Listener’s Block: StuDYING

posted on Nov.25, 2013

What the heck? We’re in that final stretch of the semester already? But it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! Indeed, folks, sadly it’s time to buckle down again and live the rest of our days out in the library. And while we may feel like our brains will literally melt from the fact absorbing, paper writing, and problem solving never-ending list of things to do, this playlist here is built to get you in and stay in the zone. No longer are the days when you cry inside whilst writing nonsensical research papers or when you experience a near-Britney breakdown (circa 2007) as you cram for yet another exam. From now on, you approach deadlines with the effortless gusto and courage of Ned Stark. Packed with woozy instrumentals, mellow vocals, ambient synths, and foreign lyrics, this playlist will be on repeat as you fearlessly battle the war that is against a declining GPA. Godspeed, listeners.

– Lydia Huang
If you would like to see a playlist built around a specific theme, e-mail your idea to webdirector@wtsr.org.

Fall Concert Review: Grouplove, the Knocks, and Saints of Valory

posted on Nov.10, 2013

Saints of Valory, the Knocks and Grouplove rocked out at Kendall Hall this past Saturday. The Saints of Valory, the first opener played some songs from their album Possibilities which was released over the summer. Their hit song, Neon Eyes, was received well by the almost sold-out crowd. They also covered Royals by Lorde which got the crowd excited. The band, which acknowledged their relative anonymity, surely picked up some new fans. The second opener, the Knocks is composed of Ben Rottner and James Patterson. Coming on after The Saints of Valory got the crowd on their feet, The Knocks started fast. But their poor vocals (horribly unclear), soon got a large portion of the crowd to return their seats. Their hit song, Dancing With the DJ, features a catchy hook, but unfortunately, left the two men dancing with themselves. Grouplove came on after the lackluster performance by the Knocks. The Los Angeles based group, played their hits, including Tongue Tied, Shark Attack, Slow and Itchin on a Photograph. The band played with a lot of energy. There were many times where you could find lead singer and guitarist, Christian Zucconi spinning in circles or playing guitar lying on the ground. The band released their newest album Spreading Rumours in September and it was well received. Overall the night was a good one for music lovers or for people who went to the concert looking for a good time.

– Joshua Fidler

Listener’s Block: Shower Sing-Alongs

posted on Nov.10, 2013

Happy Monday, folks. It’s that time of year again – when every day seems like “crunch time” for never-ending projects, presentations, and exams. Everywhere you go, it seems like every student on campus is either wearing sweats, power napping, or stress eating (or all the above. That’s cool. I don’t judge). As we near the end of the semester, the lack of personal hygiene becomes more and more socially acceptable. Of course, while our time may be limited, let us not forget to enjoy and cherish those few moments in which we can hop in the shower, belt our hearts out, and smell approachable again. Here’s a playlist to ensure you maximize the amazing feels you get while you’re under that shower head:

– Lydia Huang


If you would like to see a playlist built around a specific theme, e-mail your idea to webdirector@wtsr.org.

PHOX – “Noble Heart”

posted on Oct.06, 2013

I’ve been obsessed with this PHOX song for a few months now–the band, a sextet of musicians from Wisconsin, sound like a lovely mix of genres reminiscent of Beach House (raw voice and all) or Sufjan Stevens. “Noble Heart” is off of 2013’s Confetti, which was recorded simultaneously with a 30-minute must-see video diary. Check out part of that in their music video here, and visit their website at www.phoxband.com!

 Rachel Chlebowski

Top 30 Albums of the Week!

posted on Sep.25, 2013

Here are the Top 30 Albums at WTSR for the Week Ending 9/23/2013!
(Listed by Artist then Album Title)
Little Comets

1 LITTLE COMETS Life Is Elsewhere
2 CITY AND COLOUR The Hurry And The Harm
5 ISLANDS Ski Mask
7 SUPERHUMANOIDS Exhibitionists
8 YOU ME AND US Stay Inside [EP]
9 NEKO CASE The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
10 PAPER LIONS My Friends
11 NO AGE An Object
13 DODOS Carrier
14 TY SEGALL Sleeper
16 LITTLE SCOUT Are You Life
17 HEY GERONIMO Hey Geronimo
18 CITY RIOTS Sea Of Bright Lights
20 DEER TICK Negativity
21 SUPERCHUNK I Hate Music
22 DEERHUNTER Monomania
23 BRAIDS Flourish // Perish
24 PITY SEX Feast Of Love
25 ORWELLS Who Needs You [EP]
26 LITTLE DAYLIGHT Tunnel Vision
27 BALANCE AND COMPOSURE The Things We Think We’re Missing
29 WASHED OUT Paracosm

1 CHVRCHES The Bones Of What You Believe
2 DR. DOG B-Room
3 OH NO FIASCO No One’s Gotta Know [EP]

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