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Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Hopscotch Day Show at King's Barcade (& simulcast)

Three Lobed Recordings and Duke's WXDU are once again teaming up for one heck of a free day show during the Hopscotch Music Festival. Our festivities will go down at the ever-rad King's Barcade from noon to 5:30pm on Friday, September 6th. We have worked hard to assemble a lineup of performances that are unique to this show - be it performers who are not making other appearances at the festival or special collaborations. As with every prior Three Lobed day show, this year's day show will feature a debut collaboration (2011 - the world premiere live collaboration of William Tyler and James Toth on "Tennessee Blues" -- 2012 the North American debut of the BOC trio, Alan Bishop, Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano). If you're into free / avant / psych / out / other music, this is where you're going to want to be. If you can't make it, WXDU will be simulcasting the show and exclusive artist interviews (featuring a live feed by Jonas Blank ofNYCTaper). There will be *tons* of merch on hand, including some oddball titles, from all of the involved performers. Be ready.


Super Power Wower!

Hi Folks! We lost power here at the station, so we're trying to get Who's Got The Cuckoo up and running again ASAP! Sorry for the hassles. Big storms in the region, I guess...




The Weather Station interview and in-studio performance - Tonight! (9/3) at 8pm

Tune in this evening for an interview and in-studio performance with Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station in the WXDU studio. The Weather Station will be playing at Hopscotch this Friday (9pm at the Fletcher Opera Theater) in support of last year's All of it Was Mine, an album of modern folk that has garnered praise for its literate storytelling, vivid imagery, and intimate acoustics. We will also have some passes to give away for the Saturday night City Plaza performances at Hopscotch.


4/15 Tonight's College Radio Primer - The Modern Lovers! (8-10pm)

The importance of The Modern Lovers to the sound of college radio can't overstated. Their music was an essential bridge over the gap between the sounds of garage rock and the Velvet Underground in the 1960s and the birth of punk in the 1970s. Frontman, Jonathan Richman, exuded a nervous, sentimental nerdiness that would be hugely influential to bands like They Might Be Giants, Art Brut, Titus Andronicus, Weezer, and many other college rock mainstays. Members of the Modern Lovers would go on to join bands like the Talking Heads, The Cars, DMZ, and The Real Kids, which only emphasizes the impact that their sound had on rock music in the 1970s and beyond. Tune in from 8-10pm tonight to listen The Modern Lovers' hits, some rare live tracks, and a bunch of artists who followed in the Modern Lovers' footsteps.


College Radio Primer - Who put the shield around the K? - 8-10pm tonight!

K Records was founded by Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Go Team, Dub Narcotic Sound System) in 1982 in Olympia, Washington. Incorporating the anti-corporate stance and DIY ethic of punk rock, K Records grew from a cassette-only label dedicated to releasing compilations of Olympia bands into a reknowned purveyor of independent pop music that transformed the sound of college radio. The K Records sound helped to make the Pacific Northwest into a Mecca for independent musicians and laid the foundations for Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars, grunge, and modern indie-pop. Tune in to WXDU 88.7FM from 8-10pm tonight to hear the story of K Records: exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1982.

And stayed tuned afterwards for Nobody's Driving from 10-11pm for the best and weirdest of Pacific Northwest punk and hardcore!


WXDU Top 100 Albums and Top 20 Compilations of 2011

At the end of every year, WXDU compiles its Top 100 Albums and Top 20 compilations through the unbiased and highly scientific* process of counting the albums and comps that were played the most by our DJs. We now share with you our lists of WXDU's most-played albums and compilations of 2011. Please enjoy this snapshot of the year that was 2011 at WXDU.



Living in the Heart of the Beast: Rock in Opposition - Sunday, December 4th (noon-2pm)

During the mid-to-late 1970s disaffected European psych-rock musicians, inspired by the music of Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Sun Ra, Olivier Messiaen, and Soft Machine, as well as by the politics of the radical left, formed a loose collective of bands that came to be known as the Rock in Opposition movement. Spearheaded by bands like the UK's Henry Cow and Belgium's Univers Zero, the movement produced dense, challenging, and at times startlingly beautiful music that used surreal and dadaist lyrics to advance a message of anti-fascim, anti-capitalism, and anti-consumerism. Tune into Polyphonic Perversity tomorrow from noon to 2pm to listen to the music of Rock in Opposition movement and the musicians that continue to uphold the tradition today.


The World Turned Upside Down: Billy Bragg and the Red Wedge Tour - TONIGHT (11/14) on College Radio Primer - 8-10pm

High unemployment, racial tensions, the rise of Margaret Thatcher, and the Falklands war all provided fertile ground for politically inclined British musicians to sow their discontent in the 1980s. The Red Wedge tour, officially sponsored and supported by the Labour party, was one of the most publically visible avenues of political expression by pop musicians. Organized by Billy Bragg and Paul Weller, the tour featured a diverse palette of British artists including Bragg, The Style Council, The Communards, Madness, Junior Giscombe, and Prefab Sprout. Tune in tonight from 8-10pm to hear selections from all of these artists and the musicians who influenced them!


Tales from the Twilight World: Power Metal! Saturday, June 4th from 6-8pm

This week's episode of Beyond Good and Evil will feature the epic sounds of power metal, which combined the guitar attack of classic British heavy metal with prog-rock grandeur. Power metal bands have drawn lyrical inspiration from Tolkien, Norse mythology, and the drummer's weekly Dungeons and Dragons game (probably). Tune it to hear Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Iced Earth, and others.


I Stuck My Head in a Fire Hydrant: The Past and Present of Outsider Pop

Tonight's College Radio Primer will cover the strange and fascinating world of Outsider Pop. College radio has long been a haven for artists who operate outside of the mainstream, but what about the fringes of the fringes? What about the musicians who are unable or unwilling to conform to mainstream musical, lyrical, or production standards? What about the musicians who are shut out of the mainstream by personal or institutional barriers? Tune in tonight from 8-10pm to hear the pop music that comes from these outsider spaces- The Fugs, The Shaggs, Captain Beefheart, Jandek, and more will all be played for your listening enjoyment.