08 December 2016

Artist Spotlight: Zella Day

Zella Day photographed by Janell Shirtcliff
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Zella Day is an American singer and song writer who has an indie vibe that blends with electronica sounds.  Zella is twenty one years old and has been singing and performing since 2012 when she first performed a cover of the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army.  In 2014 Zella debuted her first EP self-titled "Zella Day."  The song features hits like Sweet Ophelia, Hypnotic, and East of Eden which contain both indie and electronic influences.  Her most recent release is titled "Man on the Moon" and continues to display her unique, airy voice.  If you want to hear more by Zella Day and other artists like her then be sure to tune in to WNJR at 91.7FM.

02 December 2016

Watch Out Artist/ Album: Kehlani "Sweet Sexy Savage"



Watch Out Artist/Album:Kehlani "Sweet Sexy Savage"

If you have not noticed my infatuation with Kehlani, I hope this post conveys the message that she may actually be the savior of R&B. Early this week Kehlani posted on Twitter the title of her new and first album, "Sweet Sexy Savage. Just to provide context Kehlani was mix tape was nominated for a Grammy. As a result Tsunami fans are highly anticipating her freshman album. "Sweet Sexy Savage" pays homage to the 90's group ("TLC") album "Crazy Sexy Cool"where she coined the title. In addition to this new album she also uploaded a video to her single "Distraction"two weeks ago. It has grossed over a million views in the past week and has continued to rise. She continued to pay homage to 90's group when her new video "Distraction" resembles similar themes as Destiny's Child video "Say My Name," Say My Name was a vibrant and colorful themed video where they sung the single in a red, yellow, and blue room.  Kehlani is never afraid to give credit when credits due. She continues to thank all female R&B artist that paved the way for her. Which is why she may be the savior of R&B. 

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01 December 2016

Artist Spotlight: Childish Gambino

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Hey guys! So instead of doing an electronic artist this week I decided to focus on musician, singer-songwriter, actor, and comedian, Donald Glover.  Glover has been a favorite artist of mine for a while now and when performing he goes by the stage name Childish Gambino.  Glover's career started when he turned 23 and started working as a writer on the TV show 30 Rock.  He can also be seen acting on the show Community and Atlanta.  He was interested in creating music and released his first album Camp in 2011 and has been producing albums with hip hop, R&B, and electronic influences ever since.  Glover's newest album Awaken My Love! is expected to be released December 2nd (tomorrow!!) and is expected to be much different from what someone would expect of a rap album.  You can hear the singles "Me and Your Mama" and "Redbone" and experience how Glover's music has evolved since his first album.  Based on the songs that have already been released, Awaken My Love! is sure to not disappoint and will be full of soulful and intricate songs.  Be sure to check the album out and tune into 91.7FM WNJR to hear more from Childish Gambino and other artists like him!

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Nate Currin on WNJR




 Tune in to 91.7 FM and listen to Nate Currin's album, The Madman on WNJR 91.7FM. Originally from Georgia, Nate has more than enough south in his performances. However, his various experiences and places of performances shape his diverse style. Nate has traveled to over 20 countries and performed with Blues Traveler, Butch Walker, Jars of Clay and Neon Trees. He has also been featured on MTV.  Mr. Currin has been nominated for an Independent Music Award and 4 International MUsic Awards for his third album, You and I are Ghosts in 2014. Nate won 3 of the aforementioned awards, including Songwriter of the Year. Since then Nate has been travelling to over 37 states, promoting his new album, The Madman. 

Tune Thursday: Broadside

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Happy Thursday! As the week reaches it end, your musical inspiration is just beginning. Broadside is a five man punk pop band from Richmond, Virginia. The band was formed in 2010 and got signed to Victory Records which led to them releasing their new song and music video for "Coffee Talk." The amazing talent of this group is indescribable so the only way I could express that is to let you hear it for yourselves! Enjoy this treat and the rest of your week.


30 November 2016


America in Transition: The Conversation Continues...

