Shows of Note – Reely Reely Cool

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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.

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‘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 brandmgr@cwu.edu 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.

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Fresh Tunes – Coliseum Releases Sister Faith

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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.

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