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ISSUE 22 | The Five: Rosie and Me, Ellie Goulding, Cults, Hunx and His Punx and Freddie Gibbs by 20watts

Brazilian folk artists are just one act in the latest edition of 20 Watts' FIVE, the FIVE acts you need to hear now! Read more here!

Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
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Rosie and Me (pictured above)

If you thought the best genres Brazil produced were metal (Sepultura), Bossa nova (Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto) and tropicalia (Os Mutantes), we’ve got two words for you: indie folk.

Mostly bypassing the obvious Brazilian influences, Rosie and Me sound more like an American Continue reading

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City Sounds 3/29: New York No Wave by krkuchta

Listen to WERW's New York No Wave Monday night from 11pm-1am

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New York City is one of the most influential cities in the world. Pick something culturally common; whether it be food, architecture, art, etc., and New York is famous for something in those respective categories. Music is no different. In fact, New York is known for MANY types of music. But one of the most unique genres that was born in NYC is No Wave. It’s about time for a City Sounds History Lesson.

First came New York punk. Artists like Patti Smith, Ramones and Television all had their own styles. Punk was defined by diversity and distorting the view of what music was. Blondie and Talking Heads came in to the picture, and by 1980, punk became a household name.

A rebellion against a rebellion arose in the form of No Wave. Punk really only took common musical rhythms and sped them up while singing about rebelling against the status quo. But if they take something as culturally significant as music and don’t rebel, are you really “punk?” No Wave went out to change this idea. Almost every No Wave artist went out to break every rule they could. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks with their frantic, out-of-tune guitar strums; The Contortions with their schizo-jazz; DNA with something indescribable.

This movement only lasted about 3 to 4 years, but still inspires generations later. New York natives from Sonic Youth all the way to Yeah Yeah Yeahs drew from No Wave. So we should go on and celebrate this incredible time in musical history, just for the hell of it. Listen to City Sounds Monday night from 11pm-1am on WERW. It’s about to get noisy.

–Kyle Kuchta

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THE 20.7: Post-Punk by 20watts

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In the late-’70s and early-’80s, following hot on the trails of punk rock, a new musical movement developed on both coasts of the Atlantic. The artists and bands associated with it shunned punk’s noise for a more layered, introverted songwriting and instrumentality. The movement brought with it synthesizers, Krautrock influences, as well as a more complex and experimental approach to music-making. In doing so, they set the wheels in motion for the eventual surge in ’80s and ’90s alternative rock. History has labeled this movement post-punk.

So what’s the very best of post-punk? 20 Watts’ CHRIS PARKER has the answer in our seventh 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!

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