Category Archives: Music Reviews

Waterparks band releases beautiful, touching single

By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer 

A few days ago, pop punk band Waterparks dropped a new single from their upcoming album, Entertainment. This song is titled Lucky People, and one of the first things I noticed about this song is how beautiful it is. It instantly caught my attention after the first listen.

Hoodie Allen’s new album lives up to the hype 

By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer
Last year in January, New York rapper Hoodie Allen (or as his fans call him, Hoodie) dropped his album “Happy Camper” and at the time, I thought it would go down as his best album ever. Like always, he has proved me and thousands of other fans wrong. 

Kesha on the rise with new music

By Trevor Piccone, Contributing Writer

Kesha Sebert, formerly known as Ke$ha, is a 30-year-old American singer who has made a career confronting the double standards of American society.

Top 5 unknown artists to listen to today

By Walker Polivka, Contributing Writer

As the General Manager of WGLZ, I receive tons of music from unsigned artists who are trying to make it big in the industry. They send me music to listen to and if I like it, I add it to our station’s music library to be included over the air. Here are five artists that I have come across that you need to check out today.

Ed Sheeran’s new album ‘Divide’ is a must-listen

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
After a leave of absence from social media for a year, Ed Sheeran returned Dec. 12 with a Tweet that had only a picture of the color blue. This was his first hint of his upcoming album, “Divide” stylized as ÷, which was released on March 3. Before the entire album release, the songs “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You” were also released as singles and have been played on the radio constantly since. 

Bent Knee deliver unique and compelling art rock with ‘Say So’

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

As a radio host, it can be very easy to become overwhelmed by music. It seems like nearly every day, I’m coming in contact with music I’ve never heard before – some of it very good and some not so much. As such, it can be incredibly easy to fall into the complacency trap; the ‘boredom with music’ syndrome.

When you listen enough, you begin noticing patterns; everyone ‘borrows’ a bit and sometimes they borrow from the same sources, or each other. It’s human nature. The problem is, it often begins to all sound a bit alike. Radiohead clones seemed all the rage for awhile and before that everyone seemed to be aping their favorite band of the 70s. Beatles clones, Zeppelin clones, Yes clones – you name it, it’s been ripped off.

Wind Ensemble concert showcases Hilltopper talent

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

To start with, I am not a musician. I have no specialized or technical knowledge about music, but I attended Wednesday night’s Odds and Evens Concert, performed by the West Liberty Wind Ensemble – and I was impressed. I think this concert showed just how tremendous and diverse the talent here on the hilltop is, and how events like these can bring lots of people—musicians or not—together.

The concert began at 7:30 p.m. the evening of Wednesday, March 23, in College Hall. The Wind Ensemble, with its 32 student musicians, two professors, and conductor and professor Patrick Garrett, started with a piece called “Mangulina.” Happily, I found that most of the seats around me were filled, with more people walking in as the show was beginning. I stopped counting heads when I got to 50.

The David Leonhardt Trio Swings into Christmas

By Jewlina Matthews, Contributing Writer

The David Leonhard Trio stole College Hall stage Monday, November 23rd, 2015. The concert was a perfect way to end the semester’s concert series and lead into the holiday season. The trio, consisting of Mr. Leonhardt on piano, Eliot Zigmund on drums, and Matthews Parrish on bass, played flawlessly. The production of their music gave the impression the audience was listening to a recording.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra Rides into Wheeling’s Heritage Port

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

Great music has always been my passion in life, ever since I saw my first concert (Jethro Tull) at age three and decided to spend all my money on it at age nine! Usually, I have to travel to Pittsburgh to see a good progressive rock band, or just about anywhere else in the world – I’ve followed bands to Baltimore, to Bethlehem, PA, Charleston, WV, New York City, and North Carolina to name a few. In recent years I’ve even contemplated traveling to France to see bands that just never, ever come here.

It is a rare treat to see a band of Galactic Cowboy Orchestra‘s caliber and variety locally. And for free, you say? Yes please! I should tell you that I’m not exactly an impartial reviewer – I first saw Minnesota’s Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (GCO to us cool kids) at the legendary ProgDay Festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and they blew me away.

Top Country Artists

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

Possibly one of the most distinct and popular genres in the music world today is country music. The origins of country music are thought to have began in the most rural of areas with a person’s words being sung over an acoustic guitar that someone was playing. The top country artists of all time are some of the most successful and most revered figures in music history.

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