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RADIO FOR RWANDA 2015 – This Weekend

Posted on 11 May 2015 by Peter Raffel

Hi All – Station Manager Peter here, reminding everyone that this weekend is the 3rd Annual RADIO FOR RWANDA, a 12 hour marathon put on my WLFM and GlobeMed (and hosted by Yours Truly) to raise money for GlobeMed’s cause in Rwanda – Health Development Initiative (HDI).

Please tune in on SUNDAY, MAY 17th, 2015 to hear all kinds of in-studio guests, bands, students, faculty, staff, and strangers – all banded together for one purpose: to raise some money for a good cause! Who’s gonna be here, you might be asking? Well here’s a taste: Wild Firth, Mokumbo, The Appletones, Dope AF, President Mark Burstein, #BacktotheBronx, and – wait for it – Kevin The Security Guard! And that is only the tip of the iceberg!

So! Tune in, be a part of the fun, and DONATE! Seriously. You won’t want to miss this.

Find the Facebook event page here.

Listen to the Best of Radio for Rwanda 2013 here.

See photos from last year’s event here.

For information about the cause, go here.

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A Quick Dissertation On The Concert Experience

Posted on 23 February 2015 by Margaret Koss

I am incredibly qualified to write this piece because horrible things happen to me at concerts: at Summerfest someone physically knocked me down onto the ground when I was waiting in line for food; at Vampire Weekend this creepy couple sat down in my sister and brother-in-law’s seats while they went to the bathroom and I had to yell at these people for two minutes until they left; at Arctic Monkeys I was ran over by a 6 foot something inch guy while he was rushing the stage. As a result, the most aggressive side of my personality comes out at concerts.

As a general rule, you do not go to concerts to make friends. It’s weird, because you would think that so many people in a small space all with one thing in common would facilitate beautiful friendships but it doesn’t really work that way. Even if you meet a few cool people, most people are the incarnation of everything you hate. Here’s a condensed yet comprehensive list of what I’m talking about:

The “Excuse Me, Sorry” People: These are the assholes that squeeze in between groups of people to try to get in the front of the crowd, even though they got there an hour later than everyone else and there’s literally no space for them to move forward yet they still somehow feel entitled to the front row. Usually it’s high school girls that do this while giggling but every once in awhile it will be a couple of 30 year old guys that then commence to befriend the 15 year olds around them. The bottom line is that if you are this kind of person, you are selfish and stupid and I hate you.

The High School Couples: Look I get that you really love each other but why do you have to make out in a crowd of hundreds of people and right in front of me? Dear God.

The Club Dancing People: These are the people who are confused about the difference between concert-going and clubbing. At a concert, general bobbing and swaying is acceptable, and just going with the vibe of the song. Club Dancing People will jump up and down with their hand above their head, or move around more than they should with their hand at their ear like a DJ spinnin a track. This is also annoying because you are in way closer proximity to other people at a concert than at a club so you really should not be doing this. Especially when it’s a Hozier concert. I guarantee you will never see a DJ spinnin a Hozier track at a club.

The Incessant Snapchatters: This doesn’t actually affect me but I don’t really get why it’s necessary to take that many 10 second videos of poor quality. Also when you zoom in that much you can’t even see what you’re looking at.

The Tall People: These are people that should just make the decision to stand in the back because no matter where they are, they will see what’s going on. Some day I will open my own concert venue that arranges where everyone is standing based on height.

To conclude my dissertation I would like to say that although all of these people (and combinations of these people) inevitably surround me at concerts, I still come away feeling like I have just seen the best show ever and go through the next week in a sort of daze and listen to the music from the show nonstop. Even though it would be kind of great if everyone stayed still and sat down and didn’t say a word, it’s cool that the energy from the crowd can change the energy from the performer – and they give you a great show and a 4-song encore. So I will live out my love-hate relationship with live shows and maybe invest in stilts or a stool or something.

Also listen to this Tiny Desk Concert it’s great and a great example of how amazing Hozier is live (I’m in that daze I talked about).



Posted on 20 May 2014 by Steph

Hey folks, just a reminder that our second-annual Radio for Rwanda radiathon with GlobeMed is this Sunday, May 25th, from noon to midnight!

Last year we raised an incredible $3,333 dollars, and we hope to at least double it this year! There will be more guests, more prizes and giveaways, and hopefully less of Peter’s voice being lost…or maybe more?

Join by tuning in for any of the twelve hours, donating online, or stopping down to the station!!

