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  • Roswell Rodeo Concert | April 1st

    WUSC back at it again! This time we’re giving you more of that spaghetti western in space with more great music at New Brookland Tavern.

    Doors: 7:30 p.m.
    Cover: $6 Over 21 / $10 Under 21

    This time we’re featuring an eclectic lineup such as: Temple Grandin Hug Machine, The Whoops, Paper Shoes, Biruni, King Goof, Happy.

  • WUSC Bake Sale | March 30th

    WUSC will be selling their DJs baked goods on Pickens St Bridge from 10:00-1:00! You will hear our calls all throughout campus.

  • CHARTS & ADDS SEPTEMBER 5/6

    CHARTS:

    1 FRATMOUTH Nursery Rhymes for the Depleted
    2 LOST BOY Growing Pains
    3 EMMA LOUISE Supercry
    4 SAM BURCHFIELD Unarmored
    5 CHRIS FARREN Can’t Die SideOneDummy
    6 BLOOD ORANGE Freetown Sound Domino
    7 AJJ The Bible 2 SideOneDummy
    8 CRYSTAL CASTLES Amnesty (I)
    9 SHABAZZ PALACES Live at 3rd Man Records
    10 DJ SHADOW The Mountain Will Fall Mass Appeal
    11 SWANS The Glowing Man Young God
    12 WILLIAM TYLER Modern Country Merge
    13 GOGGS GOGGS In The Red
    14 RUBY THE RABBITFOOT Divorce Party New West
    15 MOURN Ha, Ha, He. Captured Tracks
    16 LAURA MICHELLE “Chuck Norris” [Single] 17 CHARLIE FORSTER ANDERSON Long Story Short Banta
    18 AUDIENCE KILLERS Floating Islands Self-Released
    19 YUNG A Youthful Dream Fat Possum
    20 WYE OAK Shriek (Deluxe Edition) Merge
    21 A DEAD FOREST INDEX In All That Drifts From Summit Down Sargent House
    22 BROODS Conscious Capitol
    23 DEERHOOF The Magic! Polyvinyl
    24 JERRY PAPER Toon Time Raw! Bayonet
    25 GOTOBEDS Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic SUB POP
    26 AVALANCHES Wildflower Astralwerks
    27 JULIE RUIN Hit Reset Hardly Art
    28 WE ARE SCIENTISTS Helter Seltzer 100%
    29 PRETTY CITY Colorize
    30 HONEY RADAR Blank Cartoon What’s Your Rupture?

    ADDS:

    1 LOCAL NATIVES Sunlit Youth Loma Vista
    2 Y LA BAMBA Ojos Del Sol Tender Loving Empire
    3 OVERLORD The Well-Tempered Overlord STORM TOWER
    4 WARHAUS We Fucked A Flame Into Being Pias
    5 CHRIS FARREN Can’t Die SideOneDummy

     

  • CHARTS & ADDS August 29/30 2016

    CHARTS:

    1. AJJ- The Bible 2
    2. DJ SHADOW- The Mountain Will Fall
    3. FRATMOUTH- Nursery Rhymes for the Depleted
    4. HONEY RADAR- Blank Cartoon
    5. SWANS- The Glowing Man
    6. WYE OAK- Tween
    7. WILLIAM TYLER- Modern Country
    8. WE ARE SCIENTISTS- Helter Seltzer
    9. JULIE RUIN- Hit Reset
    10. THE GOTOBEDS- Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic
    11. THE AVALANCHES- Wildflower
    12. PRETTY CITY- Colorize
    13. RUBY THE RABBITFOOT- Divorce Party
    14. MOURN- Ha, Ha, He.
    15. LAURA MICHELLE- Chuck Norris
    16. ODDITY- Settle Down
    17. ONEFORALL- Thanks for Nothing
    18. CHARLIE FOSTER ANDERSON- Long Story Short
    19. AUDIENCE KILLERS- Floating Islands
    20. ADIA VICTORIA- Beyond the Bloodhounds
    21. YUNG- A Youthful Dream
    22. A DEAD FOREST INDEX- In All that Drifts from Summit Down
    23. GOLD PANDA- GOOD LUCK AND DO YOUR BEST
    24. BROODS- Conscious
    25. DEERHOOF- The Magic
    26. JERRY PAPER- Toon Time
    27. PUP- The Dream is Over
    28. LOST BOY- Growing Pains
    29. MODERN BASEBALL- Holy Ghost
    30. FEZ THE IMMIGRANT- Cielo

    ADDS:

    1. SNEAKS- Gymnastics
    2. TERRA LIGHTFOOT- Every Time My Mind Runs Wild
    3. MEGAFAUNA- Welcome Home
    4. CASS MCCOMBS- Mangy Love
    5. JOHNNY NICHOLAS- Fresh Air
  • CHARTS & ADDS August 22/23 2016

    CHARTS:

    1. BLOOD ORANGE- Freetown Sound
    2. OF MONTREAL- Innocence Rises
    3. AJJ- The Bible 2
    4. THE AVALANCHES- Wildflower
    5. SWANS- The Glowing Man
    6. THE OH SEES- A Weird Exits
    7. BADBADNOTGOOD- IV
    8. LAURA MICHELLE- Chuck Norris
    9. HONEY RADAR- Blank Cartoon
    10. FEA- FEA
    11. RUBY THE RABBITFOOT- Divorce Party
    12. DEERHOOF- The Magic
    13. JERRY PAPER- Toon Time
    14. ONEFORALL- Thanks for Nothing
    15. THE JULIE RUIN- Hit Reset
    16. PRETTY CITY- Colorize
    17. FRATMOUTH- Songs for the Depleted
    18. YUNG- A Youthful Dream
    19. ANOHNI- Hopelessness
    20. ODDITY- Settle Down
    21. SARA WATKINS- Young In All The Wrong Ways
    22. MODERN BASEBALL- Holy Ghost
    23. PUP- The Dream is Over
    24. THEGOTOBEDS- Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic
    25. WILLIAM TYLER- Modern Country
    26. TWIN PEAKS- Down in Heaven
    27. FEZ THE IMMIGRANT- Cielo
    28. TACOCAT- Lost Time
    29. WHITE FANG- Chunks
    30. PEARS- Green Star

    ADDS:

    1. BLOOD ORANGE- Freetown Sound
    2. TOBACCO- Sweatbox Dynasty
    3. OF MONTREAL- Innocence Rises
    4. SLOW CLUB- One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore
    5. THE CHAIRMAN DANCES- Time Without Measure
  • CHARTS & ADDS August 15/16 2016

