Matthew Good at Maxwell’s
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Matthew Good at Maxwell’s

On Monday, March 6, I left my co-hosts to hold their own in the studio for After Class. Matthew Good made his way to Waterloo as part of his sold-out Canadian tour called “I Miss New Wave.” There were about 700 people there, but the size of Maxwell’s Concerts & Events made it an intimate experience regardless.

Before Matthew hit the stage, the audience was entertained by a recorded opera ballad. After this, with lights to match, there was an audio clip of some kids chanting, “K-I-C-K-A-S-S! That’s the way he spells success!” Although I didn’t fully get the connection at first, it became clear to me as the show went on. Although happily married with children, Good still takes pride in kicking ass on stage. Matthew told stories about some of the guitars that he used, including one that was meant for Keith Richards, even though he had never touched it. Richards apparently took one look at the guitar and decided that he no longer wanted it.

With a career spanning 25 years, Matthew Good has quite the musical repertoire to choose from. He played crowd favourites like “Hello Timebomb” and “Load Me Up,” played some less routine tracks in the middle, and beautifully ended with the juxtaposition of “Apparitions” and “Weapon.”

In my opinion, Matthew is on tour to show appreciation for his fans, both young and old. He has been making music since before I was born, and it’s something that I’ve connected with my partner over. By the same token, we can sit in the car with his parents and listen to Matthew’s music, and have an entirely different experience as a result. However, in the end, our appreciation for it is something that we all have in common. He is not one of my favourite artists, by any means, but I certainly appreciate specific pieces of his work, and what he has done for Canadian music as a whole.

To see more of what is going on behind-the-scenes of the tour, follow @matthewgoodgram on Instagram.

In addition, to see what was going on in the studio last night, click here.

 

The Rap Up: Episode No. 18
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 18

More Life… More Waiting.

Despite Drake’s extensive catalog of heart melting love ballads, he’s pretty cruel when it comes to teasing release dates. Each of Drake’s most recent projects; What A Time To Be Alive, Views, and the short lived collaborative mixtape with Kanye West, were all punctuated by frustrating teasers, trolling, misdirection, or flat out heart break. As we all know, the Kanye collab never actually saw light. The case is very much the same with More Life. After a cryptic photo posted to Instagram by Drake, and a similarly misleading post by his father, fans were all but convinced More Life would see life this weekend. Without belaboring the point, the absence of More Life on my iPhone is still painfully clear. The release date is anyone’s guess at this point, however a Friday release would be logical. Regardless, More Life is on the precipice of being in our hands, and all reports point to it being well worth the wait.

Chance Gives Chicago Public Schools a Chance

Chance The Rapper held a press conference at a public school in Chicago to announce that he will be donating a million dollars to Chicago’s schools. Chance is exactly the person you can assume that will be that gracious to give back to the kids from the streets he came from. Chance is being an example for many artists from the city to give back. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions”. For the kids, the kids are the future and with the current climate of the state Chicago is in right now there’s no one I’d rather see step up than a man of the people. Chance has been very active in the Chicago community, alongside Chicago native rappers like Common. It’s a good look to see Chance give back to those who the world has abandon or looked down upon because of their status.

(Written by Terrence Mroz & Garrick Gray)

If you missed last night’s show, watch the full episode below! Also, visit our Radio Laurier Facebook page for more videos and news. Remember to comment, share and like!

Week 8.2 – March 6, 2017
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Week 8.2 – March 6, 2017

DJs Nix and Winks were in the studio last night with lots to talk about. Deej was out of the studio for good reasons—she attended the Matthew Good concert at Maxwell’s Concert & Events. We are looking forward to the review soon!

Movies, Movies, Movies: Over the weekend, Winks saw the film Logan and Nix viewed John Wick: Chapter 2. Winks described the movie as iconic, emotionally charged, and an overall well-made action film and rated the movie an astounding 5/5. We’re still left with the question: is this the end of the Wolverine series? Nix, on the other hand, rated the second John Wick film with a 4/5 for it’s intense assassin showdowns, views of Rome and New York City, and the epic pencil scene (if you have seen it, you know what we’re talking about).