NONONO, Foals, Arctic Monkeys Concert Review

Posted on 22 December 2013 by Taylor Dodson

My luck came close to running out last week as my best friend and I struggled with finding proper transportation and therefore nearly had to sell our tickets – two tickets I had spent $80 on so that my best friend had a great Christmas present instead of Swedish Fish and nail polish – to a show I, personally, had been looking forward to ever since it was announced: Arctic Monkeys at The Rave. Thankfully, everything fell into place and my Friday the 13th turned out to be pretty freakin’ awesome.

Arriving to The Rave at a little after 5, we waited in line for an hour and enjoyed the Moon Taxi pre-show, gazing up at the lit stage that held a man with a slight resemblance to Kurt Cobain…who I may have tweeted about…which the band may have seen. And favorited.

Twitter famous, ya’ll.

Once doors to the Eagles Ballroom had opened, the rush inside began. The line weaved through lobbies and stairwells and angry (bitter? jealous?) Rave employees until, finally, we were in. This was my first time in the Eagles Ballroom specifically, despite many past trips to The Rave itself. Needless to say, I was pretty blown away by the room. It was both extremely large and very beautiful. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a handy dandy photo for some perspective:

It’s pretty fisheye’d (excuse my lack of proper terminology and phrasing), but it’s something visual. From my Google image search heart to yours.

After waiting for about three hours (one of the bands were late and threw off the whole set by an hour, but it was well worth the wait), we were finally treated to the first opening act: NONONO. Upon entering the venue, I had no idea who this band was, but they’re super catchy and worth checking out; the chorus of ‘Pumpin’ Blood’ may be somewhat recognizable due to a commercial for Sparkling Ice. I will say that I prefer this Swedish dance-pop live compared to the tracked versions of their work, but it’s decent nonetheless and you’ll enjoy it if you like unique vocals mixed in with lots of synth and whistles. Live, the vocals actually immediately reminded me of Swedish rock band The Sounds, who I enjoy immensely. NONONO lead singer Stina’s voice is deeper and more passionate during her live performances and the band brings along some good, contagious energy.

After a set that seems to be a collection of…well, all of their work since they only have one EP out, NONONO left the stage to the second opener: Foals. Hailing from the UK just like the Arctic Monkeys, Foals has apparently won some really awesome award for “Best Live Act” as of this year and were nominated for “Best Act In The World Today” as well. When the show’s announcer shared this with us, the smartass inside me initially thought “They’re either going to be incredible or they’re going to be disappointing thanks to the high expectations this radio personality/concert host just gave us.” Never again will I let myself have the doubts I did that night. WHAT. A. SHOW. They were insane. With a guitar intro nearly parallel to the likes of psychadelic rock bands of the past, Foals put on one of the most energetic and fantastic shows I’ve ever seen. While hits like ‘My Number’ come off as retro disco-pop on the tracks rather than intense indie-rock, I can assure you they are a blast to hear live. Complete with a crazy light show, crowd surfing by lead singer Andrew, and amazing guitar-solos, the show was absolutely paralyzing. I would present you with a selfie of my dropped jaw and un-interrupted stare that lasted the whole set, but I didn’t take one because I was busy experiencing the barely-explainable wonder that was happening in front of my very eyes.

That hour of great intensity passed, and at long last I was about to see Alex Turner (and Alex Turner’s hair, which is so distinct that it is often described as a separate member of the band) put on the moves and serenade me (recklessly? I’m sorry, I had to) as the red lights and constant smokiness gave off a magnificent silhouette of the band. Starting the night off sultry and slow, ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ echoed throughout the ballroom as the screams bounced off the curved ceiling. Following up with the ever-energetic ‘Brianstorm’ was the perfect choice, as the formerly mentioned slower show-starting hit suddenly melted into something fast-paced and wild. By wild, not only do I mean the brilliant vocal effects and guitar solos, but also the crowd, who had then chosen to send waves upon violent waves of somehow-synched pushes towards the front of the room, trapping everyone’s ankles and nearly causing us all to kiss the concrete on multiple occasions. Keeping the energy going with the slams of chords (a weird description yet the only accurate one I can come up with) during the scream-inducing ‘Dancing Shoes’, AM proved that they knew just how to pace the entire show perfectly. ‘Dancing Shoes’ was followed up by “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, ‘Old Yellow Bricks’, ‘Crying Lightning’, ‘Snap Out Of It’, ‘Reckless Serenade’, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’, ‘Arabella’, and ‘Pretty Visitors’ before Turner decided to let everyone know that he was indeed focused on the lovely ladies in the audience. Loudly repeating “How are the LADIES doin’ tonight, Milwaukee?!” before declaring that the next song was for us specifically (‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, naturally), the energy jumped yet again on the scale from sexy to party. The spirit of Young Taylor went absolutely insane, let me tell you. I heard that song when it first came out seven or so years ago, and it’s the reason I decided to check out the rest of their work a few months ago. As you can tell, I’m not exactly a “lifetime fan”, but simply a ‘fan of their beginning turned fan of everything they’ve ever done, ever’. As the main set ended with ‘Knee Socks’, ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, and ‘505’, the couples standing directly in front of me were, uh, mingling so hard that they were close to creating life. That’s what these jams do to people, you know? I mean, what are boundaries anyway? I sure don’t mind you brushing against me as you try to do everything except keep it in your pants. However, all was forgiven as I reminded myself I was 100 feet away from such incredible musicians who returned two minutes later for an encore; “I’ve only got time for ‘One For The Road’, Milwaukee!”, Alex yelled, going right into another fantastic hit off their latest album, AM. Immediately after, he goes “I’ve only got one question for you.” and ended the night with a powerful performance of “R U Mine?”, making me wish for the millionth time that night that I could gaze into his eyes and say “Why, yes, Alex Turner. I am yours. Yes. Play with my hair and sing me to sleep, would you?”