 

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If you attended last Monday’s panel on the 2016 presidential election, you know that it was a thoughtful and spirited discussion.   This Thursday, December 1 from 8 to 9 pm on WNJR 91.7 FM, we will continue this conversation on-air.  In light of the new political reality facing America, we continue to ask how a Trump presidency came to be and what it might mean for our collective future.  Drs. Ryan Bunting (Education), Nichole Fifer (Political Science), and David Kieran (History) will address these and other relevant matters in an on-air panel discussion.  Joining them will be students Ty Greenwood and Keira Frazier.  Patrick Montague, a trained mediator and peace builder from Ireland, rounds out the panel.

Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating and well-informed colloquy on WNJR, 91.7 FM, from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday December 1. 

18 November 2016

Production of "Split" ..."A must see"

Split runs Nov. 17-19 at Olin
Photo Credit: Lauryn Halahurich



Split
 “Split,” consisting of two one-act plays, is a bittersweet comedy about contemporary relationships.
The first play, “At Home,” finds Paul and Carol, the perfect couple, squabbling as they prepare dinner for themselves and another couple. “Abroad” is about the after-effects of the happy couple’s decision to split.
"Between the two acts, 'Split' becomes a 'La Ronde’ for today, a flourishing harvest of insights about the quest for continuity in relationships.” — New York Times
Communication Arts Theatre Department productions are free and open to the public. Olin Fine Arts Center is located at 285 E. Wheeling St. in Washington, Pa.

































17 November 2016

Artist Spotlight: Purity Ring

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Purity Ring is a Canadian electronic duo that formed in 2010.  The duo consists of members Megan James who does the vocals, and Corin Roddick who does the instrumentals.  The band's sound has been described as witch house and ambient, which fall within the electronica category.  The group's first album "Shrines" was released in 2012 and their most recent album "Another Eternity" was released in 2015.  With songs like "Fineshrine," "Begin Again," and "Bodyache" the band is able to encompass the electronica genre.  The band has played in many festivals in the past so be sure to keep an eye out for their name! Don't forget to tune into 91.7FM to hear more songs by Purity Ring and other artists like them!

Gypsy Lumberjacks on WNJR

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A new Album of Gypsy Lumberjacks, "Giants of America" is now available. You can listen to some of the band's new hits such as Raise your dram, Chasing the sun, and Bad Boy on WNJR 91.7FM.

Gypsy Lumberjacks are a Minneapolis based Americana band. They perform with a mix of World Beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz and Bluegrass.  Known for never performing with a planned set list, Gypsy Lumberjacks prefer to rely on each other’s leads and changes.  The Lumberjacks rarely play a song the exact same way twice or in the same order.  Even after six years of touring, the older songs are still finding new life every time they are performed. Tune in and enjoy, Gypsy Lumberjacks on WNJR 91.7FM.

Tune Thursday: A Taste of Reggae



As we head towards the final days of this week, there's no better way to wrap it up than by listening to some reggae music. From Notch to Tanto metro and Devonte, the sounds of this music genre will get you pumped for the weekend and in good spirtits for the next week to come. Whether you want to dance the night away or just hear a diverse collaboration with lyrics and beats then you're at the right place. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the amazing songs "Nuttin No Go So" and "Everyone Falls in Love Sometimes."

 

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14 November 2016

Posthumous Praise: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Happy Monday everyone, I hope your day is going beautifully. For today's praise we have the beautiful and multifaceted Lisa "Left Eye"Lopes.
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Lisa Lopes was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1971, TLC forming in 1991 with Lisa contributing her rap skills to the group. The trio's first album had three Top 10 hit singles. Their second album, Crazysexycool, won two Grammy's and produced some of the trio's most notable songs: Waterfalls, Red Light Special, and Creep. You can catch some of these jams here or on 91.7FM. For more information about Lopes go here. Below is a video of the trio's famous song No Scrubs.




