This week’s Artist Feature is on the Atlanta-based, self-proclaimed “ambient punk” band Deerhunter.
Formed in 2001, Deerhunter has become one of the most acclaimed American groups of the 21st century through a string of boundary-pushing albums that includes Cryptograms, Microcastle, and Halcyon Digest, among others.
The band currently consist of Bradford Cox (who also records as Atlas Sound), Lockett Pundt (also Lotus Plaza), Moses Archuleta, Frankie Broyles, and Josh McKay.
Tune in at 10 for a 2-hour feature on Deerhunter that will focus on the band’s music as well as their story. Only at V89.
Tune into Metal Madness for a special airing tonightUPDATE: THIS IS NEXT WEDNESDAY, 11/27, OOPS that will feature an interview with Ben Weinman, lead guitarist of The Dillinger Escape Plan, at the beginning of the show. A founding member of Dillinger, Weinman is the only member who has played on all of the band’s releases, and is frequently listed among the greatest metal guitarists of all time. You won’t want to miss this, so be sure to tune in at 10 ON THE 27TH, OR TONIGHT, TONIGHT THERE WILL ALSO BE GREAT METAL to 89.7FM, or online at wvfs.fsu.edu, and stick around for a brutal four hours of metal after. You’ll only catch something like this on V89.
This week’s Artist Feature is on BritPop stalwarts Suede. Formed in 1989, Suede came together when Brett Anderson and Justine Frischmann met at University College London, became a couple, and decided to form a band along with Mat Osman. After Anderson and Frischmann (who went on to front Elastica) broke up in 1991, members Bernard Butler and Simon Gilbert came on board, and BritPop started blowing up, the band started receiving a lot of hype from the press that culminated in a #1 debut album. They would go on to become one of the best BritPop groups to never cross over to the U.S., putting out albums until their breakup in 2003. In 2010, they reunited, and earlier this year put out their first album in 10 years, the stellar Bloodsports.
Join us from 10-midnight tonight for a journey through the world of Suede, filled with love, lust, and rock and roll. It’s something you’ll only find on The Voice, V89.
OI! Tonight’s Artist Feature will be on American experimental musician Laurie Anderson. Though many know her only through her 1981 hit “O Superman,” Laurie Anderson has a body of artistic work that stretches all the way back to the late 1960’s and all the way forward to today, and encapsulates a variety of forms such as performance and visual art as well as music. She does not have a primary genre, but rather has chosen to experiment with a variety of styles such as art rock, spoken word, and electronic music. She was also married to Lou Reed from 2008 until his recent death. Starting at 10:00 (EST) tonight, join us for a special two hours dedicated to the work of Laurie Anderson. It’s something you can only hear with us, V89.
Today, we lost one of the most influential musicians of all time: Lou Reed. In his honor, V89 will play host tonight to a two-hour Artist Feature on the man’s music — from his work with The Velvet Underground, which would go on to influence countless garage, psychedelic, and experimental artists; to his solo work in the 1970’s with David Bowie; to the divisive Metal Machine Music and beyond. Infamously impenetrable in interviews and legendarily uncompromising in just about every aspect of his life; he was a singular talent who will be missed greatly. If you aren’t familiar with Reed’s music, or would just like to revisit it in the wake of his death, V89 is the place for you tonight. 10PM. 89.7FM. Only on WVFS.
This week, V89 is excited to be playing you the long-awaited debut album from Darkside, the project of techno producer Nicolar Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington. It’s called Psychic. Not an ambient or dance release and far from a rock record, this album exists at an interesting juncture between the three genres. There are sterile disco beats, whirring atmospheric passages, naked guitar lines, and even some muted vocals from Jaar. It sounds little like anything else happening right now and is all the more excellent for it. Check out the opening track “Golden Arrow” above and hear others from it, all this week and beyond, only on V89.
