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Digging Through the Crates #1

Dear WERS, How do I describe my love for Sweden to you? Unlike the actual Nordic country (which I also love very much), This entry in the Mountain Goats’ catalogue from 1995 is bursting with warmth, Heat coming off the crackling fire of a dismembered cherry tree in “September 19 Triple X Love! Love!” Or […]

Spencer & Hill: Artists to Watch

Spencer & Hill: Artists to Watch

Spencer & Hill are way ahead of the game when it comes to production. Their style of Electro-House has been acknowledged around the world as a definitive component of the genre itself. Recently, they came out with their newest album, a 10 track project that features remixes from artists such as Pallada, Jan Waterman, Jerry […]

“Which Side Are You On?”

“Which Side Are You On?”

With over 20 albums, starting her own record company and opening for Bob Dylan under her belt, it is interesting to ponder what’s left for Ani DiFranco. Her latest release, however, What Side Are You On? proves DiFranco’s still got it. With a mixture of her signature acoustic slow jams as well as some with […]

Punch Brothers Live In Studio

Punch Brothers Live In Studio

Before their sold out show at the Somerville Theatre tonight, the Punch Brothers stopped by WERS for a short interview and live mix of some of their new songs. They are currently promoting their new album, Who’s Feeling Young Now. The five piece string band members are Chris Thile on mandolin and lead vocals, Noam […]

Heartless Bastards Live In Studio

Heartless Bastards Live In Studio

Heartless Bastards, the rock outfit from Austin, Texas, stopped by WERS this week for a great live set. Songwriter and singer Erika Wennerstrom, guitarist Mark Nathan, bassist Jesse Ebaugh, and drummer Dave Colvin (not present in studio) form the Basterds, who are currently promoting their latest album Arrow with an extensive national tour, rocking hard […]

Ben Lee Live In Studio

Ben Lee Live In Studio

When Ben Lee’s Awake is the New Sleep first landed, people couldn’t get enough of the catchy pop tune “Catch My Disease”. With hand-clapping and guitar strums that call out like summer, Lee sang “and that’s the way I like it” with a carefree attitude that had the song stuck in listeners’ heads for days. […]

“Escape From Electric Mountain”

“Escape From Electric Mountain”

Jon Gooch a.k.a. “Feed Me” has done it again. The man draws influence from about every sub-genre of electronic music you can think of. His latest EP, Escape From Electric Mountain, reminds the old Feed Me fans of his electro-house glory days. He delves into progressive house sounds which work really well. He shows listeners […]

“Voice of Ages” by The Chieftains

“Voice of Ages” by The Chieftains

In the opening measures of “Carolina Rua”, a flute trills while Imelda May croons “Do you love me?” like someone singing in the shower. Seconds after that, she makes way for an Irish jig and right then fans know The Chieftains are back. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, The Chieftains invite modern musicians to record […]

“EP #1″ by Handbraekes

“EP #1″ by Handbraekes

So French DJ/cult-filmmaker Mr. Oizo and German electro-wiz Boys Noize are recording and collaborating together. God save us all. Alex Ridha (better known as electro DJ Boys Noize) and Ed-Banger-DJ/film director Quentin Dupiuex (Mr. Oizo) have produced a short EP together under the collective name ‘Handbraekes’. They’re two DJs with very distinct personal styles, and […]

“The Hero In You” by Ellis Paul

“The Hero In You” by Ellis Paul

When you’re a kid, the phrases “concept album” and “folk music” don’t carry much weight. How, then, does Boston native and seasoned indie artist Ellis Paul pull off The Hero In You, an album consisting of tracks each touching upon historical figures from Rosa Parks to his own personal hero Woodie Guthrie? The answer, considering […]

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