11 November 2016

Unity in America and on our Campus

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Today at 7:00 pm in the Media Room
At this point, everyone knows the results from our local, state, and national elections.  Some will be excited for what the changes in office will bring, and others may be worried about the implications of our newly elected officials. The Black Student Union, Latino Cultural Association, and Gay-Straight Alliance would like to provide you with an opportunity to share your opinions in an open forum.  The event will take place on Friday at 7:00 pm in the Media Room.  The hope is that we will be able to discuss our feelings about the recent elections to help us reflect on the results and move forward together.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union, Gay-Straight Alliance and Latino Cultural Association

10 November 2016

Artist of the Week: Lady Leshurr

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Happy Thursday World! I hope everyone had a great week by listening to great tunes, discovering new artist, and tuning into 91.7FM. The artist of the week will be no other than the one and only Lady Leshurr. The Queen Speech Series developed by Mrs. Leshurr put her into the mainstream spotlight and has allowed her to take her throne. Through her incredible voice, lyrical domination, and new style, she brings fresh air to the music industry and for the rest of the world to see. My favorite from her series would have to be Part Four due to her incredible introduction and attention that she captures. From the first moment the world discovered Lady Leshurr, it was clear to see that this is only the beginning and there is far more amazing work to come from such a talented artist. If you enjoy this original song by Lady Leshurr then check out her YouTube page linked below. Have a great week and tune in again next week to wnjr.org!


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Interview with Kyle Simpson and Tom Kurlander & Ticket Giveaway



Happy Thursday everyone! We're so close to the weekend. On Tuesday we had guests filmmaker Tom Kurlander and W&J's own Kyle Simpson  in the station.
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Although the topics varied from voting to music, the duo were here to promote their extraordinary event A Rock Symphony and the organization they're a part of, 21Voices. The website is full of information about the event, Alzheimer's, and the vision the group has and their goal. The funding of their documentary comes from the concerts they've held so if you're not busy the wonderful event is this Saturday, November 12th, at 7PM in Cranberry Township. The duo and organization have also been kind enough to give us 8 FREE TICKETS to the event. If you're interested in a ticket be sure to email amina@wnjr.org before they're all gone! If you would like to listen to the interview click here.


05 November 2016

Alex Aiono and William Singe : Mash Up




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The artist spotlight for this week is Alex Aiono and William Singe for their mash up cover song to Confessions by Usher, Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd, and No Problem by Chance the Rapper. The dynamic duo wait was far overdue and fans couldn't be more excited. I hope you enjoy this creative and talented group of young men. To hear more visit their YouTube pages.





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02 November 2016

Watch Out Artist: Chloe and Halle


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These two phenomenal sister have struck a heart in the R&B world with their crazy vocals and amazing spunk and style. They got their start on YouTube covering songs. In 2013, after their cover for "Pretty Hurts" went viral with nearly 12 million views, Beyoncé then signed them to her management Parkwood Entertainment. After that, they have appeared on numerous Award Shows and in the famous film "Lemonade." If you haven't gotten into the "gag"that is Chloe and Halle I recommend you listen to a cover song by them. You instantly become a fan!



Artist Spotlight: Woodes

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Woodes is an upcoming Melbourne based singer, song-writer, and producer in the electronica genre.  She has a background in classical music and began singing and writing songs with the accompaniment of the piano in high school.  Woodes, now 24 years old, has recently released her first self-titled EP "Woodes." Woodes has a very whimsical, airy, and folksy feel to her voice and lyrics, while keeping with the electronica genre.  This style can be found throughout the EP, but can especially be seen in the songs "Daggers & Knives," "The Thaw," and "Poison." If you have not heard of Woodes then she is definitely an artist to look out for.  You can hear more by Woodes and other artists like her by tuning in to 91.7 FM!

01 November 2016

Posthumous Praise: David Bowie

Hello listeners of WNJR, today our praise goes to David Bowie.