    CHARTS

    1. THEE OH SEES- A Weird Exits
    2. AJJ- The Bible 2
    3. THE AVALANCHES- Wildflower
    4. RUBY THE RABBITFOOT- Divorce Party
    5. JAMES BLAKE- I Need a Forest Fire
    6. THE MIKE ELDRED TRIO- Baptist Town
    7. WE ARE SCIENTISTS- Helter Seltzer
    8. PANTHA DU PRINCE-The Triad
    9. DUVCHI-With the World
    10. THE SO SO GLOS- Kamikazie
    11. BLACK BLACK BLACK-Altered States of Death and Grace
    12. ROGUE WAVE- Delusions of Grand Fur
    13. TWIN PEAKS-Down in Heaven
    14. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD-Nonagon Infinity
    15. MODERN BASEBALL- Holy Ghost
    16. ROLLERCOASTERWATER- Umami Sounding Fireball
    17. PUP-The Dream is Over
    18. SUMMER CANNIBALS- Simple Life
    19. THE COATHANGARS-Nosebleed Weekend
    20. MEAN JEANS- A Tight New Dimension
    21. A GIANT DOG- Pile
    22. POOKIE & THE POODLEZ-Young Adult
    23. PEARS-Green Star
    24. JULIAWHY?-Wheel
    25. THE NEW RESISTANTS-Hey, New York!
    26. SONNY & THE SUNSETS-Moods Baby Moods
    27. WHITE FANG- Chunks
    28. FEZ THE IMMIGRANT-Cielo
    29. TACOCAT- Lost Time
    30. SUPERMOON- Playland

    ADDS:

    1. NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS- Kaleidoscoped
    2. CHESIRES- Love This Feelin’
    3. JOHN PAPA GROSS- River’s on Fire
    4. AVALANCHES- Wildflower
  • CHARTS August 01/02 2016

    CHARTS

    1. THE JULIE RUIN- Hit Reset
    2. DUVCHI- Sleep
    3. BROODS- Conscious
    4. PANTHA DU PRINCE- The Triad
    5. SWANS- The Glowing Man
    6. DEERHOOF- The Magic
    7. LUH- Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
    8. BLACK PISTOL FIRE- Don’t Wake the Riot
    9. CHARLIE FOSTER ANDERSON- Long Story Short
    10. MOON HOOCH- Red Sky
    11. VICTOR TAIWO- Juno
    12. ODDITY- Settle Down
    13. BLACK BLACK BLACK- Altered States of Death and Grace
    14. HOLY- Congrats
    15. AUDIENCE KILLERS- Floating Islands
    16. POOKIE & THE POODLEZ- Young Adult
    17. ANGRY ANGLES- Angry Angles
    18. THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH- Time of the Blue
    19. JAY ARNER- JAY II
    20. AESOP ROCK- The Impossible Kid
    21. BEAR HANDS- You’ll Pay for This
    22. WE ARE SCIENTISTS- Helter Seltzer
    23. TWIN PEAKS- Down in Heaven
    24. SARA WATKINS- Young In All the Wrong Ways
    25. PUP- The Dream is Over
    26. FEZ THE IMMIGRANT- Cielo
    27. GREYS- Outer Heaven
    28. MODERN BASEBALL- Holy Ghost
    29. LASER BACKGROUND- Correct
    30. ROGUE WAVE- Delusions of Grand Fur
  • CHARTS & ADDS July 25/26 2016

    CHARTS

    1. SWANS- The Glowing Man
    2. DUVCHI- Sleep
    3. PANTHA DU PRINCE- The Triad
    4. LUH- Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
    5. BLACK PISTOL FIRE- Don’t Wake the Riot
    6. CHARLIE FOSTER ANDERSON- Long Story Short
    7. DEERHOOF- The Magic
    8. MOON HOOCH- Red Sky
    9. VICTOR TAIWO- Juno
    10. ODDITY- Settle Down
    11. BLACK BLACK BLACK- Altered States of Death and Grace
    12. HOLY- Congrats
    13. AUDIENCE KILLERS- Floating Islands
    14. POOKIE & THE POODLEZ- Young Adult
    15. ANGRY ANGLES- Angry Angles
    16. THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH- Time of the Blue
    17. JAY ARNER- JAY II
    18. AESOP ROCK- The Impossible Kid
    19. BEAR HANDS- You’ll Pay for This
    20. WE ARE SCIENTISTS- Helter Seltzer
    21. TWIN PEAKS- Down in Heaven
    22. SARA WATKINS- Young In All the Wrong Ways
    23. PUP- The Dream is Over
    24. FEZ THE IMMIGRANT- Cielo
    25. GREYS- Outer Heaven
    26. MODERN BASEBALL- Holy Ghost
    27. LASER BACKGROUND- Correct
    28. ROGUE WAVE- Delusions of Grand Fur
    29. TWIN PEAKS-Down in Heaven
    30. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD-Nonagon Infinity

    ADDS:

    1. DINOSAUR JR- Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
    2. RUBY THE RABBITFOOT- Divorce Party
    3. WHITE NIGHT- Weird Night
    4. CORE- Core
    5. RAFFERTY- Apple Pie
  • CHARTS & ADDS July 11/12 2016

    CHARTS

    1. NITE JEWEL- Liquid Cool
    2. BLACK PISTOL FIRE- Don’t Wake the Riot
    3. MUTUAL BENEFIT- Getting Gone
    4. BLACK BLACK BLACK- Altered States of Death and Grace
    5. HOLY- Congrats
    6. LUH- Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
    7. PANTHA DU PRINCE- The Triad
    8. POOKIE & THE POODLEZ- Young Adult
    9. ANGRY ANGLES- Angry Angles
    10. THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH- Time of the Blue
    11. DEERHOOF- The Magic
    12. JAY ARNER- JAY II
    13. AESOP ROCK- The Impossible Kid
    14. BEAR HANDS- You’ll Pay for This
    15. VICTOR TAIWO- Juno
    16. WE ARE SCIENTISTS- Helter Seltzer
    17. TWIN PEAKS- Down in Heaven
    18. SARA WATKINS- Young In All the Wrong Ways
    19. PUP- The Dream is Over
    20. FEZ THE IMMIGRANT- Cielo
    21. GREYS- Outer Heaven
    22. MODERN BASEBALL- Holy Ghost
    23. LASER BACKGROUND- Correct
    24. DUVCHI- Sleep
    25. ROGUE WAVE- Delusions of Grand Fur
    26. TWIN PEAKS-Down in Heaven
    27. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD-Nonagon Infinity
    28. MODERN BASEBALL- Holy Ghost
    29. ROLLERCOASTERWATER- Umami Sounding Fireball
    30. PUP-The Dream is Over

    ADDS:

    1. THE JULIE RUIN- Hit Reset
    2. SWANS- The Glowing Man
    3. DEEPAKALYPSE- Floating on a Sphere
    4. HELIOTROPES- Over There That Way
    5. MISS KRYSTLE- Woman in Motion
  • CHARTS & ADDS JUNE 27/28 2016

    CHARTS:

