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20 Watts Video: What is 20 Watts? by tjwell01

What is 20 Watts, exactly? We’re the guys who bring mixtapes instead of flowers on the first date and the girls who’ll never shut up about their favorite new single. We love music — that’s all it comes down to for us. We’re gearing up to step it up this year. New developments are on the way, and we can’t wait to keep improving the brand. Keep reading and listening, because we feel the love.

Love and stereo,

20 Watts

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Play It by Ear Haiti Benefit Show @ Funk N’ Waffles by 20watts

Liz Lewis playing at Funk 'n' Waffles last night; larger photos below!

PREVIEW: LISTEN to Drink Up Buttercup, Liz Lewis and New Relic on MySpace
GIVE: DONATE a contribution to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

You walk into Funk N’ Waffles and the coffee shop is cramped past the legal limit. With hardly any standing room, much less an open seat, the bands that played at Funk last night did so to a packed show. Whether they were standing in the back or sitting close up front, concert-goers listened intently to the performers voices, guitar noodling, keyboard manipulation and other forms of music-making, whether it involved cellos or garbage cans. The eclectic acts and cozy atmosphere made the Haiti charity event a great success Friday night.

Erica Scarano, Sarah Detweiler, Aaron Gittleman, Liz Lewis, Keith Smith (with Stephen Babcock), One of Three, New Relic, Ryan Whitman and Drink Up Buttercup filled the elevated stage between the hours of 7 and 11:30 p.m. Each artist performed just a few songs, ranging in genres and message. Appropriate to the benefit show’s nature, the only consistent theme of the night was the universal camaraderie shared by the performers and the audience. Continue reading



20 Watts Video: First Date With…The Biggest Hands You’ve Ever Seen by tjwell01

PREVIEW: 20 Watts’ First Episode of “First Date” with Erica Scarano.

After watching these guys open up for The Static Jacks a couple weeks ago at Funk N’ Waffles, 20 Watts couldn’t help but steal a chance to talk with The Biggest Hands You’ve Ever Seen for the second installment of the “First Date” series. These jokers dished on their abnormal influences and playing blues at Syracuse University.

–Produced by Jett Wells and Irina Dvalidze

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20 Watts Radio: Thursday Nov. 19th by Irina Dvalidze
November 19, 2009, 8:44 pm
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Erica Scarano stops by 20 Watts Radio

PREVIEW: Check out Erica Scarano’s MySpace

PREVIEW: Check out the “First Date With…” Video

So it’s Thursday night once again and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. This week is the launch of our newest video segment, where we interview awesome local artists “First Date” style and then bring them in to 20 Watts Radio to perform for your listening pleasure.

This week we have the one and only Erica Scarano, an emerging Syracuse artist. Tune in to hear Erica discuss her inspirations and thoughts on music, all topped with an exclusive performance.

Check out the playlist below!
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20 Watts Video: First Date With… Erica Scarano by Irina Dvalidze
November 19, 2009, 8:00 am
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PREVIEW: Check out Erica Scarano’s MySpace

Check the first installment of 20 Watts video series First Date With….

This week 20 Watts Multimedia team met with local artist Erica Scarano for a quick cup of coffee and short interview to hear her thoughts about the local music scene, benefits of recording and her future aspirations.

First Date With… series will focus on Syracuse artists and their involvement in the local music scene. Each week 20 Watts will bring you short “get to know you” interviews with the artists of choice. The videos will serve as a tie in with 20 Watts Radio thursday shows on Audiocandy. The artists of the week will come in to play a live set and discuss their major influences while we play the select tracks that served as their inspiration.

Check out the interview above and make sure to listen in every Thursday 9-11 p.m. at Audiocandy Radio!

— Interview by Jett Wells
— Production by Irina Dvalidze



ISSUE 19 | Sound-Alikes: Taylor Swift by kjfahey
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Taylor Swift shares a sound with plenty of indie artists out there

Taylor Swift may not have Kanye West’s approval, but the girl makes music people like. Swift was the first country artist to win an MTV Video Music Award, and her album Fearless has been wildly successful on the Billboard charts since its release last November. And, oh yeah, she’s just 19 years old — an age when most kids can barely do their own laundry, let alone front their own tour.

Despite her success, Swift seems to have managed to keep acting like a regular girl. In her video “Thug Story (w/ T-Pain)” she jokes about her love for her mom and the joys of baking cookies. On her Twitter page, she regularly discusses argyle socks, hanging with her friends and walking through Radio City Music Hall.

Basically if you like Taylor Swift, you’re probably drawn to her love-struck country ballads and cute-and-wholesome girl-next-door image. The only thing she’s missing is indie cred, which is why 20 Watts has compiled this list of similar indie artists — you’ll likely love them, too. Continue reading



ISSUE 19 | PODCAST: Sounds-Alike Taylor Swift by Irina Dvalidze

Taylor Swift may not have Kanye West’s approval, but the girl makes music people like.  The only thing she’s missing is indie cred, which is why 20 Watts has compiled this list of similar indie artists you’ll likely love.

Mary Cappabianca dishes the dirt on Neko Case, Jenny Lewis and others in this 20 Watts podcast.  Read her print story here.

— Mary Cappabianca and Irina Dvalidze

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