Hey Party People,
KCOU has been bringing music to Columbia’s airwaves for the last 50 years (lookin’ pretty good for 50, right?) but we think it’s time to expand. Now that we’ve got this shiny new site the next big endeavor for us is this music blog. It’s been a long time coming and after a Buster Bluth-esque gestational period, it’s time to bring our new baby into the world. Hopefully, it’s not violent and bloody, but hey, that would be pretty badass.
My goal with this is to what we do best on air, presenting new interesting music and unique points of view, but expand it and take advantage of all the extra stuff the web lets us do. Listening to the radio isn’t always something you can do, so come here to keep up with new jams, KCOU content, and local music. We all know your laptop isn’t solely used for notes during lecture and we’re huge fans of multitasking so why not come check us out?
Look out for daily music news updates about new tracks, albums, and whatever else we feel like telling you about. We also have a bunch of features and columns that are going to start rolling out in the next week or so. Covering everything from “need to hear bands”, interviews with local artists, and opinion pieces describing what it means to be a music fan theres a little bit of everything and we’re pretty positive all of it isn’t awful.
I want KCOU to be a voice online as well as on the air. Need something new to listen to? Come here. Want to know what shows to see this week? We’ll tell you. There’s about a frillion bands in this town and you should know about them.
Not gonna lie, this is new for me, the station, and our writers so it may be a bumpy roll out, but bare with us.
The captains of this pirate ship are, myself, Elle Hoffman serving as Editor-In-Chief, and Emily Holtzman, my Assistant-Editor-In-Chief. Our info is on the Writers page if you have questions, submissions, feel like asking us on a date, or just want to do some blind internet bullying (although that is the least preferable option).
Check Ya Later,
Elle Hoffman, Editor-In-Chief
Folk Guitarist, Yasmin Williams sits down with KCOU’s 13gigs during the 2019 Columbia Experimental Music Festival to talk about her experience as a guitarist, influences, and music.
Weather’s cooling down and the music scene is heating up as we enter October. Check out some of our favorite tracks from the last few weeks! Emeli Sandé – Love to Help (GROOVY) This is definitely a feel-good song! The soothing guitar lick and soft vocals immediately draw you in. That, along with the harmonies […]
Vinyl records are making a major resurgence. 2017 recorded the most vinyl album sales since Nielsen Music started tracking them back in ‘91. This is not a new movement either – for the past twelve consecutive years there has been growth in the number of physical vinyl records being bought. As CDs become outdated, their […]
Winona Forever – Gazing (EASY-GOING) Whether you’re dancing around the house while doing some spring cleaning or just caught a case of the happy feet, Winona Forever’s “Gazing” is their great new single to dance to all alone! This upbeat, groovy tune will surely impress those who enjoy a nice smooth chord progression. Needless to […]
ScHoolboy Q – Numb Numb Juice (RAP) Top Dawg Entertainment’s ScHoolboy Q released “Numb Numb Juice,” the first single for an upcoming album. This is his first solo release since his 2016 album Blank Face LP. After a two year layoff, the Black Hippy member delayed his upcoming project’s release following friend and frequent collaborator […]
Remember True/False? Don’t you miss it? We do too. Luckily, our own Olivia Moses takes us back with an audio postcard. Meet: Summer Like the Season, one of the buskers from the festival. Columbia Experimental Music Festival 2019 Interview: Yasmin WilliamsFolk Guitarist, Yasmin Williams sits down with KCOU’s 13gigs during the 2019 Columbia Experimental […]
Josh Resing, Rand Kelly, and Ramsey Bell of the Chicago-based band The Slaps sit down with KCOU’s Owen Brock (aka 13gigs) to talk about their work, influences, and future projects. The three played several sets throughout True/False 2019 in Columbia, Missouri. Interviewer and video editor: Owen Brock
In 2018, politics hit hard, pop culture clamored and us radio DJs kept our heads afloat. One factor connected it all: music. And in 2018, music was good. This year’s albums were filled with beautiful storytelling and innovative production, and we celebrated both breakout and veteran stars. When it comes to contemporary language, though, some […]
By Theo Bloom The first of country musician Craig Gerdes’ shows was a wild, high energy performance for four straight hours. Never did his and his band’s energies wain, nor did the crowd’s enthusiasm for the outlaw country outfit. The performance was filled with some great instrumentation and fantastic vocals, and the band had an […]
Mick Jenkins – Smoking Song (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD) (SMOOTH) The last song off of Mick Jenkins’ new album is perfectly titled. Opening up with a smooth bass line and flourishing woodwinds, he creates a rich jazz vibe right off the bat. Combined with his voice, which adds to the intimacy of the song, Jenkins transports the […]
Takeoff – Last Memory (SEAMLESS) The “mute of the Migos,” Takeoff, has announced that “The Last Rocket” will land on Nov. 2. Along with the announcement, Takeoff released the single “Last Memory” a melodic, yet choppy tune that displays his ability to weave seamlessly throughout verses with assistance from his ad-libs. By Isiah Sneed […]
By Allison Schulz Just days before It’s Me: Ross performs at KCOU’s Birthday Bash on Nov. 3, the local band’s frontman Ross Menefee sat down with KCOU’s Allison Schulz. Menefee talked about the band’s new album, his journey toward making genuine art and, most importantly, his alter ego as Professor Swag. KCOU: How has the […]
BY ELENA K. CRUZ TRAVIS SCOTT’S “ASTROWORLD”; KELELA’S “TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES”; JOJI’S “BALLADS 1”; AMINE’S “ONEPOINTFIVE.” SO MANY ARTISTS HAVE RELEASED ALBUMS RECENTLY IN WHICH EVERY SINGLE SONG IS TITLED FULLY IN CAPS. AND I WANT TO KNOW WHY. IS IT TO SUIT AN AESTHETIC? MAYBE. BUT THE MORE ARTISTS WHO COPY THIS […]
Asian Doll – Headspin (feat. YBN Nahmir) (POWERFUL) If you’re looking for a new banger this weekend, this is it. “Headspin” is the last track off Asian Doll’s new album, Icy Princess, and by far one of the best songs in the set–the off kilter rhythm in the hook drives you to want more, and […]
By Theo Bloom (Yung Forehead Wrinkles) The year 2018 has been a fantastic year for music; there have been incredible albums released in a wide-ranging swath of genres. Despite this, there is one category of music that seems to be left to the wayside: Novelty music. Truly silly natured novelty music seems to be a […]
Jerry Paper – Everything Borrowed (STUMBLING) Featuring the warped synths and smooth grooves that have become his signature sound, “Everything Borrowed” has Jerry Paper cry about the trivial value people place on social order and objects. Despite the dire subject matter, the chill vibes sent through the stumbling beat will keep you moving. By Evan […]
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By Lily Kraxberger Hallam George’s new song is soulful and down to earth, featuring smooth and funky guitar lines and varied vocals (plus a killer whistling hook to start). As a bonus, he includes sounds from his new home of Boston under the track, making it fresh while retaining his usual personality.
By Theo Bloom Chic makes a forceful and funky return to the spotlight after a 25 year hiatus with the album Its About Time. The standout track of the bunch is Boogie all Night, an NAO supported track. Maybe disco isn’t dead after all?
By Cam Fuller The new singles from experimental artist Kagami Smile are rooted in classic house and ambient sounds, but hold enough of their own style to stand out. Though combining the two styles isn’t totally new, Smile’s reverb-soaked take on electronic music is original enough to almost be considered a new genre.
By Elad Gov-Ari The Introductory track to Lala Lala’s newest album “The Lamb,” is certainly a contradiction from name and actuality. The song Destroyer pairs mellow guitars in the verses to a contrasting ‘heavier’ vocal melody in the chorus which shapes up to a pretty played out sound, and leaves destruction pretty far out of mind.
Review by Colton Robertson BROCKHAMPTON graced us with its fourth studio album, “Iridescence,” on Sept. 21. The self-proclaimed boyband continued with the uniqueness it has been known for with its arrival. “Iridescence” is a work unlike any I’ve seen ever, only to be compared to previous BROCKHAMPTON projects. What sets this release apart from their […]
By Theo Bloom ‘Canyon on Fire’, by Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing, is a sonically beautiful and dense ode to L.A. Backed by layered synths, a solid guitar riff and with etherial sounding reverb, Tatum contemplates the American Dream’s end game as he sees it up in the Hollywood Hills. ‘Canyon on Fire’ is arguably the […]
By Jarrod Russo The Holydrug Couple’s “Chevalier” is an instrumental that blends electronic, indie and psychedelic rock into a smooth, looping song. If you haven’t checked out their newest album, this is a great place to start!
By David Colton: Self, Room 25 Noname slides into the first verse of her debut album like the smooth piano beat has already been stuck in your head for six months. She effortlessly floats across this entire album, lyrically and spiritually.
By Mollie Harrison The second single off of Mac Ayres’ just debuted full-length album Something to Feel, “Get to You Again” is the epitome of the bittersweet R&B anthems the young artist is so well-known for. Although the song at surface level seems to be about reuniting with someone you’ve been missing, Ayres revealed in an […]
By Ben Luty I don’t know how he does it, but everything Kanye West does is simultaneously genius and idiotic. Kanye is no stranger to things that somehow manage to be good and bad. On ye, he decides to release a seven-song, 23-minute album that was pretty clearly written and produced within the last month […]
By Carter Phillips FIO aka Sam Elrod in his first widely released single captures a unique mix of relaxation and excitement. It is a great track for those specific moments where the stress fades and your life begins. this is a track for Friday afternoons, and the beginning of summer. If you like this track, […]
By Stella Peters Tyler, the Creator wastes no time with his new single “OKRA”, jumping in with grittier instrumentals and darker lyrics than we were treated with on Flower Boy. Though Tyler has made the claim that “OKRA” is merely a single and not an inclination of what we should expect on future albums, artists’ sounds […]
By Ryan G. Lionmilk is an anomaly among the ocean of so-called lo-fi beat makers of this digital era. Strapped with some heavy jazz piano skills, he plays his own melodies and sings his own harmonies, placing him in a musical world of his own. In a single released last week, Lionmilk cooked up a […]
Kyren Penrose from The Adaptation talks about the Blues and his future work status – as a happy gas station employee. KCOU’s DJ 13 Gigs interviews the Columbia local during part four of the True/False Miracle Berry Q&A series. See the other interviews here: True/False Miracle Berry Q&A Series: TONINA True/False Miracle Berry Q&A Series: […]
By Bradee Williams This single, in preparation for SALES upcoming second album, sets up for both a tonal continuation and an acceleration of the band’s dreamy pop-influenced earlier work. The rising, head-bob-inducing syncopation and soft guitar riffs feed into SALES’ ability to make us dance and make us feel all at once.
