Shows of Note – The Moment is Now

In This Moment

Metal is a genre of music with a bias towards a certain gender. Not that metal music is degrading to women or makes efforts to exclude them from the culture; it is just a fact that in general, men are the ones who prefer metal music, not women. In fact, it’s a common misconception that metal music is sexist. A lot of the earlier metal, especially in the late 80’s, was designed to trivialize sex and women, but now the issue isn’t the norm in metal. Many metal bands, especially of the Black, Grind and Doom metal genres avoid the topic of sex completely. All that aside, we love that melodic metalcore band In This Moment is led by a female vocalist.


In This Moment

In This Moment got their start in the mid 2000’s releasing their first album, Beautiful Tragedy with two albums in between its most recent album Blood which dropped in 2012. Lead vocalist Maria Brink and co-founding member, lead guitarist Chris Howorth met by chance and went on to recruit Jeff Fabb on drums, Blake Bunzell on guitarist and eventually bassist Jesse Landry. Growing from a cult favorite to a MySpace phenomenon, the band landed a record deal in late 2005 with Century Media Records.

In This Moment will be playing at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on January 1, Showbox at the Market in Seattle on January 3 and The Knitting Factory in Spokane on January 4. Tune-in tonight (12/4) between 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!


Shows of Note – Reely Reely Cool


Truly legends in not only the specialty genre of ska but the whole rock band population, Reel Big Fish is a band that has proven ska music can have a wide appeal.

Reel Big Fish

Reel Big Fish

RBF formed in 1992, a year in which many of the students at CWU were born. The band has continued to produce solid punk rock tunes, with over ten studio produced albums. The band also has greatest hits, live and acoustic albums along with a few EPs to their name. With that arsenal of music in their back pocket RBF is known to put on one of the best rock shows around with over 250 show dates a year to their thousands of almost cult-like fans.

Candy Coated Fury is RBF’s most recent accomplishment, released in July of 2012. In the spirit of ska, many of RBF’s song take a less serious tone. Candy Coated Fury includes classics such as “Your Girlfriend Sucks,” “I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore” and “Everyone Else Is An A*****e.”

The band is old, but has been through a through a lot of change with only one founding member, lead singer Aaron Barrett left. In an interview with freelance journalist Marcus Beard, Barrett had this to say:

“I feel like I used to be a lot more clever and funny. I’m old,” he laments while his eyes wander around the room. “Monkeys for Nothing was leftover bullshit.”

Not too serious but at times too dark for mom, Reel Big Fish has continued to attract a throng of faithful supporters. The band will be performing in the northwest at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland on January 10, Showbox at the Market in Seattle on January 11 and The Knitting Factory in Spokane on January 13. Tune-in to The ‘Burg tonight (12/3) between 3 and 6 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show.


‘Burg Stuff – Resolution Raffle Ticket Giveaway

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Read on to see how you can be entered to win a pair of tickets to Resolution via a live on-air drawing on December 20th!

88.1 The ‘Burg will be posting Facebook “statuses” related to Resolution 2014 throughout December. Participants in the competition can share a Resolution-related status for entry into a drawing for one pair of Resolution 2014 tickets. Those who share our status must use #881theburg and #givemetix in their shared post in order to be entered in the drawing. Each additional share equals an additional entry into the drawing. Participants can share a single status up to five times for a total of five entries into the drawing per status. Total entries based off of Facebook shares cannot exceed 15.

Participants can also “retweet” a Resolution related Twitter post made by official 88.1 The ‘Burg Twitter page (@881theburgkcwu) for a maximum of three extra entries. Participants can only retweet a single status once and must use #881theburg and #givemetix to be entered. No more entries can be made after 1 p.m. pacific time on Thursday, December 2013.

Chris the Producer will draw a name at random out of a box on Electropolis, Friday, December 20 2014, between 10 p.m. and midnight pacific time. Participants must be listening to the show in order to win. Once Chris announces the winner, that winner will have ten minutes to call the request line and claim the tickets. The call number will be announced by Chris at least two times after the name is drawn. If the winner doesn’t call within the allotted time, Chris will draw another name and so on, until a winner calls in.

In short:

  • Facebook: Maximum five shares/entries per status, up to 15 total Facebook entries into raffle.
  • Twitter: Maximum one retweet/entry per post, up to 5 total Twitter entries into raffle.
  • Total possible entries in raffle: 20
  • Must listen to win
  • Must claim tickets within ten minutes of name being announced
  • Must #881theburg and #givemetix
  • Winner wins one pair of resolution 2013 hard tickets

* The ‘Burg will be giving away more than one pair of tickets to Resolution on-air at other times, outside of the raffle.These giveaways will be advertised in our blog and other social media.

Email Connie Morgan, Brand Manager at with any questions.

