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WOBC Cover Band Showcase

This Saturday get ready for our Cover Band Showcase happening at the ‘Sco!
featuring ::
Faith Evans Cover Band
The Crashing Blumpkins
Meal Plan
Different Strokes for Different Folks
The Kalillers
Fall Out Boy Feat. Jay-Z

That same night, after the ‘Sco, we will be having several other bands play at a location TBA.




We will be having our next installment of our COVER BAND SHOWCASE on Saturday, November 21st.  if you would like to participate, please fill out the application. Applications are due Saturday, November 7th and could be found by clicking on this link.

“It will be held at the Sco  @ 10 PM 11/21*

*We cannot guarantee spots to all who express interest, so please be thoughtful in your selections*
Keep your eyes peeled for pt. ii (the unplugged version) of the showcase that will take place at the Cat in the Cream in December.

If you have any questions  email us at wobc@oberlin.edu rollingstones1969


Tune in to Turn Up! The Radio ! ! !

Turn Up! The Radio features the incredibly talented voices of Oberlin high schoolers and middle schoolers as they share their music, their opinions, and their experiences.

Tune in every // Wednesday from 5-6pm \\  for the most fun hour of radio that WOBC has to offer!  

We have some awesome updates to share!  We are super excited to announce a partnership with the Oberlin Boys and Girls Club, who broadcast every other Wednesday.  Big thanks to Ms. Ty, all the Boy and Girls Club staff, and, especially, all the kids!  Their first broadcast from last Wednesday is up on the Turn Up! Soundcloud.  That’s right, we have a Soundcloud!  So, if you ever miss a show, don’t sweat it, they’ll all be up right after broadcasts.  Here’s the link:

Also, check out this article at the Oberlin News Center that goes a little deeper into how this program started and how it works. Click here.

Finally, tune in this Sunday (October 11th) at noon to hear The Boys and Girls Club and Apollo Outreach Initiative Radio Extravaganza! It’ll be an hour of interviews, singing, rapping, and music made during the AOI residency at the Boys and Girls Club from the last few weeks. It promises to be awesome.

Remember, tune in Wednesdays 5-6pm! 

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(so much fun happening)




It’s not too late to apply for a WT Programming!

There are still a few spots open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Deadline is this afternoon at 3pm. No experience is required, please consider applying! Check out the applications page for more details: wobc.org/apply and send any questions to Sophie at owobc@oberlin.edu




Winter Term Applications Are Live!

Want to get your voice on the air? Going to be in Oberlin for Winter Term? Apply for  show! Apps are open from now until January 4th at 11:59m. Email winter term general manager Sophie Kemp (skemp@oberlin.edu) with any questions or concerns.






Rhythmically Gifted: An Interview with Nick Yacyshyn

WFW; RUFUS DRUMS; nick yacyshyn; al; tiina liimu photo

I’ve recently had the pleasure of corresponding, mostly via Facebook messenger, with Canadian drummer Nick Yacyshyn.  Like a lot of metal heads I’ve met and/or talked to, Nick’s a genuinely friendly guy, and he has graciously agreed to be interviewed for the WOBC blog. On top of that, he’s a uniquely talented, creative drummer.

I first became aware of Nick as a result of his involvement in post-metal super group SUMAC, where he plays alongside Aaron Turner of Isis/Old Man Gloom and Brian Cook of Russian Circles/ex-Botch/ex-These Arms Are Snakes. As I’ve said many times to those who will listen, SUMAC’s inaugural album, The Deal, is hands down my favorite of 2015. Since its release, I’ve listened to it at least 10 times. As a drummer, I became fascinated by Nick’s complex texturing and unconventional rhythmic patterns. One song in particular, ‘Thorn in the Lion’s Paw’, had my mind warped. Rather than submitting to my utter confusion, I decided to reach out to Nick and ask him what the pattern was. Despite being on tour on the other side of the planet, Nick got back to me with an hour. He clearly explained the drumbeat, and demystified that which would have otherwise remained totally opaque and indecipherable.

Following this exchange, I dug into Nick’s back catalog, including (but not limited to) his two albums with British Columbia based hardcore act Baptists. Needless to say, I was blown away, not only by the band’s explosive sound but also by their—and in particular Nick’s—breakneck speed. And as I soon found out, I wasn’t the only person who was impressed. Ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl had posted numerous videos of Nick playing with Baptists online, accompanied by messages like ‘My favorite drummer’ and ‘Drummers beware’.  Drummers beware, indeed.

But enough with the stunning praise and all-star endorsements, and onto the interview!

