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Explore the New WNRN.org

We’re excited to announce the launch of our brand new website, featuring a design as friendly to you, our listeners, as it is to any of the various laptop, tablet, or mobile devices you choose to visit us on! Thank you for your continued support of WNRN, listener supported independent music radio.

Take a look around the new WNRN.org – we hope to provide a better navigation and content experience for all of users, while still making sure that the newest & most relevant news is still easily available to website visitors. We’ve also updated the design of the website to reflect not only our most recent WNRN Fund Drive artwork, but also a more bold & fun aesthetic that speaks more closely to other design and branding we’ve been doing in print media.

Check out our newest In Studio sessions, visit our current Music Schedule, check out other listener comments, or see some of our featured WNRN-produced videos – all at the new WNRN.org!

And always – thanks for listening and for being a part of the WNRN community!

November 13th, 2015|Miscellaneous|

Why Support WNRN? VIP Member Events…

Having just closed out our Fall Fund Drive, it’s a great time to talk a bit about what being a WNRN member means. One of our most exciting VIP member benefits is the opportunity to participate in Member Only events, like our recent mini-concert with Trampled by Turtles.

In the past few years, we’ve hosted member only events with Jon Russell of The Head and the Heart, Blitzen Trapper, David Wax Museum, and many more. These events are chances for WNRN supporters to hear the music you love, played by the musicians you respect in smaller, more intimate local venues.

The Trampled by Turtles event was a chance for our members to meet the band and hear a few quick songs at a mini-concert at the WNRN studios before the Charlottesville show.

Do you want to have chance to participate in these VIP events? Become a WNRN supporter now!

Become a WNRN Member!
October 14th, 2015|Membership, Miscellaneous|

Avers Visit with WNRN

Richmond-area band Avers visited the NRN staff in Charlottesville recently at Virginia Arts Recordings. A Richmond-based band, The Avers have a large Charlottesville following and have frequently played The Southern and other local venues.

From their website:

Psychedelic pop. Blistering garage rock. Fuzzed-out shoegaze. Free-formed throwback jams. With their amps cranked high and their voices doused in reverb, Avers brew up their own kind of spacey swirl. It’s a sound that keeps one foot in the past and the other in the present, like some kind of 1960s time capsule unearthed by a group of 21st century indie kids.

And it sort of happened by accident.

On a summer night in 2013, two Richmond based musicians got together to talk shop and geek out over psychedelic records. It went well. The next time, they brought along some additional friends. Before long, a proper six-piece had formed, with The Head and the Heart’s Tyler Williams on drums and some of the city’s best frontmen including James Mason (the Mason Brothers), James Lloyd Hodges (Farm Vegas), Alexandra Spalding (Hypercolor), Adrian Olsen (Hypercolor), and Charlie Glenn (the Trillions) swapping their way between bass, guitar and keyboard duties. Everybody sang, adding harmonies and background vocals to the band’s noisy sweep.

In just over a week, ten songs were written. The music was ethereal and expansive, with electric guitar riffs that sprawled skyward into the ether and deep-seated percussion that brought everything crashing back to earth. Avers recorded everything as they went along, setting up shop at Olsen’s own studio, Montrose Recording. Located on an historic Richmond plantation and featuring some of the same vintage equipment used by hometown heroes like Sparklehorse and Brian Harvey, Montrose became the band’s official home base, a place where new sounds could be coaxed out of old instruments.

Tracked live and produced by the bandmates themselves, Empty Light is a tribute to chance encounters and shared goals. It’s the sound of a young band coming together, blending a plurality of influences the epic sweep of Spiritualized, the guitar-fueled freakouts of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the cultish crunch of Brian Jonestown Massacre into something singular. It’s a record that invites you to turn on and tune in… but it won’t let you drop out. Empty Light is too rousing for that.

—Andrew Leahey

Listen to Avers here!

October 13th, 2015|Miscellaneous|

The Dawn Drapes on Commonwealth of Music

Coming up this Friday at 11pm we will air our Commonwealth of Music recorded at Blue Sprocket Sound with The Dawn Drapes. Tune in at www.wnrn.org!

September 25th, 2015|Miscellaneous|

Blitzen Trapper Live at WNRN

Blitzen Pick

Blitzen Trapper will headline Know Good Beer Festival at Brown’s Island on Saturday, 9/19. They stopped by WNRN to play songs from their upcoming album All Across This Land out 10/2.

September 18th, 2015|In-Studios|

The Amazing Raise!

GiveRichmond and WNRN are taking part in The Amazing Raise beginning today through Thursday! The Amazing Raise is Central Virginia’s 36-hour online giving challenge, designed to inspire and expand philanthropy in our region. For every gift you make, you can help your favorite nonprofits win additional incentive prizes ranging from $500 to $15,000. Donate here!


September 16th, 2015|Miscellaneous|

Subculture Shock Playlist: Sunday, September 13

Nine Inch Nails – All The Love In The World

Bunnydrums – Little Room

Nostalghia – Homeostasis

Faith and the Muse – Scars Flown Proud

Skinny Puppy – Warlock

IAMX – Happiness (Gary Numan Remix)

Seeming – Goodnight London

iVardensphere – Aether

Switchblade Symphony – Sweet (Apop Remix)

Ego Likeness – New Legion

Type O Negative – Too Late: Frozen

Aeryck – 1992

Dead Can Dance – Ulysess

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Clan of Xymox – Creatures

VNV Nation – Standing

Mira – Cayman

Cranes – Beautiful Friend

Marilyn Manson – Apple of Sodom

Wumpscut – Thorns

Tool – Parabola

Sisters of Mercy – I Was Wrong

The Changelings – Awakening

Siouxsie Sioux – Love Crime

September 14th, 2015|Miscellaneous|

August Community Advisory Council

The next meeting of WNRN’s Community Advisory Council will take place on Wednesday, August 26th, at 7 P.M., at 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite #2 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

August 25th, 2015|Community Advisory Council|