    1. MEAN JEANS- Tight New Dimension
    2. WE ARE SCIENTISTS- Heltzer Seltzer
    3. MUTUAL BENEFIT- Getting Gone
    4. ADIA VICTORIA- Beyond the Bloodhounds
    5. BEAR HANDS- You’ll Pay for This
    6. PANTHA DU PRINCE- The Triad
    7. AESOP ROCK- The Impossible Kid
    8. CLAIRE- The Great Escape
    9. JAY ARNER- Jay II
    10. ROGUE WAVE- Delusions of Grand Fur
    11. VICKTOR TAIWO- JUNO
    12. THE SO SO GLOS- Kamikaze
    13. SUMMER CANNIBALS- Simple Life
    14. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD- Nonagon Infinity
    15. ANDY SHAUF- The Party
    16. GOLD PANDA- Good Luck and Do Your Best
    17. HEAD WOUND CITY- A New Wave of Violence
    18. HOLY- Congrats
    19. FEZ THE IMMIGRANT- Cielo
    20. HURRY- Guided Meditation
    21. FASHION WEEK- Murfreesboro
    22. DUVCHI- Sleep
    23. BEN DE LA COUR- Midnight in Havana
    24. TWIN PEAKS- Down in Heaven
    25. ULTIMATE PAINTING- Live at Third Man Records
    26. DIRTY CLERGY- Rattlesnake
    27. THE COATHANGARS- Nosebleed Weekend
    28. SPRAY PAINT- Feel the Clamps
    29. SARA WATKINS- Young in all the Wrong Ways
    30. PUP- The Dream is Over

    ADDS:

    1. BRO DYLAN- Crisis
    2. HOT HOT HEAT- Hot Hot Heat
    3. MISS SOPHIE LEE AND THE PARISH SWEETS- Traverse this Universe
    4. CLIPPING- Wriggle
    5. JJ THAMES- Raw Sugar
  • Charts & Adds May 30/31 2016

    CHARTS

    1. MODERN BASEBALL- Holy Ghost
    2. POOKIE & THE POODLEZ-Young Adult
    3. PUP-The Dream is Over
    4. THE COATHANGARS-Nosebleed Weekend
    5. MEAN JEANS- A Tight New Dimension
    6. TWIN PEAKS-Down in Heaven
    7. A GIANT DOG- Pile
    8. PEARS-Green Star
    9. JULIAWHY?-Wheel
    10. THE NEW RESISTANTS-Hey, New York!
    11. SONNY & THE SUNSETS-Moods Baby Moods
    12. THE SO SO GLOS- Kamikazie
    13. WHITE FANG- Chunks
    14. FEZ THE IMMIGRANT-Cielo
    15. TACOCAT- Lost Time
    16. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD-Nonagon Infinity
    17. SUPERMOON-Playland
    18. FRANKIE COSMOS-Next Thing
    19. NEW MADRID-magnetkingmagnetqueen
    20. CELLARS-Phases
    21. BOULEVARDS-Groove
    22. TEEN SUICIDE- It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot
    23. EMBODY-Dreamin’
    24. MIKE & THE MELVINS-Three Men and a Baby
    25. YNDI HALDA- Under Summer
    26. THE RANGE-Potential
    27. .GIF- Soma
    28. HOLY WAVE- Freaks of Nature
    29. MODERAT- III
    30. BLACK BLACK BLACK-Altered States of Death and Grace

    ADDS:

    1. SPRAY PAINT-Fill the Clamps
    2. ULTIMATE PAINTING-Live at Third Man Records
    3. NICO YARYAN-What a Tease
    4. KRISTIN KONTROL-X-Communicate
    5. GATES-Parallel Lives
  • Charts & Adds May 16/17 2016

    CHARTS

    1 TIM HECKER Love Streams 4AD
    2 EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY The Wilderness Temporary Residence Ltd.
    3 BIG BLACK DELTA Tragame Tierra Master Of Bates
    4 SUMMER TWINS Limbo Burger
    5 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Painting With Domino
    6 VIOLENT FEMMES We Can Do Anything Pias
    7 HAELOS Full Circle Matador
    8 NEW MADRID Magnetkingmagnetqueen New West
    9 MOTHERS When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired Grand Jury
    10 MIIKE SNOW Iii Atlantic
    11 NIGHT MOVES Pennied Day Domino
    12 CALLIOPE MUSICALS Time Owes You Nothing Self-Released
    13 HOLY WAVE Freaks Of Nurture Reverberation Appreciation Society
    14 HAMMOCK Everything And Nothing Self-Released
    15 LIONLIMB Shoo Bayonet
    16 LUCIUS Good Grief Mom And Pop
    17 KIRAN LEONARD Grapefruit Pias-Moshi Moshi
    18 CELLARS Phases Manifesto
    19 ADAM GREEN Aladdin Totally Gross National Product
    20 THE RANGE Potential Domino
    21 GUERILLA TOSS Eraser Stargazer DFA
    22 TACOCAT Lost Time
    23 HERON OBLIVION Heron Oblivion SUB POP
    24 POOKIE AND THE POODLEZ Young Adult
    25 NEW TRACK CITY Spring Exceeds Winter
    26 SEA GHOST SG
    27 IVAN AND THE PARAZOL The All Right Nows Modernial
    28 BRING BACK JOEL Bring Back Joel Colossal Squid
    29 FEZ THE IMMIGRANT Cielo
    30 NEW RESISTANTS Hey, New York!

    ADDS

    1 MODERN BASEBALL Holy Ghost
    2 THE SO SO GLOS Kamikaze
    3 MARK PRITCHARD Under the Sun
    4 POLLYN Distress Signals
    5 BLACK PISTOL FIRE Don’t Wake the Riot

  • Charts and Adds Update 5/17/2026

    Don’t worry folks! We’ll be updating our Charts and Adds in the coming weeks!

  • WUSC covers removal of confederate flag from South Carolina State House grounds

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    On July 10, after flying on the South Carolina State House grounds for 54 years, the confederate battle flag was lowered in a ceremony broadcast around the world.

    Here at WUSC, we brought you full team coverage of the events that saw thousands descend on the State House for history in the making.

    WUSC aired a special show on the flag debate on Friday June 19, as debate began on the flag in Columbia, in South Carolina and all across the country after the events in Charleston.

    WUSC News was at the State House Thursday July 9, when Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill that allowed the flag to come down, and spoke with USC President Harris Pastides and others. Hear our 90.5 Seconds of the News newscast on the event here.

    We, along with an estimated crowd of over 10,000, were at the State House the morning of Friday July 10 when the flag came down and spoke with USC students and alumni who were in attendance. Hear our 90.5 Seconds of the News newscast on the event here.

    We presented a retrospective on the issues and history surrounding the flag at the State House, and the timeline of events that led to it coming down, on a special edition of 90.5 Minutes of the News Saturday July 11. Click here for the full broadcast.

