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It is Thursday night and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on our great selection of awesome tunes.  We have some cool news happening at 20 Watts you simply cant miss. We are gonna give you a run down on some local shows that will be happening this weekend. If you are in Cuse you are most likely snowed in anyway, so join us for a quick getaway as we give you a run down of the awesome stuff you can do in Syracuse once this snow melts. Not to mention if you wanna request a song, all you need to do it tweet at you host here. So make sure to join 20 Watts on Auodiocandy 10 pm sharp. To tune in Click Here.

Show Playlist

1. Taxi Cab – Vampire Weekend
2. Something About Us – Daft Punk
3. Seahorse – Devendra Banhart
4. Actor Out of Work – St. Vincent
5. Laura – Girls
6. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
7. where do you go to my lovely – Peter Sarstedt
8. Crown of Love – Arcade Fire
9. Grace Kelly – Mika
10. Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie & The Banshees
11. Friday XIII – Deer Tick
12. Elephant Gun – Beirut
13. Nothing Ever Happened – Deerhunter
14. Silence Kid – Pavement
15. My Parents Lied – The Static Jacks
16. Gold and a Pager – The Cool Kids
17. Don’t Haunt This Place – The Rural Alberta Advantage
18. The Fox In The Snow – Belle & Sebastian
19. Snow and Lights- Explosions in the Sky
20. Snow (Hey Oh) – The Red Hot Chili Peppers
21. Wintertime Love – Choir Of Young Believers
22. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
–Irina Dvalidze

Spring CNY Concert Season by tjwell01

Neon Indian is just one of many great upcoming concerts scheduled for CNY

The Spring Central New York concert lineup is turning out to be pretty legendary. Don’t have a car? Carpool with some friends, because star-studded gigs like these don’t come every year when you’re stuck on the banks of the Erie Canal. The highlights are everywhere, whether it’s Neon Indian and Passion Pit in Buffalo, or Sleigh Bells in Syracuse or The Flaming Lips in Ithaca.


Cold Cave @ Mohawk Place (2/21)

Cursive @ Mowhawk Place (3/7)

Free Energy @ Big Orbit Soundlab Space (3/10)

YACHT w/ MNDR @ Big Orbit Soundlab Space (3/7)

Neon Indian @ Big Orbit Soundlab Space (3/12)

Passion Pit @ Town Ballroom (3/28)

Bassnectar @ The Tralf Music Hall (4/20)

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City Sounds 12/7: Providence by krkuchta

Deer Tick

This week City Sounds is taking a trip back to New England to visit…Providence?!?!

Yes, you may be wondering what the hell Providence has to offer us in terms of music.  But there’s an interesting blend of music that came from Providence, and the city still has it coming.  Noise rock and experimental music held its own in P-town, with bands like Lightning Bolt and Arab on Radar.  That legacy lives on with the grindcore sound of White Mice and the unclassifiable Chinese Stars. Members of the early noise bands went on to form other projects, but most stayed true to their Rhode Island roots.  Other artists from The Divine City are getting national praise.  With neo-folk on the rise, Deer Tick and The Low Anthem are reaching an audience outside Providence’s 18 and a half square miles.

Providence is becoming quite the art hot spot too.  Venues like Firehouse 13 and  AS220 house gallery space and stages for bands. Avant-garde performers The [VIENNAGRAM:] and street band What Cheer? Brigade make for interesting and very involved performances.  Providence is up and coming, and we’re going to delve into this small, firecracker of a city Monday from 11pm-1am on WERW.

-Kyle Kuchta

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EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE of the Positive Jam, featuring the Hold Steady, the Felice Brothers, Deer Tick and Rural Alberta Advantage, ONLY on 20 Watts by 20watts


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20 Watts Brings You Our PositiveCast! by Irina Dvalidze
The 20 Watts Positive Jam Podcast features onsite coverage of the bands present

The 20 Watts Positive Jam Podcast features onsite coverage of the bands present

DOWNLOAD: The 20 Watts Positive Jam Podcast

20 Watts brings you yet another of our awesome podcasts — this one straight from the Positive Jam!  Showcasing commentary from Irina Dvalidze and clips from the acts at the festival, the PositiveCast brings you as close to the show as you could get without actually being there.  So lay on the grass, put a shirt over your head and let 20 Watts take you to Stewart Park.  We gotta stay positive!

— Irina Dvalidze and Eric Vilas-Boas

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20 Watts Reviews the Positive Jam by 20watts
While The Felice Brothers and The Rural Alberta Advantage impressed, Deer Tick stole the show

Deer Tick stole the show at Positive Jam this past weekend

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Deer Tick’s “Houston, TX” MP3
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Positive Jam: Exclusive Coverage on 20 Watts

The glistening water from Cayuga Lake reflected The Rural Alberta Advantage’s Amy Cole’s black shades as the band got on stage, kicking Positive Jam off with a nice cup of Ithaca Beer’s microbrew. Despite the audience being burnt out in more ways than one on the sunny Sunday afternoon, The Rural Alberta Advantage pulled off a show with class as an opening act. The Canadian threesome gave the term power trio new meaning with frontman Nils Edenloff singing like a mellower, folkier Billy Corgan, while Amy Cole played an eclectic mix of instruments from the glockenspiel to a tambourine.

Watching The Felice Brothers — “America’s Greatest Subway Band” — perform was like watching a great Americana musical with farm animals and drums of whiskey.  Although he’s not technically part of the family, washboard and fiddle player, Greg Farley is practically a one-man show. Acting out the lyrics and playing his seemingly secondary instruments with the gusto of a lead guitarist.  That’s why these cool, relatable guys are so likeable, and if you don’t believe me, check out our interview with James Felice.

While chilling out between sets in scenery reminiscent of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band cover, the sound of a tribal bass drum hypnotized some audience members to return to the stage. Deer Tick walked onstage to this dramatic buildup. After their first song, lead singer John Joseph McCauley held up his beer bottle and announced, “I haven’t had breakfast yet but a porter is like a meal and a beer” and took another swig before they broke into “Houston, TX,” a song inspired by an ex who dumped him on Valentine’s Day. For a band looking and acting more like frat brothers than talented musicians, they had their Dylan impressions down pat — in both McCauley’s rough, folky voice and their new guitarist’s wild hair and tiny frame.  The high point of the set was “La Bamba,” and although the closing song choice was surprising at first, it ended a fun and crazy set perfectly.

Sadly, after a day full of exciting music, the show’s headliner, The Hold Steady, failed to surpass the greatness of the supporting acts.  Craig Finn’s voice was as distinctively nasal as expected, and while his nerdy excitement was endearing, something was definitely amiss.  Following such young, high-energy acts, the band seemed washed-up and comparatively family-friendly. We in the crowd questioned their title as “America’s Greatest Bar Band.”  They played favorites like “Magazines,” “Southtown Girls,” and “You Can Make Him Like You” along with a few new songs, but the only memorable performance was the sing-along “Massive Nights.”

— Charlie Weeks and Carly Wolkoff

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