V89 is pleased to be bringing you an especially brutal Artist Feature tonight: NEUROSIS. Formed in 1985 as a crust-punk band, Neurosis has since become one of the greatest metal acts of all time by helping to pioneer and perfect a variety of prominent metal subgenres, from sludge to doom to post-metal to countless others. For two hours tonight, V89 will work through the catalog of these heavy music greats, starting at the very beginning and going all the way up through their excellent 2012 album, Honor Found In Decay. It starts at 10 and it’s only on WVFS Tallahassee, the Voice of Florida State.
This week’s artist feature will be on Japanese hip hop producer Nujabes. Born in 1974, Nujabes is perhaps best known for his approach to hip hop beats, blending jazz influences into his songs to create a mellow, nostalgic and atmospheric sound. He’s also well known for being one of the biggest contributors to the music of Samurai Champloo, a Japanese anime series. He died in 2010 following a traffic accident.
To learn more, tune in to V89 tonight at 10. Two hours of Nujabes’ music and story, followed by Staring At The Sun, the experimental music program, is something you can only catch on V89.
This week’s Artist Feature will be on Anacortes, WA-based experimental folk act The Microphones. Primarily the project of singer-songwriter Phil Elverum, The Microphones released five proper full-lengths and a treasure trove-worthy amount of odds and ends between 1996 and 2003, when Elverum changed his recording moniker to Mount Eerie. The music itself ranges from contemplative campfire folk, to towering noise and tape tomfoolery, to emotionally bare experimental pop. A kaleidoscopic array of styles that no one else has done better. Join us for a special two hours dedicated to this special, special band, starting at 10, only on WVFS Tallahassee.
This week’s Artist Feature on V89 is on metalcore heroes Converge. Formed in 1990 in Salem, Massachusetts, Converge has become arguably the definitive metalcore act of all time over the course of eight studio albums, two EPs, and five splits. Additionally, vocalist Jacob Bannon is a co-founder of Deathwish, Inc., one of the finest purveyors of extreme music today, and guitarist Kurt Ballou has produced many of the best heavy albums of the past decade. Tune in to 89.7FM at 10:00 (EST) for an especially brutal two hours on this legendary punk act. Only on the Voice.
It’s that time of the week again. It’s Sunday night, you’re staring down another week of school or work tomorrow morning, and you’re probably not looking forward to it. Luckily, V89 has your back with another awesome Artist Feature to pick you up.
This week’s Artist Feature is on British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. Since 1988, Harvey has built a career that’s included two Mercury Prizes (the only artist ever to win multiple times), collaborations with everyone from Nick Cave to Thom Yorke, six Grammy nominations, and countless other accolades. Tune in at 10:00 (EST) to hear about her story through two hours of her music. It’s something you can only catch on V89.
At around 1:00 p.m. (EST) today, V89 is hosting a special, live in-studio performance from Nashville-based rock quartet Those Darlins, who are playing Club Downunder tonight in support of their upcoming release, Blur The Line. Tune in!
Coming to V89 this week: the new album from noirish LA-based songstress Chelsea Wolfe. It’s called Pain Is Beauty.
Over the last few years, Chelsea Wolfe has made a name for herself as an artist who isn’t necessarily heavy, but has a lot of appeal to fans of heavy music. She’s gone on tour as an opener for acts such as Sunn O))), Swans, and Boris; despite her sound being closer to gothic folk than anything else. On Pain Is Beauty, she refines her songwriting approach while also making it more melodic and accessible than ever. Tracks are augmented with organs, strings, and synths; lending them a sense of grandiosity that, along with the heavy subject matter, gives this album quite a heft.
Check out the album’s biggest cut, “The Waves Have Come,” above. Special thanks to Sargent House for putting it out.
Last week’s Artist Feature was on the solo work of Blur guitarist Graham Coxon. So it’s only natural that this week, we’re following it up with a feature on Coxon’s songwriting cohort in Blur (and frontman), Damon Albarn. Tonight’s feature will have a specific focus on Albarn’s myriad projects from the past few years, from Gorillaz to The Good, the Bad & the Queen to Rocket Juice & The Moon to his own solo soundtrack work. If you listen to the whole thing, you might even catch the last Blur single, but no guarantees. Check it out tonight, from 10pm-midnight (EST), 89.7FM or online. Only on WVFS Tallahassee.