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David Bowie was born in South London and was exposed to music by his older half-brother, who later committed suicide, becoming the focal point of Bowie's later song Jump They Say.  Bowie gained recognition overseas and in America in 1969 with the single Space Oddity. Bowie was a musical genius, but his love was not limited to music. With the sales of his albums going through the roof, Bowie appeared in The Man Who Fell To Earth in 1970.  To learn more about Bowie and his later years go here. To try and catch some tunes by Bowie, tune into 91.7FM or go here. Below is Bowie's hit Space Oddity.



27 October 2016

One Dance Cover: Alex Aiono


Happy Thursday! The artist I would like to present this week is Alex Aiono from Phoenix Arizona. Through Alex's amazing voice and musical talents, he has rallied over 45 million views to his YouTube channel this year. Having the opportunity to work with artist such as John Legend and Baby Face, Alex symbolizes a unique sound that he can only produce. Through his channel and live performance, it's needless to say that we are truly watching a star in the making. With his cover to One Dance by Drake, he showed the world what he has to offer and how incredible he truly is. I hope you enjoy this amazing cover and visit alexaiono.com to see what he's all about! 


26 October 2016

Radio Drama!  Adventure! Suspense!  Telephones!

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On Thursday, October 27 at 2 pm tune in for a live, original radio play, "The Vicki and Jenna Show" Starring...
Alyssa Baker
Jacob Bow
Kelsey Bowman
Matt Brunelle
Ioseb Jorjliani
Natalie Keenan
Sarah Latzo
Emma Rose
with music and sound by Sonnieboy Blanco

Artist Spotlight: Ariana Grande


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 Ariana Grande 
Ariana Grande has blown us all away with her vocals and timeless music! If nothing else she is given all us 90's and 80's baby a rendition of Mariah Carey. Ariana Grande definitely made a grand entrance into the industry with her freshman project "Yours Truly" and she proclaimed her R&B/Pop throne with her sophomore project "My Everything." Now she is simply topping herself with this most recent album "Dangerous Woman." Her music has become so popular that re-makes of her songs have started to create clout on YouTube. The remix "Side to Side"featuring Nicki Minaj was mixed with a song of Lil Kim and has been creating hit all over the blogs.

Artist Spotlight: ODESZA

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ODESZA is an American electronica duo consisting of members Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight from Seattle, Washington.  I was surprised to find that I had not yet written about the group because they have been one of my favorites for a long time now, and their music is what originally got me interested in the electronica genre.  The group was formed in 2012 and that same year they released their first album "Summers Gone." The EP "My Friends Never Die" quickly followed in 2013 and in 2014 the LP "In Return" debuted.  Some of my personal favorites from the albums are "Say My Name," "Bloom," "My Friend Never Die," and "IPlayYouListen," but I also think its safe to say that ODESZA has never released a song that I did not like.  The group stated back in March that a new album is in the works, but there has not been much other news on the new album.  The group typically plays a lot of summer music festivals, so be sure to keep an eye out on the upcoming lineups to get a chance to see ODESZA live.  Also be sure to tune in to WNJR if you want to hear more from ODESZA and other artists like them!

24 October 2016

Posthumous Praise: Jimi Hendrix

Happy Monday everyone, I hope your day is going swell! Today we have for you to praise Jimi Hendrix!
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Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington in 1942. He learned how to play guitar when he was a teenager later becoming one of the most famous guitarists in the world. But before rising to fame in the 1960s, Hendrix played backup for talent, such as Same Cooke and B. B. King. Hendrix passed away at the young age of 27, but left a permanent mark not just on music but on the world. For more information about him go here. Swing on over to here or 91.7FM to witness Hendrix's genius. Below is All Along The Watchtower.

22 October 2016

Ticket Giveaway : Rae Sremmurd


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The radio station would like to thank everyone for participating in our first ticket giveaway. The opportunity to win two free tickets to the Rae Sremmurd concert this Monday has been won by two well deserved people and hopefully they have blast. Tune into WNJR 91.7 FM to hear our amazing show hosts, and hopefully another ticket giveaway. Have a safe weekend and congratulations to our two winners! 

