WDCV Benefit Concert

If you didn’t know by now you will soon. WDCV is having an awesome benefit concert this Saturday April 14th. There are going to be raffle drawings if you bought tickets at any of the live on Britton Plaza events. Secondly there is also another nice prize for anyone who said they were going to attend on Facebook and attends the event, so kudos to another potential winner. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and the following bands will be playing: Charlotte, Synergy and Wild Horse. Run With It will also be making an appearance so be sure to check them out too. There will be plenty to snack on and lots of loud music so be sure to stop by. In reality, the more the merrier.

Most importantly, by attending the event you will be supporting an honorable cause. Money raised at the even will be used to help build a well in Tanzania. The township does not have the resources to collect clean water and this could give them a big hand.

Cowboy Junkies Concert In Harrisburg!

The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative blues-rock band and are two time nominees for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards. Hailing from Canada, the group is currently promoting their themed album series consisting of: Remnin Park, Demons, Sing In My Meadow, and Wilderness. The themed album series was an 18 month long production and the band is using their current tour to show off some brand new music. They are an experienced band with albums that have gone 2x platinum, platinum, and gold in Canada.  The Cowboy Junkies will be performing in Harrisburg on March 7 at the Whitaker Center. Be there or be square!

Band Page: http://latentrecordings.com/cowboyjunkies/

Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02004772DF4795F6?brand=brepresents

Man Man show review by Tessa

Last Wednesday I made the pilgrimage to New York City to see a show.  Fellow DJ, Kazakhstan Dan of Shuffle the Playlist and I decided to meet up and see Man Man with opening act Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  I had listened to Man Man in the past and enjoyed their newest album Life Fantastic so for $20 it made sense to check them out.  We were not disappointed.

This may have been one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.

We were tipped off that this show might be fantastic while we waited in line, three women were going around asking if people wanted their faces painted and handed out kazoos.  So with war paint on and kazoos in hand we entered the venue.

Man Man’s sound is something that to describe seems like a nightmare:  Think punk, indie rock, xylophone, and the circus.  It’s weird as hell.

Shilpa Ray opened and it was a huge surprise, Dan and I had both listened to her album and weren’t enamored but her live performances are something not to be missed.  She walked out in a blue romper and a garland of orange lillies around her head and proceeded to belt out her songs with a voice much to large for her tiny stature.  It was surreal and amazing.  Check out her music, you’ll enjoy it.

After the first act, the black cloths covering ambiguous piles on the stage were taken away, they revealed the oddest set we had seen.  The instruments were obscured by random objects; part of a tricycle, a hockey mask, lights, florescent tubing, one of the band members brought out a television, turned it on and stepped back.  On the screen there was a morose looking fellow with a bloody nose.  He stayed there the entire set.

The band stepped out and the backdrop lit up to reveal a constellation pattern. The band started slowly, with “Feathers” but quickly picked up the pace with “Piranhas Club” and kept at that tempo until “Haute Tropique.”  Honus Honus, the front man,  donned on a sparkling green ring master’s jacket and stood and looked at the audience for the first time.  As he sang  he articulated each disturbing word with hand gestures and shredded paper.  After that interlude, the tempo picked up again. They played almost every song from Life Fantastic but also played old favorites like “The Ballad of Butter Beans” and “Engrish Bwudd.”   Shilpa Ray came out and joined the band and Honus in singing “Steak Knives,” which was beautiful.

 

In total the concert was amazing, it was a real performance.  Contributing to this idea was the band’s distance from the crowd.  They barely addressed the audience except for “Haute Tropique” and to shoot a confetti canon.  Most of the singing by front man Honus was to some invisible point on the stage right.

 

Go see this band.  Now.

Ton-Taun’s Exporter

Ton-Taun, a four piece band from Lancaster, PA has released their sophomore album Exporter independently. A local band that most recently appeared and opened for Isis of Thunderheist last Friday for WDCV’s fall concert; The Perfect Storm, they succeeded to impress those select few who turned out for the free event. A band that released their first album barely over a year ago, a purely alternative rock sound is apparent along with modern influences like Modest Mouse and Wilco. However, the band itself is comprised of avid music lovers and listeners, and their other more subtle influences allude to the works of the infamous Miles Davis.

The premier track of the album, “Headdresses,” is pleasingly haunting yet repetitive. Soothing yet contradictory in its angst, it opens with steady guitar riffs and lyrics alluding to child-like images of finger-painting and feathers. With a pleasant harmony reminiscent of mindless whispering, Ton-Taun’s members sing of an assumed woman with a heart as hard as a diamond that one day the singer will tear out. The track ends with lead vocal Jordan Capizzi singing the repeated line “I was happy to see how scared you are of me, right now,” along with a reference back to the title of the song. The band actually played this song live at the concert, and the emotion and energy of the song shone through.

The sixth track of the album, “The Coca-Cola Factory,” could be considered a sort of sing-along drinking song for misfits and those of us who are more often than not down on our luck. Upbeat despite its melancholy lyrics, this track is catchy and easily relatable to any struggling, nostalgic college student. The song has a simple message, we were all meant for more than what we have or do, but something just went wrong along the way. It’s all a bitter twist of fate.

