Is Taylor Swift Selling out?

Though Taylor Swift is not part of the alternative format, and in no way part of our station, I’d like to take a minute to discuss what it means to sell out as an artist. All artists in their careers struggle with the idea of going mainstream, or going for a poppier sound to appeal to the masses. Some artists go from their original sound, to a more pop approach for mainstream appeal, and some do it backwards, shown by the likes of The Beatles or Radiohead. Then there’s some that stay consistent, like Led Zeppelin. But, as an artist it is a hard decision to make. Should I make the music how I feel it should be made, whether the fans like it or not, or should i try to make what I feel people want to hear, or expect me to make? This doing what is expected or wanted, is the complete opposite of what art is, and artists such as Taylor Swift are ruining the art that is music. She started as a country girl with a dream, and some catchy country songs, to the face of mainstream music plastered all over Superstores and iTunes. I can’t even go to Walgreens anymore without seeing a huge sign that says “TAYLOR SWIFT MERCHANDISE HERE.” She’s even gone as far as being sponsored by Papa John’s and having her face along with the album cover put on a pizza box. Though we all hate to admit it, her songs are really damn catchy. But, the question is whether or not Artists like Taylor Swift are ruining the art. My answer is yes, because when you give what is expected, there is no art to it. Taylor Swift is selling out more and more with each release. Now, what’s your opinion?
– Steve “Apprentice” Edwards

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Presidential Debate 2012

With the ongoing presidential campaign and the battle between Obama and Romney, comes the presidential debates. Tomorrow, Tuesday the 16th, you can join WARG for live coverage of the debate, as WARG’s resident pundits argue and discuss. The Steve ‘n Zach Show will be joined by Melanie Holden, and our new Gerald Regep III in order to discuss and debate, the debate. Tune in literally, all night tomorrow, at 88.9 fm WARG.

Two Door Cinema Club @ The Riviera

So a few months ago I was excited to find that UK indie rockers Two Door Cinema club were releasing their sophomore album “Beacon”, since a few years have passed after their first hit album “Tourist History” came out, and everyone was clearly hungry for more. Devin and I are obviously big fans, and were even more excited when we found that the band would be going on tour and coming to Chicago. Like all teenage procrastinators, we waited till Monday night to buy our tickets, but it was well worth it because the fees were less than what they would have been if we bought earlier for some odd reason. So Tuesday came, and Devin and I drove straight from school into the city, and after about a thirty minute ride and search for parking, we found ourselves in line, staring at a marquee that said “RIVIERA: Tonight- Guards – Friends – Two Door Cinema Club”, and like all concertgoers, we snapped a few pictures on our smartphones and uploaded them to Facebook. When the doors opened at 5:30, we looked at the merch table for a few minutes then walked directly to the stage, with only a few rows of people in front of us. After an hours wait (which definitely hurts when you’re wearing converse) the first band came out. They called themselves “Guards”. Just Guards, and they sure impressed the hell out of me. From their cool 1960s style, to their vintage pop-rock sound, everything about these guys appealed to me. They put on a 45 minute set, and were definitely the best opening band i’ve seen in my days. I’ll be sure to get their music at WARG very soon. After another 30 minute wait for setup and such, the second band emerged. At first though, it was not a full band, but a single (what i believed at first to be a woman) man, dressed in drag, howling and doing strange Egyptian style dance to the backing hipster stereotype on a bongo drum. We found ourselves in a full fledged weird fest. Needless to say, the crowd was confused. After the tribal ceremonies were over, the Brooklyn band performed their set, with their girl singer’s soul filled vocals layered over waves of funk, and afro beats. Their music was very dance-friendly, i probably wouldn’t have enjoyed at as much if it wasn’t for the stage diving drag queen named Sasha though. It was hilarious, and fun. After their set, they threw flowers to the audience and left, while they did this Devin and I weaseled our ways closer to the front of the stage and awaited. After around 35 minutes of more dreadful standing, they emerged from the darkness. There they were, two door cinema club. Without a word to the audience, over all of the mayhem and commotion, they busted into their most recent hit single, Sleep Alone. After that, they ran through undercover Martyn (my personal favorite). Needless to say, it was a strong opening, and the crowd was going so crazy that me and Devin actually lost each other. They kept their set consistently strong, going through much of their new record, with it’s dance friendly pop synth and groove basslines, but also a good mix in of their first record with songs such as ‘eat that up, it’s good for you’, ‘something good can work’, and ‘do you want it all?’. They kept the energy going all the way till the end, when they emerged with a four song encore, and finally ending it with a powerful ‘what you know’, which everyone does know, and love. The three fellows that look like they emerged directly from Hogwarts (Ron, Neville, and Harry) thanked the crowds in their accents and left the stage. Devin and I found each other and directly after the show the crowd stayed and erupted into a dance hall when Hall & Oates ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ started playing. All in all, the concert was a very fun experience, and well worth $35. You should definitely check out the opening bands, and the new album by TDCC. Who knew a last minute decision to go to this (when i should be studying for midterms) would be such a good idea?
– Steven ‘Appretice’ Edwards

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