The backbone of WRGW’s creative programming, the station’s Music Department features dynamic and unpredictable weekly interviews, in-studio performances and impromptu freestyles, along with daily shows ranging from local punk showcases to Sunday morning jazz programs to a smattering of underground hip hop. Recent live sessions have included Pickwick, Pile, Louis Weeks, Half Waif, Anthony Pirog and Littlefoot, and of course fan favorites BRNDA and Stranger in the Alps.
Over the years, we here at the WRGW Music Department have become particularly adept at masking our servitude to the corporate interests of Top 40 radio and major promotions companies, but who are we fooling; we’re slaves to a well-formatted submission with a sexy RIYL. Send us your best stuff and we promise to give it at least a once over.
If you’re lucky, we miiiiight even feature you on our hip, #fleek blog (music.gwradio.com) that has quickly become GW’s premier outlet for music coverage. Publishing daily content that ranges from album reviews, show previews, at-venue interviews and long, expository declarations of pretension, we’ve discovered that some of our DJs have serious literary talent (and maybe a little too much time on their hands). Recommended reading includes our roundup of last year’s CMJ, an interview with Riff Raff, and the internationally infamous “Manifesto on the Rights of Ciara”.
Our presence on campus is often likened to the most heart-wrenching Humans of New York photos, or Reagan’s reelection campaign in ’84. We DJ the coolest events, including Colonial Inauguration, BBQs, fundraisers and the hottest gallery openings. We also run a preeeeeeetty sick open mic at Thomas Foolery in DuPont (come for the Captain Cookie, stay for your fav Guster cover). And starting in the spring of 2015, we began to book and fully produce concerts in the Marvin Center. With a focus on the local music scene, we also co-sponsor shows and events around town, including the annual Spring Concert, DC Music Download’s Third Anniversary Show at the 9:30 Club, and a show/block party at The Lot at Union Kitchen in Northeast DC.