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TONIGHT!!! R&B Workgroup Presents: Tell Me Something Good


via R&B workgroup:

There are so many amazing, soulful singers and musicians on this campus, it’s wild that DIY shows at Oberlin skip over the broad R&B genre completely for a scene of majority electronic and punk shows. Let’s revamp the presence of & support experimentalism by students in the r&b/funk/soul genres in the show-going experience in our lives & on our campus!


243 N Main St

9-11pm, FREE

End your last week of classes dancing & singing to renditions of Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Bilal & Chaka Khan by your amazing fellow Oberlin students.

Cassie Brown
Caylen Bryant
Ethan Cohen
Ben Cruz
David Diongue
Lawrence Galloway
Daniella Priutt
Nina Pulley
Kiela Nelson
Daniel Spearman

This is a show, not a rager, so please be respectful of the home
~ Brought to you by WOBC’s R&B Workgroup xoxo ~


An Interview with Meinhard


Anna Rose Greenberg, Traffic Director and host of “Rock Front,” interviewed German musical artist Meinhard. Meinhard is known for his rich, whimsical worlds and genre-spanning sound. Hear Meinhard talk about his new album, the Alchemusic cycle, songwriting, alchemy, theme parks, and more!


An Interview With Christian Präauer of Krankheit!


Anna Rose Greenberg, Traffic Director and host of “Rock Front,” interviewed Christian Präauer, lead singer of Krankheit. Krankheit (which translates to ‘Disease’) is a dark industrial band based in Austria. Hear Präauer talk about the Krampus (both the new single and the legend), the Austrian music scene, corpse paint, and more!


The Best Shows Punk Workgroup Experienced This Past Summer 2015

Though it seems like too long ago to even recall, Summer 2015 was a thing. As some people are inclined to do, members of this semester’s Punk workgroup attended several live music shows during this period and experienced some things. More often than not these were good things. Here are the best of those things. And guess what! The shows were not strictly “punk”. There you have it. Also: Punk workgroup meets Mondays at 5pm in the station. Come!

Boredoms, courtesty of Ivan Krasnov

Boredoms, courtesty of Ivan Krasnov

Ivan Krasnov, Punk workgroup director, fourth year
Boredoms playing with 88 (!) cymbal players
as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station show at the Barbican Centre in London, England
27 June 2015
Yes, I will admit to dozing off during this Boredoms set. I was sweating and wriggling around in my seat in all kinds of bizarre ways, completely transfixed by the monster that was being birthed right in front of me, only to feel my eyes start to glaze over and blood rush away from my brain. This was not due to any sort of lack of sleep, however. No way. The Japanese noise-rock titans Boredoms, with the aid of eighty-eight (yes, 88) cymbal players surrounding them in a huge concentric circle, were pummeling each and every one of my senses. It became so exhausting that my body just gave in, I guess. Such was the visceral nature of this performance. Yamantaka Eye played the cult leader, conducting an orchestra of devoted cymbal players to create crescendos that felt like an ocean’s waves crashing right into you and sweeping you away. The 2 hour plus performance saw multiple guitars, drummers and noises enter in a most tasteful and surprisingly consonant fashion. The chords and short progressions they created together remain in my mind as bright, full-bodied pastel colors shining through the chaos. These were truly vital in grounding me, the listener and spectator, during an otherwise rhythmically heavy and thundering performance. Truly unlike anything I have ever experienced before.

Alex Chalmers, Punk workgroup devotee, fourth year
Numb Bats/Beat Awfuls 

at Bric-a-Brac Records in Chicago
Some time in July I think?
The opener was some Chicago band whose name I can’t recall – they weren’t all that good. Sort of off time and the levels were never quite right, so someone was always drowning out the rest of the band. But Beat Awfuls came on second and really blew me away. They played drone-y Southern garage rock with lots of reverb. Their songs are haunting and painfully beautiful, with heavy heavy lyrics (something along the lines of “I sold my little brother ecstasy, and now he takes it 5 times a week”). Their set paved the way for Numb Bats, a post-punk trio from Phoenix, Arizona. Like Beat Awfuls, their songs are big and reverb-y, but with more punk edge, wittier lyrics and a more driving rhythm. The bass player uses distortion a lot (so punk), their harmonies are on point, and they have an incredible energy on stage. Moments that stuck with me are basically just snatches of their songs: “You’re so pretty!”, “And he may walk with a grin, but he’ll shake you thin/his fits are so ugly, and his tummy so hungry/i keep waking up at night, and i feel like a child!”
Confession time: I bought their album Gentle Horror at the show, and have been listening to it on repeat in my car since. Definitely a band to listen to, watch, become obsessed with.