20 October 2016

Ticket Giveaway: Rae Sremmurd Concert


The radio station is excited to announce our first ticket giveaway! The concert that you have an opportunity to win tickets to is Rae Sremmurd who will be performing with Lil Yatchy on October 24, 2016. The performance will take place at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pa at 7:00pm and if you're interested in this giveaway then all you have to do is submit an email to india@wnjr.org stating your name, number, and favorite song by Rae Sremmurd. The two lucky winners from the drawing will win two tickets each and be announced on WNJR then contacted by email on this Saturday at 12:00pm! While you submit your information, don't hesitate to listen to one of my favorites by Rae Sremmurd "Come Get Her" and listen to much more of their music! 

19 October 2016

Glee: Cory Monteith

Hello everyone! I hope you all have a great fall break and are enjoying the first day back. The artist I chose for this week is Cory Monteith. Cory was an aspiring Canadian actor and musician that got his first big role with Glee, the TV series, in 2009. Suffering from substance abuse at the young age of 13, Cory was in and out of rehab and seeking help for it most of his life. Despite his addiction, Cory found love within the Glee cast and was going to marry fellow costar Lea Michele after dating since 2012. The early death of Cory at the age of 31 devastated his future wife, but also the cast and fans of Glee. With the loss of such an amazing actor, it was hard for Glee to move forward so in honor of the life of Finn, Cory Monteith, here is one of my favorite clips from the TV series. Rest in Peace Cory.
 



17 October 2016

Watch Out Artist: The Internet

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This alternative R&B and Neo-Soul band started a few years ago. And if you ask me they are saving the art that is Afro-Punk and soul music. I think we need "The Internet"to connect us back to our soulful side like artist Jill Scott, D'angelo, and Anthony Hamilton. Most people would not even recognize these names but they shaped artist like Beyonce, Rihanna, and even rap artists. Without highlighting soul in music we lose sight in the art itself. Thank you, "The Internet"for saving soul! If you want to get in the gag that is "The Internet" please watch the video below you will not be disappointed! 

13 October 2016

Artist Spotlight: Phantogram

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Phantogram is an American electronic duo from Greenwich, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards).  The band has been described as having airy vocals and spacey keyboards giving the feeling of dream pop and electronica music.  Hit songs like "Black Out Days" and "Fall in Love" are featured on the album "Voices" and have been heard on television and movie soundtracks like the TV show Shameless and the movie Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  The band just recently released their third full album properly titled "Three."  This album contains songs like "Cruel World" and "You're Mine" which continue with their electronica and dream pop vibes that were seen in their previous albums.  Phantogram has also been featured with many other artists ranging from Miley Cyrus to Big Boi.  When performing with Big Boi, who is one half of famed hip hop duo Outkast, the group became a trio called Big Grams where they experiment with combining hip hop and electronica together.  One of my favorites from Big Grams is called "Lights On" which is found on the self-title "Big Grams" EP.  If you are interesting in hearing some more from Phantogram then be sure to tune in to WNJR 91.7FM!

Listen to Eliana Cuevas on WNJR 91.7 FM



Venezuelan born Eliana Cuevas released her album ESPEJO in 2013. Through her performances you can notice how Eliana matured since her first album in 2002. Eliana was featured on the cover of Latinos magazine that brought her fame among her big North American and International audience. Eliana grew up in Venezuela, with the rhymes of salsa, joropo and Brazilian music and currently performs in Canada. She perfectly composes these rhymes in her new songs. Her engaging voice and songwriting on topics from adventure to forgiveness wowed the local music scene, hailing Cuevas as “Canada’s Latin Music Queen”. Listen to her new album ESPEJO on WNJR 91.7 FM.

