo By (9:30 Club/Official Website).

WGMU Exclusive: Society of Professional Journalists

By: Josh Biedrycki

WGMU’s Josh Biedrycki hosts an interview with Lauryn Cantrell, president of GMU’s Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The GMU chapter organizes industry events that connects students to media professionals who work in broadcasting, journalism, and media news outlets. Such opportunities offer insight into the media field through networking, socials with other campus SPJ chapters, conferences, and workshops.

More information can be found at gmuspj.blogspot.com/?m=1.

Feature Photo By (GMU SPJ/Facebook).

Porches at Black Cat DC

Photo By (Fielder Wise/WGMU).

Porches hit the mark with their beautifully Tumblr-grunge aesthetic.


By: Fielder Wise

On March 22, Porches played at the Black Cat in DC, despite the rancid weather.

The first opener was New York-based band named Palberta. The all-girl rock group were super cute and dorky. It was a weirdly grunge rock style of music. After their performance, I expected another odd set with following acts.

The second opener was London-trio Girl Ray. The lead singer came out confident, with a guitar that taped to its strap. What a total switch compared to the primary opener. Instead of a rock approach, these girls mellowed out. They fused alternative with electronic. They got a stiff crowd to sway, which in ways came to a surprise. I could imagine their music be played at a chill house party. Her vocals beautified an already interesting showcase.

Porches came on last as the headliner. The performance that frontman Aaron Maine gave was euphoric. I had no idea of what to expect from him. Without any predispositions, I was truly stunned. The fan base was supportive. The crowd was interactive. Everyone was jamming to songs off of The House (2018) and dancing in unison. At points, Maine talked with the crowd – something I hadn’t seen in concerts prior.

That was something unique. Typically, I feel like artists are distant to their fans, but this being at an intimate venue, there was greater opportunity for this to happen.

Maine was very appreciate of the crowd he always gave his thanks after each song and repeatedly told the crowd how has was for them to be there. Though he had stage shyness and a quiet aura, the music still managed to shine through. And let’s not forget his signature butt shake.

At the beginning of each song, he’d give the crowd a little show, and everyone would go wild! His vibe was everyone else’s.

I didn’t even know Porches before the concert, but now knowing, I will definitely see him again in concert. It was just a beautiful and memorable night. The music was very chill vibes that got you to dance. Additionally, Maine’s stage dancing and crawling with him singing got me just to love the experience more.

 

WGMU Exclusive: Patriot Pantry

By: Quianna Marissa

WGMU’s Quianna Marissa hosts an interview with Gary Hooker, Director of George Mason University’s Patriot Pantry.

Founded in December 2014, GMU’s Patriot Pantry (originally called the Pop-Up Pantry) is housed under GMU’s Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC). Mainly run by volunteers, they provide access to food items, toiletries, and school supplies to in-need students. The office strives to educate the Mason population about food insecurity and homelessness.

More information can be found at ssac.gmu.edu/patriot-pantry/.

Feature Photo By (GMU Patriot Pantry/Facebook).