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Davy Jones Locker in New Brunswick, N.J. hosted a concert featuring four local bands on November 18, 2023. The night started with Sierra Peaks, an alt-rock trio from Central Jersey. Then came Jag One, a hardcore rock and emo band also from Central Jersey. Then came Nematode, a band originally from Philadelphia, PA. The night […]

Known for their hits “The Great Escape” and “Love Drunk,” Boys Like Girls are still kicking it with their new album, SUNDAY AT FOXWOODS. Joining Boys Like Girls for “The Speaking Our Language Tour” are State Champs, The Summer Set, and LOLO. On October 30th, Program Director Lara Ziccardi head to Philadelphia, PA, for the show. LOLO — The Summer Set — State […]

Jack Flowers & The Petal Tones visited our station for the THIRD TIME to perform as a full band for our weekly live performance show, WMSC Unplugged! Listen in to hear some original music, upcoming tunes and a fun cover!

Review by Santi Calle Cifuentes It is difficult to argue against the popularity and impact of Taylor Swift. With multiple Grammy awards, Swift has already had a long career that has cemented her as a household name. Over a decade into her work and now Taylor Swift is arguably in the height of her career: […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]