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“It’s the most vulnerable, unfinished, honest, thing I’ve released so far.” – Cecily Review by Rena Hailey Cecily’s sophomore album Love Letters released November 24, 2023. This collection of songs is soft, quiet, and beautiful like a love letter should be – But it is also honest and brutal like love is. The indie-feeling EP […]

By Rashmika Vinakota October 23, 2023 marked day four of the Montclair Film Festival at The Clairidge in downtown Montclair. The festival showcased a number of independent films such as “Breaking the News,” directed by Heather Courtney, Princess A. Hairston, and Chelsea Hernandez, and “Evil Does Not Exist,” a foreign language feature film directed by […]

Photos and Review by GS Alvarez When Apashe announced his Antagonist Tour (previously called the Brass Orchestra Tour when tickets initially went on sale), having been an avid fan of electronic music but having also never gone to an electronic show, I knew I had to make this my first. When the name and openers […]

Review and Photos By Lee Ramrattan On November 10, 2023, I had the opportunity to see the Midwest emo band The Front Bottoms in Terminal 5 in Manhattan. You may know them from songs such as “Twin Sized Mattress” and “Be Nice to Me,” which were both pretty popular on TikTok. I’ve been a casual listener of them […]

Review by Allen Macaraeg Released to Spotify on November 17, 2023, Kurt Vile’s newest album feels like the part of a movie soundtrack when everything’s peaceful and resolved. A guitar plays in the background, people are jamming, and Vile is just telling stories. It feels like true solace, when you can let go of your worries and focus on […]

Welcome to WMSC Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. In this installment, our music team contributes to Montclair State University’s Fall 2023 FOCUS project of FOCUS: Food. Read below to see what foodie favorites our members have to recommend!   “Black Licorice” — Peach Pit* Review by Daniel Ortiz a.k.a. […]

Photos Lara Ziccardi After The Burial — Alpha Wolf — Knocked Loose —   Motionless In White —

New Jersey’s own AidanJackFinnecy performed original songs for an episode of WMSC Unplugged!

Review By Grace Velazquez  Martina Stoessal, popularly known as Tini, is an Argentine pop singer and actress taking her final three tour shows in the United States. The world knows her as Tini, however, I met her as Violetta from the hit Disney Channel show, Violetta. From having posters on my wall from the show […]

Review by Ava DiStaso On October 18th I went to the Starland Ballroom to see Violent Femmes, a folk punk band known for their hit “Blister In the Sun,” as they performed for the 40th anniversary of their self-titled album. Their opening act was a group from New Orleans entitled Quintron and Miss Pussycat. I had never heard […]

Coin Toss host X Adetula interviews Craig Carton!

Montclair’s own CALYX! visited our station for an episode of WMSC Unplugged!     

Music team contributor Yazmin Yilmaz interviews Montclair State University alumni Allison Strong!      

Welcome to WMSC Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. In this installment, we celebrate spooky season with our second annual Halloween Picks! Read below to see what holiday favorites our members have to recommend!   “You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween” — Muse  Review by GS Alvarez An almost-instant […]

Three Dollars visited our station for an episode of WMSC Unplugged!  

Frontman of Twisted Sister Dee Snider sat down with out station manager Jared Tauber at New York Comic Con 2023! Alternative-rock band Halestorm spoke with Program Director Lara Ziccardi at New York Comic Con 2023!  

Mia Watson interviews local band Her Dark Heaven on their music inspirations, upcoming live shows and more!

Possum in my Room performed in our studio for an episode of WMSC Unplugged!

Review by Aidan Smith Unfortunately, Citizen never really clicked with me until I caught them live, touring for their 2021 release Life In Your Glass World. Mat Kerekes came across to me frankly as a run of the mill “defend pop-punk” era songwriter with nothing differentiating Citizen from the slew of other early 2010s emo and pop-punk acts that […]

Review Amber Bintliff After a few weeks of cryptic chartreuse-colored social media posts, Waterparks have made their return with new single “SNEAKING OUT OF HEAVEN.” The new song comes just nearly six months after the release of their fifth studio album INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. Waterparks have been known for boldly departing from the traditional pop-punk sound and consistently embracing new […]

Montclair State’s own Nick Najarian performed at the Student Center Info Desk for WMSC’s first ever Info Desk Concert in honor of World College Radio Day 2023! Listen in to hear host and music librarian Gwen Streitman introduce Najarian’s epic jams, with special guest, station manager Jared Tauber!

New Jersey’s own Quiz Show and Jon Caspi and The First Gun stopped by our station for an epic episode of WMSC Unplugged!

90.3 WMSC-FM celebrates World College Radio Day with a three and a half hour special of WMSC Unplugged, our weekly live music performance show! This year, we showcased performances from local bands and artists, See Plus, Hot Dress, and Wizard Brain, as well as Montclair’s own Nick Najarian, Will Barnes and Jack Powers! See below for […]

Photos by Lara Ziccardi  The Sound of Letting Go tour is an eight-week-long tour across the country featuring artists Lauran Hibberd, Grayscale, Gym Class Heros, and All Time Low. WMSC’s Program Director, Lara Ziccardi, headed to Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Lauran Hibberd — Grayscale — Gym Class Heroes — All Time Low —

Review by GS Alvarez Two years after his last release, 2021’s UNIQUE, Vocaloid producer Utsu-P is back with a new double-album, celebrating fifteen years since his 2008 debut. The established J-Metal artist pulls no punches with his September 13, 2023 release HAPPYPILLS, and each of the twenty-one tracks highlights new vocalists, genre fusions, or re-workings […]

90.3 WMSC-FM celebrated Montclair State University’s 2023 Homecoming with our WMSC Unplugged Homecoming Spectacular, featuring local bands The Neverends, Public Disturbances and The New You! The Neverends — Public Disturbances — The New You —    

Station Manager Jared Tauber interviews producer and musician Mike Viola on his work!

Review by Avery Caico Math rock is, for lack of a better word, a wild genre, and drummer Zach Hill and guitarist Spencer Seim’s duo-band Hella is by no means an exception. The band rose from the ashes of math-rock pioneer band Don Caballero, bringing a wildly energetic new take on the already avant-garde sound […]

Review & Photos by Rob Ferguson The chance to see indie-rock superstars Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service share the stage only comes around once in a lifetime. Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the bands’ 2003 albums, Transatlanticism and Give Up respectively, the two groups are touring the U.S and playing both albums […]

Photos & Review by Rob Ferguson After eight years since his last release as Youth Lagoon, it was unclear if Idaho-based musician Trevor Powers would ever record again under the moniker. His later projects had a different energy – instead of the indie, bedroom-produced sound of The Year of Hibernation (2011) and  experimental charm of […]