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WYCE 881 ESSENTIALS - DEER TICK

Deer Tick is a folk rock band which formed in Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 2004. The band consists of John McCauley III (guitar, vocals), Ian O’Neil (guitar, vocals), Christopher Ryan (bass, vocals), Rob Crowell (keys, saxophone, vocals) and Dennis Ryan (drums,vocals). Bassist Christopher Dale Ryan and drummer Dennis Ryan became official members of Deer Tick in mid-2007 while guitarist Andrew Tobiassen joined the band in August 2008. Keyboardist James Falzone played with Deer Tick off and on from 2006 to 2007 and Paul Marandola drummed from 2005 to 2007. WYCE’s recommended essential listening is “Easy” from the album Born On Flag Day.

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Ra Ra Riot dropped by WYCE in MI for this stripped-down version of “Boy”

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Check out this fantastic video of Small Houses (Jeremy Quentin) performing at WYCE in Grand Rapids, MI

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The Grand Rapids Based electronic duo Alexis could be described as a rare breed in the world of live music. Their sound rides a thin line between retro electro pop and smoky lounge and jazz. Their debut album “The Night” is filled with catchy pop hooks, sleek synthesizers, warm, seductive vocals, and sophisticated song writing. With their high energy dance grooves and crowd pleasing live show, they’ve made their way to the upper sphere of the local music scene in a relatively short amount of time.
One could say that Alexis is the name on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

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Thanks WYCE for this beautiful performance of “The Black-Ice World” by Frontier Ruckus! Eternity Of Dimming is at radio now! 

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Hannah Georgas - Somebody (Live, January 31, 2013)

Hannah Georgas stopped in at the WYCE studios in Grand Rapids for this great acoustic session. After seeing her live and hearing her album online, I finally got around to actually buying the CD today! Happy to support musicians I enjoy.

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Hannah Georgas performs “Somebody” at WYCE.

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Here’s a video of our performance of “Stethoscope” live at WYCE-FM today in Grand Rapids.

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WYCE 881 ESSENTIALS - LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which was formed 1960 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, have come to represent the traditional culture of South Africa. They are regarded as South Africa’s cultural emissaries at home and around the world. They are a national treasure of the new South Africa in part because they embody the traditions suppressed in the old South Africa. WYCE’s recommended essential listening is “Hello My Baby” from the album Long Walk To Freedom.

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Check out this beautiful performance of “Careening Catalog Immemorial” by Frontier Ruckus, courtesy of WYCE. Keep spinning Eternity Of Dimming at radio now!

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Caravan of Thieves is a gypsy-swing four-piece based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Their music has been described as “gypsy flavored song writing [with] high intensity [shows].” Caravan of Thieves has toured with renowned artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, Glen Campbell, Nanci Griffith, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine, Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, John Hammond, and John Jorgenson. Caravan of Thieves puts on humorous, theatrical performances, inviting the audience to join in by stomping, clapping, and singing along.

Caravan of Thieves began as a duo consisting of Fuzz Sangiovanni (of Deep Banana Blackout fame) and his wife Carrie Sangiovanni. The two quickly discovered their voices blended quite well with one another. Fuzz said, “It started as a romantic, bohemian vision of a couple making music, performing on the road, in parks, venues, traveling around and avoiding responsibility as much as possible…The first thing we discovered was we loved singing together, harmonizing our voices. Just seemed to click right away.”

The couple added violinist Ben Dean and bass player Brian Anderson in 2008 and the band released their debut album Bouquet in 2009. Their second album, Mischief Night was recorded at a sold out show in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Caravan of Thieves signed with New York based record label, United For Opportunity, for the release of their third album, The Funhouse, on February 28, 2012. Fuzz discussed the group’s third album saying, “We had a concept going in, both from a sound and production standpoint, lyrically and thematically. A lot of crazy stuff happens on the road, and we took our experiences from on and off the stage, and brought them into the studio with us. Life is ridiculous, all our lives, like an amusement park ride. In this case, we picked a funhouse, since those are ridiculous too. And we wanted to expand the range of what we can do instrumentally but still keep it non electric so we added a few more gritty and twangy stringed instruments that were fun to spank, like banjos, resonator guitars and ukuleles, as well as an orchestra of kitchen appliances for some additional percussive bang.”

The music video for the first single “Raise The Dead” premiered on American Songwriter on March 8, 2012. Discussing the video, Fuzz told Spinner.com “We like writing songs about ghosts and afterlife, but this was the first one that had a big communal sing-along, clap-along feel to it. It needed to be, since it’s about throwing a big party for all the deceased and honoring them for their life’s achievements. We perform it live this way, get off stage, unplug completely, get the crowd to surround us, and stomp, clap and sing along. We recorded it this way for the album and made a video with the same feel, in a really old theater and cemetery.”

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