12 October 2016

Watch Out Artist: BJ the Chicago Kid

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BJ the Chicago Kid
With the year almost closing in a few months, I think it is only fair to highlight a "watch out artist." A "watch out artist" is someone who has just began to peak the interest of the mainstream audience, and has the potential to remain in the spotlight depending on the anticipation of their sophomore album.  BJ the Chicago Kid has been on the radars of many listeners. He is from Chicago (go figure!) he is no amateur to stage performances. He was a backup vocalist for the gospel duo Mary Mary, Stevie Wonder, Lalah Hathaway and many more. His sound reminds me of D'angelo, with a R&B old school feel. When he features with artist such as Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper he give the song "feel good"melody allowing to enjoy every part of the song. My favorite song by him is the "New Cupid"talking about the lose of love in the world because cupid is gone. I think if you want to get ahead of who's going to be new definitely get in the gag that is BJ the Chicago Kid. 

11 October 2016

Posthumous Praise- Otis Redding

Hello everyone! Sorry for the lateness, but to make it up to you our spotlight shines on Otis Redding!
Otis Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia in 1941, leaving in 1946 for Macon, Georgia. In Macon Otis listened to Sam Cooke and Little Richard. He is famous for songs such as (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay and I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now). To learn more go here. You can catch and jam to his songs here or at 91.7FM. Below is Otis Redding's Respect:

05 October 2016

Artist Spotlight: Big Gigantic

Hey everyone, some awesome new electronica music has been coming out recently, so I hope you are all ready!  Big Gigantic recently released their new album title "Brighter Future" which features songs like "The Little Things" and "All of Me." Big Gigantic is able to combine the electronica genre with hip-hop and jazz influences.  The goup consists of members Dominic Lalli who plays the saxophone in the tracts and produces, and Jeremy Salken who plays the drums.  The group has played at many large scale music festivals including Firefly, Camp Bisco, and Coachella!  Big Gigantic is on tour right now and is coming to Stage AE in Pittsburgh on November 3rd!  If you are interested in hearing more of their music then be sure to check and see if there is a concert date near you! You can also tune in on Monday nights at 9PM to Bad Dance Moves to hear more from Big Gigantic and other similar artists!

04 October 2016

Dondi's new album Give Me Your Love

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R&B soul singer Dondi released his new album “Give Me Your Love” earlier this year. Dondi makes music for true R&B lovers.
Dondi is an incredibly talented performer and experienced vocalist. Origin of Philadelphia,  legendary musician has an extremely strong stage presence, and the ability to entertain large crowds.
He writes and produces his songs as if they were going to be played by a live band tonight. Dondi has worked venues such as Madison Square Garden. Listen to Dondi's new Give Me Your Love album on WNJR 91.7 FM.

Invincible New Tracks



Hello and happy Tuesday! I've been listening to a lot of great new tracks released this weekend, and I'm here to share them with you all:

galantisloveonme"Love On Me" by Galantis & Hook N Sling

"Click Clack" by LOUDPVCK & NGHTMRE

"Fire" by Louis the Child

"Invincible" by Big Wild

"Retrograde" by Vincent

"Believer" by Major Lazer & Showtek

Be sure to tune in to WNJR Mondays at 9 PM for Bad Dance Moves! We will be playing some of the tracks listed above in addition to other great songs.

03 October 2016

Posthumous Praise- Frank Sinatra

Hello beautiful people! It's Monday, so without any further ado, our praise for today goes to the memorable and fantastic Frank Sinatra!
Frank was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. Sinatra knew he wanted to be a singer when, as a teenager, he saw Bing Crosby perform in the mid-1930's. In the 1940's and 50's he released many hits and appeared in dozens of movies, even winning an Oscar for Supporting Actor. For more information on Frank visit here. Don't forget to catch one of Sinatra's songs here or at 91.7FM. Below is the live version of hit, The Girl From Ipanema.