Young in terms of their years as a complete band but also experienced with two complete, original albums already under their belts, Ton-Taun has the potential to speak to a generation obsessed with consumerism, debauchery and the longing for a place in the world.

The Perfect Storm: WDCV’s Fall Concert!!!

WDCV proudly presents to you…

ISIS of THUNDERHEIST with opening act TON-TAUN and guest DJ JOSH LEHR

-It’s happening on Friday, November 12th! That’s next week!

-It’s in Dickinson College’s ATS Auditorium!

-The doors open at 7pm sharp–the show starts at 8, Isis goes on at 9!

-It is FREE to Dickinson students (kids, bring your student IDs!) and $5 to the public!

As always…

We’ll see you there!!!

Heavy Rotation Update-4/23

I’ve got TWO WEEKS worth of awesome music for you guys! I know, I know I dropped the ball and didn’t do an update last week. Never again will I put my academics ahead of music directoring. But we’ve got some really stunning albums here at WDCV and we want to share that awesomeness with you:

River City Extension– And The Untouchable Man Like the Avett Brothers? Heard of Hoots and Hellmouth? Perhaps you like a little Spanish flavor in your folk rock. This happy album is the one for you! I especially like track #5.

Slow Club- Yeah So It’s really cute! If you are a traditional pop fan (Lenoard Cohen etc.)/folk songwriter fan you will love it! P.S. There is a cd of bonus tracks in new music!

Serena-Maneesh: S-M2: Abyss in B Minor Simply amazing, well thought out album. It has a tendency of getting weird (track 1 and 7) very amazing regardless.

Evelyn Evelyn Super weird story line of these pseudo conjoined Siamese twins (Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls and Jason Webley) as they go on adventures!

Foxy Shazam- s/t Sounds like a mix between Mika and The Mars Volta (I think this is right- but the handwriting is kind of hard to read…).

Jonsi- Go Lead singer for Sigur Ros has done a solo album. Not as crazy as their normal stuff though.

Electric President- The Violent Blue A super chill album that is still really fun. Nightmare No.5 or 6 is my personal favorite.

Young Livers- Of Misery and Toil Finally something NOT lofi 60s throwback etc… No idea says, “The culminating effort radiates and underlying majesty and grace that belies the more overt aggression.” When are they ever that eloquent? This album is good.

Inlets- Inter Arbiter Dude has a great Beruit vibe- not coincidentally, since they work together sometimes.

The Henry Clay People- Somewhere on the Golden Coast Band has a strong Modest Mouse Vibe. Do you guys like Modest Mouse? If so maybe you’ll disagree but anyway, it’s pretty fun.

Horse Feathers- Thistled Spring All I can say about this: SO PRETTY!

The Radio Department- Clinging to a Scheme Gorgeous indie pop/shoe gaze from Sweden. A bit hard to say what they sound like but I like the Bloc Party Vibes that randomly pop up through out the album. A good listen.

The Do- A Mouthful French people like them! I think they are ok.

Balkan Beat Box- Blue Eyed Black Boy I’m late on this sorry! Anyway this is a much more listenable album than the last but still pretty cool!

The Pack AD- We Kill Computers I’m freakin’ in rock love with this album. It’s got this great grungy sound, but it isn’t noise or obnoxious. It’s very reminiscent of The White Stripes, if Amanda Palmer from Dresden Dolls did the vocals.

The Living Sisters- Love to Live It’s a really good album, it features the lead signer of The Birds & The Bees also in heavy rotation.

Mathaniel Rateliff- In Memory of Loss Solid album. You can’t go wrong with any track. It’s really chill and mellow but not boring.

The Mynabirds- What We Lost In The Fire We Gained In The Flood Good album. You can’t go wrong here. Definitely hints of Rilo Kiley in there.

The Slacker-The Great Rocksteady Swindle Oh, The Slackers! Keepin’ ska faith for all of us.

Dr. Dog- Shame, Shame Drink Up Buttercup’s drummer recommend this to me. It sounds like if Of Montreal played bars like in “Piano Man” ok that’s an exaggeration kinda.

The You Know Whos- Five Songs (They were just here at DICKINSON!) Did you go to Rock-Hop on Friday? Then you already LOVE them. Did you not go? Now you can see what you missed!!

Caribou- Swim Guys the album art for this is awesome. Oh the music is good too I guess.

Laura Stevenson & The Cans-  A Record I love this woman. Prettiest music ever!

Whew! That’s a lot of music folks. Does it seem like we’re missing anything? Give us a shout in the comments and we will see what we can do!

Hugs and Kisses,

WDCV Music Directors

Heavy Rotation Update!

Hey all you lovely Internet people! Wondering what’s new in WDCV’s heavy rotation? Well you’re in luck because the WDCV music directors have been busy little bees putting all sorts of new and great stuff in heavy rotation. So if you feel like your music collection is getting a little stale, check out some of these recommendations.