    Thank you to all our listeners for calling into the station with your opinions, insights and stories on the flag, and thank you for your support of the station – support that allows us to bring you programming like these past few weeks.

    Thanks also to former WUSC News Director Nick Vogt, WUSC DJ Tony Miranda (aka DJ Nomad, host of Southern Wasteland Wed. 3-6) and WUSC Station Manager Kaylyn Middleton for all their hard work and help.

    WUSC News will return with regular newscasts and programming in the fall, barring any other major historic events in Columbia.

    – WUSC News Director Ben Turner

  • Uncle Gram Retires

    Uncle Gram

    Today, WUSC had to do what we have put off for weeks: we announced that Uncle Gram has retired. Many of you may have already known this. Automation has played in the place of Red Bank Bar and Grill this whole semester, while we in the studio crossed our fingers that Uncle Gram would come back from a prolonged hiatus that began in December. This February, he corresponded his wish to hang up his hat for good. Uncle Gram, aka Mark Lyvers, has devoted an unprecedented amount of time to WUSC. He began broadcasting in 1978, and has kept the Red Bank Bar and Grill show running intermittently ever since.

    Outside of the studio, Mark was a truck driver and a folk music enthusiast. He always promoted local events and shows on the air, and even had a hand in hosting some of them. Red Bank Bar and Grill appealed to listeners in the local area and beyond, and Uncle Gram’s fanbase is one of the most devoted the station has ever seen.

    In part to ease our own woes about Uncle Gram’s departure and to give his fans a final farewell, a group of WUSC DJs will be hosting a tribute show for Uncle Gram during his regular time slot. On Saturday, April 4th from 10am to noon, we will be playing some of his favorites, as well as accepting requests over the station’s phone line. Help us say a hearty thank you to Uncle Gram, and give the Red Bank Bar and Grill an amazing send-off.

    To call on April 4, dial 803-576-9872. To stream online, visit our “Listen” page.

  • A Special Thank You

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    This week wrapped up WUSC’s bi-annual Fundraiser. Each semester, we endeavor to raise half of the money necessary to pay our $14,000 licensing fees. We do this through donations, fundraiser events, and underwriting. As Station Manager and on behalf of everyone at WUSC, I want to express a hearty thank you for all of the calls, letters, and online visits we’ve received in the past week. Our events saw huge turn outs, and Fundraiser Week proved to be a great way to welcome our newest recruits to the station. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, money, and support to our humble college radio this week.

    As many of you probably heard throughout the week, WUSC is more than just a platform for broadcasting great music. We bring students, faculty, and alumni together. We conduct interviews, cover special topics, and bring you the news. This semester has seen the greatest changes in WUSC, along with some of the most exciting additions. With a staff change halfway through the year, this semester has proved challenging. We lost our beloved Director of Student Media, Scott Lindenberg, in September to the Treasury Department. Our devoted graduate assistant Rachael also moved on once her studies came to an end in December. With a reduced staff, our executive body has had to adapt to new roles, take on fresh duties, and work harder than ever. The addition of 25 new faces to our body this semester helped counter these losses, and help make our jobs that much more fun. We trained the newest DJs in February, and were happy to welcome them to the fold this past week.

    Throughout Fundraiser Week, our old and new DJs alike brought you their favorite “Spring Break Mixtapes.” As you could probably tell, each DJ brought a different spin on this theme, and exemplified the diversity of tastes we’re proud to represent. Campus radio may be a mixed bag, with jostling music genres and personalities, but it’s a community nonetheless. I am proud to be at the head of WUSC, and am so pleased to recognize how much the station means to not only those who work for it, but to the listeners as well.

    The steps we’ve taken to reach our $14,000 goal have been great indeed thanks to your help, but we still have a long way to go. We’ve raised a little more than half of our total, and with only two months left in the semester, it will be a feat to meet the final figure. If you have not donated yet, please consider doing so, either online or by mail. You can learn more about how to donate and the steps involved on our donation page. If you have donated, I encourage you to share this letter and promote the work that WUSC currently does and hopes to continue doing for many years to come. If you operate a Columbia-area business and have not spoken with our Public Affairs office about an underwriting contract, they can be reached at wuscpad@sdc.edu and would be happy to set up an arrangement.

    We rely on our community to support us and keep us thriving, and your help does more than just keep us on the air. WUSC was my first true home at the University of South Carolina. My show, Dress Up, has been a wonderful outlet for my passion and musical interests. The same can surely be said for any DJ on WUSC, and without you, our home in campus radio is lost. To those of you who have stuck by us from the beginning, we cherish your listenership and support. And to those of you who are future donors, partners, or listeners, I hope you come to see what makes us so special.

    Thank you for reading, sharing, and donating.

    Humbly yours,
    Ari Station Manager
    Ari Robbins
    WUSC Station Manager and DJ Paper Doll

  • WUSC Talks About Free Speech Around the World

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    As part of WUSC’s Free Speech Initiative, News Director Nick Vogt and myself interviewed Randy Covington on 90.5 Minutes of the News.

    Covington is the Director of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Newsplex and a professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked at television stations across the United States, for the Associated Press and in radio. As part of the Newsplex, he travels around the world to present workshops on investigative journalism and new media.

    In our conversation with Professor Covington, we focused on free speech around the world. “Generally, the medium that has the largest audience is television,” he said. “It’s not by coincidence that in much of the world television is government owned and government controlled.”

    Covington, who has experience training reporters in Russia, cited the country as an example. According to him, once Vladimir Putin took power, he moved to limit independent television stations in Russia in order to silence dissenting opinions.

    We also talked about the role of governments in restricting the newest place people are expressing themselves – the Internet. With the Arab Spring and the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong, the Internet took center stage. “They try their best,” Covington said of authoritarian regimes. “This Internet thing – it’s like whack-a-mole. You think you’ve got it under control, but all of the sudden this information is getting out. People will seek the truth.”

    Another role of the Internet and new media is citizen journalism. How do citizen journalists fit in with free speech? According to Covington, “traditional media organizations have yet to embrace the power of the crowd. As a result, we suffer. But it’s not like they are going to do our story about why this government agency is corrupt. We’re gonna have to do that story – but they’re going to help us.”

    Towards the end of our interview, we focused on an incident that made headlines last October. Covington, along with his colleague Joe Bergantino, was arrested in Russia on alleged visa violations. Covington suspects it was attempt by the FSB (the successor to the KGB) to stifle their workshop on investigative journalism because it was just a little too much free speech for the government to handle.

    The pair were hauled into court. “The thing that struck my attention when I walked in was this big iron cage that they used to put the defendants in,” he said. “Fortunately they trusted us and didn’t put us in the big iron cage.”

