Salmon Creek Journal Launch Party!

Salmon Creek Journal Launch Party!

Want food, fun, and a copy of their literary arts journal before all your friends? Come to the Salmon Creek Journal’s launch party tomorrow April 8th from 2:00-4:30 P.M. in the Firstenburg Student Commons!

First Amendment Free Food Festival

First Amendment Free Food Festival

Concerned about your First Amendment rights? Check out the First Amendment Free Food Festival on March 27th from 11 – 1 PM in the Firstenburg Student Commons for more information!

KOUG interviews the 2014-15 presidential candidates!

KOUG interviews the 2014-15 presidential candidates!

KOUG was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview the candidate tickets for the 2014-15 ASWSUV elections! Check out their stances on issues facing the student population!

Our first interview was with Alex Feytser and Brandon Cha. You can find the interview here and their Facebook campaign profile here.

Our second interview  was with Carly Lowder and Ashlyn Salzman. You can find their interview here and Facebook campaign profile here.

Last, but certainly not least, our third interview was with David Choi and Peter Collier. Check out their interview here and Facebook campaign profile here.

Happy elections students!!!

KOUG sits down for an interview with Ian and the Crushers!

KOUG sits down for an interview with Ian and the Crushers!

KOUG had the pleasure of interviewing Ian and the Crushers on Tuesday, January 14th! Our programming director Rebecca Hilberg conducted the interview and found out about their origins and future plans which can be found here!

Kenny joins the crew at 13:20!

Find out more about Ian and the Crushers at Reverb Nation and their personal website!

P.S. The recording is a little quiet — be sure to turn up the volume!

Happy Holidays from KOUG Radio!

Happy Holidays from KOUG Radio!

Happy holidays from all of us at KOUG Radio! Enjoy your break, and be sure to tune in to for some holiday cheer! We’ll see you back on January 13th!

The Sindicate sits down for an interview with KOUG!

The Sindicate sits down for an interview with KOUG!

KOUG had the pleasure of interviewing The Sindicate on Thursday, July 11th. Our DJ Chris Forhan conducted the interview which can be found here!

If you’re interested in learning more about The Sindicate (and listening to their FANTASTIC music!), check out:

http://www.sindicateband.com

and

http://www.youtube.com/user/thesindicateutube

Enjoy!

Enjoy your summer!

Enjoy your summer!

Remember, KOUG is always looking for DJs, even in the summer. Contact manager@kougradio.com if you are interested in being a DJ.

No longer behind the green dumpster

No longer behind the green dumpster

Hey KOUG fans, the wait is over. We’re broadcasting from the Undergraduate building, room 102G. We’re building a great lineup of DJs for this semester, so please stop by if you’re interested!

KOUG is moving from Physical Plant to the Undergraduate building

KOUG is moving from Physical Plant to the Undergraduate building

No longer will you have to go behind the big green dumpster to find your favorite college radio station. We’re transitioning to our new broadcasting location inside of the Undergraduate building in room 102G (inside the Math Lab). If we’re off air over the weekend, don’t worry, we’ll be back very soon. We’re just getting set up in our new home.

Throwback Suburbia – Shot Glass Souvenir

Throwback Suburbia – Shot Glass Souvenir

By George Lewis

I met Jimi Evans, lead vocalist of Throwback Suburbia, about 10 years ago.  He was fronting The Red Sector, a Portland area quartet whose sound was something approximating a futuristic, synth-infused alternative rock.  What caught my attention at the time, aside from the black vinyl pants and eye makeup, was how the band’s tunes were simultaneously edgy and remarkably catchy.  Much of the credit for this deft combination is probably attributable to the slick production and infectious riffs courtesy of guitarist Kevin Hahn.  And yet, what sets The Red Sector apart from the hundreds of local bands I’ve seen over the years is undoubtedly the uniqueness of Evans’ voice.  It has that all-too-rare commodity in rock and roll:  a distinctiveness that leaves a lasting impression.  The fact that he’s an incredibly nice, down to earth guy doesn’t hurt his cause either.

10 years on, the vinyl pants have long been traded in for smart suits.  Shot Glass Souvenir, Throwback Suburbia’s third album (and admittedly the first that I’ve heard), is a confident, unapologetic pop record.  The opening track (one of my favorites on the album), “Give and Take”, kicks off with a “Byrds” inspired guitar part that threw me into an instant time warp.  From the start, the band demonstrate mastery in navigating the finer details of a classic pop song’s structure and texture, indeed feeling like a “throwback”.  In doing so, their obvious passion and studio precision keeps them safe from falling into the trap of coming off as a rehashed “retro” group.  In fact, for all its homage to bygone decades of popular music, Shot Glass Souvenir feels remarkably fresh in its approach and delivery.

This album is full of pop gems.  Another of my favorite tracks, “Sinking Feeling”, stands out with its loose, open feel.  As the track kicks off with some brilliantly simple quarter notes on what sounds like an over-compressed bass, one hears drummer Mike Collins, whose flawless, tasteful performances are a highlight of the record, really open the tune up.  Evans’ vocals soar through the second chorus, and then, with a clever twist, the band spins us around again, trailing off into a bridge reminiscent of “The Police”.

It’s probably evident by now that I’m impressed with this album.  The only weaknesses I hear are really side effects of strengths.  When you’ve got 5 talented musicians all contributing and collaborating, which seems to be the case with Throwback Suburbia, sometimes it’s difficult to know when to let off the gas pedal.  With that said, there is some occasional overplaying, resulting in a sonically crowded field at times, and a bit more high-pitched organ than I’m keen to indulge over 40 minutes.   Luckily, the band seems to have an awareness of this.  “Side Effects”, a surprisingly stark, piano driven, 50s-style ballad makes for a beautifully effortless sounding tune near the record’s end.   What one also hears in this song is some experimentation with lo-fi sensibilities, which this reviewer hopes the band will continue to explore across future endeavors.

Band:  Throwback Suburbia
Album:  Shot Glass Souvenir
Website:  http://throwbacksuburbia.com