By Mollie Harrison Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils released this cover of Yung Lean’s “Agony” on his birthday a few weeks ago. Released alongside the cover was an impromptu video shot by the lead singer while, “walking around in a haze,” as he phrases on Twitter. The band transforms the original track’s sparse instrumentation into […]
By Owen Brock For the longest time, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya was unable to eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch, a delicious breakfast cereal intricately sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. When he was finally old enough, Nnamdi finally ate Cinnamon Toast Crunch, to which he stated, “Victory is mine.” We spoke with Nnamdi after his show at Cafe Berlin […]
By Elena K. Cruz If 18andCounting could make any animal become the size of a horse, he would choose an ant. “Then they would actually take shit over,” he said. “I would go ahead and put it down that ants would straight up take your house apart.” We spoke to 18andCounting after his show at […]
By Elena K. Cruz We sat down with seven music artists at the True/False Film Festival this weekend and gave them Mberry fruit tablets. Miracle Berries. A whole new drug that can change their world. (Just kidding. Kind of.) These berries, which were compressed into pill-like forms and bought from Amazon, turn sour foods sweet. […]
By Elorm Nutakor For the second piece in a series of snapshots into the souls of the aughts, we look with disdain toward Pitchfork’s celebration of the year 1998. The publication’s series about 1998 has highlighted the top 50 albums of that year, the best music videos of that year, overlooked electronic albums and more. […]
By Kaila Echevarría Janelle Monae is finally back and has blessed us all with the bisexual anthem, “Make Me Feel” off her upcoming album Dirty Computer. The single has drawn many comparisons to the late Prince who has working on the new album with Monae before he passed away in 2016. He gave her the […]
By Carter Phillips In the lead single off of her upcoming album Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett delivers a searing address to her internet “critics.” She spends most of the peppy track going back and forth from pitying these sad men to just laughing at the absurdity of their complaints and arguments […]
By Ryan Groom Jazz and Neo-Soul artist Liv.e just dropped a new gem on her Soundcloud page. With production hailing from the likes of Swarvy, this new track is coated with dust and character. Take D’Angelo and Jill Scott, and also that old piano from your grandma’s basement, and you’ll get an idea of the […]
By Claire Winegarner James Blake’s new single takes a welcome departure from his previous works. “If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead” is dark and disorienting, with jumpy, pitched vocals and a rich baseline. This track is challenging – even jarring at first – but the complex production will capture the listener and become a […]
By Noah McCarty A rework of a song from the previous release of Twin Fantasy, Car Seat Headrest frontman Will Toledo rebuilds the song from the ground up to provide a track that is far superior to its predecessor. Psychedelic, tense, and containing a rousing late-song chorus, High to Death is yet more proof that […]
By Mary Diekmeier Beach House has done it again with this plush, mesmerizing single. They’ve successfully mastered the art of dream pop, and their new track takes the listener to a different place immediately. With steady synth notes underlying a dizzy atmosphere, this song chills you out while captivating your attention at the same time. Add […]
By Jordan Look The New Jersey native, Topaz Jones, dropped a two-song project “Toothache/Zoom.” The former of the two songs, “Toothache,” really brings the funk. And I mean really brings it. He manages to deliver it while smoothly blending some of his own soul, resulting in this funky serenade to the girl who’s so sweet, […]
By Jarrod Russo Kendrick, Jay Rock and Future come through on this bumpin’ jam to bring you a hard, jumpin’ hype that will make any party better. All I want in the world is to see TDE’s artists reactions to Future’s “interesting” verse. End of the day, if you want to hear a banger, tune […]
By Noel Spiva Musician and producer Eyedress (Idris Vicuña) and wife, Jasmine, recently released the album, “I USED TO LIVE IN THE ZOMBIES’ HOUSE.” Jasmine’s debut 10-track album features lofi-love beats and smooth, soft vocals. Watch their stunning short film highlighting her song “LET LOVE FILL THE SPACE” below to see their beautiful family in […]
By Kaila Echevarría 19-year-old R&B songstress and Chicago native, Ravyn Lenae, is back with all the feels on her new Crush EP just in time for Valentine’s Day. One song that stands out is The Night Song. The Steve Lacy-produced beat swirled with Lenae’s lush vocals that exude confidence create the sexiest sounding song on the […]
By Evie Stone The soulful ballad, produced by Kendrick Lamar, is a powerful song that contains a powerful message. The song is beautifully busy, incorporating the emotional vocals of Jorja Smith, a very raw electric guitar, Kendrick’s backing vocals, and a backbeat that feels like it shakes you to the core. This is a horribly […]
By Elorm Nutakor Last Friday, 2 Chainz released “The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It” and Ravyn Lenae released “Crush,” her collaboration with Steve Lacy. Both are EPs with less than six tracks that run less than twenty minutes, and both are refreshing contrasts to Migos’ 24-track “Culture 2” that dropped two weeks prior. I […]
By Bana Daghlas MorMor, a Toronto-based singer and producer, has released his new track, “Heaven’s Only Wishful.” Accompanying a beautiful self-directed video is a chilled, melancholic song about the city of Toronto that transitions into an ode to synth pop. From an interview with Pigeons & Planes, he describes the song as his way to express […]
By Owen Brock Once again, Frank Ocean has released a gorgeous single for us all to sit in the dark and experience. The 30-year-old R&B singer released the new single, a cover originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in her 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to his tumblr last night (Feb. 14th). Beneath the video lies the […]
By Stella Peters While Dr. Dog has always possessed the ability to create groovy, low-fi rock music, their songs are typically more upbeat and optimistic in the face of struggles. Their newest single, “Listening In,” takes a different approach with minor-key melodies draped over a steady drum beat and gritty guitar chords. Scott McMicken sings of […]
By Kaila Echevarría Columbian R&B singer-songwriter Kali Uchis is better than ever on her first single of 2018 “After The Storm”. With the help of funk legend Bootsy Collins and rapper Tyler, The Creator, Kali takes an optimistic look on struggle and pain with lyrics like, “The sun’ll come out. Nothing good ever comes easy, […]
By Lena Howard Get this song ready for your “Summer Night Drives” playlist. While OPAL isn’t super popular among a large population (yet), she sure is one to look out for. Although “Coco Miyaki” dropped in early December of 2017, it will definitely be one of your top summer songs. OPAL is giving you that West […]
By Evie Stone MGMT’s new track fits well into the macabre theme for the rest of the album (which will be released February 9th): somewhat discordant, yet entrancingly melodic, and a hit nonetheless. There are hints of influence from their past projects, especially noticeable in the vocals, exemplified through some lyrics sounding intentionally strained (as […]
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By Mollie Harrison Ever since the popularity of their Single “New Biome,” released in 2016, Sure Sure’s first full-length album has been eagerly awaited. Released earlier this year, the album exhibits the band’s wide range of styles, from the pop-funk “Hands Up Head Down” to the smoother indie rock of “Solstice Song”. The clear, ambient […]
By Jarrod Russo Vundabar released their single “Diver” in December. This is a slower alternative tune that encapsulates a mildly depressing sound through the use of Brandon Hagon’s silky smooth vocals accompanied by a clean guitar riff and light snare-symbol drum progression. If you dig alternative, you’ve got to check out Vundabar. I promise you […]
By Ben Luty In case you forgot about what it was like to be an angsty teen, Jeff Rosenstock is out here reminding us that the punk dream is alive and well. “All This Useless Energy”, the fourth track off Rosenstock’s new album POST-, hits you with a wall of sound and makes you also […]
By Theo Bloom 3 years after “The Love Panic,” an album not unlike Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” due to its subject matter dealing with the tumultuous relationship between bandmates/lovers Jake Rabinbach and Shannon Esperand, The Echo-Friendly has returned with a single called “Power Through” that describes the status of their relationship. No longer center stage is […]
By Jarrod Russo If you are a fan of TDE, which anyone who likes hip hop will tend to be, then you should check out their newest recruit, SiR, in his new single Something Foreign. SiR laces this slow beat with a melodic piano riff while talking about “pulling up in something foreign” in order […]
By Riley Evans Biig Piig is an up and coming R&B rapper based out of London that is sure to be on the radar these next few months. Her newest single Vice City is a good introduction to her slower side, showing off her vocals at the forefront with not much else besides a minimal […]
By Elorm Nutakor As 2017 winds down, I am inclined to reminisce about the past year. And this past year I’ve been filled with nostalgia for the 2000s decade. So I present this article as the first in a series of snapshots into the souls of people who grew up in the previous decade. It’s […]
By Stella Peters On their song “Blue Trash Mattress Fire”, which is as scattered and intentionally incohesive as the title suggests, the undefinable duo Sleigh Bells pushes the boundary between electronically influenced pop and hair-raising noise-rock. These two completely different styles unite to create an energetic but emotional symphony of sound unlike anything you’ve heard […]
By Kaila Echevarría “Caramelo Dulo” is Miguel’s first predominantly Spanish song off his new album War & Leisure. With the help of Columbian singer, Kali Uchis, and fuzzy guitar tones, this track is one of the most upbeat songs from the new album.
By Alex Hyslop Wavehouse is a new artist from Chicago, IL who experiments with a variety of beats and hypnotic sounds in his new album Swirl World that resonates with Frank Ocean’s Blonde, and Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy. “Purple Pyramid” confronts isolated feelings that many identities struggle with accepting. Wavehouse carefully chooses the lyrics in […]
By Elena Cruz With the words “miss me” on repeat in Leikeli47’s heavily mixed, female voice, this song quickly captures people’s attentions. It features fast-paced rap and a solid beat, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to her work since discovering it. Leikilei47’s “Miss Me” off of “Wash & Set” made me realize […]
By Will Udo Well, well, well. Here we are again, reading into the artistry and narrative work of fairly new musical composition. Being on the forefront of cutting-edge culture comes with a deep responsibility. The responsibility of always having the courage to try novel things regardless of negative or inadequate outcomes. So here we are, […]
By Owen Brock Lo-fi master and Portland based beatmaker Rook1e released this single twelve days ago, containing laid-back sampled dialogue before entering into a melody of piano and mixed beats. “Cozy Autumn” will put listeners into a relaxed state no matter where they happen to be.
By Evie Stone Remy Ma’s new track has cutting lyrics and a contagious beat that makes it stick in your mind. Lil’ Kim’s role on the song isn’t as aggressive, however she really contributes to the catchiness of this track. 8/10, Evanescence’s version was better.
By Sydney Walton Kehlani’s new song “Touch” is packed with tension through the deep but subtle beat, overlaid with her passionate lyrics. This tension is released when the chorus hits and she exclaims, “I love it when we touch.” She feels a deep connection with this person as she says, “I feel you in my […]
By Stella Peters Caleon Fox continues to prove himself as a rising artist in the world of hip-hop with a sense of individuality that reflects itself in his unique sound. His new track, “Semi Cinematic,” contains a healthy dose of high-energy rhymes that show he has what it takes to make it in this industry. Thanks […]
By Jordan Look “Ghostface Killers” is a great start to 21 Savage, Metro Boomin and Offest’s collaboration album, “Without Warning.” The sinister church bell tolls and accompanying beat foreshadow the fact that these dudes are really coming for everyone’s lives. The track salutes Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, and the artists did him justice. Personally, […]
By Mollie Harrison Off the indie-pop band from Brooklyn’s eagerly awaited first album, “Blue” gives us just a glimpse into the themes of love and nostalgia woven throughout “All Flowers in Time” amid hints of bitterness and betrayal. The steady guitar hook pushes the song forward while Maralisa Simmons-Cooks’ dreamy melody floats above, seemingly looking […]
By Sydney Walton If “Sky Walker” didn’t give fans a hint that Miguel has been working on his 4th studio album, maybe his new song “Told You So” will. On this track, Miguel gives off major carefree, funky vibes as he displays both his versatility and vocal range. The lyrics allow Miguel to express his […]
By Steven Colaianni Georgia MC and G.O.O.D. Music affiliate CyHi The Prynce connects with Kanye West for “Dat Side,” the first single off CyHi’s upcoming “No Dope on Sundays” release. Featuring an upbeat, bouncy instrumental served up by Edsclusive, Cyhi and West take turns dismissing their haters before Yeezy ups the ante. “Moved into a neighborhood […]
By Elorm Nutakor I’m done hedging with my musical opinions, or at least I’d like to be. And that can mean a lot of things, but I’m more specifically talking about those moments when you feel a need to be critical about music, so you qualify a positive comment with an ambiguous statement that takes […]
By Owen Brock Wun Two’s new album Seasons will send you into a relaxing Fall slumber. Grab a cup of coffee, a blanket, your favorite oversized sweatshirt and listen to “autumn” for a chill time.
By Elena Cruz This is the kind of music I WANT to play in the elevator. Engelwood’s track “a new feeling” featuring Flamingosis gives a personality to wordless music.
By Riley Evans Young Fathers are back, after an almost three-year hiatus from their last album, with a hymnal-esque single alongside an announcement that a new album has just finished completion.
By Riley Evans Ameer Vann shows off some of his solo talent on this track, separating himself from his other work as a lead vocalist for the up and coming group ‘BROCKHAMPTON’ . In the lyrics he talks of the various addictions in day to day life and how none of them give him the […]
By Owen Brock Princess Nokia’s lyrics slash and cut through a gorgeous beat in this track similar to that of a Kitana, a character from the video game, Mortal Kombat. With repetitive patterns of charged rhythm, this track will hype anyone up. Nokia also recently displayed a badass act against racism on a subway in […]
By Owen Brock The Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan drop gorgeous electric rhythms in their new single “Body Talk.” With fun waves fused with charged beats, “Body Talk” prompts all listeners to lose themselves through dance.
By Noah McCarty MGMT makes a successful return to the limelight with Little Dark Age, a dark, 80s-inspired track with minor synths galore. All the MGMT staples are here: cryptic lyrics, danceable beats and an attention to detail that raises the band above other synth-pop acts.
By Will Udo Lead singer of Hiatus Kayote, Nai Palm, drops her much anticipated new album with an array of sounds that magnetically attract and ease the ear. The Melbourne native carries futuristic neo-soul energy within her voice along with her streamline guitar plucks.
As the check was toted onto the floor and projected on the Sprint Center jumbotron, two legions watching from opposite sides of the looming screen, one blue-clad, the other in gold and black, took a rare moment to cease their battle of jeers. Instead, some with mouths as agape as the zeros they were counting at the end of the check’s astronomical sum, every fan stood and applauded. It was a strangely beautiful moment of unity in the midst of an event that reverberated with echoes of past hatred between two nemeses. Missouri and Kansas, patrons of the bygone Border War rivalry, came together Sunday for a college basketball scrimmage like no other. The “Showdown for Relief,” as it was dubbed, raised over $1.75 million in charity for hurricane relief efforts.
By Ashwini Mantrala Intro Every Oct. 24, hearts gather around the world to give respect to none other than Aubrey Graham, our prince hailing from Toronto, Memphis, The Bay Area, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, London, Jamaica, Nigeria and wherever else he wants to claim at the moment. The man’s birthday will undoubtedly be a national holiday […]
By Ben Luty Earlier this month, Google unveiled the new model of their Pixel phone. While beautiful screens and many cool new features were presented, the devices lack a feature advertised pretty heavily on the previous model: The 3.5 mm headphone port. Obviously, Google isn’t the first to do this. Apple shocked the world with […]
By Jordan Look Although the subject matter is heavy as H.E.R. pleads with her significant other to “let her in” on the 3rd track on her self-named 2017 album, she doesn’t go the expected route. While some would think this subject matter would call for a sad, melodic tone, she comes strong with a background […]
By Alec Stutson With its offbeat drums and jazzy, middle eastern sounding arpeggios, King Gizzard begins its 10-minute progressive symphony with style and flair. What comes next is a sprawling, ambitious piece of neo-progressive rock that fuses psychedelia, funky bass and surprisingly beautiful vocals from the band’s Frontman Stu Mackenzie. Crumbling Castle eschews the usually-driving […]
By Owen Brock With blends of R&B and contemporary electronic flow, Kelela truly delivers in “Blue Light.” Filled with contrasting rhythms, it is the tenth track on the artist’s newest album, Take Me Apart. Her use of combination and juxtaposition of style in the album is apparent all the way, prompting listeners to dance in […]
By Lena Howard If sexy and seduction were a person, it would be Sabrina Claudio. Her latest project, About Time, blesses us with tracks that make you want to fall in love. She brings a fresh and beautiful sound to R&B that we’ve been missing for a while.
By Owen Brock Researchers at the MU Office of Research uncovered a new scientific discovery in music therapy and sexual health Oct. 12. Subjects afflicted with erectile dysfunction listened to tracks from Marvin Gaye’s 1976 soul and R&B masterpiece “I Want You,” experienced symptoms of significant sexual arousal. The subjects all between ages 58 and […]
By Adam DeGuire Gothic rock staple and heavy riff aficionado Chelsea Wolfe is back with her new album, Hiss Spun, out now on Sargent House Records. Kicking off with semi-titular track “Spun”, Chelsea brings her best falsettos to light amid fuzzy, dangerously overdriven guitar licks, all washed into a deep sea of reverb. “Spun” is […]
By Bently Tong This new band from Michigan broke out with their first EP and the song of the same title. For the first time ever, there’s a band that can match the sound of Led Zeppelin. From the classic guitar riffs, the change in pace of the song and Josh Kiszka’s vocals that have […]
By Ben Luty Ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp’s band The Rentals released a song lamenting that he is older than Elon Musk and has wasted his life. He references “having the lead” over Musk in 1995, following the huge success of Weezer and release of The Rental’s debut album. This song is way cooler than anything […]
By Ryan Groom Dallas musician Liv.e’s demo “phunkintro” was recently flipped by the hands of LA legend and beat extraordinaire: Mndsgn. As if the original track could get any funkier, the flip features sun-dried e-piano chords and swing-heavy drums, ultimately forming a true throwback to more soulful times. Liv.e stands out among other artists on […]
By Elorm Nutakor When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a man to honor the one and only Aubrey Graham in the month he was born, the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare their admiration. Every October, I like to take some time out of my busy schedule to […]
By Elena Cruz As Friday the 13 nears, I’ve heard too much about Jason for my liking. After 11 “Friday the 13th” movies, I feel like the topic is just overdone. But then I heard IDK’s “Mrs. Lynch, Your Son Is The Devil” and found a new topic around the similar name, contradicting my cynicism. […]
By Elizabeth Ustinov In Your Eyes features the silky vocals of soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson. Combined with BadBadNotGood’s jazz-influenced R&B style, this track creates a serene atmosphere that’s perfect for late-night listening.
