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The Coolest Backyard Concert in West Michigan | EMBER FEST 2019

The Coolest Backyard Concert in West Michigan | EMBER FEST 2019

Stephanie Stapert and George McNeill

July 28, 2019

Why local? Why indie? Every artist starts at this level when it comes to music, so why not support it? It’s also kinda our thing at Impact 89FM. Working at WDBM has allowed for a multitude of opportunities to meet, collaborate and build relationships with a variety of artists. From the bigges...

A Case Study of Controversy | “TOO DEEP TO TURN BACK” – Daniel Caesar

A Case Study of Controversy | “TOO DEEP TO TURN BACK” – Daniel Caesar

Josiah Leach, Managing Editor

July 26, 2019

It has not been a good year for Daniel Caesar.  The Canadian soul and R&B artist was scrutinized recently for comments he made defending YesJulz, a controversial online figure and personal friend of his, who made racist and offensive comments in a freestyle video. Coming to her defense (a bit ...

We Watch It For The Music | Patriot

We Watch It For The Music | Patriot

George McNeill, Assistant Program Director

July 24, 2019

Hey, internet. It’s me, George, from WDBM. Listen up. This is one of the most important articles I’ve ever written; not just because it’s grounded in love and admiration, but because I think today’s We Watch It For The Music entry is one of the most underrated gems in our society. And, in m...

Pitchfork: The Best Music Festival in Chicago

Pitchfork: The Best Music Festival in Chicago

Riley James, Photographer & Videographer

July 17, 2019

I’ve attended Pitchfork Music Festival twice and I’m looking forward to going again this year. The first year I went right after I graduated high school in 2014. That year, I saw Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Grimes and more of my favorite artists. I also went last year, in 2018 while covering...

Music That Hits Home | “Near DT, MI” – black midi

Music That Hits Home | “Near DT, MI” – black midi

Matt Stando, Senior Staff Editor

July 12, 2019

In today’s information age, where practically everything is public and nothing is private, the noise-rock band black midi have managed to keep fans curious. Without doubt one of the most talked-about acts of 2019 have finally unveiled their debut album, Schlagenheim. Despite only releasing a handful of singl...

We Watch It For The Music | American Pie

We Watch It For The Music | American Pie

Matt Stando, Senior Staff Editor

July 9, 2019

Today, July 9, is the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest movies of 1999. No, it’s not Fight Club, American Beauty or The Sixth Sense – it’s American Pie. I completely understand the desire to close this tab after reading that, but bear with me for a minute. Yes, the American Pie series is immature, c...

Nostalgic Dream-Pop | “Kiss the Stars” – Hatchie

Nostalgic Dream-Pop | “Kiss the Stars” – Hatchie

Sarah Beltran, Senior Staff Writer

July 5, 2019

If you are looking to be transported back to the early days of dream pop, then Hatchie has just the thing for you. With her new song “Kiss the Stars,” she captures an essence that has rarely been netted since the early ‘90s. Through her warped instrumentation and floaty lyrics, Hatchie makes y...

Grunge Romance | “Gretel” – (Sandy) Alex G

Grunge Romance | “Gretel” – (Sandy) Alex G

Sarah Beltran, Senior Staff Writer

July 3, 2019

Good ol’ Sandy has returned with a track that reminds us why we keep listening to his sad-ass music. Even though he “doesn’t want to go back,” Alex G has gone back to his older roots in his new single “Gretel.” The song is the first we have heard since his 2017 album Rocket (from the str...

Old & Soulful | “Hurts Me Too” – Faye Webster

Old & Soulful | “Hurts Me Too” – Faye Webster

Sarah Beltran, Senior Staff Writer

June 21, 2019

Faye Webster has stepped up her game in her new album, Atlanta Millionaires Club. Since her 2017 self-titled album, she is bringing a new maturity to her sound while solidifying her place in between the genres of folk and R&B. You can especially hear this influence in the tune “Hurts Me Too”. “Hurts Me Too” is...

Matriarchs of Music | VÉRITÉ

Matriarchs of Music | VÉRITÉ

Stephanie Stapert, Website Manager

June 19, 2019

The anticipation for a concert to begin is the worst. It was March 26, 2018, and it was my first time here at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit. We were excited to see EDEN, but we didn’t know who the opener was – or so I thought. To kill time and our curiosity, we looked up who the opener is and a couple of her songs. As it turned out,...

A Rollercoaster Finish | “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” – Tyler, The Creator

A Rollercoaster Finish | “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” – Tyler, The Creator

Sarah Beltran, Senior Staff Writer

June 14, 2019

Since the arrival of Tyler, the Creator’s fifth studio album, IGOR, last month, there has been a wave of opinions about him and his latest work. You can’t bring it up without being hammered with the age-old question, “What’s your favorite track?” Upon the album’s release, Tyler gave a statement about what (not) to expec...

Matriarchs of Music | Kathleen Hanna

Matriarchs of Music | Kathleen Hanna

Kayla Effner, Writer

June 5, 2019

I distinctly remember the day I was introduced to Kathleen Hanna. Besides hearing a few Bikini Kill songs in passing, my knowledge of her career was limited up until my art teacher showed us her documentary, "The Punk Singer", during my sophomore year of high school. This wasn’t the first time my ...

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