Disclaimer for Resolution Ticket Giveaways
The following personnel are not eligible to win prizes from The ‘Burg, unless the contributor has furnished expressed written permission to the General Manager authorizing such personnel to be eligible prize recipients:

1)         Volunteer and paid staff of the radio station
2)         Relatives of the DJ or staff member giving away prize
3)         Roommates (anyone residing in the immediate household) of volunteer or paid staff giving away prize
4)         Significant others (boyfriends or girlfriends) of volunteer or paid staff giving away the prize

*88.1 The ‘Burg reserves the right to refuse prizes to winners.


Fresh Tunes – Coliseum Releases Sister Faith


Coliseum proves once again that less is more on their 5th studio album titled Sister Faith; their throwback 90′s indie alternative rock before the term “indie” even existed, conjures up images of annoying hipsters shopping at Pac Sun. This album is proof that a modern band can be full of aggression and heaviness yet still make an album with practically no “bells and whistles.”

Sister Faith

Sister Faith

While other punk artists fill their music with layers upon layers of guitars backed by a deep rhythm section, Coliseum build’s their songs around melodies and riffs without giving up the integrity of either one  Sister Faith is a classic-sounding album full of straightforward in-your-face rock ‘n roll songs. There are hints of their heavier past,  “Doing Time” pounds out a mid-tempo Dead Kennedy-esque riff, and the five-plus minute “Love Under Will” is driven by bassist Kayhan Vaziri’s thick bass line along side Patterson’s vocals and a alternative sounding guitar that is bit more distant. “Under The Blood Of The Moon” is cut from a similar cloth; impressively, it paints an even darker picture through haunting Misfits like vocals with bass and guitar riff’s that are reminiscent of early Nine Inch Nails.

The back end of Sister Faith is filled with energy, with such songs as “Black Magic Punks”, the upbeat and heavy “Bad Will”. It all ends with an interesting song named “Fuzzbang,” which explodes in its harmonic distorted guitars and is backed by a top notch bass line, this tune could be easily mistaken for a Torche song. “Fuzzbang” is a great way to end the fun, yet heavy album, in which Coliseum show their heavier metal past while creating their punk present.


Shows of Note – Your Comedy Central


Although we are a music driven station, 88.1 The ‘Burg appreciates all kinds of art and entertainment. This is why we are stoked to promote and giveaway tickets to a comedy show featuring “The Nerdist” Chris Hardwick.

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick

Actor, television personality, writer, blogger and comedian, Hardwick has his fingers in many of the entertainment cookie jars. In his attempt to create an evil nerd empire, Hardwick founded, a top-ten comedy podcast on iTunes that focuses on cosplay, comics, games, science and other geeky topics.

Hardwick isn’t just a talented writer, but is the host of “The Soup’s” little brother show “Web Soup” and makes regular appearances on “Chelsea Lately” and “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Hardwick’s first Comedy Central special titled “Mandroid” covered topics range from virginity to awkward adulthood and experiences had by those of a nerdier nature. Hardwick also has a published book titled “The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life).”

Chris Hardwick will be performing in the northwest on December 13 at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the show. Listen today (12/2) between 3 and 6 p.m. and Friday (12/6) between 8 and 10 a.m.


‘Burg Stuff – October DJ of the Month


Nick Oliver aka DJ Dirty Snowball

Nick Oliver

Nick Oliver

Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
High school: Franklin Pierce
Year: Sophomore
Age: 19
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Song: “Ice Ice Baby
Favorite Artist: Green Day
Relationship Status: Eh.
No one knows that Nick…is extremely into shoes.

If you have walked in the ‘Burg station halls chances are you have seen Nick Oliver. The guy practically lives at the station and it was no surprise he took home the DJ of the Month honors for October. Armed with energy, a love of music and the need to be heard, Oliver is a natural fit at 88.1 The ‘Burg.

Oliver started volunteering with the ‘Burg at the beginning of his freshman year, Fall of 2012. In fact, The ‘Burg is the reason Oliver decided on attending Central in the first place. Already knowing he was going to major in Broadcast Journalism, Oliver set out to use The ‘Burg not only as a way to express himself, but start building a resume that would land him a dream job after graduation. Oliver clocked over 90 volunteer hours for the month of October. Not only is Oliver at nearly every ‘Burg event but he also co-hosts two shows and makes guest appearances on other shows as much as time will allow. All of Oliver’s hard work paid off because he was recently hired as a Core Staff Assistant.

You can catch Mr. Oliver on-air, Wednesdays between 10 and midnight on “The Dirty Dyslexic” for a mix of grunge and punk with co-host, Hands the Dyslexic DJ. The DJ of the Month is also a co-host of hip-hop themed “The #Snowcat Show” with Crazy Cat Tayler, Thursdays between 3 and 6 p.m.

Congratulations to our October DJ of the month, Nick Oliver!


Shows of Note – Adventure Wub


It’s a good thing Christian Srigley and Leighton James decided to ditch their hardcore punk sound for EDM. The Canadian duo is now a major figure in the dubstep dance genre. Thank goodness for easily bored teenagers because the switch from punk to EDM was the start of Adventure Club.