By Mollie Harrison Step Aside opens Good Morning’s gorgeous new two-track with a clean, catchy guitar riff that immediately had me vibing along to the smooth vocals. The Melbourne duo manage to maintain the tune’s effortless and breezy vibe while also making some slyly barbed commentary on Australian politics. I dare you to try to listen […]
By Jarrod Russo With tact and style, Curtis Harding has yet again artfully showcased his exemplary skills in modern soul through his new song Go As You Are. Harding’s sound in his new song has a fast, jazzy tune, utilizing an echoing guitar and catchy bass line over which his powerful, yet soothing voice sings. If […]
By Will Udo Rich the Kid previews a new single over an electric uptempo styled beat with a more than catchy melody. The record is also accompanied with more bar-tales of Corn-Row Kenny and his endless & almost unstoppable global milly-rock take over. Playing this song on any block or on any hour on the clock will […]
By Ryan Groom Oslo rapper Ivan Ave stays true to his defining sound in his latest single, titled “Steaming”. Dropping from his forthcoming album, this track feels reminiscent, of an older and and funkier vibration. Think 80’s night club meets bedroom beats and you get the hazy sound Ave has nailed down. Blessed with witty […]
By Theo Bloom U-God, of Wu-Tang Clan fame, recently dropped a remix of Cardi B’s chart-topping ‘Bodak Yellow’ entitled ‘WuDak Yellow.’ Not a great name, but a banger nonetheless. His verse is very dense and reminiscent of the infamous Wu-Tang sword style, but definitely makes some concessions to fit the “mumble rap” style that is […]
By Will Udo Who is Laila is you ask? And what is this wisdom she supposedly holds and attains? Well, it is I, her Wonderful Wisdom here to provide you with a touching sense of wit and a glimpse of the internal intuition of Marlanna Evans. Born at the height of the crack-cocaine era in […]
By Riley Evans This song’s low slow synths and percussions straight out of 80’s are paired perfectly in an excellent example of the new indie/synth/pop mix that is currently on the rise. Klyne shows off this track on their debut self titled album along with plenty of other great songs.
By Ashwini Mantrala Jamla Record’s finest (and one of the most underrated lyricists, female or male, in rap) Rapsody drops her third studio album “Laila’s Wisdom,” and showcases her artful storytelling beautifully on “Power.” Assisted by TDE’s Lance Skiiiwalker and Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody lays down her life view and disposition over an 808-heavy, classicist beat […]
By Claire Winegarner Airpark is the duo of brothers Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford. “Dream Beam” comes from their latest EP, “Early Works, Vol. 2.” With a full and sweeping sound, it’s sure to be a new favorite.
By Jim Jung Twitches like a big sweaty guy on the bus.
By Trent McRae “London’s Finest,” the new single from House of Pharaohs, is the result of a recent collaboration with Nike Sportswear. The new track comes only a month after the London-based group’s last single, “Zay”, and about half a year since their first premier project, “Real Faces.” Unlike previous projects, which subscribed to more […]
By Steven Colaianni Dreamy, bedroom beatmaker Giraffage, known for side-stepping conventional EDM fare, teams up with Japanese Breakfast to deliver a soft-spoken, but powerful and energetic track. “Maybes” will cool down the tail end of your summer heat wave.
By Trent McRae Steve Lacy, best known as being a member of the band The Internet, is back with another musical journey with the single “4real”. Departing from the smooth R&B/funk sound of his debut EP, “Steve Lacy’s Demo”, “4real” instead takes a more psychedelic route, trading in the rhythmic strums and soulful melodies for […]
Dear Spotify, There comes a time when a real one must bear his soul. Maybe this level of vulnerability will bring solace to other real ones in the process. For even if one person finds their voice through this, it will have been worth the effort. So this goes out to all the real ones: […]
By Lauren Brown The lead single for HBO’s hit television show “Insecure” captivates what really goes through the mind of an insecure man and how that affects a woman. Sullivan’s range and melodic voice brings so much soul to the song. Tiller incorporates his hip-hop tone to the R&B track allowing for us to understand […]
By Dean Cowles Shamir, an artist whose work often defies simple genre labels, is back with an ode to our generation – 90’s kids! Beneath the pop-culture pastiche is a fairly simple but interesting message about the anxiety of youth. Shamir’s voice floats above computer sounds and an echoey melody as his mouth is superimposed […]
By Claire Winegarner Cut Copy’s latest single will make you wanna dance! The third single from their upcoming album “Haiku From Zero,” “Black Rainbows” is upbeat, exciting and alive. This is the perfect song to use to celebrate the last days of summer.
By Noah McCarty Making its rerecorded debut on “Twin Peaks: the Return,” this Chromatics track embodies the band’s trademark sweet-but-somber synth-pop style. Topped with longing, atmospheric vocals, “Shadow” is a shining example of why, 16 years after the band’s start, Chromatics is still worthy of our attention.
By Ashwini Mantrala This track is one of the more unique voices from the underground teams with one of the biggest new stars in music for a Nickelodeon sans the trap ballad. Uzi handles hook duty here effortlessly, while Maxo Kream continues to prove why he’s such a versatile threat, running the beat ragged with […]
KCOU General Manager Pierce Porterfield and DJ Alaina Curran met with A.CHAL Aug. 26, delving into the R&B artist’s songwriting technique, his new album “ON GAZ” and his plans for future music. “If I wasn’t an artist, I would probably only have one picture of myself,” A.CHAL said about his social media presence. View the […]
By Will Udo 34-year-old singer and artist Kelela Mizanekristos previews a new track for her anticipated album. If TLC, Destiny’s Child and a hint of Solange made a music baby… Kelela would surely be the outcome. Jam City’s elusive soundtrack is featured on the record as well. Enjoy!
By Ryan Groom B. Cool-Aid, the sun-dried LA duo consisting of beat maker Ahwlee and rapper Pink Siifu, recently dropped a new EP called “BRWN.” Strapped with sounds that range from D’Angelo to Outkast, this hazy release stands out among the sea of main-stream hip-hop. One track in particular, called “holditin|out,” displays Siifus’ incredible ability […]
By Ethan Brown For the first time in U.S. history, hip-hop is the most popular genre in the country. But that’s already in jeopardy as artists like XXXTentacion stake their claim while leaving bruises on women in “black and blue, purple, every color under the rainbow.” This haunting description is one of many included in […]
By Elena Cruz Usually when a boy makes me want to cry, it’s not a good thing. But when it’s because of James Blake’s voice, it’s definitely okay. Listen to Mount Kimbie’s new “We Go Home Together” ft. James Blake if you want to tap into your misery :).
By Elorm Nutakor It’s 5 a.m. in Toronto, and I sit at a flight terminal in Pearson International Airport, waiting for boarding call. Naturally, my headphones are blasting Drake’s “5AM in Toronto” as I soak in the moment. It’s clearly cause for celebration considering I just checked off another bucket list item. I’m on a […]
With the Friday release of Gorillaz’ latest album, Humanz, we here at KCOU thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the catalogue of the virtual band’s creator, Damon Albarn. The britpop genius gone electronica pioneer has a backlog spanning almost 3 decades now, giving us quite a bit of […]
Summer Salt delivers on the sun-bleached single “Candy Wrappers”, their first work since 2016’s “Going Native.” With this jangly surf rock track, these dudes from Texas give us a retro-reminiscent soundtrack perfect for a Hawaiian-shirt-clad afternoon by the pool. “Candy Wrappers” is the first release off their upcoming EP “So Polite” which will be out […]
The Atlanta rapper dropped a self titled debut mixtape that has been receiving a lot of buzz. One of the most popular songs on the mixtape is Magnolia, which I personally love. The beat is amazing and Carti’s flow fits perfectly. Magnolia really showed its potential through my car stereo, which is how I can […]
Frank Ocean’s latest track “Lens” stays true to what Ocean is all about, being as raw and genuine in his music as he can possibly be. It is no secret that Ocean has struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality since he earned his place in the spotlight, and that is often the inspiration behind his music. […]
Nick Hook’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” packs a delightful bounce in the instrumental department with English grime MC Novelist hopping on the vocals. Recorded in Hook’s New York studio, Novelist first linked up with Hook at the young age of 18. Right out of the gate, we get a taste of a fast-paced, catchy synth […]
This year has already seen a great deal of new releases from artists across genres, but the year has been especially fruitful for indie rock so far. 2017 has already seen albums from veteran acts like Spoon, The Shins, Real Estate and Future Islands. All of these albums are good, each in their own way—both […]
Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated album DAMN. surpassed all that was expected of him. DNA. is full of intense bars that empower black people to embrace their blackness and their ability to succeed. Lamar has always been at the forefront of revolution and this album was another aspect of that. DNA. is a very uplifting song […]
Local Natives is back with a new single “I Saw You Close Your Eyes”. Although now available to listen everywhere, the first release of the song required those who wanted to listen to literally close their eyes. You can experience the song with eyes closed here. – Kelly Buer
This song by Perfume Genius is a very strong lead up to his new album out May 5th titled ‘No Shape’. Led by some skewed metallic beats, the vocals lead you into an explosion of sound, transforming the song into something very much worth listening to. – Riley Evans
All I Care About is a romantic (and a little desperate) confession of feelings to someone who seems like they might not feel the same. “All I really care about / is if you think of me / all I really think about / is if you care for me” is a bit circular, but […]
Claudio shows her vulnerability and takes us on a trip to finding comfortability in being alone. The smooth soft tone of her voice adds to the imagery in the lyrics. The listeners come to understand how it feels to be confidently lost. – Lauren Brown
On this song, Goldlink does 2 interesting things. First, he details an East Coast/West Coast love affair with someone from California. But more importantly, he pays his respects to those from D.C. that came before him by putting Wale on the track. Now Wale is my Nigerian brother and I support him regardless of his […]
Eric Bellinger’s album Eric B for President: Term 2 is a mix of R&B and soul, but “Treat Yourself” featuring Wale has a hip hop feel to it. Wale and Eric go back and forth rapping catchy rhymes. The hook has a smooth bounce to it and is an ode to how important it is […]
This psych-pop track from upcoming band ‘Coast Modern’ is good one to blast while cruising down the California coastline in your 2002 Toyota Camry over spring break to help you forget about how badly you failed your midterms. – Riley Evans
On top of a heavy spring/summer touring schedule, Portugal. The Man brings us another high-energy track “Feel It Still.” After mounting anticipation from fans following 2013’s Evil Friends, PTM announced that they will start recording their new project, reportedly titled Gloomin’ + Doomin. After a more electro-savy hypnotic single release with “Noise Pollution,” PTM returns […]
Rick Ross’ ninth studio album Rather You Than Me surpassed all that was expected of him. The song “I Think She Like Me” uses a sample from The Stylistic’s song “People Make the World Go Round”, a popular group in the 70s. Ross uses the classical soul tunes to compliment his catchy rhymes. Ty Dolla $ign’s […]
This week, we have a spring-ready and guitar heavy release schedule, with new albums tomorrow from Spoon and Real Estate. Spoon’s ninth studio album Hot Thoughts will be released on Matador Records for the first time since the tenured band’s first record in 1996, and “Hot Thoughts” the single has already found its way to […]
In this week’s Mizzou View, learn more about Clyde Ruffin, a city council candidate for Columbia’s First Ward. Also in this week’s episode is a science piece analyzing a new type of relationship– LAT, or Living Apart Together. It’s when a couple remains in a committed relationship but do not live with each other. Check […]
“So Now What” by The Shins demonstrates a new side of vocalist James Mercer. It’s filled with 80s-esque synth pop and an unforgettable chorus melody. – Grant Sharples
“3WW” is the first release off alt-J’s upcoming album Relaxer. The song features Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell, who adds a new depth to the standard alt-J vocals. 3WW, or three worn words, is repeated throughout the song, “Oh these three worn words that you whisper, like the rubbing hands of tourists in Verona, I just want to […]
With his 3rd mixtape, Restoration of an American Idol, having been recently released, KCOU decided that Taylor Bennett’s “Nobody Tell a Name” was a great addition to this week’s adds. The song is an ode to two friends having a good time, filled with using substances, meeting women, and of course, vibing to music. With the […]
The latest release by lo-fi extraordinaire Alex G, his first since 2015’s Beach Music, is an exploration into the folksier side of his usual sound. The gentle strumming guitar and and his Elliot Smith-esque crooning, accompanied by the twanging fiddle and delicate harmonization present a much subtler and melodic alternative to his other new single, […]
Just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Board of Elections Commissioners Chairwoman Brooke Wiggins announced that Nathan Willett and Payton Englert won the 2017 Missouri Students Association presidential election with 54 percent of the vote.