Drink Up Buttercup: Born and Thrown on A Hook-They are coming to DICKINSON in our Rock/Hop show!! They sound like The Beatles if they did more drugs. I’m not the only one who thinks so, honest.

Dark Dark Dark: Bright Bright Bright- Besides their awesome naming skills this is a super album with great vocals and complex chamber-pop instrumentals.

Bonobo: Black Sands- A super chill album with epic reach and massive emotional pull. It’s one guy who plays all the instruments by himself. (Written by another MD- Bonobos are monkeys that “penis fence” for real, look it up. I learned this in 9th grade bio).

Adam Green: Minor Love- Adam Green is from the group The Moldy Peaches comes out with a not so folky sound but it’s still pretty awesome- striking a good balance between tenderness and tastelessness.

Kasper Bjoke- Standing on Top of Utopia (EP): Solid downbeat electro from Denmark.

Portugal. The Man- American Ghetto: I have no idea who this sounds like, but it sounds like someone good so don’t be scared. Most of the songs are good so pick one!

Capsule-Player http://blogs.dickinson.edu/wdcvfm/2010/03/capsule-player/

Turin Brakes: Outbursts- Self proclaimed indie folk rock, but it’s not too folky I think they just call it that because some of the songs are pretty laid back. “Sea Changes” and “Mirror” are my favorite tracks of the album.

She + Him: Volume Two- I’m really excited about this album. I honestly like it better than their first one. It’s a peaceful kind of happy. You can’t go wrong with any track.
So that’s what we’ve got for you this week. Hopefully your willing to open up your ears to something new!

Hugs and Kisses,

WDCV

Rock-Hop Weekend!!!

***********WARNING: WDCV will not be accepting any more ticket reservations starting Friday at 4pm. OR if we get more than 250.**********

WDCV 88.3 FM is proud to announce its spring concerts to be held on Friday April 16th and Saturday April 17th, during what is to be known as Rock-Hop weekend! And we’re particularly excited to announce Wiz Khalifa as the headliner of Saturday night’s concert.

Both concerts will start at 8pm in the ATS auditorium on the Dickinson College Campus. Featuring 6 artists over the course of two nights, this promises to be one of the biggest events in WDCV’s history!

April 16th will be WDCV’s “rock” night, and features a mixture of up and coming local or indie bands.

The You Know Whos:  A band based in nearby Hummelstown will be the opening act, playing a blend of their own brand of folksy-blues music.

Fugitive Souls: An indie alternative group from Brooklyn, their first EP “Strangers” was released in August.  You can read up on them at http://fugitivesouls.com/

Drink Up Buttercup: Friday’s headliner. They hail from Philly and their first CD “Born and Thrown on a Hook” comes out March 23rd.  Listen to their music at http://drinkupbuttercup.com/

April 17th will be WDCV’S “Hip-Hop” night and includes some of our favorite underrepresented hip-hop artists. (PLEASE NOTE: Saturday will be free to Dickinson students and $10 for people without Dickinson IDs)

DelErium Tremens: Hailing from NYC, DelErium is an underground rapper whose energetic performance will start off the night.

L One Crackeriffic: L One Crackeriffic is an underground rapper from Long Island. Making a name for himself in the tri-state area, he recently released his first album, “Somebody Stole My Rhymebook” in July and is working on his second for 2011.

Wiz Khalifa: Saturday’s headliner is an aspiring young rapper from Pittsburgh. He has released several mixtapes since 2005 and has two more on the way for 2010.  His most recent album, “Deal or No Deal” was released in November of 2009. He has a raw rap style and a unique flow, making him different from most mainstream rappers today. He is a breath of fresh air for any hip hop fan.

The doors of ATS will open at 7pm and the concerts will start at 8pm. Friday’s concert is free to all. Saturday’s concert will be free to Dickinson students and $10 to the public. No food or drink will be allowed into ATS, and we ask you not to bring any bottles to the concert. If we make any plans for advance ticket sales, we’ll let you know.

We’ll see you there!

**********Wiz Khalifa Ticket Information (added 4.14.10)*************

To those of you who are unaware, WDCV 88.3 FM, Dickinson’s radio station, is hosting two concerts this weekend, April 16th and 17th. However, people have come to us with questions and misconceptions, and we wish to clarify some things, particularly regarding tickets for the Saturday night Wiz Khalifa concert.

Admission for both nights is FREE with your Dickinson College ID.

Tickets are also available for those without a Dickinson College ID. The price is $10 (CASH ONLY) and they are first come, first serve basis. Tickets can be reserved in advance  by emailing  wdcvfm@gmail.com. You may reserve multiple tickets. Reserve tickets can be picked up when the doors open at 7PM and must be retrieved before 7:30PM.

Because the Wiz Khalifa concert is free to Dickinson students, and because we have great interest from people outside the Dickinson community, we recommend coming to the concert as close to 7pm as possible. ATS has a limited capacity of 1000 people, and we will not be able to let more people in once that number is reached.

Doors open at 7PM and the concert begins at 8PM. If you plan on buying tickets please arrive early as we are expecting a large crowd for the event.

Thank you very much, and we hope to see as many of you as possible at the concert.