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20 Watts Video: 20 WATTS vs. JERK Kickball by Irina Dvalidze
April 29, 2010, 7:22 pm
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If you ever wondered what two of the coolest mags on campus do when they are not producing issues and web content, we bring you just a glimpse of the shenanigans. You might be surprised at what you’ll see from a bunch of nighthawks used to the Newhouse labs. There is nothing more fascinating than a group of AP Style junkies stuck on the quad on a rainy Syracuse afternoon kicking a red ball around.

There was sweat, tears and most definitely blood.

In case you were wondering- Score: 20 Watts (8)  |  Jerk (4)

Love and stereo,

— 20 Watts

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20 Watts Video: Sleigh Bells @ Spark Art Place (INTERVIEW!) by tjwell01
April 9, 2010, 3:59 pm
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PREVIEW: Sleigh Bells’ MySpace

[EDITOR’S NOTE ON THE INTERVIEW: Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells did work on M.I.A.’s upcoming album–its not the other way around. PLEASE IGNORE THAT PART OF THE INTERVIEW!!]

It’s been less than a year since Sleigh Bells broke out at last summer’s CMJ Festival, and the hype keeps getting bigger. Spark Art Place in Syracuse, NY doesn’t get much more smaller or more obscure for such a big indie band, but it didn’t matter. The bodies in the crowd exploded as Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller pumped their shoes into ground, rattling the small art gallery till the dry paint on the walls began to crumble on Thursday. It took no longer than the second song for the guys in the crowd to start flying in the air and throwing elbows. It was sweaty, dirty and raw–just how the band likes it. Sleigh Bells live is a high-powered, emotional, full bodied experience Syracuse won’t soon forget.

Props to Mouth’s Cradle for setting the tone, as the band celebrated their first show since releasing their debut LP, The Next Big Thing. Kevin Hegedus and Brandon Linn rocked the red suit jackets and flourished under the spotlight with fun DJ jams and witty rhymes.

–Jett Wells

20 Watts Video: Neon Indian @ Big Orbit Soundlab by tjwell01

PREVIEW: Neon Indian’s MySpace

Our everlasting thirst for great concerts never yields, even if it requires a two-and-a-half hour trek to Buffalo, NY.  No one left the secluded dive bar, Big Orbit Soundlab, with any regrets. Neon Indian was tight, electric and rocked with a new found swagger. Things are looking bright for Alan Palomo’s crew after they locked up a set at Bonnaroo and played for the Jimmy Fallon Show.

The set was short and sweet, but only because the band is only loaded with one small, crazy-good LP, Psychic Chasms. Give this band more time to thicken the arsenal of songs, and Neon Indian can be a hell-raiser live act. For an encore, Palomo had to dig deep and pull out a VEGA jam–yeah, I think it’s time to get on that next album.

–Jett Wells

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20 Watts Video: The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band by tjwell01

PREVIEW: VISIT The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band’s MySpace

These guys are SU’s party-band warriors, and if you haven’t seen their live set in an attic somewhere, you’ve been going to the wrong parties. Made out of smooth bluegrass soul, these guys are unmatched in these parts. They play so many campus shows, they’re getting worried they’re playing too much, but the crowd keeps roaring for more.
–Videography by Irina Dvalidze and Editing by Jett Wells
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20 Watts Video: Sunrise/Sunset Retold by tjwell01

Last Friday on Feb. 26, O,Morning Records continued its campus-wide reign of showcasing SU’s musical talent, but this time we got it on tape. The night raged hard with a stockpile of talent, including Sarah Aument, Emmery Brakke, The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band, The Fly, Liz Lewis and The World Record Players. Aside from the performances, the house was packed with laughs and good times. Relive the moments through the music of the one of the bands, The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band.

–Irina Dvalidze

20 Watts Video Presents The Fly by tjwell01

PREVIEW: The Fly’s Vimeo Page

Even ice-cold Syracuse University has a little sizzle and spice, and The Fly are just that. This misfit group of hip-hop/R&B specialists provide a much-needed blend of contrasting style for the SU music scene. It’s not folk and definitely not remixed–it’s straight soul, power and urban rhythm. Led by the sassy and highly talented Keith Smith and Farasha Baylock, The Fly are a must-hear-now kind of act. Watch this video and you’ll see what kind of attitude and savvy dance moves they bring to the stage. Also, stay tuned for this Thursday’s live sit-down with The Fly on 20 Watts Radio!

–Jett Wells + Irina Dvalidze

20 Watts Video: Bears in America @ The Jabberwocky Cafe by tjwell01

PREVIEW: VISIT Bears in America’s MySpace

For a small quiet room underneath the Schine Student Center, the Jabberwocky Cafe was full of soul and life last night–thanks to Bears in America and Emmery Brakke. Few people came out, but the dimly lit room wasn’t trying to pretend it was Madison Square Garden. Last night’s Artists on the Brink showcase spotlighted the two local campus acts, and it was a quiet, calming experience. Serene humming and gentle acoustic guitar chords soaked up the still air. Although Bears in America capped the night, Brakke stood out with an amazing voice. Be sure to check her out this Friday at O,Morning Records’ Sunrise/Sunset event, which includes Sarah Aument, The Fly, The World Record Players and Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band.

–Jett Wells