From the second you hit play, local rap group MAZ Blanko’s “Mongoose” drops you directly into it’s psychedelic-rap hook. The crooning, layered vocals (which are almost reminiscent of something out of a Tame Impala song) quickly drop out, leaving room for a drill/trap-style beat that forms the backbone of the song. “Mongoose” is at once […]
“Stained Glass” is the second single released ahead of Real Estate’s fourth studio album and first in three years, In Mind. The light, airy guitar riff is nothing new for Real Estate fans, but there’s a layer of syncopated complexity that Martin Courtney & Co. have seemed to perfect since the departure of founding guitarist […]
In The Road Movie, director Dmitrii Kalashnikov uses footage from dashboard cameras of cars in Russia to form a collection of stories. Each clip is its own anecdote with its own set of circumstances. Kalashnikov varies these short episodes so that in the movie’s 72 minutes, we feel terrified, confused and entertained. We are passengers […]
Blood streaks dry on the floor while nervous round children dance and an Irish woman describes “topsy-turvy” Syrian bomb-outs in a utopia where men cry and exiled hippies dress the entrails of cyberhell in corporate manifestos. Adam Curtis’ mammoth HyperNormalisation addresses the collapse of established reality in the wider world, examining substitute narratives, suicide bombings, […]
First-time Polish director Anna Zamecka’s documentary Communion has a deceptively simple premise: a Polish teenager named Ola tends to her autistic brother Nikodem and Marek, her oft-drunk father, in the days leading to and following Nikodem’s First Communion. The truth of the matter is, however, that Communion is so much more than the sum of […]
Trampoline was one of our more jazzy adds this week, as Jidenna serenades us with a song about his love interest and his “romantic’ time with her. Despite the raunchy nature of the song, the lyrics are surprisingly thoughtful, as Jidenna raps about having relations with his muse while at the same time singing about how […]
The great streaming debate has raged on for over a decade now. While I could tell you the relative advantages of streaming vs. downloading (convenience, access to a huge library of music at any given time, the way it assists users in finding new music), I think it would be better to point out the […]
Welcome back to the Mizzou View! In this episode, we cover on the recently implemented X-points system and how Mizzou Rec is using it. We take a quick look back at Mizzou Idol and its talented contestants. Finally, a science story about a software set to trend in the scientific community. Listen to the Mizzou […]
The latest collaboration between Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, and Migos has been much-anticipated for weeks and has finally arrived with the release of “Slide” just five days ago. The track starts off with a soothing piano melody followed by a classic Calvin Harris California funk beat all leading into what sounds like a classic Frank Ocean song. Once Migos’ Quavo and Offset are added into […]
“My Emotions Are Blinding” is the latest single from the husband-and-wife duo Tennis. In line with their previous releases, this track is smooth and sweet, and seriously catchy. The lyrics poke fun at the overdramatic female trope who’s painfully obsessed with her man. Their upcoming album Yours Conditionally drops March 3. Tennis will be in […]
Interestingly enough, one of the first things you read about when you Google Niia’s musical career is her meeting Wyclef Jean in New York. After working with Wyclef, she then also worked with Lil’ Wayne and Akon. Since then, she’s performed at various venues such as VHI Soul Stage and on the Jimmy Kimmel program. […]
“Cool Your Heart”, the last single from Dirty Projector’s self-titled album, is a change in direction for the band, being the first release since the breakup with their ex-guitarist and vocalist Amber Coffman. Co-written with Solange and featuring D△WN, the track has a different feel, a lighter and brighter approach. Having a very sporadic and […]
The most prolific mainstream rapper of the past five years is back with a new album, only a week after dropping his excellent self-titled album. HNDRXX and FUTURE start 2017 off on a fast paced note from Future, following a relatively quiet 2016 by his standards. HNDRXX’s tracklist reveals features from both the Weeknd and […]
Future’s self-titled album has a multitude of bangers, but today’s post is about the song “I’m So Groovy”. With a chill beat, signature Future lyrics, and the rhythmic “HMMM-HMMM” all gel extremely well, and it reminds us all that Future is indeed groovy. – Trent McRae
Last Sunday, February 12, 2017, 26.05 million people around the world gathered around their TVs expecting to be, once again, disappointed by the obviously manufactured and highly aristocratic sense of musicality that is the Grammy Awards. What they got, however, was an often funnier, more eventful, and certainly more political iteration of the Recording Academy’s […]
Big Sean’s fourth studio album titled “I Decided” was highly anticipated. This is one of the most heartfelt songs on the album, with a great beat and the smooth tone of Jeremih’s voice on the hook, it’s the best song to listen to on a nice drive. The most important lesson you learn from “Light” […]
Here’s what we’ll be listening to this week:
Two years since their last release, the Generationals are back with their single “Keep It Low”. The artists’ same, poppy quality appears in the rhythm and vocal distinction, but there’s a darker distortion added via music overlays. The indie duo captures both attention and hearts with this one. – Elena Cruz
Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam KCOU top songs- “Fireworks”, “Chores” “If you’re expecting the conventional you might be disappointed, but there’s some good shit goin’ on” – Cooper “It sounds like drugs” – Adam Daft Punk – Discovery KCOU top songs- “Harder Better Faster Stronger”, “High Life”, “Digital Love” Staff Commentary: “I like the pure waviness […]
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Halo Orbit is a collaborative effort of bassist Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Deltron 3030), guitarist/synth player suGar Yoshinaga (Buffalo Daughter, Metalchicks), and drummer Mark Guiliana (David Bowie, Scofield, Mehldau, Guiliana). Given the distinct difference in background of the three musicians, the product is quite unique. This track features hip-hop MC Del the Funky Homosapien […]
“I Give You Power” by Arcade Fire traces back to the electronic components of “Reflektor”, but takes a more soulful approach. This is in large part courtesy of the track’s featured vocalist, Mavis Staples. – Grant Sharples
Last Sunday, January 29th, hundreds of people gathered outside Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to protest Donald Trump’s actions during the first week of his presidency. In particular, the protesters expressed opposition to Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and green card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries.
If you’re like me, classes are just starting to hit you right about now. What you need is a good song to relax to, and what better song than one titled Relax. This track from Vacations is sure to push you into a mellow mood using their very chill guitar and vocals. – Riley Evans
“I just listened to it on Apple Music.” “What do you mean you don’t like Spotify?” “I don’t have any mp3’s, I just stream my music.” Ugh. I felt dirty just typing that out. I don’t understand why streaming is so prevalent these days. I don’t get why streaming is so expected, so accepted, such […]
We are back for another semester of relevant campus news. This week, the Cafe Berlin break in, and news from MU researcher Dr. Cheryl Rosenfeld. Be sure to subscribe and check back in every Friday morning for more campus updates.
The latest release by Father John Misty, Pure Comedy, redefines who he is as an artist and how seriously he wants his music to be taken. The lyrics of the track explores heavy topics and ideas, highlighted by shifts in the chords and emphasis on certain notes. By the end of the track, Father John completely lets his […]
Just released, Far Away is a smooth collaboration from two up-and-coming artists. Nadine’s vocals are soft and sultry, and are accompanied by a soft electronic beat that ties everything together. This is a great intro to two artists you don’t want to miss. – Claire Winegarner
At noon Tuesday, dozens of people gathered outside U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office in downtown Columbia to protest President Donald Trump’s recent cabinet nominations and executive orders.
Here’s what we’ll be listening to this week at KCOU:
The new track by Lupe Fiasco brings his style to a whole new level with the rad sound and lyrics which makes this a great song. – Bently Tong II
Thundercat shares a single from his upcoming release, Drunk. “Show You The Way” presents itself with Thundercat’s familiar combination of groovy bass and soft timbre. The track boasts features from Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. Drunk is out on February 24 on Brainfeeder. – Adam DeGuire
“Also” is the new single from the Norwegian-based rapper Ivan Ave. Ave has an extensive and impressive history in the underground hip-hop world, working with the likes of Mndsgn and Fred Fades. He’s been dropping gems on Jakarta Records label for the past few years, and this new single is nothing be overlooked, as it […]
In light of the recent Presidential Inauguration, Joey Bada$$ dropped the chill single, “Land of the Free”, to serve as his reflection on America and the state it is in. While melancholy in nature, the smooth instrumental and thoughtful lyrics are sure to impress. – Trent McRae
“Catch me on the zenith getting jailed for misdemeanors. That’s until I change the channel to an ad for Neutrogena. On the TV screen, before my very eyes, I know that revolution will never be televised…” Denzel Curry rips through on “Zenith.” Denzel Curry has been grinding for a while now. However, the awareness for […]
Wokeness is a feeling like no other, a state of being that transcends all we have come to know in the world today. This phenomenon is sweeping the nation and has greatly intensified over the last few years. It is an internal realization with overt actions attached to it and has affected various people. Wokeness, […]
There’s no such thing as a bad taste in music. Those who love music will probably disagree, because if you consider yourself to be passionate about music, regardless of the genre, chances are you know someone whose taste is less than satisfactory. Whether it’s because you think Country music is dull and repetitive or because […]
Trevor Michael Ryan, better known by the stage name TMR, became KCOU’s Feature Artist for the Fall 2016 semester by winning the first ever KCOU Hip-Hop Showcase in October. As such, we are proud to present the debut music video for two of his hit song, “The Ring”.
A lot of people didn’t expect Gambino’s new sound and style from his album to work, and with all the styles he uses in this song it proved a point that it works. – Bently Tong II
Mndsgn’s newest single, “Abeja” is a wavy instrumental coming off of Stones Throw’s upcoming mixtape “Sofia’s SOS Tape”. With a smooth beat, and an atmosphere reminiscent of his album “Body Wash”, Mndsgn provides a great track to study to. – Trent McRae
Up and coming synth-pop trio MUNA found their place in the spotlight with their latest release, “I Know a Place,” a single off of their upcoming EP debut About U. The female-driven group out of LA combined empowering lyrics and infectious synths to create a song that anyone can relate and vibe to on any occasion. -Gracie […]
This week we’ve got the scoop on the campus Mump outbreak as well as an interview with the Owners of the Bridge(in the SC).
This track has multiple changes of pace and theme that keeps your ears on their toes. The different parts in the song all work together through their differences to bring a personalized sound to this developing artist. – Riley Evans
“Six Flags in F or G” is the first single to be released off of the surf rock group’s new album, Snowdonia, out February 3. The first taste off of the upcoming album comes with the moody, urgent number and showcases a slightly different direction for the Florida band. The new single makes me anxious […]
LA-based funk producer B. Bravo really brings it with the upbeat track “I’m For Real”. The catchy tune is helped by a fantastic bassline and a beat that just makes you want to groove. This track is a must listen, I’m for real. – Trent McRae
“On Hold” by The xx is a welcome change for the indie pop trio. Jamie xx’s influence on the band is a prominent aspect of the track, and it’s indicative of a new direction. – Grant Sharples
This week’s episode is about, you guessed it, the election. Where does this all of this fit into MU, lets find out.
After a serious van accident on tour, St. Louis band, Foxing, began working to put together this cover of Dido’s “White Flag”. The band plans to use half of the funds raised from the track on their Bandcamp to recoup their damages. The other half will be donated to Planned Parenthood and the American Civil […]
Mainland’s newest release, “Empty Promises” is a killer track loaded with guitar layers and ear catching drum rhythms. The message frontman Jordan Topf delivers is perfect for adding some angst to your day. – Kaitlyn Allison
Brought to you from the same artist that made the soundtrack of ‘Stranger Things’, this track definitely takes your ears back in time for some 80’s styled psychedelic moments. And it’s anyone’s guess what A.H.B. stands for (my guess is Angry Hippo Battle). – Riley Evans
Among the fury of the 2016 presidential election, one voice resounds. This is the man who united these states with his unwavering devotion to the issues. You’ve never heard Ken Bone quite like this. We called Bone at home and he told us about death threats, energy, his conservative past. How did he get here? KCOU found out. When it was all over, Ken Bone went to sleep. But one mystery remains now and forever: Who did Ken Bone vote for?
“High and Low” by Empire of the Sun embraces the electro-pop vibes of their previous two albums. Yet, with this new track, it introduces a modern, more polished side to the duo. – Grant Sharples
“Whatever, Whenever” is one of the more popular tracks from math-rock band TTNG’s newest album, Disappointment Island. The album is a definite continuation and expansion of the band’s familiar light-yet-intricate sound. If you’re new to the band, this track is a good taste of what they’re all about. – Adam DeGuire
The final list of KCOU’s recent essentials: Nicolas Jaar Listening to Nicolas Jaar is never exactly easy. There’s very few times that he’ll drop a four to the floor dance beat and crank out the “magic” synths. Most times, you’ll feel like Joaquin Phoenix in some of the more dark, subdued, druggy moments of Inherent […]
Computer analysis of presidential debates? Voting in Columbia? A special election edition of the Mizzou View. Featuring Jared Kaufman, Katie Rosso, Jackson Kinkhead, Claire Colby, and Matt Horn Produced by Pierce Porterfield w/ additional production by Matt Horn
Our third list of KCOU recent essentials. D’Angelo Starving fans is an art in and of itself and D’Angelo has it down to a science. During the time most people in the KCOU music staff have been alive my boy D’Angelo has released 2 albums that had a 14 year waiting period in between. And […]
On Halloween the A$AP Mob treated us with Volume 1 of Cozy Tapes. “London Town” uses a dialed back beat and powerful, full sounding bars to achieve the status of a true banger, g’head and enjoy. – Travis Breese
By utilizing a mellow beat and acoustic guitar, Kevin Morby’s “Beautiful Strangers” makes it easy to hear about difficult subject matter. Morby brings up police brutality, gun control, the Paris Bombings, and other contemporary issues, but he wraps it all up in an approachable bow. Listen to this song for its beauty and cultural importance. […]
Here are KCOU’s 11 recent essential hip-hop albums, as well as the top hip-hop artist: Kanye West Kanye West. That name means many things to many people. To my mom, it means asshole. To the internet, it means G.O.A.T. To us, Kanye West means innovative. Every project he’s made has been legendary. Every track he’s […]
So uuuh, Homeshake put out this song and I like it a lot. It’s really cool that they’re putting out music and I just love Homeshake like so much, you know? – Elorm Nutakor
A new side of the alternative band’s space sound while keeping a hard edge, “Prayers/Triangles” starts off a great new album. Deftones is back! – Bentley Tong II
In honor of KCOU’s birthday, we have selected our top 11 recent essential rock albums that we feel are pivotal to the music that is being played on our station today, as well as one rock artist we feel has consistently released high quality music. (Note: this list is fluid and our genre label is vague.) […]
Today marks KCOU’s 53rd birthday as a radio station and its 43rd as an FM station, so check out the new music additions we’ve made and stay posted on the blog every day this week as we give you our list of 44 Recent Essential albums and artists selected by the music staff. – Elorm […]
SIMPIG provides a hot serving of steamy, twitchy footwork to give your body new sensations. – Jim Jung
“Father, Father” is London-based rapper and producer Jay Prince’s hit single from his debut mixtape Smile Good. Sampling the iconic gospel song “The Battle is the Lord’s” by Yolanda Adams, “Father, Father” is a powerful, energetic song that’s sure to get you pumped. – Trent McRae (T the Mc)
After being one of the first to coin the phrase “sadboy folk,” Conor Oberst has steadily released good music that makes you want to curl up into a ball. This song was so good, in fact, that it can be seen (from curled-up-ball position, obviously) on Friday Night Lights, when anything sad ever happens. – […]
KKB’s new track from their album Bonito Generation is as poppy and sparkly as ever. It’s the perfect soundtrack for cruising the ‘big city’ with your girlfriends on Friday night! – Claire Winegarner
“Wanna Know” comes from Dave, a South London kid doing big tings. Drake just recently remixed this track, but that doesn’t mean the original isn’t great. – Nick Wyer (DJ Young Playstation)
Billy Corgan’s distant voice perfectly complements the silky smooth guitar riff to perfectly establish Smashing Pumpkins’ signature sound. The song busts open after 2:15, and after that there’s no going back. Instant classic. – David Colton
I wish I had 14 faces, then I could have 28 ears to listen to this amazing song. – Riley Evans
Halloween has always held a special place in Tera Melos/Death Grips guitarist Nick Reinhart’s heart. To show his spirit for the upcoming holiday, Nick releases a full original album of “Scary Sounds” every year, composed entirely of modulated guitar sounds. -Adam DeGuire Scary Sounds by nick reinhart
It’s Monday, which means new music! Check out our adds for this week in the playlist below! Adds not featured in playlist: Eveready – Place in My Head Isaiah Rashad x GoldLink – “Untitled” Roy Woods – Only You (ft. Ty Dolla $ign & 24Hrs)
RMW (Run With Me) is the newest single from London-based rap group House of Pharaohs, and it’s a banger. Combining hard-hitting lyrics, a trap flow, and a chill, late night beat, RMW is a song you should run with. – Trent McRae
This week we’ve got LBC Homecoming and an inside look at cancer research at Mizzou.
