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Memories and Photos from Siren 2010 by 20watts

Kamara Thomas of Earl Greyhound

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: 20 Watts at SIREN 2009

To Coney Island’s ever-looming gentrification and eventual decline in cool, the Village Voice’s yearly Siren Fest is a welcome spit to the eye, and 2010 was no different. Upon arriving to the festivities a bit late and taking a gander at the stacked lineup, we decided to hit Continue reading

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Summer 2010 Coverage: Siren Festival announces its hourly lineup by 20watts

Matt and Kim

90-degree beach weather, Nathan’s hot dogs and free music all factor into a day that I’ve looked forward to for years. It’s not the 4th of July. This day comes two weeks later. The stage that’s previously hosted indie rock legends like Broken Social Scene in 2008 and Built to Spill in 2009 will be sporting sunny indie-poppers Matt and Kim and neo-punks Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

As always, the Siren lineup is neatly stacked — this year featuring a nice mix of up-and-coming blog-buzzers like Screaming Females and Wye Oak alongside last-summer favorites like Matt & Kim and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In an inspired bit of scheduling, the Pains, lo-fi surf-rockers Surfer Blood and Matt & Kim will play before both the aforementioned acts on the same main stage. All of their music and live shows are energetic and fun, which bodes well for a day in the Coney Island sun.

Meanwhile the Stillwell Stage will be hosting bands arguably just as cool. Holy Fuck, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Harlem, Ponytail and Apache Beat are set to rock Stillwell, making the ever-present choice of what stage to hit when that much more difficult. The full hourly breakdown was released yesterday in anticipation of the show this Saturday, July 17. 20 Watts will be on-scene for the day and will be covering the day’s shenanigans when we aren’t taking part in them ourselves. Check out some previous free concert coverage this summer and the last time we covered Siren!

Siren '10 Schedule

— Eric Vilas-Boas



20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY JAN 21st ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Jan 28th ON AUDIOCANDY

Preview: Make sure you check out Audiocandyradio.com

So it’s Thursday night once again and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. So we are finally back on campus and we bringing you all the best of local music scene. So before you dig into those books, sit back and salvage the last few seconds you winter break.  Today is our last light mode show before we swing back into gear and start fresh with the new semester. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on two solid hours of awesome music. Show starts at 10pm sharp: OUR BRAND NEW AND AWESOME TIME SLOT ON AUDIOCANDY. To tune in Click Here.

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20 Watts’ Best of 2009 by 20watts

20 Watts brings you the Best Albums of 2009!

So, the champagne’s out, the fireworks have stopped, the ball has dropped. The year 2009 may be long gone … But the music is still here — vibrant and waitng for masses who have yet to consume it! Naturally we want to help y’all out. Here’s 20 Watts’ list of the 20 best albums of 2009, from us to you! Enjoy!

Love and stereo,

20 Watts



20 Watts’ Best Of 2009: #14 Cymbals Eat Guitars’ Why There Are Mountains by 20watts

Cymbals Eat Guitars' Why There Are Mountains is #14 on our Best of 2009 List

PREVIEW: VISIT Cymbals Eat Guitars’ MySpace
TOP TRACK: “And the Hazy Sea”

From the triumphant screaming that kicks off “And the Hazy Sea” to the subtle acoustic guitar line that closes “Like Blood Does,” Cymbals Eat Guitars channeled the best of ‘90s indie rock and infused it with a 21st century spin on their March 2009 full-length debut Why There Are Mountains.

Few straightforward ‘90s-influenced indie rockers today have the stamina to last more than a few songs without sounding like derivative pastiches of Modest Mouse, Built to Spill or Pavement. Cymbals Eat Guitars proved they could do more with songs like “Indiana,” which opens saturated with guitar reverb and transitions (in a way somewhat reminiscent of Merriweather Post Pavilion‘s song divisions) effortlessly into “cleaner” guitar sounds, synthesized electronic manipulation, and even a few fleeting horn segments.

Innovation in instrumentation isn’t the only thing they’ve got going for them though. Cymbals Eat Guitars have a knack for crafting both strident, solo-heavy marathons like “Wind Phoenix (Proper Name)” and “Cold Spring” as well as shorter, more accessible songs like “Indiana” or “Some Trees.”

Musically Why There Are Mountains covers all of the bases a great debut should cover, and then some, and thematically, it works in much the same way. The penetrating lyricism of “And the Hazy Sea” make it one of the most interpretably dense lead tracks since Modest Mouse’s “3rd Planet.” Ambiguous references to the George Washington Bridge and the year 1999 steep the song and the band in a mystery which only makes them even more appealing.

Cymbals Eat Guitars did good this year, so let’s hope they continue to do so.

— Eric Vilas-Boas



Concert Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars, 5/27 @ Southpaw by carlywolkoff

When I first arrived at Southpaw, I instantly recognized Joseph Ferocious, though I was befuddled.  His demeanor was quite reclusive, as he stood alone at the back of the venue, blending in completely with the crowd.   I thought, “Ferocious….really?”  I expected greatness from the band I was hooked on after only one listen of their debut album, Why There Are Mountains.

But as soon as Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage, the change in Ferocious’ persona was so drastic it was as if those few moments alone facilitated this morph from Joseph D’Agostino to Joseph Ferocious.  In fact, he shattered any and all inhibitions upon playing the first song, “And The Hazy Sea.”  His entire body convulsed along with the guitar, as if there truly was no distinction between musician and instrument—and thankfully, this energy never left.  The film of sweat that developed on Ferocious’ face only moments after taking the stage is a testament to his dedication and passion not only as a talented musician, but a captivating performer.

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Editors Pick 138: Urban Outfitter’s LSTN #5 by caitlindewey

In case all you cool cats haven’t already heard the news, everyone’s favorite overpriced hipster franchise has just released its newest playlist.

LSTN #5 features songs by Cymbals Eat Guitars, St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, Crystal Antlers, Au Revoir Simone, Phoenix and Passion Pit, among 16 others. It’s a grab bag of hype-worthy indie pop/rock, to say the least; trust UO to keep it trendy.

– Caitlin Dewey