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ISSUE 20 | Feature: The Digital Divide: Syracuse University’s audio archives are among the world’s best, but they’re struggling to get online by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:10 pm
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Syracuse University's Audio Laboratories cylinder record collection second only to the Library of Congress

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Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

Check out our extensive feature on the second-largest collection of wax cylinders in the world, right here in Syracuse! 20 Watts’ Brian Amaral tells the tale of Syracuse University’s Belfer Audio Laboratory, expanded greatly in the 2000s and now struggling to get digitized online. Right here, right now, only in Syracuse and only on 20 Watts!

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ISSUE 20 | Feature: Tuned Out: College Radio Struggles to Stay Afloat in the iPod Era by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:09 pm
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Click to read 20 Watts' story on the Fall of College Radio

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Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

Check out our extensive feature on college radio in the ’00s! 20 Watts’ Dan Kaplan, Dan Creahan, Olivia St. Denis and Isabel Alcantara bring you the compelling story of the decline of college radio, both in Syracuse and elsewhere with in-depth interviews, some great photo-illustrations and, as always, a local focus!

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ISSUE 20 | Feature: Live Free, Diehard: In tough economic times, Syracuse’s hardcore fanatics keep this scene kicking at any cost by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:09 pm
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Hardcore heroes have persevered this past decade despite financial woes

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Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

Check out our extensive feature on the Syracuse’s 2000s hardcore scene! 20 Watts’ Bill McMillan, Jamie Miles and Isabel Alcantara bring you the trials and tribulations of these tattooed, straightedge and non-straightedge do-it-yourselfers, ready to rock in your face with disregard for their broken-down vans and a an un-supportive economy. Check out these hardcore heroes, only on 20 Watts!

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The 20.6: Your Essential Guide to the Long Island Scene by Dan

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From the year 2000 to about 2005, Long Island possessed one of the most vibrant music scenes in the U.S. At the forefront of recent hardcore and early emo trends, bands from L.I. were known for layered vocal attacks, a chip on their shoulder and a rotation of the same cast of characters. As the music got more popular, bands either broke up or changed their sound, as the scene plummeted to its current, almost non-existent depths. This is an exploration as to what happened before that.

So what’s the very best of the Long Island scene? 20 Watts’ JOHN CASSILLO has the answer in our sixth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!

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The 20: Progressive Rock by Dan

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Like epic compositions, time signature changes and songs that can last for more than 15 minutes? Progressive rock is for you. Emerging primarily in Britain in the late 1960s, the oft-critically maligned genre (commonly known as “prog”) has persevered with the simple goal of adding artistic credibility to rock music. Founding fathers like Yes, Pink Floyd and Genesis set themselves apart from their contemporaries by featuring classical and jazz influences in their songwriting. The innovation continues today, as bands like Porcupine Tree and Opeth incorporate hard rock and metal into their own experimental, progressive sounds.

So what’s the very best in progressive rock? 20 Watts’ DAN KAPLAN has the answer in our fifth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!

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The 20.4: Your Essential Guide to Noise Pop by 20watts

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The “noise pop” label was essentially created by music journalists who couldn’t describe what The Jesus and Mary Chain were getting at in the 1980s.  With their pristine pop song structures and messy punk rock aesthetic, the Scottish four-piece took rock in a direction it hadn’t gone before.  And as the current popularity of noisy, feedback-heavy bands like No Age, Japandroids and Vivian Girls suggests, neither fans nor musicians have looked back since.

So what’s the very best in noise pop? 20 Watts’ ERIC VILAS-BOAS has the answer in our fourth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!

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Juice Jam 2009: Exclusive 20 Watts Freestyle by The Cool Kids by 20watts
September 14, 2009, 4:24 am
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The Cool Kids decided to freestyle for 20 Watts

The Cool Kids decided to freestyle for 20 Watts

DOWNLOAD: The Exclusive 20 Watts Freestyle Rap by The Cool Kids

Minutes before they took the Skytop stage at Syracuse University’s Juice Jam 2009, alternative hip-hop duo The Cool Kids invited 20 Watts into their tour bus for a quick interview. They talked a bit about the golden age of hip-hop, when we can expect their next album, and the current state of the music scene. They didn’t really get excited, however, until we asked them to freestyle an exclusive rap for 20 Watts.

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