This track from Hazel English is a dreamy, nervy work of art that takes me back to warmer days. – Kaitlyn Allison
Garage rock outfit, The Orwells, return with their first single since 2014’s hard-hitting record Disgraceland. The song is only 1:26, but their rip-roaring guitars and distorted vocals remind us why we still like punk rock. – David Colton (DJ Cingular)
The track “Give Me a Reason” off of Jagwar Ma’s latest album Every Now & Then perfectly combines hip-hop percussion with a poppy synth to create a bold and infectious sound unlike anything the band has produced before. – Gracie Sands
When has Bruno Mars ever failed us? One listen to this song and you’ll find yourself two stepping in a silk shirt that you don’t even own. – Alexis Ditaway (DJ LexxTheRexx)
Gun Metal comes from hip-hop artist Zeroh’s newest release, titled Tinnitus. The dirty production, combined with Zeroh’s unmistakable flow, will surely have you nodding your head in awe. – Ryan Groom
Die Alone by Slow Pulp will make you feel sad and gross in the best way possible. – Carter Phillips (DJ Barter)
TYMN’s newest track “All She Want” explores the relationship between a young couple in their drug-filled, alcohol-fueled, party lifestyle, all through a classic cloud rap sound. – Trent McRae (T the Mc)
On the Mizzou View this week we discuss the new book Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation, written by associate political science professor James W. Endersby. Also, we go deep into Ellis Library and the special collections section. (You can find the full story from Titus Wu here.) The Mizzou View is a […]
The newest single from the Anderson Paak and Knxwledge project, NxWorries combines nostalgic soul with murky production. – Olivia Thoelke (DJ Peach)
We’ve all done this, or had it done to us, but no one does it as cool as cakes. -Carter Phillips (aka DJ Barter Phillips)
Fall is in full swing, but Mura Masa teams up with A$AP Rocky here for a track to soundtrack the ever contagious beach sadness syndrome. Check it out on Soundcloud Now!
This song, which falls perfectly in the middle of Bon Iver’s new, ambiguous album, 22, A Million, does an excellent job of combining acoustic elements with the later, weirder elements of his second album. Justin Vernon’s powerful voice coupled with minimalistic production creates a song perfect for cool weather. – David Colton
Our Sunday pick is by Columbia’s very own, It’s Me Ross, with their new song “Won’t Play the Fool”. Found on bandcamp. Won’t Play the Fool by It’s Me Ross
We fell in love with this new track on Spotify! We’ll be listening to “Mediocre Love” and the rest of Balance and Composure’s new album all weekend.
This week on the Mizzou View we look at the newly unveiled plaque in remembrance of James Scott, a black janitor from the University of Missouri who was lynched in 1923. Also, we look back at the Tiger football team’s brutal loss to LSU as well as the Missouri Students Association’s response to last week’s […]
We found this song on Soundcloud, and we can’t get enough of it! Clementine ft. Marina Price by Manatee Commune has a tune as sweet as a… peach.
We’re buzzing after listening to this new release by Winter Waves on their album Bee and Bee. Found on Bandcamp. Take a listen: https://theblogthatcelebratesitself.bandcamp.com/track/the-door
Found on Soundcloud, this is simply too funky (yet also contemporary) to even describe. -Pierce Porterfield (Moose)
KCOU is being played in Rollins Dining Hall as part of a trial run for getting our broadcast back on campus! We are excited at this opportunity to reach more students but we need the help of our listeners to grow our presence on campus. We’ve made a google form for anyone who wants to […]
This week we cover the recent incident of hate speech, the library fee, and Como Connect. The Mizzou View is a joint production of KCOU and the Maneater. New episodes are released every Friday morning.
KCOU is deeply saddened to hear of the recent incident of racial harassment that occurred on campus. As a student-run radio station, it is our duty to speak out and denounce heinous acts such as this. These acts of bigotry and hate should have no place on this campus. Those who experience these acts should […]
This week on the Mizzou View we look at coming changes to the Craft Studio. We review last week’s heartbreaking loss to Georgia in football and look ahead to their next game against the Delaware State Hornets. We go over the biggest stories from around campus and the community. We also get an inside look […]
This week, we look at the Mizzou students affected by high EpiPen prices and the lack of enrollment in a new sober living community in Discovery Hall. We review the sports action from around campus last week, and we take a deep dive into whether or not the new Tiger Plan is really worth it. […]
Here at KCOU we’ve still got our eyes set on world domination. It’s a lofty goal yes, but over the past decade or so we’ve made some substantial improvements to the station. We’re ready to take the next step. Our broadcasting capabilities currently allow us to reach listeners in the greater Columbia area. By doubling […]
Rejjie Snow, coming all the way from Dublin, gives us his thoughts on the Midwest, getting peed on, and his fanbase. Expect to hear his album “Dear Annie” later this year.
We sat down with Tate Kobang before his Young Hustle Tour show at Rose Music Hall February 1st. Young Thug Collab? Swizz Beatz? What’s Tate got in store for 2016?
Columbia’s body pulse-inducing quartet, Monchichi, steps into the studio to leave their mark on KCOU.
KCOU Music Staff continues the roast series with YMCMB.
We invited Pizza Boy to come into the studio and give us a live rendition of his already lively tracks. We ended up in a state of jaw dropp-ed-ness after this fantastic performance. Watch his set and interview below:
By: Ellen Sherman Beers were being poured, every beat was at full blast and the melodic sounds of happy music lovers were filling the air. The fifth annual Middle of the Map Fest was clearly in full swing. This year Kansas City Culture and Entertainment, also known as INK, teamed up with local indie label […]
I love pizza boy’s music. I am not entirely sure why, but I love it when artists take the filter off and spew their innerworkings into wav files. Im not going to describe pizza boy, instead I’ll leave you with this quote, “yes I know my songs are audio manifestations of the […]
In our latest Out Here, Paper Ceilings takes us on a narrative journey full of irony and wit, all in front of the ‘scenic’ Brookside Downtown leasing office.
Hitt Records is Columbia’s only independent, locally-owned record shop. Located at 10 Hitt Street, (above 9th Street Video), the store is home to an amazing selection of non-mainstream music – everything from underground rap, electronic, experimental, ambient, drone, metal, to more popular new releases. Each week, the Hitt Records staff will choose an album from their selection – […]
By: Elorm Nutakor I had a realization recently while listening to Wale’s The Album About Nothing. I’d listened to the album’s 14 tracks a few times through, but felt like something was off about it. In this case, my gripe was about the way the songs were arranged. Before I started considering how I would have arranged it, […]
By: Emily Holtzman Sky Rogers is a solo artist from St. Louis who performs under the name Sky. I’d seen Sky play a few times around Columbia, and was always impressed with the presence he had on stage. I met his partner, Molly, through the MU Vagina Monologues, and after hearing about their dreams to […]
By: Tommy Walzer Over the past several years, Death Grips haven’t failed to awe me with their music. Now, before reading this review I ask you to excuse the super fan in me, as I feel I’m channeling my inner Fantano with my take on their latest work, the double album The Powers That B. […]
Charm ensues as we catch up with Juan Wauters after his March 23rd performance at Cafe Berlin. Watch below:
Chicago born/LA based rapper, Bk Bambino, came out to Columbia to open for Rae Sremmurd and stopped by KCOU to give us a little taste of his live talents. Watch until the end for an exclusive interview in the KCOU library.
By: Elorm Nutakor The 2015 album releases are in full swing and it’s practically overwhelming. Making time for repeated listens to your favorite artists’ projects is becoming almost impossible. Doing so, however is of the upmost importance as it allows a person to really grasp the artists’ message. As for the time constraints that plague us all, I […]
By: Pierce Porterfield I have a crush on Stepdaughter, but in the least creepy way you can imagine (hopefully). I’m talking in terms of inspiration; few live bands have made me feel as inspired as Stepdaughter does. That could just be me though — I have an affinity for the soft sounds of nylon string […]
We caught Chicago psych rock band, Cave, at Rose Music Hall for a special True/False Film Fest 2015 Performance. Watch below:
Bringing the people to True/False … or True/False to the people or something.
