Within the quiet and picturesque Shenandoah Valley lies one of punk’s hidden gems. Harrisonburg, Virginia’s MACRoCK Festival started in 1996 to showcase the best in independent rock and spread the gospel of DIY culture. Although it was originally a project of WXJM, James Madison University’s radio station, the festival is now organized by a handful of dedicated volunteers. Supported by the power of DIY ethics and local businesses, Macrock is an independent, non-profit event that has brought the likes of Best Coast, Fugazi, War on Drugs, Darkest Hour, The Dismemberment Plan and so many more to the quiet town of Harrisonburg for the past 17 years. 2014’s fest left little to be desired: friendly staff and outstanding venues resulted in a weekend of the best kind of controlled chaos. Continue reading “Review: The 17th Annual MACRoCK Festival”
Every semester, WRGW is growing and transforming to suit new goals. Every year, we book more interviews, in-studio performances and ticket giveaways. 2013 saw visits from the Blank Tapes, Pickwick and DC locals The Petticoat Tearoom; trips to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, CMJ and Mad Decent Block party; dancing at U St Music Hall for Le1f and Kate Nash at the 9:30 Club and features on GWU artists like Typhoon and Soundtrack to Sleep. Not to mention, we conducted interviews with DC locals GEMS, Jimmy Shaw of Metric, Baz of The Fratellis and country legend Jim Ed Brown. And that’s just bits and pieces.
For the 2013-2014 year, we wanted to connect more with the DC community and expand outside of our station basement (beautiful as it may be). One of the steps we’re taking is to support the DIY scene here in The District. For college students, venues like The Dunes, Comet Ping-Pong and local house shows offer us the opportunity to keep up with the best in new music– on a budget. So, keep an eye out for those features. And of course, we will continue to do ticket giveaways, DJ campus events and host our open mic nights at Baked and Wired in Georgetown.