KRCX was lucky enough to be invited to be an official media representative of Arise music festival! Arise is celebrating its 6th year of promoting environmental consciousness, creativity, art, community building, and social justice. The festival will take place over three days , August 3-5, in Loveland Colorado and it features numerous artists ranging from well known acts to the up and coming artists of tomorrow. Trevor Hall, Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, and Pepper are just a taste of the diverse lineup Arise offers, but it doesn't stop with the music. “Arise is more than a festival, it’s a movement.” It's about fostering a global consciousness which heralds community, sustainability, and creativity. On the sustainability front, Arise emphasizes commitment in fighting global warming. They’ve put in place many measures which include planting one tree for every ticket sold, providing an organic farmers market inside the festival grounds, permaculture workshops, and implementing ‘leave no trace ethics.’ I invite you to tune in to KRCX as our representative provides content which explores Arise further. Help Arise achieve its goals of fostering a more sustainable and just world. Summer is here and the community is coming together.
Our fearless leader and General Manager, Dan Costello, leads the KRCX team and programing to welcome all students to seek the radio station as a safe haven; we love this place and feel safe to be ourselves here and you should too!! Please take the time to read our perpetual goals create a loving, compassionate and inclusive campus. Thank you and hope y'all feel the love through our airwaves :)
At KRCX, we believe that good media begins with diversity. At our radio station we welcome with open arms people of all races, ethnicities, orientations, identities, classes and abilities. We want our comfortable space, to become a comfortable and safe space for anyone who needs it. Whether it be facing day to day oppressions on campus, or needing a location to have safe and uninterrupted dialogue with others, KRCX radio supports these communities.
The efforts to make our studio and meeting rooms safe spaces is a long term, continuous goal because we believe that a safe space needs to consistently be informed and kept up to date on what people from different communities need to feel safe.
The first step is getting the word out to the Regis community, to achieve this we will be starting to post all of our office hours on our website so people know when they can just walk in to our studio and meeting room uninterrupted, and we will also keep phone numbers on file for people to call if they need to be let in at other hours of the day and night.
Accumulating resources for these groups in order to maintain a safe space at the radio, will require feedback and so we will also be encouraging people to send emails with any feedback and resources that can help aid the space. We will also be reaching out to the Diversity and Inclusion office for more help with resources. KRCX employees and new hires will be strongly encouraged to go through safe zone training or the necessary training in order to maintain the integrity of the radio as a safe space.
We believe that the diversity of opinions and experiences is what creates beauty in our world and we want to support in any way we can, the people who aren’t always given the chance to be behind the microphone.
This week's Album Spotlight is brought to you by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. On April 6th UMO released their fourth record, Sex & Food; this album is a stellar development in the bands' staple psych-rock sound. Ruban Neilsen, front man and composer, toys with minimalist, bleak and altruistic sound and lyrics creates a refreshingly nuanced record. Neilsen definitely took some risks and boy does it pay off! Tune in on our live stream to catch a glimpse of of Sex & Food or click the link to check out "Hunnybee" just above!
This weeks album spotlight is the recently rereleased/rerecorded album Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest. Originally released by Will Toledo in 2011 when he was 19, he decided to redo it entirely and release to the public in full instead of just on bandcamp. The album goes into the life of teenagers, following the theme of his other two most recent records, and does so in an awesome, basement rock kind of way. Be sure to check out My Boy (Twin Fantasy) and Cute Thing.
This weeks album spotlight is the double album Freedom's Goblin by the modern king of garage rock: Ty Segall. Ty has been pumping out album after album for the past decade however, none of them fall short, especially this one. Freedom's Goblin is a journey through rock and roll demonstrating many genres and styles in an awesome way. Be sure to check out My Lady's On Fire and The Main Pretender.
This weeks album spotlight is the Houston based psychedelic trio Khruangbin's second record, Con Todo El Mundo. The record displays the groups ability to mesh sounds in an instrumental and brilliantly jammin' setting, while throwing in some spoken word throughout. Khruangbin translates in Thai to "airplane" and this record definitely takes you for a ride. Be sure to check out the tracks Maria También and Cómo Me Quieres.
November 1st, 2017
Wednesday November 1st, it was a quiet ride into the city with my good friend Frances as we had no idea of what we could encounter that night at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. What we came to find was an eccentric duo, each based in different taste but equipt with a collaborative and unselfish mindset; all the sounds mesh together in a melodically facile way. Leslie Scott and Andrew Valenti mold together, forming Holy Golden, self described as a “euphoric dream-pop with lo-fi garage rock” sound that focuses on the experience of music and less of a formulaic structure to their music, which allow for their audience to genuinely connect to Holy Golden’s music in a personal way. This concept was exemplified in their concert on a compact stage surrounded by fellow musicians and local bar/ music lovers. Ophelia’s amplified the intimacy felt in their songs by how, quite literally, you felt the music; they began with a ditty called “The Movie”, a beautifully personal song off their new EP The Licking River. The bass shook the two-tiered seating, the guitar and complexly layered pedal work danced through my head for days to come and with a full view of the band, the show felt like a personal screening from each angle, I’ve never had a concert experience so personal and neatly presented.
Holy Golden is a diverse duo, Scott hails from Detroit, Michigan while Valenti grew up in Martha’s Vineyard, where the two would end up meeting later in their careers. Denver was only the band’s second stop on their second US tour. The most exceptional aspect of Holy Golden is their fully-developed and versatile branding; equipped with an excellent website, at least seven music videos and two albums on their website and bandcamp, Holy Golden markets and brands themselves with effortless taste. Keep an eye out for this experienced and versatile duo, I can only expect more to come as Holy Golden continues to both define and defy expectations.
This week's Album Spotlight is "Visions of a Life" by Wolf Alice. The group's second album finds themselves embodying the Brit Rock feel similar to their debut album as well as diving into the teen angst that makes their songs relatable. Be sure to check out the songs "Don't Delete the Kisses" and "Visions of a Life".