At a freeform radio station like WMFO, we support all sorts of creative endeavors – large, small, and in-between. However, some stand out. Some people and organizations make headway in the creative world at astounding rates and experience astounding growth because of it. They’re cropping up more and more often of late, these meteoric rises, with companies like Netflix expanding their brand to include their own TV shows, indie bands like Young the Giant going from a Facebook page of 3000 likes and a few free songs floating around the internet to almost half a million likes on Facebook and an endlessly full tour schedule, and devices like the Kindle and iPhone making it easier to be a content creator than possibly ever before.
This ease of spread, however, comes with some pitfalls. More and more people are creating things, so competition to actually succeed is stiff and it can seem like many people are out of the running before they even begin. When there’s so much talent out there, we tend to devalue our own, even though the people who make the media that we are constantly inundated by had to start somewhere. With that in mind, what is it like to make something wildly successful from scratch, after all?
“Great,” according to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “It feels great.”
You may know On The Town with Mikey Dee as your Wednesday night radio destination for Boston rock. But this week, on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8pm, OTTwMD will present The Best of On The Town with Mikey Dee at Radio in Somerville! The night will be full of fun and variety – the best that our local scene has to offer. Read more for the lineup…
WMFO will be DJing some events on campus during Orientation Week, so look for us at the following:
Thursday, 8/29/13: Jumbolicious Carnival, 11pm-1am, Aidekman Arts Center
Friday, 8/30/13: Food Fair, 5:15pm-7pm, Fletcher Field
WMFO Dance Party, 11:30pm-2am, Hotung Cafe, Mayer Campus Center
Welcome, Tufts 2017!
X Ambassadors may not be that well-known a band – yet – but they sure are a lively one to see in concert, especially at a small venue like Brighton Music Hall. With Sam Harris, a frontman who goes wild not only for the crowd, but with the crowd, they’re an enthusiastic bunch who seem happy to be on stage and have a polished sound for a band that’s officially only a couple years old. Unconsolable, their first single about growing up in Ithaca, NY, was clean and wonderfully performed; I walked out humming it under my breath. (more…)
Aziz Ansari is ready for his blurry phone photo (source)
Sunday night in Boston, comedian Aziz Ansari performed a benefit for the Boston Marathon bombing victims at The Wilbur Theater. Tickets for the show, announced only hours before they went on sale, sold out in five minutes. Ansari’s fans, hooked into social media, were ready to pounce at noon causing him to say that those in attendance Sunday frightened him a little. Ansari went on to stand still center stage encouraging everyone to take their photos of him before he started any jokes. Anyone who didn’t have a camera out proceeded to hold up their phone and snap away. Ansari remarked, “This is what I have to do now.” (more…)
We made it to the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble FINALS! Friday night at TT the Bear’s. The last night! This is it! Twin Berlin pulled ANOTHER wildcard slot. Boston punk rock legends The Dogmatics are the special guest. That’s 4 bands on a Friday night plus a photobooth to drag friends, strangers and bands into to document your excellent time. This event needs to be experienced; you shouldn’t just read about it on a blog. Plus, how else are you going to buy the Tshirt? Do your music-loving self a favor and click some links and listen to these bands. Music starts PROMPTLY at 9:30, so don’t be late. Finals usually sell out, don’t be late. Doors are at 8:30, don’t be late! Here’s who’s playing:
It’s about time time for a new trick by an old favorite. After four long years of silence, the french alternative band Phoenix is finally out with their new album Bankrupt! Fortunately the ominous title does not refer to the band’s sound. Bankrupt! is an excellent fifth addition to Phoenix’s impressive discography and a worthy follow up to their critically acclaimed 2009 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, (affectionately nicknamed WAP by fans). The album garnered Phoenix significant international airplay and won them that year’s Grammy for Best Alternative Album. But Bankrupt! is a different animal; it both celebrates the musical style they’re known for, and travels places up and beyond.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble picks back up again tonight at TT The Bear’s. We’re all still feeling many feelings about this week’s events in Boston. Love, hate, disgust, hope…they’re churning around. One of the many things that makes Boston a unique and wonderful place to live is the positive energy that flows from adversity. The Allston Pudding blog put together a mix tape from 130 (!!!!) local bands to benefit The One Fund; TT’s hosted a benefit on Tuesday night to benefit MGH – and you can continue to donate tonight, so you haven’t missed out yet. Come hang with some people, share some amazing music. Tonight’s lineup has 3 winners plus a wildcard band. It’s going to be awesome, and you need some awesome right now. Here’s who you’ll see tonight:
“I’m sure we’ve all got stories about how vinyl changed our lives.” So opens “Solar Vinyl Compactor” the third track on Eponymously Entitled. The second release from the Bubbles in the Thinktank label, Eponymously Entitled is a record about records for record store day. It is a cleverly assembled seven-track compilation (with two bonus tracks) packed full of nostalgia and in-jokes about a music culture I never experienced.
Night 6 of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble went to The Daily Pravda!
6 nights of rock, 24 bands, tons of screaming fans….that’s what this week has been about in Boston. Now we move on to the semi-finals next week. The line up will be announced tonight, along with the wildcard bands. Wildcards have won it all in years past, don’t count them out yet. For a taste of what the Rumble is like, check out Sophia’s Rock Beat for video clips, and Daykamp Music for photos. When you tune in to WMFO, make requests for these bands! Let’s show the world what we got.
What a week for rock! Click a link, press PLAY. The 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble winners:
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