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“Paracosm” by Washed Out

“Paracosm” by Washed Out

Chillwave, along with the other short-lived genre names like witch house, are best left to abandoned blog posts and tumblrs, but the name still lives on due to the absolute pressure of having to categorize every single sound or musical style. To be fair, for one short moment (the summer of 2011, I guess), chillwave […]

“Pura Vida Conspiracy” by Gogol Bordello

“Pura Vida Conspiracy” by Gogol Bordello

There’s a good reason why Gogol Bordello have been at the forefront of gypsy punk music for much of their nearly 15-year existence. After his family was forced out of their Kiev home following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the band’s frontman, Eugene Hütz, spent the next five years jumping from refugee camp to refugee camp. […]

“Modern Vampires of the City” by Vampire Weekend

“Modern Vampires of the City” by Vampire Weekend

August’s Album of the Month is Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City

“Wrote a Song for Everyone” by John Fogerty

“Wrote a Song for Everyone” by John Fogerty

If there’s one thing Clearance Clearwater Revival’s frontman John Fogerty can still do, it’s play great rock and roll. The legendary musician put out his ninth studio album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, on his 68th birthday. Fogerty actually did write a song for everyone, collaborating with a variety of renowned artists from Kid Rock to […]

“Born Sinner” by J. Cole

“Born Sinner” by J. Cole

Kanye and Jay-Z asked us to watch the throne. But after two highly anticipated albums left fans feeling very underwhelmed and disappointed, someone needed to step up and fill the void. Luckily for us, Hov already signed him to his label. J. Cole’s sophomore album, Born Sinner, is the summer’s hip-hop album that we have […]

“Wings Over America” by Paul McCartney and Wings

“Wings Over America” by Paul McCartney and Wings

Despite the plethora of personal and financial problems The Beatles faced in the twilight of their years together, creativity was never an issue. Paul McCartney, the de-facto leader of the group after the 1966 death of manager Brian Epstein, did his best to steer The Beatles into interesting and creative ventures in the face of […]

“Magna Carta Holy Grail” by Jay-Z

“Magna Carta Holy Grail” by Jay-Z

It’s been about a year since we heard new material from Jay-Z but only five years since those materials came from a single album. Earlier this summer, Samsung bought almost three minutes of air-time during the NBA Finals to debut their partnership with Jay-Z by releasing a Magna Carta Holy Grail app in anticipation of […]

“Give In” by ON AND ON

“Give In” by ON AND ON

Wow: the three letters that best describe this ON AN ON album debut, Give In. The remaints of Chicago indie band Scattered Trees teamed up with Broken Social Scene and Los Campesinos! producer Dave Newfield and put together a beautiful yet melancholy indie rock album–in three weeks. The album’s theme is coping with death and […]

“Volume 3″ by She and Him

“Volume 3″ by She and Him

It’s pretty easy to criticize Zooey Deschanel for being the stereotypical manic pixie girl, especially considering her relentless quirkiness, her “adorkable” television show, and the cutesy pop music she makes with M. Ward and their band, She and Him. While it seems unfair to criticize someone for being, erm, too pleasant, what are you gonna […]

“Mosquito” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Mosquito” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

It’s been thirteen years since the indie/punk/rock (and a million other vague genres that don’t adequately describe their sound) Yeah Yeah Yeahs exploded onto the alternative music scene. If you can believe it. It seems like just yesterday that their hit “Maps” was creeping onto the airwaves of alt. radio stations as the bad suddenly […]

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WERS News Wins 11 Associated Press Student Awards

Congratulations to WERS News on winning 11 AP awards this year

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