Ultimately, it was one of the best shows I’ve been to. Ever. Don’t let the live performances on internet-land fool you, because this show greatly surpassed any of the video representations I looked into beforehand. The band was spot on, the vocals were spot on, the visuals were…well…you know…they were sort of like this:

And like this:

A little bit like this:

And a lot like this:

You’re welcome.

Late LU Weird Coverage!

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Steph

LU Weird, year two, went off wonderfully a month and a half ago, and this is me just now remembering to post the Lawrentian coverage of it! Yay!

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2013-14 shows are in full swing!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on 06 October 2013 by Steph

This will be the first full week of shows for the school year! The board is ready, the DJs are educated and acquainted, the schedule is all figured out (to be officially posted with descriptions soon!) and the new CDs are filing in.

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GlobeMed/WLFM team-up results: $3333 dollars for HDI Rwanda!

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Steph

Watch the idea and preparation, covered by This Is Lawrence. The marathon took place on Sunday, May 19th, and was a big hit, thanks to many dedicated volunteers and listeners.

Marnie Stern has the cutest dog ever and its name is Fig

Posted on 21 April 2013 by Rachele

Yep, it’s pretty much official, Marnie Stern is awesome, and she has a freakin’ cute dog. Friday night’s concert was a success! Roomrunner and Marnie Stern played a great show, we got to hang out with all of them, talking everything from crazy tour adventures to life after college. Here is some documentation from the event (excuse my poor photography skills, I really suck at taking concert photos):


Fig drinking


Marnie shredding

Thanks again to everyone who came out and showed their support despite all the other events happening on campus. As always, here at WLFM we love to see people dancing rather than sitting at the boring War Requiem. Just kidding!! Also, if you did happen to miss the show because of the LSO concert, I will be posting vids on Facebook shortly!



WLFM Presents Marnie Stern: The Coolest Rocker Chick Around

Posted on 06 April 2013 by Rachele

Yeah that’s right- On Friday April 19th at 9 pm pm (after the orchestra and other con shenanigans are over) you should all head over to the campus center for MARNIE STERN live with opener Room Runner.

If you don’t know (and shame on you if you don’t), Marnie Stern is the genius creator of albums such as In Advance of the Broken Arm and This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That, to name a few. Pitchfork said her newest album, The Chronicles of Marnia is an exploration of  “the moment when physical intensity turns into an almost meditative state.” You can read the full review here.

Marnie’s current tour is taking her all over the US, including SXSW, a festival often-frequented by WLFM members, and then eventually, to us at Lawrence! You can see a preview of what to expect here.

You also might be familiar with Marnie because of her collaboration with insane percussionist Zach Hill from Hella and more recently Death Grips.

So anyways, your obvious choice of activity for Friday April 19th at 9 pm in the Esch-Hurvis room of the Campus Center is Marnie Stern, LIVE, IN PERSON, AT LAWRENCE. BE THERE!!!!


Day Dreamer

Day Dreamer Interview!

Posted on 06 March 2013 by Taylor Dodson

Hailing from the southeastern WI/IL border, Day Dreamer is something special. With clever, relatable lyrics and a strong, unique sound to match, this band has a lot to offer. The passion in their work is undeniable, and if you don’t believe me you can watch this:

Losing Track – Acoustic

Their EP is up for download on their bandcamp and they also have a music video for what is my personal favorite song they’ve recorded thus far, Violet. If you like indie, emo, punk rock, or anything in between, you should give this band a chance. They’re going places for sure, and I’m not just talking about on tour.

The four talented individuals who make up this blend of musical fusion are Chris Sorenson, Brandon Boozer, Zack DiPersio, and Tyler Koutny. I was able to ask three of the four some questions about their music, past experiences, and their “Best Wishes” for where this experience takes them.

