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Album Review

Kamaiyah // A Good Night In The Ghetto

It’s a pleasantly quiet Sunday morning and you’re cruising down a west Oakland promenade littered with the remnants of last night’s youthful debauchery. Broken Hennessy bottles and stomped-out Swisher Sweet roaches laying damp in the gutters evoke the evening’s regrettable decisions and exacerbate your own mild hangover merely with the images they conjure. You stop… Read More


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Classic of Montreal + electronica + relationship failure. Innocence Reaches contains the band’s first completely EDM songs, a new musical foray that is especially significant remembering that Kevin Barnes used to only listen to music from the 1970s and earlier. Coupled with EDM, Innocence Reaches‘ other key element is glammy prog rock in a vein similar to that found… Read More



Upcoming Concerts: August + September

Welcome to the End of Summer/Back to School 2016 edition of WRMC’s concert guide to the Champlain Valley and beyond! Whether you’re kicking it in Middlebury this summer or you’re just already planning how to avoid your impending responsibilities, we’ve got your back. There’s no better way to embrace the fall than driving through the mountains in the last post-8pm sunlight… Read More



I Researched Groupies On The Internet!: A Playlist

This is Summer Hathaway: band manager, class factotum, and former groupie, . If you’ve seen the cult classic film ‘School of Rock’ then you already know this. You may also know that is by far the most quotable movie of the century. Anyway, Summer Hathaway, needs to get it together. For too long has the… Read More


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Schoolboy Q // Blank Face LP

After his momentous debut in 2014 with Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q is back with Blank Face LP, a pièce de résistance for the gangsta rap genre. In some ways analogous to his first studio album with Top Dawg Entertainment, Schoolboy Q utilizes the album’s harmoniously disturbing beats to deliver his off-kilter style flow to give the… Read More


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PUP // The Dream is Over

Fact: “The Dream is Over” is a direct quote from lead singer Stefan Babcock’s doctor. After Stefan basically destroyed his vocal chords due to the band’s insane touring schedule of about 250 shows a year, he was rewarded with this crushing diagnosis. But if the story sounds a little ridiculous or overly serious to you, you’re… Read More



Concert Review: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to go to an Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (now just The Magnetic Zeros) show in the year 2016. A lot of time had passed since the band had first captured my attention with its feel-good Americana persona in early 2012. I’d been disheartened when the… Read More


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The Avalanches // Wildflower

My high school friends and I didn’t know what to expect when we watched the 1981 film Polyester, directed by John Waters. Waters is a master of gross, bizarre, dark comedy, typically taking aim at the depraved denizens of white, suburban, upper-class America. In this particular film, an unfortunate housewife named Francine Fishpaw (played by… Read More

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87 % Piece of the Pie: A Playlist

After every half hour session of grilled bbq meat, cans of beer, and dripping pieces of fruit, all that’s left is the pie. For what it’s worth, the “old fashioned favorite,” is sweet, warm, comfortable, traditional and friggin’ delicious (one of the three things I can ever actually eat at a cookout). Apple, cherry, blueberry,… Read More


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YG // Still Brazy

When I listen to an album the first time through, sound and overall aesthetic are the initial factors that determine how much I like it. This is especially true in the realm of gangster rap, known for the ad-libs and violent onomatopoeia. I still remember getting goose bumps when the beat dropped on Chief Keef’s… Read More

Mitski Miyawaki pictured above, photo by Ebru Yildiz

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Mitski // Puberty 2

Brandi: On a subway ride, the icy grasp of rejection, isolation and unrequited affection crawls over skin and pulls at tear ducts. There are too many people around for this to be a problem. At the core I become warm, my heart races past my panting and feels like it’s skipping. With only five people… Read More

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