Joannie Wu

Class of 2008


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    Battles — Mirrored
    Math rock meets heavy electronics. Battles is simply a powerhouse of talent that manages to somehow put it all together and become greater than the sum of its parts. This is the band’s first album, coming out soon on Warp Records. Battles combines beautifully intricate guitars with intense drumming, complex time signatures, and vocals filtered through trippy effects. Definite...

    Pillbox | April 23, 2007
  • Paperhouse

    It’s common to hear complaints about Pittsburgh’s “horrible” music scene — remarks about how many venues have been closed down, how many mainstream bands bypass Pittsburgh on national tours, or even how nothing creative comes out of Pittsburgh. These statements are totally untrue, especially the last one. To prove it, here’s a list of local bands that are starting to gain national attention (at le...

    Pillbox | April 2, 2007
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    Aphex Twin, artist alias of Richard D. James, is arguably the most widely known Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) musician; he’s made popular the form of electronic music that incorporates blips and beeps. Despite his notoriety among artists who are stereotyped as being the “dudes wearing hoodies making beats in their mom’s basement,” he gets away with some of the ridiculous demands and actions typica...

    Pillbox | March 26, 2007
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    Sometimes at WRCT we pick up random albums and just take a listen. We were attracted to Kisses and Hugs’s Positive Youth 1994!!! by its amazing and ridiculous yellow cover featuring a black kitten with a horseshoe, a guy in a ski mask, and — most entertainingly — the band members in action; they are obviously nerds. Below is a transcript of our conversation during our first listen through this a...

    Pillbox | February 26, 2007
  • Paperhouse

    Music can tantalize the aural senses, arouse the physical body, and complement the fine art of copulation. So for people who can’t stand Marvin Gaye and are tired of infomercials for Girls Gone Wild in the background while you’re trying to “get your bone on,” here’s a short stack of new choices provided by the DJs of WRCT.

    Pillbox | February 12, 2007