1. What are the first three adjectives or words that come to mind when thinking about Day Dreamer?
Chris: Hm, punk rock, punk rock, and most importantly punk rock.
Brandon: Emotion, honesty, and drive.
Zack: I would say the same thing as Brandon. Emotion, honesty, and drive.

2. How have you learned from previous musical experiences, and what do you hope to accomplish with this one?
Chris: I have learned from playing music in local bands for my entire teenage life that you really need to stop caring what people think of your music. Once you stop trying to emulate another’s voice, writing style, what have you, you really start to feel fulfilled in writing your music and that really is the point of all of this, isn’t it? So yeah, I hope to accomplish fulfillment through our music and I guess in the most vague sense, I really hope that this band acts as a catalyst to travel.
Brandon: I was in a pop punk band early on in high school, and we got fairly big in the local scene, but I never felt too creative. It was all really just for fun. Along with Day Dreamer, I am in a hardcore band called Loose Ends. With these bands I am working not only towards a better understanding of my instrument and my voice (which still needs much work), but also [towards] gaining a better understanding of myself, my words, and my thoughts.
Zack: I learned from doing solo acoustic stuff and watching other bands perform. I was [also] in another band with Chris and Brandon, Get Well Cards, as the drummer but I didn’t find myself energetic. So what I wish to accomplish in Day Dreamer is to be able to perform with enthusiasm and express the way I feel about our music.

3. What’s your favorite thing about Day Dreamer?
Chris: My favorite thing about Day Dreamer has got to be the fact that I thoroughly enjoy the writing process as opposed to other bands that I have been apart of.
Brandon: I think my favorite part about Day Dreamer is probably the same as Chris’. We all work very well together.
Zack: I can say so many things about how much I love being in this band, but my two favorite things are everybody has such a deep appreciation for the music, not just our own, and also how well we work together. I mean, there’s nothing better than working with your good friends.

4. What is something you’ve done or learned as an artist that you’re proud of?
Chris: I have learned as an artist that to write good music, you must appreciate every single type of music no matter what your personal opinion on the genre or sound may be. You’ve got to appreciate that not everybody listens to the same thing and so you have to meet people halfway. I will admit when a band is good even if I don’t enjoy their music. You’ve got to learn to grow up and appreciate all forms of art so that you can truly grasp the concept of making your own.
Brandon: I have gotten a lot better at my instrument than I was when I first actually started playing guitar. The first band I played guitar in was called Get Well Cards and honestly, I was a shitty guitar player. To let your mind expand and to let your abilities expand, you do have to take a step back and stop saying “This band sucks.” In most cases, the band doesn’t suck. You just need to take it for what it is and appreciate it. My musical taste has widened way more than I ever thought it would.
Zack: I have learned that you have to be open minded [with] what you listen to and appreciate all types of music. it helped me become a better artist and a better songwriter.

5. What is something you would like to become better at individually?
Chris: I would like to get better at pacing myself while singing. Not too interesting of an answer, I know.
Brandon: I want to learn how to play all different styles of music, mostly old blues guitar. Blues rules.
Zack: What I would like to become better at is my stage presence. I am a very shy guy and just need to be able to jump the gun.

6. What would be your dream venue to play in and tour to be a part of?
Chris: Honestly, it would be insane to play a packed show at the Metro in Chicago.
Brandon: Realistically right now, I would love to play a show at the Subterranean in Chicago. Playing a sold out show at like, the Bradley Center or something would be absolutely insane, but I’m not sure the fan base for this type of music will ever get that huge. Hahaha.
Zack: I would love to play at the House of Blues. I just love it in there. To be able to play there would be amazing.
Chris: It would absolutely rule to play shows with Daylight, Saves The Day, and my all-time favorite, Brand New.
Brandon: Touring with bands like Daylight, Tigers Jaw, Seahaven, Title Fight, or Balance & Composure would be damn wild.
Zack: I would love to tour with Tigers Jaw and Daylight; that would be amazing.

7. What inspires you?
Chris: When I find myself submerged in a great album, I get a feeling that nothing else can ever compare to. When I see a band that I love live, that feeling is multiplied. I am inspired by my wish to provide that feeling to other people as it has so graciously been gifted to me.
Brandon: I just want to make music that I can listen to and get the same feeling that I get when listening to some of my favorite bands, and if I can do that for someone else, that is great. But honestly, I think it may be more for myself than anyone else. I just want something that I can say I did a good job on and that I can show my parents and have them know that their support in my musical endeavors over the years hasn’t been wasted.
Zack: I’m inspired by music in general [as well as] writing it. Just being able to play is something I want to do for the rest of my life. Having people listen to the music that we have is just amazing. As a band I can say that it inspires us to write even more, even better songs than we have now. I couldn’t be happier.