By: Tommy Walzer The 2015 True/False Film Festival brought masses of moviegoers to the streets of Columbia during a beautiful weekend. Walking the streets Saturday night, everyone’s spirits were high. This was especially true at Eastside Tavern, where Columbia natives Rae Fitzgerald took to the small corner stage with big hearts. The band takes its name […]
By: Elorm Nutakor True/False is really about the music, right? At least I vaguely remember Donnie T sarcastically saying something similar to this after Cave finished their set Friday night. Getting their start in Columbia back in 2006, the band now resides in Chicago, and they came back last weekend to play at True/False. Up until […]
KCOU brings the music to the people with Stepdaughter at True/False 2015. Watch below as KCOU Street Team rep. Sean Brown maneuvers through the crowd to get to the bottom of Stepdaughter’s harmonious tunes. Watch Stepdaughter perform “Words” below:
KCOU hit the streets of downtown Columbia to join in the festivities of True/False Film Festival this last weekend. Watch some of our highlights of the fest below:
Chicago artist J Fernandez comes by the KCOU studio for a live session, showing off songs from the Memorize Now EP. J Fernandez on Soundcloud Facebook
Hitt Records is Columbia’s only independent, locally-owned record shop. Located at 10 Hitt Street, (above 9th Street Video), the store is home to an amazing selection of non-mainstream music – everything from underground rap, electronic, experimental, ambient, drone, metal, to more popular new releases. Each week, the Hitt Records staff will choose an album from their selection – […]
We all have one — an album that sparked a change in the way we listen to music and what we choose to listen to. Some of our music staff looked back into their history of music-listening and wrote about that one defining album that changed their perspective. Read about their experiences below: Lauren: Paper Route, Absence (2009) […]
By: Elorm Nutakor From the moment I listened to the first track of their self-titled debut album, Ibeyi became one of the highlights of my week. For those who don’t know (which is a lot of people), Ibeyi (ee-bey-ee) is a French/Cuban duo composed of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. They are signed to XL Recordings which […]
MONDAY 2/23 John Calvin Abney & Dubb Nubb @ Cafe Berlin, 8pm: Amazing folk-y singer/songwriters. Rave of Thrones @ The Blue Note, 9pm: Game of Thrones fans go crazy. Lily and Madeleine @ Rose Music Hall, 8:30pm: Sisters Lily & Madeleine hark back to the female-driven post-punk band The Raincoats, delivering a distaff perspective that […]
“Live from the Corner of the Basement: The Literally Underground Sessions” is a live music show on our b-stream, KCO2, that features bands playing in the KCOU studios. Check out Enemy Airship giving us a taste of their tasty tunes below: Check out Enemy Airship, along with Cantalouper and Kudzu, this Friday at Cafe Berlin. AND […]
MONDAY 2/16 Woody Pines @ Rose Music Hall (formerly Mojo’s): 9pm. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang. With opener The Meanwells. TUESDAY 2/17 Open mic @ The Bridge. Free! The […]
OUT HERE is KCOU’s new video series. We’re filming local artists playing in their favorite places around Columbia. On this episode of Out Here we get with Columbia Twin Folkers, Dubb Nubb, who give us a taste of a taste of their sounds inside of Sparky’s Ice Cream. Watch below: KCOU Out Here: Dubb Nubb from KCOU […]
By: Emily Holtzman Last night I sat down with my roommates, Alicia and Ciara, to listen to Father John Misty’s newest release, I Love You, Honeybear for the first time. Consider our conversation (transcribed below) and pictures we drew while listening, our “review.” Please excuse all tangents. Emily: What else would you say to Honeybear? Alicia: Can […]
By: Steve Mainzer Lord Flacko is at it again with his second music video for his single “LPFJ2.” Almost a month removed from his best friend and A$AP Mob Co-founder, Yams’ death Rocky continues to carry his legacy through his music. The upbeat video contains the mob partying and dancing while Rocky spits his usual […]
By: Tommy Walzer The latter half of adolescence is short, sweet, bitter, and undeniably awkward. Quarterbacks take all those memories and craft them into super brisk sugar rushes of twee. There’s absolutely no holding back on their new self-titled album. There’s no time to sit and dwell on lost lovers while soft guitar plucks slowly […]
Hitt Records is Columbia’s only independent, locally-owned record shop. Located at 10 Hitt Street, (above 9th Street Video), the store is home to an amazing selection of non-mainstream music – everything from underground rap, electronic, experimental, ambient, drone, metal, to more popular new releases. Each week, the Hitt Records staff will choose an album from their selection – […]
By: Elorm Nutakor The day after Beyoncé surprisingly did not receive album of the year at the Grammys, Kendrick Lamar released a new song. Since just about every music blog and their mamma is going to rip this song a new one, this post isn’t just about showcasing a new song. It’s more so about […]
By: Iyas Daghlas In C, a piece composed by Terry Riley, was performed by Como’s Fliight, along with a group of incredibly talented local musicians in one of Ragtag’s theaters last Thursday night. The piece begins with the “Pulse” — a C note played on the piano in eighth notes throughout the entirety of the performance. The piece […]
Shows to see in Como this week: MONDAY 2/9 Riff Raff @ The Blue Note, 8pm. No description necessary. LogJam Blues Monday @ The Bridge, 8pm. With host, Highwater. TUESDAY 2/10 Bass Kitchen @ Rose Music Hall (formerly Mojo’s) 9pm. A night of local electronic jams, featuring REQUIEM, Aslan, Mr. Wilsawn, and Dalicat. Open Mic […]
By: Elorm Nutakor In recent months, there’s been one music genre that I just can’t get enough of. It’s not obscure, nor is it a relatively new genre that just emerged. The genre I am referring to is reggae, a form of music that I have reconnected with and that is starting to reconnect with the world […]
Ever since listening to Juan Wauters’ 2014 debut, North American Poetry, I’ve been eagerly awaiting more from him. His silly bum folk rock is completely up my alley. When I saw his plans to release a new EP, I was excited to hear more from this Uruguayan folk weirdo — then I saw that it would […]
Seattle based hip hop duo, THEESatisfaction, have been releasing singles here and there over the past few months. Listen to their most recent, “EartheEE,” below:
By: Iyas Daghlas For a while I’ve been thinking about what makes groups like Whirr/Nothing, Explosions in the Sky, and The Killers sound boring compared to their obvious influences. It seems that groups like these — the modern shoegazers, third-wave crescendocore post-rockers, and post-punk revivalists — take the genre’s superficial features and leave behind the […]
Shows to see in Como this week: MONDAY 2/2 Doby Watson, Austin Swearengin, Dubb Nubb, Graham Kennedy @ Cafe Berlin. 8pm: Some amazing folk bands from all over the midwest. COMO Ramblers’ Club @ Rose Music Hall. An informal night of Central Missouri songwriters, storytellers/liars, sangers, pickers, and grinners making music. Free! TUESDAY 2/3 Open Mic @ […]
Long story short, this track is fire. Long story slightly longer, Tails is a producer out of Vancouver who likes to rework catchy rap songs into even catchier rap songs. This track entitled, “Hold Up” is how I start my day each morning before sitting down for an hour and a half to be lectured […]
By: Hannah Nelson I’m sure you’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. That is incorrect. ~Music is~ Since spring semester is officially back in full swing, everyone is super busy and way stressed out. Even if you’re not a student, it’s post-Christmas and tax season, which is arguably the most depressing time of […]
Listen to a new single from LA based brat punk duo, Slutever, below. Stay tuned for their new tape, Almost Famous, set to release in mid-February.
So apparently Eddie Murphy makes reggae music..? And he’s actually pretty good at it. From Norbit to “Oh Jah Jah,” Eddie Murphy is clearly a true renaissance man. Listen below:
By: Elorm Nutakor Lupe Fiasco’s latest release, Tetsuo & Youth, has been on my mind lately. Other than Joey Bada$$’ new album, B4.DA.$$, I haven’t listened to another album all week. The production and instrumentation on the album is some of the best I’ve heard on any Lupe Fiasco album to date. It makes me […]
By: Tommy Walzer Deep, tender lyrics coupled with a gritty sound perfectly reflect the nominal connotation of Portland’s Muscle and Marrow. The gloomy duo of Kira Clark (guitar, vocals) and Keith McGraw (drums, samples) strip doom metal down to a strikingly beautiful but aptly morose state. Their debut album, The Human Cry, was released last August. The […]
We hope all of your winter breaks have gotten off to a sleepy start. Get into the holiday spirit with our playlist below: <3 Happy Holidaze from KCOU <3
By: Elorm Nutakor In the middle of December, thoughts of winter tend to be more disheartening than hopeful. It’s hard to believe that summer ever existed, but when I take time to listen to summer music, I am transported to a time when I didn’t dread simply stepping outside. This past summer my playlist drew […]
By: Tommy Walzer Here’s our wall of vinyl at the KCOU station. Each week, one of our music staffers will listen to a random album off this wall and tell us a little about it. The band’s name was enough for me to want to know what this album was all about. That coupled with […]
By: Elorm Nutakor In the summer of 2009, J. Cole had recently signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label and released his mixtape, The Warm Up. Back then, I had no idea who J. Cole was, but in time I realized how special that release was for both J. Cole and his fans, making me wish […]
By: Elorm Nutakor Mary J. Blige is known for the R&B and Hip-Hop Soul sound that has dominated her music since the beginning of her career. However, with her new album, The London Sessions, she experiments more and utilizes different instrumentation to accompany her iconic voice. The London Sessions is directly influenced by Blige’s collaboration with […]
Listen to if you enjoy: Deafheaven, Sigur Rós, Wolves in the Throne Room, My Bloody Valentine I like music that can’t be pigeonholed. Is this a post-rock album, or is it a post-metal album? Do I smell a hint of country? Does the answer matter? No. Here’s what I can tell you though – Solstafir’s […]
Break’s over, turkeys! MONDAY 12/1 KCOU Presents: Pepper @ The Blue Note. 7:30pm: When you listen to Pepper, you can almost feel the sand in your toes and the sun on your back as the album progresses, the musicians’ amiable personalities palpable beneath the island rhythms and mellow tones. Get there early for openers The […]
Thanksgiving break is finally upon us, and the KCOU music staff can’t wait to stuff their faces with food and music over the next week. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we know you’ll still be using this week off to hibernate and let your mind waste away. We put together a playlist of some of […]
By: Emily Holtzman This week has been crazy for almost everyone at MU; we go without a break for ~13 weeks and at this point of the semester it feels like everything culminates into one big mental explosion, and we’re all just over it. If you’re anything like me, you probably feel like someone scooped […]
Some of you have probably already peaced out for Thanksgiving break. If you’re still around, here are some great shows happening in Columbia this weekend: FRIDAY 11/21 “No Trad November” @ Mojo’s. 8:30pm: Featuring Acoustics Anonymous, The Woodsmiths, Havana Honeys, and Grandma’s Soup. Get there early for happy hour from 5-7pm with Spontaneous Serendipity. LCD […]
On Monday, Nov. 3rd, KCOU-er Jaanna Anaemereibe talked with local Jeannine after her open mic set at Mojo’s. Jeannine is a multi-skilled musical talent from Columbia, MO. She sings, and plays both the violin and the piano. Listen below:
By: Anna Edwards Let’s take a trip down south, to New Orleans, particularly. Home to the offbeat skateboarders, the artsy wealthy, the dirt poor, the Tulane students with their obnoxious Tulane shirts, the Loyola students with their dreads and glazed over eyes, the dumbfounded recent college graduates and the stray kittens and puppies who I’m […]
By: Elorm Nutakor There comes a time when a person needs to share new discoveries with others, so I would like to cordially introduce the New Orleans hip hop artist Pell to anyone who has not already heard of him. At the moment, he’s not regarded as “The Next Big Thing,” but one thing that’s […]
By: Ellen Sherman Los Angeles trio Mansions on the Moon was put in somewhat of a tough position to perform for a small crowd at Mojo’s on a chilly Tuesday night in Columbia. However, after a rough start the band was soon creating musical magic with a perfect mixture of different genres, vibes and inspirations. […]
There are probably a lot of bad rappers that you don’t know about. Nodji isn’t one of them. He self describes his sound as “A young Denzel dabbed with a soft, sweet, subtle touch of Steve Buscemi as he appears in The Big Lebowski. Top it off with a hint of malicia indegena, some ‘bad’ […]
Earlier today Angel Olsen released the video for her song, “Windows,” off of her most recent LP, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Watch below:
“Forgive me father for I have sinned, I’m actually kind-of liking this new Nicki Minaj song.” People don’t usually issue apologies for liking songs, but in this case it is absolutely necessary. Honestly, the very fact that I like a Nicki Minaj song makes me cringe a bit; “Only” is pretty catchy, though, so you’ve […]
Lupe Fiasco’s new single “Deliver” is out. The song includes a catchy, quotable hook as well as socially conscious rap verses. It is an anthem for anyone who lives in dangerous areas in cities like Chicago where certain pizza places do not even deliver. One listen will have you saying “PIZZA MAN DON’T COME HERE NO MORE.” […]
By: Anna Edwards Trevor Hall – a modern day Bob Marley to some – is a humble white man with dreadlocks to his knees. On Oct. 18 at Off Broadway in STL, he glided onto the stage, commanding the attention of the mangled and distinctive crowd. To set the scene: standing in front of me […]
This track isn’t really new… but that won’t prohibit me from sharing it! Dog Bite’s atmospheric Forever, Until gives off that motivational/remembering past loves vibe; perfect for a dramatic walk across campus or maybe a somber ponder at the lake. The band also released an album under Carpark Records entitled Tranquilizers this year that is begging to make it’s […]
By: Elorm Nutakor The Weeknd’s Trilogy is the three-part compilation album featuring songs from his original three mixtapes, House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. The album is super dense, so in attempts to capture its complexity, I designed my listening experience to resemble the three days that make up the weekend. Friday: Trilogy […]
By: Jake Leech For those of you unfamiliar, CMJ stands for College Music Journal, and is a site that “connects music fans and music industry professionals with the best in new music through interactive media and live events.” In other words, a music review site. Every year for five days in October, they host what is called the […]
MONDAY 11/10 Reggie & the Full Effect @ Mojo’s. 9pm: Reggie & the Full Effect combine infectious melodies, sappy love songs, good-natured yet offbeat slyness, and comic sensibility like virtually no other “band” before them. Also one of the opener’s is Buttmaster, how could you miss that? Blue Monday Blues Jam @ The Bridge. 8pm: With host […]
Check out “Trap,” the brand new single by local artists Lil EZ & Chef Noriega. The new track is produced by RealChanceBeats and is about the trap in a literal sense as well as a figurative sense. Chef raps about working hard in any situation, something that anyone can relate to. Chef Noriega will be […]
The somewhat elusive Jessica Pratt released a track yesterday, “Back, Baby” – the first music she’s released since her 2012 self-titled album. It’s the perfect track to accompany the temperature drop outside, and her voice is just incredible. Listen below:
By: Elorm Nutakor I remember seeing Lil Wayne on ESPN one day last summer; the day when he revealed the cover art for what could possibly be his final album, Tha Carter V. In addition to the cover art, Lil Wayne also stated that the album would be dropping on October 28. This news probably […]
When we met up with Milo after his show in St. Louis, he wasn’t too happy about the lukewarm response from the crowd, and rightfully so. Milo doesn’t just rap, he performs, pumping his heart and soul into his set, and even then Milo had to ask the crowd to come closer to the […]
OUT HERE is KCOU’s new video series. We’re filming local artists playing in some of our favorite nooks and landmarks around Columbia. Out Here: Volume 1 features MU student Evan Campbell, playing a *yet to be titled* song in Alley A, located in the District. Watch below: KCOU Out Here: Evan Campbell from KCOU Blog […]
Riot grrrl rapper Mykki Blanco released his newest mixtape, Gay Dog Food, and on it is a track featuring the one and only, Kathleen Hanna. In “A Moment with Kathleen,” Mykki Blanco is so sincerely starstruck; freaking out about Hanna, calling her “so cool” and “so sweet.” Listen below:
By: Tommy Walzer I often find myself getting lost in the ocean of “wave” suffixes attributed to EDM these days. While today’s youth will try to ride a new wave off of anything slightly incomparable, Clark’s self-titled eighth album is stamped with a mark that is uniquely Clark. Subtly drawing from many areas of electronic […]
NYU student, London O’Connor had the internet buzzing recently when he posted flyers asking, “Have you seen London O’Connor?” Some took it seriously, but he came out later saying that he “kidnapped himself.” Maybe it was a cheap trick to get people to pay attention to his music, but O’Connor clearly has some weird stuff […]
By: Elorm Nutakor The video above is the depiction of a 23 year old woman whose personal life has proven to divert attention from her true creativity. In her interview on the Breakfast Club, Teyana Taylor spends the majority of her 30 minutes dealing with questions about her relationship issues. This reality was disappointing for […]
By: Kelly Yambor I stumbled upon the up and coming London band Vaults after listening to their song “Premonitions” on My Old Kentucky Blog’s Sirius XMU session. When I first listened to the lead vocalist, I couldn’t help but be stunned by the uncanny resemblance to the powerful vocals of London Grammar’s leading singer, Hannah […]
MONDAY 11/3 Open Mic Night@ Mojo’s. 9pm TUESDAY 11/4 Atmosphere @ The Blue Note. 8pm: You don’t want to miss the Minnesotan kings of indie rap as they come through to the Blue Note with a host of great openers! WEDNESDAY 11/5 Nothing too special going on…tune in to KCOU 88.1 FM in the meantime! THURSDAY […]
Teebs – E S T A R A I listened to E S T A R A and I tried to imagine what this album would look like. This album dropped me off in the trees of the jungle canopy and in the sky at the same time. Yet it’s hard to even describe if […]
By: Elorm Nutakor With all the chaos and confusion, organizing a riot may seem like an oxymoron, but this is exactly what DJ Lil Love & DJ Swoove do on The Riot every Friday from 6-8pm on KCOU. The show had its humble beginnings in 2012 as a rotation show when, like a boy band, the DJs […]
By: Iyas Daghlas What do The Beatles and One Direction have in common? They’re boy bands. And with boy band-edness comes extreme fandom – a phenomenon I’ve struggled to understand. How is it that Harry Stiles going through a breakup can make my sister slam her door shut and sob the entire morning? The only […]
By: Elorm Nutakor Jay Rock recently released two new singles; the first of these titled “Parental Advisory,” was released about two weeks ago, making it Jay Rock’s first solo single to surface in a long while. The second, “Pay For It” was released just this week and features Chantal and Jay Rock’s Label Jay Rock […]
La Plage is a mysterious four piece out of Belgium who’s tracks have been making their way around Soundcloud. Check their track “Mark” below, and get your catchy across the pond groove going.