Adventure Club

Adventure Club

Influenced by artists such as Tiesto, Flux Pavilion and Skrillex, Adventure Club has made EDM even more user friendly. The duo’s dubstep isn’t so heavy that it can’t be aired on mainstream pop radio. Adventure Club isn’t afraid to collaborate with other pop/electronic artist such as Yuna and Krewella helping to expand their appeal past the traditional EDM crowd. Adventure Club has remixed a lot of pop artists like Britney Spears and Mike Posner to the praises of fans.

Not only does the duo make head bangin’ music but they are somewhat philanthropic. Supporters of Fu$% Cancer, a charity based out of Canada, Adventure Club hopes to reach out to their young audience to encourage early detection and treatment. The duo has also partnered with Electric Family, a charity that sells bracelets to fight hunger in America.

Adventure Club will be playing in the northwest December 2 in Eugene, Ore. at the McDonald Theatre, December 3 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, December 4 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and December 5 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane. Listen to The ‘Burg tonight (11/22) between 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!


Shows of Note – The Heartbreak Kids of Hip-Hop


Bay area rapper Sage the Gemini is so fresh, it’s hard to find out much about him. With no website, no real bio on his Facebook page and nothing but a few pictures on he may be hip-hop’s mystery man.  You probably know him from the singles “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose” but for now it’s unclear if Sage the Gemini is a one-hit wonder type or if he is a rising hip-hop star who will continue to rise in the ranks of music.

Sage the Gemini

Sage the Gemini

Like so many artists, Sage’s journey wasn’t an easy one. With little support from family and friends he had self-taught himself how to create, mix and master beats. 2008 was the first anyone heard of him when he dropped his first online track “You Should Know” on MySpace which generated over 3 million views.



Sage is a member of The HBK Gang also known as The Heartbreak Gang. The HBK is a collective American Hip-hop and music production group out of Richmond, Calif. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Iamsu! Is also a member of the group and is the featured artist on Sage’s single “Gas Pedal.”

IAMSU! Born Sudan Ameer Williams, also found success on MySpace with titles such as “The Go-Gettaz.” IAMSU!’s legitimacy has been increased with his 2012 release of Suzy 6 Speed which featured artists like Juvenille, Wiz Khalifa and others.

Sage the Gemini and IAMSU! Are touring together and will perform at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on December 1. Listen to the ‘Burg today between 3 and 6 p.m. for a chance to win tickets!


Shows of Note – Hip-Hop for Your So(u)l


Influenced by 90’s hip-hop as well as Prince and Marvin Gaye, Seattle hip-hop artist Sol has successfully married hip-hop vocals with a pop friendly sound. He first started getting attention with the three editions of his Dear Friends mixtapes and his most recent full length album Yours Truly dropped in 2012. Yours Truly spent time at #1 on iTunes US Hip-Hop chart and was #4 worldwide at its peak. September of this year, Sol followed Yours Truly’s Success with his EP titled Eyes Open. The ten track EP includes tracks such as hopeful, stay tough anthem “Tomorrow” and other beat strong songs such as bonus track “Dope.”



Also known as Solzilla, Sol & the Zillas got a “Maine Stage” slot at the Sasquatch Festival at the Gorge in 2012. The rapper also had spot on the 2013 Bumbershoot bill. Now returned from a ten month worldwide tour, big things can be expected from Sol. With new influences, experiences and humbling moments, we can only continue to expect big things from this rapper on the rise.

In an interview with Corvallis Gazette Times Sol said this:

“I rap and I make hip-hop, but I try not to limit my influences. Since I was young I’ve always listened to all sorts of types of music…When I’m creating I try not to be confined by some preconception of what hip-hop should be about or what it should sound like. In doing that, I hope to create something that’s unique.”

It’s fair to say Sol is accomplishing his goals and is a huge part of the growing northwest hip-hop scene along with Grynch, Dyme Deaf, Common Market and others.

Sol will be playing at Showbox at the Market on Nov. 27 and The ‘Burg is hooking it up today (11/15) between 1 and 3 p.m. Listen-in for a chance to see him live in Seattle!


Shows of Note – Be aWARE She’s Awesome


English electro-pop artist Jessie Ware fits right among many of the British female pop stars that are all the rage right now. Like Emeli Sande, Charli XCX and Katy B she is electric and soulful. Jessie Ware sounds like sophistication for the future.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

Ware released her first full length album Devotion, in April of this year. Devotion follows an EP released in 2010 and a single in 2011 titled “Valentine.” Ware has a knack for blending vocals seamlessly with simple yet still textured backing production. Influenced by powerful pop female vocalists such as Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield and Sade, Ware worked with experimental indie group Man Like Me as a backup singer before starting a solo career.

Devotion is a good introduction to the artist and is intricate yet almost lazy sounding at times. Tracks such as “Imagine it Was Us” makes you want to get up and dance where “Wildest Moments” is a sad reflection on a broken relationship. We recommend checking out “If You’re Never Gonna Move” and “Sweet Talk” as well.

Jessie Ware is playing in the northwest Nov. 15 at the Neptune Theatre and Nov. 15 at Sonic Boom Records. You can also catch Jessie Ware in Portland on Nov. 16 at the Rosleand Theater.