Some people want to lose weight, some people want to break a bad habit and others just want to get plurnt. USC Events is making the latter resolution easy with Resolution 2014. A lineup of over 15 artists, the EDM extravaganza looks to continue its tradition of being the biggest party in Washington state this New Year’s.
Everyone is obviously stoked for headliners Knife Party and Above & Beyond, but there are a few other artists on the playbill The ‘Burg is particularly excited about.
Figure is the poster child for making your way through the ranks of EDM. Making a name for himself in the American dream fashion, Figure, aka Josh Gard, is originally from a small town in Indiana and has gradually gone from traditional DJ techniques of scratching vinyl to dubstep production. When asked in an interview with SimplyGigantic.com if he thinks DJs make better producers he had to admit that if you do one it will help with the other, and we agree.
Electrohouse DJ, Lazy Rich (Richard Billis), is a Canadian import who has caught our attention. Influenced by Wolfgang Gartner, Deadmau5 and Zero 7, the man claims to have a hankering for evil sounding music as opposed to the bright and fluffy. His career on the rise, Lazy Rich has worked with Deadmau5, Lady GaGa, Fatboy Slim and many more on remixes and other projects. Lazy Rich isn’t stopping anytime soon and we’re glad he isn’t.
It isn’t common to see female producers in the EDM scene. It’s even less common to see twins. NERVO is truly a breath of fresh air. Talented, sexy and blonde, they may just be on their way to becoming EDM icons. Originally songwriters for stars like Ke$ha and the Pussycat Dolls, twins Mim and Liv co-wrote “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. The Australian born NERVO twins are now COVERGIRLS and have had quite the year in 2013. It will be hard to top their success in 2014 but Resolution will be a great way to start trying.
The ‘Burg is giving away multiple pairs of tickets to Resolution 2014. Listen between 10 and midnight tomorrow (12/6) for a shot at winning. Check out our Resolution Ticket Giveaway Blog and Facebook event for details on how you can be entered into a Resolution ticket drawing.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 Nerdist.com, a top-ten comedy podcast on iTunes that focuses on cosplay, comics, games, science and other geeky topics.
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.
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
High school: Franklin Pierce
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!
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.
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!
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 Lastfm.com 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
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!
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.
“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!