By: Tommy Walzer This past Wednesday night The Shack was rockin’ as five acts competed for the title of best band at Mizzou. Each act brought something exciting and different to the table, and it was a pleasure to sit back, jam out, and be exposed to some of this campus’ best-kept musical secrets. First […]
The music staff put together some of the spookiest songs about zombies and monsters that we could find. Listen below, and have a happy Halloween:
KCOU and MUTV will be hosting the third annual Battle of the Bands Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7pm in The Shack. Come watch your fellow MU peers battle it out – it’s guaranteed to be an awesome show. Don’t forget to enter the raffle, tickets are only $1, and there are some pretty cool prizes […]
In her video for “Art School,” Frankie Cosmos dances around a perfect tween bedroom, dreaming of Justin Bieber. “Art School” is off the 19-year-old’s first LP, Zentropy. Watch & listen below:
By: Tommy Walzer If I had to pin the main influence that their sound draws from, I’d say the operatic breakdown in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but with ADHD. Math rock tempos, happy-go-lucky harmonies, and tender lyrics are all elements that Johnny Foreigner incorporate into their music. The foreigners from Birmingham, UK, have put out five albums […]
I know I’m a little late on this one, but last week Majical Cloudz released a new song, “Your Eyes.” After touring with Lorde the past few months, they released this track, which was recorded back in 2011, as a way to get back to their roots after what had to be an insane experience for […]
MONDAY 10/27 Open Mic @ Mojo’s. 7pm: Host Dylan Mccord. Free! Blue Monday Blues Jam @ The Bridge. 8pm: With host High Water. Free! TUESDAY 10/28 Open mic @ The Bridge. 8pm: Free! WEDNESDAY 10/29 Rae Fitzgerald / Lucas Oswald / Steven Todd Carrel @ Mojo’s. 9pm: An awesome night of Missouri grown tunes. Eldren / […]
By: Steve Mainzer, KCOU Hip Hop Director LongLiveLord Flacko. Delayed thrice, A$AP Rocky’s debut studio album Long.Live.A$AP lives up to its hype. The 24-year-old Harlem MC has proven that he is worth his $3 million dollar record deal from RCA, and then some, capturing the eyes of critics and the public. With the release of Rocky’s first mixtape, 2011’s […]
Phantasmosis (aka. Sam D’Orazio) is a fun indie pop/math rock project from Providence, Rhode Island. Boasting a unique slacker tone, they utilize quirky rhythms and vocals to capture an energetic tone that would fit any indie low budget movie. Check out the song “Complainers” below and let it take you places. You can also check […]
Toro y Moi mastermind, Chaz Bundick, has released the latest single from his dance project Les Sins. “Talk about” brings trance-like synths to a dark atmosphere that shows promise of variability in Les Sins’ debut LP, Michael, out November 4th. The new record will be released under Company Record Label, an offshoot of Toro y Moi’s label, […]
By: Elorm Nutakor Rappers of the early to mid-2000’s era such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross are rappers whose street lyrics and gangster personas have both intrigued and scared me. Time went on, though, and these rappers ceased to send chills down my spine in the way that they once did. All, […]
By: Ellen Sherman There is something so timeless about a classical performance; the string section alone is enough to capture any audience craving a beautiful tune. The performance by the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin on Thursday was nothing short of an exquisite show fit for royalty. Four men from the Berlin Philharmonic came together to form […]
Do you have an unconditional love for British culture that can only be fulfilled by traveling to the mother country itself, yet you lack the means to actually get there? Well we can’t help you. But in the meantime, your next best option may be listening to Anglophiles Anonymous on Tuesdays from 8-10pm on KCOU. Back in 2011, […]
After various hints of a return to music, Sleater-Kinney have announced a new album, tour, and have released a new lyric video for their single, “Bury Our Friends” (feat. Miranda July!) Watch the lyric video below. Lead vocalist and guitarist Carrie Brownstein is probably most widely known today for her role on IFC’s “Portlandia,” opposite […]
MONDAY 10/20 Open Mic @ Mojo’s. 7pm: Host Dylan Mccord. Free! Blue Monday Blues Jam @ The Bridge. 8pm: With host Serious Blues Band. Free! TUESDAY 10/21 Zach Deputy @ Mojo’s. 8:30pm. Deputy’s show transforms clubs and open fields alike into sweaty dance parties for fans of R&B, soul, jam, Caribbean music and even electronica. […]
By: Kelly Yambor Grammy Award-winning folk band Carolina Chocolate Drops will be performing at The Blue Note this Saturday, October 18th. The North Carolina based old-time string band has some major credentials as a live act; they opened for Bob Dylan in 2011 and performing at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2010, and again in 2014. You […]
By: Pierce Porterfield Here’s our wall of vinyl at the KCOU station. Each week, one of our music staffers will listen to a random album off this wall and tell us a little about it. Arabian Prince; Brother Arab To be honest I picked this album from the library entirely off of its cover. I’m […]
By: Matt Walz Everyone has heard a bit of it at least once – that is if they’ve been to the movies in the past few months. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy brought humor, action, and a fantastic retro soundtrack that melded to the movie perfectly. Now, the songs from the movie are out on CD and digital, titled […]
Cuffing Season: During the Fall and Winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed. (Urban Dictionary) […]
By: Kelly Yambor When one of my friends saw the worldly, indie-pop band tUnE-yArDs open for Arcade Fire on their most recent tour, she described their performance as absolutely all over the place, bold and exciting. Neon wardrobes, an entertaining backup dancer/singer duo and spontaneous screams were all mentioned. In her particular experience she even […]
By: Taylor Enderle From the very first track promising something that “Ain’t Been Done,” powerhouse artist Jessie J’s sophomore album aptly titled Sweet Talker delivers. If you want anything from a base heavy beat melded with bold vocals to blast with the windows down to a saccharine piano ballad delicately paired with intricate lyrics dipped […]
By: Evan Campbell “I know what indictment is, so I know you not like, selling cocaine, and then rapping ‘bout it. Because there’s statute of limitation and indictments and all them… I know people in jail so I know you lying. And It’s cool. But it’s like, ya know, don’t make someone else go to […]
By: Elorm Nutakor People don’t usually know what to expect when seeing recording artists live for the first time. With the money they spend to see a live show, they would typically expect for the performance to surpass the experience of simply listening to an album. Unfortunately, sometimes a concert can leave fans feeling underwhelmed […]
MONDAY 10/13 Open Mic @ Mojo’s. 7pm: Free! Blue Monday Blues Jam @ The Bridge. 8pm: With host Dig Nitti. Free! TUESDAY 10/14 The Woodsmiths / The Youngest / Dubb Nubb @ Mojos. 9pm Open mic @ The Bridge. 8pm: Free! Columbia Jazz Jam @ Cafe Berlin. 8pm WEDNESDAY 10/15 The Devil Makes Three w/ Cave […]
“The Holy Mountain is comprised of a sound that best resembles Alejandro Jodorowsky vomiting into your headphones continuously for two hours.” – Chris Merritt Sundays from 6-8pm, KCOU is transported into the world that is The Holy Mountain. Here you’ll find psychedelic, funky, avant-garde music intertwined with sound clips from old films and television shows. Chris Merritt […]
By: Tommy Walzer Before Mark Hoppus sang about going away to college, Milo left for college and never looked back. With that, he and the Descendents took punk rock by storm, and became iconic purveyors of the genre with their 1982 debut Milo Goes to College. The album is as angsty and cheeky as it is agressive; […]
Some of the best albums we’ve added to rotation this week. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! “Never Catch Me (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) . . Caribou – Our Love “Can’t Do Without You” . Homeshake – In the Shower “Cash Is Money” . Broods – Evergreen “Four Walls”
By: Evan Campbell In 2000, Chicago implemented the “The Plan for Transformation.” It is widely considered to be the most aggressive plan for urban renewal in US history. The plan called for demolishing many of the low income buildings, which displaced thousands of people to Chicago’s South side (a place that was marred by extreme poverty). Because of […]
By: Tommy Walzer “Clipping” is typically what happens when an audio amplifier is turned up to its limit. Perhaps not so ironically, that’s almost identical to the sound that characterizes Los Angeles experimental hip-hop trio clipping. Consisting of producers William Huston and Jonathan Snipes, and MC Daveed Diggs, the group blends physically harsh instrumentals with […]
By: Elorm Nutakor Most people, by a certain point in their lives, have established their convictions about the type music they like or dislike. In terms of these convictions, different elements that help to validate an artist or song’s subjective worth; these elements can just as well function as deal-breakers for listeners. With this in mind, I want to use […]
MONDAY OCTOBER 6 Blue Monday Blues Jam w/ Fried Crawdaddies @ The Bridge. 8pm: Free! Open Mic @ Mojo’s. 9pm: Free! TUESDAY OCTOBER 7 Open Mic @ The Bridge. 8pm. WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8 Foster the People @ The Blue Note. 8pm: This 9th Street Summerfest is the perfect way to say goodbye to the warm weather. 9th Street […]
By: Iyas Daghlas “Through my songs I add beauty and mystery and happiness and love and new landscapes and sadness and laughter to a life that’s not very interesting by itself.” -Kevin Barnes Of Montreal has mastered the (extremely difficult) art of morphing their sound whilst remaining instantly recognizable. Their most recent release, Lousy with […]
By: Tommy Walzer In a world dominated by high-energy electronic music, it can be easy to forget the unsung heroes who crafted a grassroots genre from ambiguous samples and weird synths into the booming, bass heavy industry it is today. But who could forget the bleak yet glistening ambiance of Aphex Twin? No one, and since his last album, […]
By: Olivia Thoelke Milwaukee Banks, the self-proclaimed “antipodean answer to the new school of future rap,” are a cloud rap duo, consisting of producer Edo and rapper Dyl Thomas, hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Influenced by electronic minimalists, cloud rap aesthetic, and southern hip hop beats, their resulting sound is mellowed-out, dream-like, hypnotic, and pays homage […]
By: Anna Edwards Robert Plant, one of the few survivors from the era which pioneered rock music, once again diverges from his Led Zeppelin origins. In his new solo album, he turns instead to the stellar sound that he and Allison Krauss first created in their Grammy-award winning album Raising Sand. Lullaby and… The Ceaseless […]
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 29 Open Mic @ Mojo’s. 9pm: Free! TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30 Saintseneca @ Mojo’s. 8:30pm: Saintseneca’s (Columbus, OH) traditional folk sound is enhanced with elements of pop, post-punk, and psychedelia, which they attribute to frequenting DIY shows. Get there early to catch openers Busman’s Holiday and Devices for Survival (CoMo). Open Mic @ The Bridge. 8pm. […]
Don’t forget about these awesome shows in Columbia this weekend. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26 ROOTS N’ BLUES FESTIVAL: Friday, Saturday & Sunday @ Stephens Lake Park. Artists this year include: The Avett Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Roseanne Cash, Los Lobos, & many more! Roxy Beach II, Vanishing Blues Band, Vulvette @ Cafe Berlin. 9pm. Start your […]
Every generation can be defined by their music: the 60s included soulful blues along with psychedelic rock – Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and Marvin Gaye; the 70s discovered disco and their own type of rock such as Kool and the Gang, Queen and Donna Summer; then came the 80s who harbored “arena music” […]
By: Elorm Nutakor In the event of searching for new music, I always wonder how many artists I overlook that have replay potential. With the vast number of iTunes banners I’ve seen, I can only imagine how much good music I’ve missed. On the other hand, there are a number of artists that I’ve grown to […]
By: Olivia Thoelke At a time when the chilled out, gangster-rap of the West Coast dominated the mainstream hip hop scene, Wu-Tang swarmed in with the gritty, Brooklyn originating sound in their debut 1993 album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chamber), which became the blueprint for hardcore hip-hop to come, bringing New York hip hop back to prominence. The origins of […]
By: Taylor Enderle You may be familiar with the captivating pull of her soulful dance beat, or maybe with the smooth and fearless way she works a track. Tinashe’s first single “2 On,” with a little help from Schoolboy Q, has been infiltrating the radio waves recently, quickly putting her on the map. This Kentucky […]
By: Kelly Yambor, Aggravated Concert-Goer The Buzzkill Crowd at 96.5 Buzz Beach Ball Last summer, I was lucky enough to score a free ticket to 96.5 Buzz Beach Ball at Berkely Riverfront Park in Kansas City, MO. Although I missed Atlas Genius and Wavves, I did make it in time to see most of Cage […]
By: Ellen Sherman, KCOU Live Events Director September 17, 2014: The lights were dimmed low and a steady tune played on the keyboard as the crowd anxiously awaited the 7 other band members to join in on the jazz piece the keyboardist had initiated. Two minutes later, the group came to form the Grammy award winning […]
By: Evan Campbell In 2010, a relatively unknown band from Long Island under the name Twin Sister released their second EP, Color Your Life. The sultry disco take hinted at modest stardom for a band who had all the makings of a big “indie band” at the time; a soft singing female vocalist, a slight R&B influence, […]
By: Tommy Walzer Take the colorful sing-along melodies of your kid’s favorite childhood TV program, combine them with retro Nintendo sound bites, sprinkle in some Kawaii, and you get Kero Kero Bonito. The eclectic trio from London caught my attention with their recent single, “Sick Beat.” The beat itself sounds like a glitched up mix […]
By: Pierce Porterfield With all the talent blossoming out of the Chicago music scene it’s difficult to get a grasp on who the major Windy City players really are. With that said, Noname Gypsy still manages to stand out among the crowded internet highways of Chicago hip hop. Garnering attention from her heartfelt feature on […]
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22 Blue Monday Blues Jam @ The Bridge. 8pm: With host The Mojo Roots. Free! Open Mic @ Mojo’s. 9pm: Free! TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 Open Mic @ The Bridge. 8pm. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 24 *KCOU Presents* SAVOY @ Mojo’s. 9pm: Move your weekend up to Wednesday with this electronic show. Get there early to catch the opener, […]
Working at the college student radio station has opened me up to a lot of great experiences. Between having multiple specialty shows, interviewing touring bands and interning at the recording studio I have had my fair share of fun projects at KCOU. This summer I was fortunate enough to cover the Wakarusa Music Festival as […]
The first edition of KCOU’s recording studio is out today, with The Pinloader Vol.1. It’s a collection of Mizzou student work and boss production from Tre Spearman. Give us a shout if you want one.