    Covington recounted how the session began. “[Bergantino] was up first and he’s trying to make the argument ‘I have a visa from the U.S. embassy’…and the judge cut him off and says ‘you don’t really need to make that argument, because you’re guilty.”

    Ultimately, neither was jailed or fined, but they were ordered to stop the workshop.

    Covington says one of the most jarring things about the whole incident was the reaction he got from two hotel employees when he asked their opinion on his arrest as they were checking out. “I have never seen such fear in my life as the fear I saw in their eyes,” he said. “For me, that…really hammered home what we take for granted.”

    As Covington and Jay Bender both pointed out during our Free Speech Initiative interviews, we do take free speech for granted. Hopefully our conversations about it on WUSC have helped to educate about the need for and importance of free speech.

    You can hear part of our interview with Randy Covington here.

    For WUSC News, I’m Ben Turner.

  • WUSC Talks Media Law and the First Amendment

    As part of WUSC’s Free Speech initiative, News Director Nick Vogt and myself interviewed Jay Bender on 90.5 Minutes of the News.

    Bender is the Reid H. Montgomery Freedom of Information Chair at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches media law. He also teaches media law at the School of Law and is a practicing attorney specializing in first amendment law. He has represented the South Carolina Press Association and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, as well as various reporters and media outlets.

    We talked with Professor Bender about free speech. He stressed that the right of free speech is always a struggle. “During times of turmoil, the government puts great pressure on unorthodox speakers and speakers who urge a view contrary to government policy and it’s been that way throughout our history,” Bender said.

    Most people know free speech in America isn’t absolute. The classic example is not being allowed to yell “fire” in a crowded theater when there’s no fire. According to Bender, “the Supreme Court has seen the first amendment as a right or a protection to be balanced against other interests the government might have.” This balance includes restrictions against obscenities and speech likely to incite violence.

    Professor Bender brought up something we are acutely aware of at WUSC – the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) restriction we must obey against airing swearing on the airwaves. This limits the music we can play and the on-air commentary we can offer, but it’s one of those restrictions the government has deemed in the public interest.

    Many people believe individuals abuse their rights, such as the Westboro Baptist church or the KKK. Bender agrees “free speech could certainly be abused in a private context…but the government cannot be offended by speech, particularly where it’s commentary on the operations of government and criticism of government officials.”

    He pushed back against the recent push to limit criticism of religion or try to limit “hate speech” against groups. “What is hate speech?” Bender asked. “How do you draw the line between hate speech and protected speech?”

    Bender tackled the issue of campus protests, comparing the protest at USC after the events in Ferguson with the protests on the campus of Coastal Carolina. He praised the reaction of USCPD, who worked with protesters and criticized campus police at Coastal, who arrested several students for defacing property when they drew chalk outlines on sidewalks.

    Bender praised USC on free speech, arguing “this university in recent times has been tolerant of speech and I applaud the administration for that. It was not always the case.”

    He encouraged students to speak out, noting “one of the beauties of being young is you have the opportunity to explore a lot of things and the limits of free speech would be one of those.”

    Throughout the interview, Bender offered a spirit defense of free speech. “Citizens benefit when problems can be exposed and discussed,” he said. “One of the philosophical justifications of the first amendment is that it is a safety valve. It allows the society that has unhappiness to express itself and discuss possible solutions.”

    You can hear our full interview with Jay Bender here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La5xuH3uvYY

    For WUSC News, I’m Ben Turner.

  • CMF Advanced Screening: Perks of Being a Station Manager

    Here’s a little lesson in networking: if you do something for someone, there is a strong chance he/she will do something for you in return. “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” This kind of reciprocity is what got me in a dark room with nine other people while we watched an advanced screening of the Campus Movie Fest finale. I had helped record a Public Service Announcement for CMF to be played on WUSC, and this was my repayment. Pretty cool, right?

    If you want a little sneak preview of what you’ll see tonight during the actual CMF Finale, here’s a hint: a mood stabilizer may be required. The tones of the films vary drastically, from funny to thrilling to contemplative. After watching the selections back to back for an evening, I was left reeling. The themes explored had a wide range: dealing with death, survival in an apocalyptic world, self-exploration, or the humor in the every day. So prepare to feel a variety of emotions, and to remind yourself “My peers made that.”

    That was the best part for me. I have a hard time sitting quietly through movies as it is, but it was especially challenging not to jump up and shout “THAT’S A DJ! THAT’S MY DJ!” during the screening. As Station Manager of the radio, being a Mother Hen comes with the territory. The DJs at WUSC are already busy, talented people–they plan a two hour show each week, they cultivate on-air personalities, and they become musical connoisseurs in their preferred genres. Now add to that list qualifications like “scriptwriter,” “cinematographer,” and “filmmaker.” WUSC DJs run the gamut. We don’t seek out these creative types; they come to us, with bright ideas for specialty shows and unique contributions that make the station greater than it already is.

    That’s what the Campus Movie Fest is all about. It capitalizes on the creativity that pulses on college campuses. It tests its participants to make a movie in a week. Script it, shoot it, score it, and edit it in just a few days. As I was able to glimpse this week, USC students definitely rose to this challenge. There were some films that blew me away with their superb camera work, or highly polished script (or both). Anyone watching the finale tonight will undoubtedly feel proud to know that the students behind these films walk among us every day. I know that’s how I felt. I’m lucky enough to not only call many of the CMF contributors fellow DJs, but also friends. In that case, if you’re in the crowd tonight, kindly ignore any outbursts from yours truly. Though I have already seen all of the films before, my good friend Mother Hen isn’t the quietest.

    The Campus Movie Fest Finale Screening is Thursday, 2/12/2015 at 7:30pm in the Russell House Ballroom. Entry is free with a Carolina Card.

  • Fear and Torture: an editorial from the Desk of the News Director

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    It’s that time of year: the kids are coming home, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and our favorite football teams are playing for a wild-card spot. I wish everyone reading this the merriest holidays for you and yours; but I would like to talk for just a minute about something serious. I’d like to talk to you all about fear.

    On September 11th, 2001 the United States of America changed in immeasurable ways; out of pain, confusion, and most of all fear. On that day in September, I was in second grade at St. Mark’s School in Catonsville MD, about forty minutes from Washington D.C. and the Pentagon. I don’t recall what I considered fear to be before but ever since then the high-water mark of fear in my life has been that day in September.

    In order to protect our way of life, and out of fear, we as a nation changed in whatever ways we deemed necessary to survive. It was out of this fear that the Central Intelligence Agency commenced their Detention and Interrogation program, which most Americans would identify as the torture programs ended by President Obama’s Executive Order 13491.

    At the beginning of December, the summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program was declassified. This study, prompted in 2007 after the CIA’s destruction of interrogation videotapes under investigation by the Attorney General, is highly critical of the CIA’s actions in their Detention and Interrogation program. Included in the study are the gruesome and shocking details of the atrocities involved in the program, the lack of oversight and communication, and the general ineffectiveness of the program. While the entirety of the study (6,700 pages) remains declassified for the time being, the 500-page declassified Executive Summary contains more than enough information on the shortcomings and wrongdoings involved in the program.