Solange: A Seat at the Table

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After this weekend, I definitely want "A Seat at the Table." Solange is a fashion icon, model, and revolutionary. Most of all she is unapologetic, everything she does/wears has a message and has meaning. Everyone was caught by surprise when she finally decided to drop her album after  four long years. I have been an admirer of Solange since her song "I decided"I heard it in elementary school and it was from then I knew she was special. Now with the release of her new album the whole world will know how amazing and talented she is. The reason this album speaks volumes is because of its tribute to social injustice and commitment to the authenticity of Solange's story. A prime example of this is in her video "Don't Touch My Hair" 



30 September 2016

Coyote Ugly - LeAnna Rimes

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Happy Friday! I hope your week went as fast as mine and you enjoyed it! Today I have a throwback artist that enhanced a movie that you may know very well. From the soundtrack of Coyote Ugly is LeAnna Rimes "Can't Fight the Moonlight." Although LeAnna covered other various songs throughout the film, this one symbolizes the end of the movie of the lead actress Violet, Piper Perabo, finally starting her singing career which was the goal of the entire movies. Through the trials and tribulations she faced, the importance of this song is that with the help of everyone around, she finally made it. I truly hope you enjoy this weeks song and enjoy the Coyote Ugly soundtrack mostly covered by LeAnna and watch Piper Perabo on ABC's Notorious every Thursday at 9pm. Have a great weekend!
 

28 September 2016

Artist Spotlight: Giraffage

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Giraffage is an American electronica music producer who is known for his remixes of R&B and pop songs.  Along with those remixes, Giraffage also has two of his own full length albums, and an EP.   On the most resent EP "No Reason," Giraffage shows off his musical style in songs like "Be With You" and "Tell Me." The songs have an ambient and experimental vibe and are the perfect songs to chill to.  Giraffage also released a single in August titled "Bring Me Your Love" which continues to show the experimental electronica genre.  Giraffage is also going on tour, so if you're interested be sure to check out if there are any tour dates near you!  If you're interested into hearing more from Giraffage or other artists like him, then be sure to tune in on Monday nights at 9PM for Bad Dance Moves!

27 September 2016

Global Perspectives with Joseph Jorjoliani and Louis Affor



Global Perspectives is back on the air. Host Joseph Jorjoliani has been away for a long time for his study abroad in Germany. Now as he is back to Washington and Jefferson College, he started the last season of his show "Global Perspectives with Joseph Jorjoliani". Last Friday he hosted international student- Louis Affor from the United Kingdom. Louis talked about his experience in UK, how he selected a university far away from home; he is from England but attends University of Aberdeen in Scotland for his undergraduate degree. Louis will spend one year at W&J and will be a great addition to Washington & Jefferson's Men's Rugby Club.  You can check more on Louis Affor on Global Perspective's Mixcloud page. 

September's Best Alternative Releases



Hello all, and welcome back! I'm excited for another year of sharing some of my favorite releases with all of you lovely WNJR listeners. To get us started, here are a few of my favorite alternative releases form September:

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Bastille - "Wild World"
I saw Bastille for the first time two days before I graduated high school, and I'm pretty sure I enjoyed that concert more than I enjoyed my graduation. Since then, I've seen Bastille in Cincinnati, in Columbus, and twice in Chicago - all during tours on the same album and the album's re-release. "Bad Blood" is an essential album for today's alternative music fan, and "Wild World" is certainly just as impressive. There are a few songs on "Wild World" I already knew word-for-word upon the album's release because Bastille had performed them for years prior to releasing them - "Blame" and "Campus." There are a few songs I learned just from seeing Bastille twice over the summer leading up the the album's release - "Lethargy," "Power," and "Send Them Off!" And of course, I knew "Good Grief," the first single released from the new album. However, I was still ridiculously excited for the album's official release because every Bastille song has an entirely unique personality created by the lyrics, the emotion in Dan Smith's voice, and the incredible instrumentals from the rest of the band. "Wild World" is an album you don't want to sleep on - go have a listen if you haven't already!

Grouplove - "Big Mess"
Listen To: "Don't Stop Making It Happen," "Welcome to Your Life," and "Enlighten Me."

Young the Giant - "Home of the Strange"
Listen To: "Silvertounge," "Amerika," "Something to Believe In"

To hear some of these songs and more of our favorite alternative and electronic jams, tune in to WNJR Mondays at 9 PM for "Bad Dance Moves!"