We inveited Dan Philyaw to come down the the studios and play “Guiding Light” while we grill up some Mizzou Meat Market steaks and listen to the wonderful tones.
From “UK Dubstep Princess” to Queen in Her Own Right: Katy B takes charge with “Little Red” By: Elle Hoffman, Editor-In-Chief I love a good pop record. Now before you roll your eyes, and X out the window, or expect a shining review of “Prism” (which you will never find here because that album is […]
“Um, I don’t think it’s a matter, I think there will be one point, some glimmering moment in time where I will be the no. 1 rap artist in the rap game, period.” –Kanye West, 2003 Meet the New ‘Ye, Same As the Old ‘Ye: Looking at The College Dropout 10 Years Later By: Reid Foster […]
By: Emily Holtzman Last week, Angel Olsen released her latest full-length, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and as someone who has listened thoroughly to Olsen’s previous work, my first impression with this album was that Olsen seems to veer off in a different direction. To start, a full band is used in almost every […]
By: Eric Hulting His lyrics are barely discernible. His style and choice of words confound gender norms. Even his stage name sets him apart; so generic it almost feels like a satirical comment on rap. And yet, somehow, Atlanta rapper Young Thug has become the up-and-coming artist that hip-hop heads have collectively shifted their focus […]
By: Brendan Solis My first taste of Angel Olsen was during the fall of last year when I came across this marvelous recording of a bookstore show she did back in 2011. I loved it, but I never really looked much farther beyond that. At the time, she wasn’t exactly unknown, but she wasn’t really being noticed too much […]
By: John Bat The first time I saw Cults back in 2012, everything was small. The stage was small, the band was small, and even the crowd was small. However, after last night’s electrifying performance at The Blue Note, it made me realize just how far Cults has moved up within the sphere of college/indie […]
By Dave Wasserstrom In the past 4 years of my time spent in Columbia I have become more exposed to and have grown an appreciation for the local music scene. From Ubervice, the electronic DJ playing most nights in various clubs downtown, to my hippie earthy acquaintance Corey, who plays the drums in speaker circle […]
MONDAY DECEMBER 9 Blue Monday Blues Jam @ The Bridge. 8pm: With host The Mojo Roots. Free! Open Mic @ The Blue Fugue. 7pm: Tonight is a special open mic night, house band Punch Face will be debuting. Happy hour from 7-9. Free! TUESDAY DECEMBER 10 Dead Tenant @ Mojo’s. 9:30pm: Straight from the Columbus […]
By: Alex Bond Last year’s title for EP-that-made-most-LPs-look-like-a-wasted-extra-30-minutes-of-music easily belonged to TNGHT, the Yeezus-approved DJ/producer duo of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice. Pulse-pounding beats that made your heart sink into your stomach (in a good way) defined five distinct and diverse tracks with song names as easy to remember as the beats (the hardest being getting the number of […]
By: Emily Holtzman, Asst. Editor-In-Chief/iTunes Expert For any of you who have ever doubted it, I’m here to tell you that Columbia is full of amazing bands. Here’s just a few of my favorites below: 1) Nevada Greene – “Early Morning Joggers” Nevada Greene is an ambient band comprised of four local Columbians. Their live show […]
By: Erica Whyman I’ve recently discovered these two indie Cali albums that I’m hooked on for good: From Indian Lakes: Able Bodies (Released November, 2012) I came across these dreamy, indie California natives last year, and un-shamefully listen to this album in full at least once a week. Perhaps you haven’t heard of them? Allow […]
By: Patrick McKenna, Staff Writer / Soon to be Californian By: Patrick McKenna Plugging in headphones takes listeners to a different place. Whether it’s a momentous memory, a bad trip, or an imaginary environment that feels as if it’ll fit with the music, everyone has their special place they vanish to. After one listen to the latest EP […]
By: Steven Mainzer/Bomb-ass MC Mac Miller seems as if he has been reading a little bit of Robert Louis Stevenson, displaying similarities of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde with all of his alter egos. Assuming responsibilities for the production as Larry Fisherman and disguising his voice as Mr.Thomas sounding like Alvin from the Chipmunks, Miller takes […]
By: Patrick McKenna, Staff Writer / Street Punk Preceding even the Ramones, Death—a punk band out of Detroit in 1971, and the focus of the ace documentary “A Band Called Death”—provided some of the most revolutionary music ever heard; encompassing the speed and fury that would become a cornerstone of the late 70s punk movement in California, […]
By: Brendan Solis, Staff Writer We have tons of great specialty shows at KCOU. So many that you probably don’t know what each and every one is. As part of a blog-wide effort to remedy this I sat down with Nicole Meyer and Mitch Sawyer, hosts of The Niche, for a delightfully chuckle-filled interview to get the lowdown […]
MONDAY DECEMBER 2 Kevin Greenspon, Big Waves of Pretty, Jules Crespy & Nevada Greene @ Diva Haus. 8pm: A fantastic lineup of ambient artists to get your pre-finals week off to the right start. Blue Monday Blues Jam @ The Bridge. 8pm: With host Hell or Highwater. Free! Open Mic @ The Blue Fugue. 7pm: […]
Fearless. Energetic. Passionate. These are just a few hallmarks that define the music of Dear Genre. Dear Genre is more than just the stage name of artist Andre Cataldo, it’s a statement about the freedom that is possible inside a great melody. Leading producer, artist, and song writer, Cataldo formed his band Dear Genre back in high school, as he says “out […]
By: Patrick McKenna, Staff Writer Always eager to present a disregard for the music industry, the Sacramento saints of underground noise-rap, Death Grips, pulled a déjà vu release with their free record Government Plates. An 11 song LP, Government Plates is streaming courtesy of Soudcloud, a little over a year after releasing No Love Deep Web, another free download on […]
By: Steven Mainzer, Staff Writer / A$AP Steven A$AP Rocky continues his streak of visual creation with his new video for “Phoenix,” one of the deeper songs off of his praised debut album Long.Live.A$AP. Michael K.Williams and Joan Smalls co-star in the dark video displaying an interesting fight between the two of them. The […]
Columbia band Dubb Nubb officially released their most recent full-length, Wild Dreamin’, yesterday, November 19. The album is available to stream or buy on their Bandcamp, and stay tuned for an upcoming vinyl release. Wild Dreamin’ is full of poetic nature imagery, unique harmonies and beautiful guitar lines. Support local music! Buy the album and don’t miss any […]
By: Erica Whyman Radiohead is one of those bands that is seemingly hard to forget about it. Whether it’s because you can never seem to get the song “Creep” out of your head, or because Thom Yorke just continues to astound you with his musical brilliance, it’s safe to say that Radiohead isn’t over the […]
By: Emily Holtzman / ♥twee bb 4evr♥ If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed recently that your inventory of “twee” music has been steadily increasing. You probably found yourself at a Belle & Sebastian show over the summer, losing your mind when you heard them start that guitar line from “Boy With the Arab […]
By: Emily Holtzman / Sadness Enthusiast The trend has been brewing for some time now, and it has finally been perfected in Blood Orange’s newest release, Cupid Deluxe. This trend I refer to has become very well known specifically in the past year; this kind of sad/emotional synth dance pop, most often with heavy influences from 70s […]
By: Ellen Sherman I have this disgusting love for jazz. In my opinion, it’s been lost in our generation, so I have a whole new respect for those that carry on the timeless sound. Laura Mvula is one of those ladies bringing that soul back, while making it accessible for listeners today. Her first album, […]
MONDAY NOVEMBER 18 Blue Monday Blues w/ Matthew Curry and the Fury @ The Bridge. 8:00pm: Get your blues rock fill at The Bridge! At only 18, Matthew Curry is an amazing blues guitarist, and he and the band are sure to bring an electrifying show. Open Mic @ The Blue Fugue. 7pm: Free! TUESDAY […]
By: Patrick McKenna, Staff Writer Beauty is an adjective placed upon music that touches a fan. With that in mind, any challenged fanatic can make the argument that Lana Del Rey and Led Zeppelin hold equal levels of loveliness. However, some music thrown at a listener just screams undeniable beauty. Mutual Benefit’s debut LP, Love’s Crushing Diamond, has […]
By: Elle Hoffman, Editor-In-Chief/Fan of emotional dichotomy If Wes Anderson is ever looking to do a Graduate-style organic soundtrack he should call up Cate Le Bon. Seriously. While this album is brand new, any song would easily soundtrack a moment from the Anderson canon past, present, and future. This album, like an Anderson film (to […]
By: Emily Holtzman, Assistant Editor-In-Chief/Total Slacker All the music I should have listened to over the summer when I was being apathetic: Every once in a while (actually, this is starting to happen more frequently) I find myself in somewhat of a listening rut. I will listen to the same three or four artists over […]
By: Blake Scoville, Staff Writer/Dave Grohl enthusiast Foo Fighters made themselves known to the world with this album. It contained probably their biggest hit: the earth-shattering, “The Pretender.” This is the big hit rock song of the album that everybody knows (or SHOULD know) by Foo Fighters. It kicks off the album and gets my heart pumping […]
By: Elle Hoffman, Editor-In-Chief Ok, so in case you didn’t notice, 2013 has been the year of the ladies, which I think is great. I often find myself wondering why ⅔ of my playlists are male artists. It seems that a lot of the time new and good stuff is coming from artists with an […]
By: Eric Short, Staff Writer Never before has Vic Mensa had to prove himself quite like this. The 20 year old Chicago MC put out his first EP at just 16, 2010’s Straight Up, and then grabbed the ear of every indie music connoisseur as the rapping front man for the genre-blending sextet Kids These […]
By: Dan Kurtz, Staff Writer/Kitten advocate Kitten hasn’t garnered a significant amount of attention in its 4 years of existence. However, the Californian dream pop group, lead by Chloe Chaidez, has opened for big acts like No Doubt and, most recently, Charli XCX and has even received attention from Nylon, Spin, and Rolling Stone. Even after releasing three solid […]
By: Elle Hoffman Editor-In-Chief/now in the market for a latex crop top This song is all I need, seriously. The intro sounds like updated Smiths- era Johnny Marr, and Dee-Dee’s dark and inviting vocals have never been more perfectly used – making treacly lyrics like “daisy chains of love” sound intriguingly ominous. To be honest […]
By: Ellen Sherman Aaron Kamm & the One Drops are no Sublime. They aren’t some acclaimed, superstar band; they are just themselves, and any music enthusiast should be ok with that. To start, Aaron Kamm himself is an astonishing guitarist; 75 percent of the time he was simply shredding. His bassist, Andy, added to the cool vibe with […]
By: Kody Ferrin, Staff Writer/Pop-Punk Loyalist The Swellers The Light Under Closed Doors Released October 29th We all remember the original pop-punk story of boy meets girl and girl breaks boy’s heart, dating back to early Brand New and Man Overboard. But lately, this hasn’t been the case. Most pop-punk bands these days have been writing about more […]
MONDAY NOVEMBER 11 Gloom Balloon, Christopher the Conquered, Dee Bird, Googolplexia @ Sparky’s. 11 pm: A fun mix of local and regional artists playing after hours at your favorite local ice cream shop. Nuff’ said. Seriously though, these small local shows usually rotate through local haunts like Sparky’s, Cafe Berlin, The Fugue, and really wherever else they can secure space in the wake […]
By: Emily Holtzman, Asst. Editor-In-Chief Last week, Cut Copy (Australia’s hottest boy band) released their fourth LP, Free Your Mind. Now, before I dive into this album, let me make one disclaimer; I can’t really stand it when reviews reference a band’s previous work in comparison to what is being reviewed. You may disagree with me on […]
By: Emily Holtzman, Assistant Editor-In-Chief/Mac DeMarco fan gurl Where: Montreal Sound: Rock n Roll / Jizz Jazz* Albums: Rock and Roll Night Club (2012), 2 (2012) Why: In a world of hyped up DJs and three chord indie bands, Mac Demarco is a musky breath of rock n’ roll air. With his first release (Rock […]
By: Kyle McMahan, Staff Writer and KCOU Social Media Director/Bad Girl Matangi is a Hindu goddess of music and spoken word in addition to being the namesake of Mathangi Arulpragasm (M.I.A.) and this album. In her semi-self-titled fourth album, M.I.A. does her best to channel this goddess. Taking the year’s whole “rappers as deities” thing and just […]
By: Dan Kurtz, Staff Writer/Member of “Team Sky” Signed to Capitol Records at just 15, it didn’t take long for Sky Ferreira to join the ranks of the numerous potential child stars that didn’t quite make it. After the singles “Obsession” and “One” and several unfulfilled promises of a future album, Sky disappeared from […]
years ago, a website was where spiders entrapped wasps, wrapped them up in silky webbing and ate them alive. Today, you’re looking at our brand new one. years ago, KCOU made history as the first fully FCC licensed student-run radio station. Today, we’re the same damn thing. And proud of it. Let’s hope the next […]