    Before 9/11/01 the CIA had concluded that torture programs were generally ineffective and could also produce bad intelligence. This same conclusion has been reached over a decade later by the Committee in their study; not only were the “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” incredibly cruel, the quality and importance of the information gained through these techniques was repeatedly exaggerated and misconstrued by the CIA in their reports to The White House, Congress, the Department of Justice, and the American public. Much of the information gained through torture procedures was already available in the U.S. Intelligence Network, and most of the original intelligence gained through torture was either bad or non-useful.

    Through the study it was also found that the CIA used methods of torture that were far more brutal than the ones laid out to The White House and the Legislature. The CIA officials leading the operations also repeatedly avoided and impeded internal, Congressional, and Executive oversight of the program.

    The Executive Summary lays out twenty main findings and conclusions, supported with evidence and examples. The summary has been declassified and is readily available all over the Internet.

    Because of the damning nature of the report, apologists have already come to the defense of the Central Intelligence Agency’s actions with the same arguments that were made in favor of torture in the first place: the intelligence that can be extracted is too vital and possibly life saving to ignore.

    Fear is terrifying. It can freeze us, it can break us down, and most terrifying of all it can change us. I can still feel the stuffy, pervading sense of fear that engulfed the nation for years after 9/11, the same fear that still lingers in airports and crowded stadiums today. But I refuse to make exceptions and excuses on the basis of fear anymore, and I refuse to accept the “necessity” of inhumanity in the face of terror.

    I was raised with the belief that we, the collective United States of America, are the good guys. But as I’ve grown up as a post-9/11 American it has become clear that the difference between the good guys and the bad guys is an ocean of doubt and grey. I’ve come to accept that, in such a complex and interrelated world, the lines between right and wrong are blurry. And while I believe the United States does its’ best to aim for the right side of the grey, some aspects of our national conduct certainly do not fall into the grey category.

    Truthfully, I had never considered the CIA torture programs to be completely unnecessary, and I had bought into the notion that the information was too valuable to ignore and impossible to extract otherwise. But earlier last week, I sat down for an hour and read the report. In light of the findings, my mindset changed drastically.

    The Executive Summary of the report is available for all to see, and I hope that every citizen of the United States reads it. The truth is, there is no grey area in this circumstance. Not only was the intelligence gained not as vital as we’ve been led to believe, the methods used to extract the intelligence betrays every core value to our nation that we hold so dear. For almost a decade, we allowed our nation to become unimaginably cruel and inhumane out of fear.

    It is our responsibility, as civilians in the Home of the Brave, to shed our paralyzing fear in order to reclaim our stake as the Land of the Free. A systematic operation of inhumane torture in clandestine prisons hidden inside undisclosed countries is not a “good guy” action.

    Still, it would be easy for this report to get lost in the flurry of the holidays, the racial tensions surrounding Ferguson and New York, and the NFL Playoffs. It is our responsibility as free citizens to not lose sight of this report, to read this report, and to formulate personal opinions on its implications.

    We’ve come a long way since 2001, and as a nation we are on the road back to where we once were. When my kids grow up, I hope that they’ll have no question as to who the good guys are. It’s up to us to answer that question for them now.

     

    Thank you, and have a Happy Holidays.

    Nick Vogt

  • Moas Collective + WUSC: Halloween 2014

    We have the best Music Directors, DJs, and friends. Here’s a video by Tucker Prescott of our most recent dance party at Lucky’s.

  • Show Review: Everywhere I Go Tour

    I had the wonderful opportunity to check out New Politics, Bad Suns and SomeKindaWonderful on the Charlotte stop of the Everywhere I Go tour.

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    SomeKindaWonderful kicked off the show with a short but upbeat set, including their popular single, Reverse.  They quickly warmed up the crowed with their fun soul-funk-alternative sound.  Singer Jordy Towers and percussionist Sarah Dyer put forth particularly powerful performances, and these guys had the crowd jumping in no time.

     

    Bad Suns followed with a much mellower sound.  This California-based band has cultivated a certain dreamy quality to their performance that really seemed to captivate the audience, and by the end of their set the crowd buzzed with excitement.

     

    Finally, David Boyd, Søren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio took the stage and New Politics closed the show with a bang.  Throughout their performance, this three piece band managed to fill the entire room with their infectious energy and dance-rock sound.  Their set included everything from their hit songs Harlem and Tonight You’re Perfect to a Beastie Boys cover.  Toward the end of the show, Boyd jumped into the crowd, who happily held him aloft as he sang.  This is without a doubt a band that knows how to keep a crowd entertained.

    You can catch these great bands on the rest of the Everywhere I Go tour.  Check here for dates!

     

  • SHOW PREVIEW: ▼▲THE BURRITØ BASH▲▼

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    Ladies and folks, this Saturday, local college radio station WUSC FM is gifting the city of Columbia one more shot of sunny magic vibes before the sunbeam faeries disappear for the fall. Taking place at local hot and spicy spot, El Burrito, you can saunter down and meal while you watch some mighty fine electronic, dreamy, janglin’ bands, such as:

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    Michael Parrallax is an excitement artist, with his explosive pop fueled sets often containing costume changes, sing-alongs, and a feeling of floating. Described as Floridian Dance Party / Tent Spiritual Revival Music.

     

    Family And Friends


    Freaky folk with a warm buzz from Athens, Family and Friends are notorious for heartfeelings and severely gutsy folk jams. Your cat would love them if it knew music apart from vacuum cleaner sounds.
    Bois


    Jazzy dreamlike tenderness is the lavel, if any, that fits upon the soothing and transcendental tones produced by this New Orleans outfit. Worth a vibe or two, no doubt.
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    Jake and Josh are innovative devils. That’s all I’ll say.

    Details:
    September 13th, 7:00 – 9:30
    El Burrito (934 Harden St)
    $5 Under
    $3 Over

     

    It promises to be quite a night. Come check it out!

  • Moogfest 2014

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    Moogfest, the annual electronic music festival and production showcase hosted in Asheville, NC, began last night and runs through Sunday night. Mainstream music fans have criticized this years’ festival for it’s niche lineup, but for hardcore fans and producers of electronic music it is going to be a paradise. Moog, the iconic music company that popularized the synthesizer, has gotten underground LA favorites like Flying Lotus, Lapalux, and Tokimonsta, classic producers and performers like CHIC, Nile Rodgers, and Giorgio Moroder, and huge EDM acts like Dillon Francis, M.I.A., and Riff Raff to make the long weekend and eclectic experience. Even Chaz Bundick, a Columbia native and the frontman for Toro Y Moi, is going to be performing his Les Sins side-project during the 4th night of the festival. During the day, many of the most innovative producers in the world will be hosting production workshops and giving lectures, and at night many of these same lecturers will be performing at venues all over Asheville. It is going to be a truly unique weekend, and WUSC is excited to send representatives to the festival to cover the events.

