Introducing ‘Burgstock 2013

For a town known for its hay, Ellensburg sure has some talent. 88.1 The ‘Burg will showcase local musical talent of all genres at ‘Burgstock 2013, April 27th at Prosody Events. The event will include local bands as well as awesome prize giveaways throughout the night. These prizes will even include a pair of Sasquatch 2013 tickets!

We’ll be blogging about all the bands playing and today that will start with BLACKBURN.

BLACKBURN is a young band that met in spring of 2012 and have been gaining stride ever since. The group is made up of three young gents who actually met in our own Ellensburg.


Brody Blackburn fronts the band as the lead vocalist and guitar player. Although his degree is in English, the man set his sites on a solo music career during his early college years. He produced his first solo album as a freshman in college and roughly five years later had produced three solo albums with several musicians from the central Washington region.

Finally, in 2012 he met two musicians who wanted to take music as seriously as he and BLACKBURN was formed. Brody hasn’t looked back since.

Wes Chamberlain lays down the bass for the band, plays piano and also does backing vocals for the group. Chamberlain’s first instrument was the piano and he eventually moved to drums, saving up his allowance to buy himself a kit. Like Brody, Chamberlain started out alone in his quest to start a band so decided if he wanted to make a full band sound he would have to make the full band himself and started playing the guitar to accompany the beats he’d lay down on the drums.

After Chamberlain met Ben McBride the two “automatically clicked” and began working together on a music project. The two then met Brody and Chamberlain finally felt he had met guys with similar aspirations. The three have been making music ever since.

Benjamin McBride rounds out the group and plays the drums for the band. The CWU senior is a Public Relation major and while he hopes to one day work as a PR director for a record label for now he is focusing on building BLACKBURN up to the point of national tour status.

Blackburn will be bringing its alternative rock sound to ‘Burgstock 2013 with the hope of claiming the top prize in this battle of the bands contest. More blog posts on the other bands will follow.


Amateur Youtube Covers Worth Watching


When five people are crowded around one guitar you KNOW things are about to get intense.


Youtube covers. All the cool kids do it.  We wouldn’t be surprised if you knew at least two people with a channel devoted to their covers. It goes without being said that there are some pretty terrible covers out there and with social media on the rise it’s almost impossible to find a half-decent amateur cover these days. Lucky for us, we have websites like reddit and iwastesomuchtime to show us the light. We found a few gems that range from adorable-to-the-point-of-tears to completely badass.

Maria Aragon-Born This Way

This Lady Gaga tune has become a worldwide anthem for empowerment. Ten year old Maria Aragon is a perfect example of what the song is about. She’s a cute as a button with a voice that will take you to church.

After posting the video, Aragon has performed on Ellen and  with Lady Gaga herself.

Pinn Panlle-Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

Okay, okay. So, admittedly, this one may not fall under the “amateur” category but it can’t go without being mentioned. The Skrillex song was released in 2010 and is still heard blasting in the halls of dormitories all over the country. Pinn Panelle gives it a rock spin with state-of-the-art technology and a cutthroat demeanor.

The coolest things: the bassist and the fact that the lead singer samples his own voice for the cover. We’re willing to bet that you’ve hit “replay” on this video at least twice already.

AJ Rafael and Jess Delgado-Such Great Heights

It’s really a cover of a cover. With around 15 covers by famous recording artists, saying this song is a huge success may be a bit of an understatement. This version is a heart-warming cover of Iron and Wine’s take on the Postal Service song.

Rafael has over 250 videos on his channel and is currently touring in Asia.

Walk Off the Earth-Somebody That I Used to Know

Gotye‘s single has become a world-wide hit and has found home in the hearts of many of our DJs. This cover is so simplistic. Five people. One guitar. Words cannot describe the awesome. You’ll have to watch it for yourself.

How crazy is it when the girl looks straight into the camera? This cover is so popular that a lot of people hear it before the original track.

Jorge and Alexa Narvaex-Home

If you thought the Postal Service cover was heart-warming, brace yourself for the aww-ness of this cover. Father and daughter perform the popular Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes song. If you don’t feel a twinge in your chest during this then you have no soul!

