Are Viagra Boys the Next Post-Punk Torch Bearers?

By K. Jackson Hamrick With a name like Viagra Boys and the album title Welfare Jazz, the music could either be heavy punk rock, or druggy jazz fusion. On their second full length LP, Viagra Boys make a case for why they should be everyone’s new favorite hardcore, post-punk band.  Over winter break I finished reading Michael Azzerad’s Our Band Could be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991. The book shows how … Continue reading Are Viagra Boys the Next Post-Punk Torch Bearers?

Ian Sweet Shares Most Vulnerable Songs Yet Ahead of Third Album

Reviewed by Genevieve Kyle On January 12th, Jilian Medford who operates under the artistic name Ian Sweet, dropped her new EP entitled Drink The Lake. These songs are a preview into the singer-songwriter's forthcoming third album, ​Show Me How You Disappear. “Drink The Lake” and its accompanying tracks are a perfect preview to the sounds of Ian Sweet and give a great teaser for the album to come. “Drink the Lake” takes inspiration from Sweet’s 2018 … Continue reading Ian Sweet Shares Most Vulnerable Songs Yet Ahead of Third Album

A Roundup of New Music to Get Your 2021 Playlists Started

There is something special about the turn of a new year. When all the dust has settled from the hectic holiday season and the resolutions are in full swing, it feels necessary to rid your music library of last year’s feelings and update your playlists with equally exciting new music. Here are some songs and albums that are deserving of your attention: The first song comes from Chicago’s very own dream popstar, Claude. Her newest … Continue reading A Roundup of New Music to Get Your 2021 Playlists Started

WLUW’s Top Albums of 2020

Hooray! We made it through 2020! And what a year it was, with a pandemic and all the subsequent changes in the world. For us at WLUW, music helped the staff and listeners get through it all. New projects and albums from favorite and upcoming musicians were the highlight to our months in crisis and Zoom fatigue. Here are our favorite albums from 2020 that you may have heard spinning on 88.7 last year: Andy … Continue reading WLUW’s Top Albums of 2020

WLUW Recommends: Bandcamp Friday

By: Lauren Neher In the age of sharing Spotify Wrapped screenshots on social media, the final Bandcamp Friday of 2020 arrives at the perfect time. You know the deal: today only, 100% of the revenue from purchases made on the site will go to the musicians. The platform also allows users to purchase albums and merchandise for friends and family, which is a thoughtful and timeless holiday gift idea for the season. Here are a … Continue reading WLUW Recommends: Bandcamp Friday