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“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 […]

“Onwards to the Wall”

“Onwards to the Wall”

Infamously nicknamed “the loudest band in New York”, A Place to Bury Strangers certainly live up to their title. Every song on Onwards to the Wall blasts a hypnotic array of noise and distortion louder and more packed than the one before. Don’t let this deter you from picking up their latest EP. A band […]

“Ceremonials” by Florence + the Machine

“Ceremonials” by Florence + the Machine

Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials is our first Album of the Month of 2012. There is more of a gothic tilt to the songwriting and production, both of which can be attributed to producer Paul Epsworth, than on Lungs. Heavy-laden reverb and multi-layered vocal tracks, which include multiple tracks of Flo along with members of […]

James Mercer Live In Studio

In 2004’s “Garden State,” Natalie Portman handed her headphones to Zach Braff and said, “You gotta hear this one song. It’ll change your life, I swear.” We heard the Shins’ “New Slang.” When the movie and its soundtrack skyrocketed to popularity, so did the band. Their unique sound, with its combination of catchy melodies, sharp […]

“El Camino” by The Black Keys

Our last Album of the Month for 2011 is The Black Keys’ El Camino. This hard-hitting follow-up to Brothers picks up the heavy-handed blues of that record with the collaborative might of The Black Keys and producer Danger Mouse, whose fingerprints trace this LP much as they did on 2008′s Attack and Release. The thick […]

WERS Staff Picks 2011

WERS Staff Picks 2011

Andrew Kessler, Membership Coordinator: The Handsome Furs “Sound Kapital” is my pick for album of the year. Electronic pop has been a growing trend in music lately, and the married couple behind the Handsome Furs havecreated an album full of great music. The opening track makes you want to kick off your shoes and dance […]

“Hello Sadness” by Los Campesinos!

“Hello Sadness” by Los Campesinos!

“GOOD NEWS, GUYS: I’m really miserable, which means the lyrics on our next record will be really great,” writes lead singer of Los Campesinos!, Gareth Campesinos!, in February of this year. A friend instantly forwards it to me with a smiley face emoticon to signal his pleasure. When a press copy of Hello Sadness landed […]

On the Verge: Owen

On the Verge: Owen

Mike Kinsella sits on a stool, intensely tuning his guitar and the studio seems a bit empty with just the lone, focused figure placed in the center. Kinsella (whose solo project is named Owen) has been in the music scene since age twelve in various capacities, but is still very serious about his music. Cordial […]

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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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