That little girl has such a great ear! This duo has 169 videos but none quite as touching as this. This song may never be the same.



Five Australian Artists We Love

Lately, our DJs have been stumbling upon more and more Australian artists, old and new. At first, they were chalking it up to mere coincidence but now it seems like the Aussies are onto something, something good. Say goodbye to tired old stereotypes about crocodiles and throwing shrimp on the barbie, and say hello to artists that you may or may not know and who will blow your mind regardless.


Made famous in 2003 with their hit “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet skyrocketed to the top of the charts with their album Get Born. The album is ranked at #25 on Triple J’s “Hottest 100 Aussie Albums of All Time.”

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Jet's rock-and-roll is so pure that two of the members must permanently wear shades.


Why We Love Them

Early 2003 was a dark time for many of us. With being the number one social networking site and Trapt’s “Headstrong” being a smash-hit, some of us look back at that time and give ourselves an internal face-palm. Jet was a much needed wakeup call to the rise of the computer age. Get Born is pure rock-and-roll. No effects. No nonsense. They’re reminiscent of classic rock with a contemporary energy that ignited something deep inside of us.


Cloud Control

Formed in 2005, Cloud Control began to make music for a band competition. Though they claim on their facebook page that they weren’t very good. In 2011, they released their debut album Bliss Release which has since been named #56 on the “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time.”

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First they will control the clouds, next they will conquer the jungle.


Why We Love Them

They’re organic. Bliss Release is a pop-rock symphony recorded on tape in their producer’s basement. Cloud Control is open-hearted without being too sentimental. They’re perfect for days when snow descends upon us like an angel’s bad dandruff. In other words, they’re perfect for every day in Ellensburg from November to April.


Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins struck gold in high school when she won a song writing award and contracts with Eleven and Warner Brothers. In 2004, the first single from her debut album The Sound of White won an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award for “Best Pop Release.” The album was ranked #29 on, wait for it, the “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time.”

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Even her stare is thoughtful.


Why We Love Her

She is a sincere lady. Her ageless music is a perfect balance of uplifting tracks and ballads. She came to us in a time of disposable pop-music and delivered genuine tracks that listeners of all tastes could enjoy. Furthermore, she performed with Nic Cester of Jet in 2007 which can only mean that she’s a total badass. To top it all off, she’s super nice. In her spare time, Higgins works with charities for mental health patients and efforts to make all of her tours carbon neutral.



Wolfmother made their break in 2005 with their single “Woman.” Their self-titled album raced up the ARIA charts to position #3. They immediately became an international success, performing at Seattle’s very own Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2006. Oh and guess what. Wolfmother is ranked as the #8 “Hottest Aussie Album of All Time.”

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If you look into their eyes you'll turn into heavy metal.


Why We Love Them

While the rest of the world was freaking out about Y2K, a group of guys withdrew from their fallout shelters and began forming a band that would slap us all in the face with its hard, driving riffs and heavy swagger. Wolfmother makes us want to turn it up to 11 and head-bang until our brains rupture. They’re eclectic, producing many songs from a wide range of awesome. Wolfmother enters 2012 with the promise of a new album which, according to their website, is going to be beastly.




We instantly knew we loved Gotye when we found out that he released three studio albums independently. His third album Making Mirrors became a huge international success after he released the first single “Eyes Wide Open.” Gotye has been nominated for five ARIA awards and the MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. His sophomore album Like Drawing Blood also made it on Triple J’s “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time” at position #11.

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Gotye isn't likely to fade into the background any time soon.


Why We Love Him

Imagine that your favorite poem was a piece of music composed by the higher power of your choice and you may have an idea what Gotye sounds like. Several DJs—who shall remain nameless—nearly wet themselves when they first saw the video for “Somebody That I Used To Know.” As if the lyrics aren’t thought-provoking enough, the video is insanely moving. The track is one of those spine-tingling, set-on-repeat-until-your-roommate-wants-to-kill-you sort of songs. The best part is that Gotye is witty as hell. His lyrics may be a little depressing but he is one facetious fellow. His personal bio on his website is strangely poetic as he mocks self-worshipping biographies. Gotye is an up-and-comer that the world knows has the potential to blow our minds all the way to the moon.