  • Meet fk mt.

    fk mt. are an indie punk band causing a stir in Columbia’s local music scene.    You may have seen these Soda City natives play recently with of Montreal during the Indie Grits Film Festival.  If you missed it or just can’t get enough of fk mt., you’re in luck because they are joining us for the WUSC Jamboree at El Burrito next Saturday!

    Check out their track out ov it below and come party with fk mt. at the WUSC Jamboree!

  • Meet MyBrother MySister

    This exciting Columbia trio will be playing at the WUSC Jamboree on April 26th.  With their brutally catchy riffs and heavy punk influences, it’s not hard to see why MyBrother MySister are some of Cola’s favorite hometown kids.

    Check out their song Secondhand Embarrassment below and be sure to catch them at the WUSC Jamboree!

  • The Revivalists- City of Sound: 4 / 5

    City of Sound is a pretty fitting title for this release by New Orleans-based rock band The Revivalists. Each track has a sound pulling from all different genres, including jazz, ska, funk, blues, and country. This wide range of influences makes for an authentic, classic sounding rock album that reflects the whimsically playful nature of their hometown.

    Full of soulful southern charm and sprinkled with funky undertones, every song on City of Sound puts forth a different yet oddly familiar sound. With the conventional rock instruments, the band has a horn section that blows through staccato horn breaks and solos. Either with a jazz feel or a ska vibe, it could go either way. “When I Die” features a beachy-sound, as does “Navigate Below”, which contains flamenco guitar strumming and a Caribbean-style drum beat. Tracks like “BTBD” and “Criminal” features large and loud Imagine Dragon-esque choruses complete with John Frusciante type guitar solos. Groovy strumming patterns add to the buoyancy of the album that weaves it’s way through genres.

    City of Sound sound like a mixture of the Dave Matthews Band and Streetlight Manifesto, with a dash of Kings of Leon soul, combining to make a laid-back rock album for summer days. With such a unique sound, The Revivalists set out to destroy the traditional sound of indie-rock bands with their killer City of Sound. 

    Key Tracks: When I Die, Navigate Below, Criminal, BTBD

    RIYL: Dave Matthews Band, Streetlight Manifesto

  • Cloud Nothings- Here and Nowhere Else: 3.5 / 5

    Indie-rock band Cloud Nothings released their fourth album, Here and Nowhere Else, on April 1. The album is full of gritty, fast-paced punk rock that abrasively drives you to headbang along.

    Each track is filled with machine-gun drum fills that will rock your face off. The drumming is very spirited, and is what really fuels the velocity of the album. The guitars are noisy, overlapping, and distoreted, playing crunching chords of raw dissonance. The gravelly, screaming vocals add a punk feel, with youthful exasperation forcing dry emotion into the air. With no slower breaks, you may feel a bit exhausted after listening all the way through. It’s easy to get lost in the jungle of noise if you don’t pay attention. At some points, it gets a bit redundant, with no real melodic or dynamic changes, but it’s so fun and fast-paced you probably won’t even mind.

    Cloud Nothings have crafted an album that may lack true greatness, but make up for it in pure, unadultered punk rock. They’ve shown a clear maturation in their sound that will most likely have the band continuing on their road to roaring, anthemic rock noise.

    Key Tracks: Quieter Today, Psychic Trauma, I’m Not Part of Me

    RIYL: Japandroids, Real Estate, Yuck

  • SXSW 2014 Recap: Young & Sick

    Writing about SXSW is rather difficult. So much happened in such short a time and it’s difficult to wrap my head around it all. It seems as if my spring break was a fairy tale adventure that I dreamt up while I was sitting on my couch eating Oreos in my undies. We went with a group of 5 and mobbed around the city of Austin for 7 days straight, dropping into different venues and house parties, filming interviews/performances with a number of bands, and meeting more people that I can even remember. I have decided to write a few recaps like this, as the footage gets uploaded, about specific bands and our adventures that arose because of these bands.

    Firstly, we’ve got Young & Sick. He’s a genuine, talented young man who not only creates fantastic music, but also is an artist (he recently designed the art for the new Foster The People album) and involved in fashion. What a legend. We were lucky enough to interview and get an exclusive acoustic rooftop performance with Young & Sick, and from this performance, friendships blossomed like chrysanthemums blooming in the fall. We spent quite a lot of time with Young & Sick, their manager Aaron (http://www.voicelessartists.com) and his other artist Mahaut Mondino (we have a interview/performance with her that we will be posting next week) over the week and it is a bit difficult now that we are separated, not sure of the next time we will reunite. However, we had enough good times together to last at least a few months.

    They had a number of shows throughout the week, including showcases with Bipolar Sunshine, Arthur Beatrice (interview coming soon), and a massive show in Butler Park with Washed Out and Foster The People. Of course, we went to all of these. We saw the band in a number of forms, from purely acoustic in our rooftop sessions to full-band acoustic in a beautiful apartment on Rainey Street to the whole shebang at Butler Park. Every single form was something special. There are some bands that I see that I just know are going to go to great heights, and this band is one of them. I’m not just saying this because they are lovely people; but that definitely is an added benefit. My friend and I were just talking about how a band can create “forever fans” by not only having fantastic music but also being extremely personable and giving. Young & Sick is both of these, and this is going to propel the band to a top spot in the music scene. They already have secured spots at Coachella, Sasquatch, and a support run with Foster The People, and they only played their first show this February.

    This group influenced a large amount of our experience at SXSW and I am extremely excited about their future. They recently released their new single Heartache Fetish that continues the trend of sexy, passionate, and complex songs that Young & Sick is starting to be known for. Their new album will be in rotation on April 8 and I already know that it is going to secure a high position on WUSC’s charts.

  • A Spring Break Style “Thank You”

    With our spring fundraiser having come to a close March 6, and final donation calculations coming in, it is time for a simple thank you.

    From beach bum, chill jams, to stringy mountain tunes, we brought our favorites in spring break mixtape songs, while encouraging listeners to give us a call and make a donation, big or small.

    Beyond special programming, we also offered the opportunity to support us through events such as our kickoff dance party at Breaker’s, acoustic night at Red Door Tavern, percent night at Mellow Mushroom and closing show at Foxfield Bar & Grille.

    Between called-in, mailed and online donations, plus all of our events, we made about $4,000 in the week, bringing us just about $500 shy of our $13,000 yearly budget!

    On behalf of everyone at WUSC, I’d like to extend a hearty “thank you” for each and every dollar given to us–both in this fundraiser and beyond. With operating costs rising, equipment falling apart and updates being needed, our biannual fundraisers are what keep us going year after year.

