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Evan Morris mixes things up in the ‘Burg

By Katie Hirtz Evan Morris has all the elements for the musician equation: years of familial influence plus experience with several instruments plus lots and lots of formal training equal a pretty solid musician. But Evan is more than pretty solid. He’s fucking excellent. Evan, a senior SMAD major from Northern Virginia, grew up in … Continue reading

Where are they now?: Mike Corbett

By Brendan Harte Gilsenan “Once Guns N’ Roses is done you guys can sound check.” Excuse me? Did he Guns N’ Roses? In early 2010 Mike Corbett and the rest of Midnight Spin found themselves unexpectedly sharing the bill with ‘the most dangerous band in the world’ (or at least Axl Rose’s current version of … Continue reading

Genre Profile: Emo Punk

By Mike Ciecierski Hey, remember when emo was cool? Oh wait, neither do I. That’s because before bands like Underoath and Senses Fail came along, bands like Cap’n Jazz, Rites of Spring, and Sunny Day Real Estate were dismissed as a “phase” in emotional punk music. That being said, the bands that truthfully held onto … Continue reading

Absolutely no brown M&M’s

By Brendan Harte Gilsenan Absolutely no brown M&M’s. Van Halen was notorious for making this request during the 1980s. For every concert they performed, there was a laundry list of demands. From the quirky to the bizarre, unique requests are made all the time by artists performing at shows. Over the years James Madison University … Continue reading

Kansas comes to the Convo

By Shannon Hall The times may change, but the music lives on forever. Last Friday night, classic rock band Kansas made a stop at the JMU Convocation Center as part of its 2011 Collegiate Symphony Tour. Backed by the JMU Symphony Orchestra, the concert bridged the gap between generations, drawing in an audience of both … Continue reading

Chiddy Bang brings the beat to Wilson Hall

By Brendan Harte Gilsenan The suggestions were written on a paper plate: JMU girls, Lucky Charms, condoms, a girl named Christina, New Orleans, Steve Jobs and the Redskins. A random assortment for sure, but Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege brought them together this past Thursday in the Wilson Hall auditorium. Pulling subjects from the crowd, Chiddy strung … Continue reading

WXJM brings Ty Segall to Festival Ballroom

By Kelly Carlin The scene inside Festival is usually an assortment of moving images: students studying, eating and catching up with friends. On September 25, the building’s Ballroom A buzzed with a different kind of energy. At first, the building seemed deserted, but as 9 p.m. approached, the space was flooded with anticipation. On this … Continue reading

Review: Modeselektor – “Monkeytown”

By Ross Figlerski Released: September 27, 2011 Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary don’t necessarily fit into the generic mold of recent electronic music. This is why everything they tend to release is so damn impressive. Their new album, “Monkeytown”, combines typical IDM, drum, and bass with enough pitch warps and jungle rave sensibility to … Continue reading

Cassette Comeback

By Mike Ciecierski It’s been a while since cassettes were the primary medium to listen to music; so long, in fact, that when I bought two from some local bands and popped them into my car, I couldn’t remember how to rewind them. A little pathetic, I know. But along with vinyl, cassettes have started … Continue reading

Music Among Us: A brief profile of Joseph Taylor

By Andy Fram & Molly Greenhood It’s a chilly day in mid February as we navigate the persistently humid halls of the music building. We arrive at a door at the end of the hallway on the second floor, knock and wait. A few seconds later the door swings open, and music industry professor Joseph … Continue reading