St. Patrick’s Day: The drinking festivities are fast approaching and the DJs believe it’s best to start preparing sooner rather than later. Winks is trying to move his labs around in order to celebrate the day. Nix suggested Party City for all things Paddy’s-related!

Bunny Hop: In Winks’ five years at Laurier, he’s yet to do one of the pub crawls put on by XL Lifestyle and this year he’s committed to the glorious event. Nix has participated in two 12 Barz of Christmas and pointed out that you’ll likely spend a lot of money and sober up between bars so it’s best to pre-game heavily.

Bunny Hop takes place Thursday, March 3rd in Waterloo and tickets are still available: https://www.ticketlabs.com/event/15235/.

OVO Sound Radio: The latest episode of OVO Sound Radio is to be rescheduled with no set release date and no reasons given. The two DJs speculated as to whether it had something to do with complications with the much anticipated More Life playlist. Drake, we’re waiting!

Lastly, the two discussed their love of HNDRXX by Future so much so that they have barely listened to FUTURE since it’s release merely a week before. Of course the DJs love “Comin’ Out Strong” featuring fellow Canadian The Weeknd, but Nix has been discovering more go-to songs from HNDRXX including “Incredible” and “Damage.” Nix was also excited about the release of Lorde’s single, ”Green Light,” explaining it as a fresh approach to pop music. In addition, Ed Sheeran released ÷ (Divide) on March 3rd after a three-year hiatus. The DJs have yet to listen to the album in its entirety, but based on the single “Shape of You,” they are looking forward to listening and reviewing on the next show.

Radio Laurier’s “Hip-Hop Hangout”: Reminder that Monday, March 13 is the return of the Hip-Hop Hangout. Drop by Pub on King in Uptown Waterloo. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/418583488489677/

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. “Stay” – Zedd ft. Alessia Cara
  2. “Let Me Love You (Zedd Remix)” – DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber
  3. “Slide” – Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
  4. “Myself” – NAV
  5. “Go Off” – Lil Uzi Vert
  6. “Green Light” – Lourde
  7. “Comin’ Out Strong” – Future ft. The Weeknd
  8. “Order More” – G-Eazy
  9. “Gassed Up” – Nebu Kiniza
  10. “Fade Away” – Logic
  11. “Hendrix” – Wyclef Jean
CIA “The Sound” Mar. 5
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CIA “The Sound” Mar. 5

Hello Golden Hawks! This March westarted off with a recording of Laurier’s own Student Composers Concert which took place on February 8th, 2017, in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. Works by the following names were heard (and appreciated to the fullest by all in attendance!):

Berisha, Climenhaga, Crosland, Do, Dowbiggin, Hajdinjak, Hewitt, Kargus, Kelly, Mailach, Miller, Neilson, Page, To, and Turner.

We heard a lot of experimentation with all kinds of acoustic and electronic instruments and sound sources. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the next  Student Composer Concert on March 8th!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Student Composers Concert in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Mar. 8 at 8PM

“ICE Does Storytelling” Concert in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Mar. 15 at 8PM.

Graduation Recitals running throughout March and April, keep your eyes open for posters and CIA events on Facebook!

The Sound is a show run by the Wilfrid Laurier University CIA (Composers and Improvisors Association), a group of students on campus that represent student artists.  The Sound features music, sound art, poetry, spoken word, short stories (anything really!) that is written by Laurier student, alumni, and faculty.  We would love to have some of your works on the show, if you are an artist at Laurier and what to get your work on The Sound, please do so by sending your file(s) here:          www.facebook.com/laurier.cia          and send us a brief description of your piece.

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Top Ten Tuesday

The top ten new releases of right now.

  1.  Green Light by Lorde
  2.  Barcelona by Ed Sheeran
  3. American Teen by Khalid
  4. Slide by Calvin Harris
  5. Coastline by Geoffroy
  6. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
  7. Go Off by Lil Uzi Zert, Quavo, and Travis Scott
  8. Sweet Love by Wizkid
  9. Some Way by NAV ft The Weeknd
  10. Rain by City and Colour