    I invite you to please continue supporting us to see all the wonderful ways your dollars make an impact on WUSC!

    Sincerely,

     

    Kate Appelbaum

    Station Manager

     

  • The Relentless Pussy Riot

    I don’t speak Russian, but that doesn’t keep me from being able to hear the anger and the passion in songs like “Kill the Sexist” and “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland”. It also doesn’t require fluent Russian to see that something is wrong in a country when 6 protestors get beat by the whips of paramilitary police for a brief, silly demonstration.

    Of course, I’m talking about Pussy Riot, the punk collective/political and social rights activists focused on defending the rights of the marginalized Russian people (especially but not limited to woman, prisoners and homosexuals) from the [President] Vladimir Putin led government, a regime they accuse of being a dictatorship rather than a presidency. Pussy Riot members have been in and out of jail for various protests and demonstrations, the most notable incident coming after Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina were imprisoned for 2 years following a demonstration music video shot in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

    But Pussy Riot is relentless. Right after being released from prison early in a show of “mercy” from President Putin ahead of the Sochi Olympics, Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were again imprisoned for supporting 8 Russian protestors that participated in the 2011-2013 Russian protests (commonly referred to as the “Snow Revolution”) in a demonstration outside of the courtroom. Those arrests came after the aforementioned whippings in Sochi.

    There are punk bands, and then there are punk bands with balls. The Russian government isn’t an institution that many people choose to mess with, and President Vladimir Putin isn’t somebody you win an argument with. But Pussy Riot doesn’t care. How punk is that? Whether or not they’re being whipped, mocked, kicked, or arrested, they don’t stop. They just do not care. Punk.

    This is my country, understand?” says the male Russian Cossack (paramilitary police officer) that beat Pussy Riot with whips. The Russian “Old World” is clashing with the “New World”, and it’s tough to determine who’s winning. While Pussy Riot and other demonstrators make waves in New Media, it’s still the old world mentality that dominates politics and the social mentality in today’s Russia. And it’s the same old world forces (*Ahem* Vladimir Putin) that decided to invade Crimea, Ukraine. Yes that’s right, as I type away on my MacBook in the middle of class, the Russian military is currently occupying the southernmost island of Ukraine, and threatening to assault the rest of the country if the situation doesn’t stabilize.

    It is a volatile situation in the Eastern world. Four years removed from the Georgian invasion, and in the wake of various Ukrainian uprisings and revolts, Russia has deployed and positioned troops in the pro-Russian, yet still Ukrainian region of Crimea, and has also set in motion a massive training exercise across the northern Ukraine-Russia border, priming their forces for an invasion. Uncertain times like these invariably mean change…

    Re-enter Pussy Riot.

    Change requires strong voices. To me, it is apparent that change is required when whippings are accepted punishment for free speech, and invasion is the answer to a revolution. Pussy Riot is a voice to be listened to, a small yet growing crowd of voices screaming out for equality and the end of oppression. Russia and Ukraine now stand at a crossroads that is relevant for the entirety of the eastern world, and the rest of the world at large. We should all be paying attention, especially because Pussy Riot won’t stop screaming out until we do. (And I hope they don’t.)

     

    – Nick Vogt

  • FESTIVAL PREVIEW: SXSW

    It’s midterm week. The professors have unloaded mountains of papers, presentations, and exams upon us. Along with this, it is cold outside, forcing us to have no excuse to stay inside and study. It is my last semester here at USC, meaning that my mountain of work due is humongous, which means that I should be spending my time thinking about the different facets of negotiation between cultures or the marketing funnel. However, all that is on my mind is the mammoth of a week that I am going to be experiencing in Austin, TX while attending South By Southwest, one of the biggest music festivals in the world (if not the biggest).

    I was lucky enough to win a Music Badge to SXSW this year through Team Clermont and I quickly assembled a team to join me on my adventure to Austin. We are rolling deep, a group of 5 representing WUSC, which will be absolutely necessary in order to experience as many aspects of SXSW as we can. The thing is, I am probably going to see about 5% of the things that I want to see at the festival, if not less than that. There is just so much to do. First off, there are over 1000 “official” SXSW acts that spend the evenings playing at a number of showcases, such as the NPR Showcase next Wednesday featuring Damon Albarn, St. Vincent and Eagulls, one of my most anticipated events. However, there are 10 other great acts playing at the same time including Stepdad and Macauley Culkin’s new band The Pizza Underground. Normally, this type of festival would create extreme fear of missing out for many, but after talking to many people who experienced SXSW in years past, I have decided to pick a number of bands that I really want to see and try my hardest to see them, then go with the flow for the rest of the time.

    The way SXSW works is extremely different from other festivals. Many of the official showcases require that you have a badge or wristband to get in (unless you want to line for ages only to get turned away), but there are just as many day parties/showcases that only require a RSVP beforehand to get in. For example, the mobile event app Applauze is hosting a number of showcases and parties throughout the festival; at least one a day. Their main event on Monday at the Scoot Inn is chock full of massive artists such as MS MR, Charli XCX (check out her new collab with Iggy Azalea), Robert Delong, among others. In order to get into this event, you have to download Applauze from the app store and RSVP on the app itself. Regardless of whether you’re attending SXSW or not, I highly recommend this app; it’s a good one. Along with their main event, they are going to have many others at the Casa de Applauze featuring free food, drinks, and bands such as Jordan Klassen, To Kill A King, and The Family Crest.

    The Fader Fort is another major event at SXSW. It is extremely hard to get into one of their day parties, as they have gotten bigger and bigger every year. So far, the lineup boasts artists such as Sam Smith (one of my must-sees), Little Dragon, Chromeo, Glass Animals, and a many more incredible acts. The fact of the matter is that pretty much every party or showcase has at least one or two amazing bands featured as there is so much talent packed into the city for the week. Other exciting events include the Spotify House (Hozier, Phantogram, Real Estate), Hype Hotel (Tokyo Police Club, Wye Oak,  SOHNanother one of my priorities), and the Harvest Showcase (Arthur Beatrice, The Preatures, Banks). As you can see, it is rather overwhelming, but exciting and crazy at the same time. Also, the MTVu Woodie Awards will be taping in Austin during this time, which is a big deal for WUSC as we have been nominated for an award. If we win, our station will be represented on stage at the awards show and receive the award for Best College Radio Station. Be sure to vote for us at http://bit.ly/voteforwusc.

    I could write for ages on how excited I am for next week, but I should probably get back to the work that I have to finish before our trip begins. We will be regularly updating WUSC’s social media (Twitter & Facebook) with live tweets, videos, pictures, and more so be sure to keep an eye out for that. If you’re interested in heading to Austin for spring break/the festival, all the information you need can be found at SXSW’s website.

    By Rupert Hudson

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