Morgantown Sound: Mark Bates

Every Monday night, the best of West Virginia’s music scene can be found on U92-FM’s Morgantown Sound. This live music show is broadcast straight from the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theater, and it’s completely produced by West Virginia University students. Listeners can hear the show at either 91.7-FM or online at u92.wvu.edu.

Mark Bates

Mark Bates

WRITTEN BY Alec Berry

Mark Bates performs songs with an atmospheric edge. He’s concerned with leaving a haunting sensation as much as he is telling a story. As a singer/songwriter, that’s admirable. Such an approach dodges the usual dependencies on acoustic ballads and lyrical confessions, freeing an artist of the songwriter pigeonhole. Yet, he doesn’t entirely avoid these constraints. Instead, he explores emotionally-charged content through subtle means and shifting moods creating an involved listening experience.

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Bates originally stems from Hurricane. His second record Night Songs was self-released in June 2012 to a series of positive reviews from a mixed source of publications. Music News Nashville says Bates “lures listeners in like moths to a flame” with “the poet’s heart of Bob Dylan, the bohemian flair of Tom Waits and memorable melodies reminiscent of The Band.”

He dropped out of Marshall University after a semester and moved to Nashville to chase the usual dreams aspiring musicians have. It didn’t exactly work out for him, and after a brief stint in the police academy, Bates trekked to California to live with a friend and try his best in the entertainment business. So far, so good. He’s written songs for a few low-budget films and continues to produce his own work.

Bates will bring his singer/songwriter spin to the Gluck Theatre tonight.

Morgantown Sound airs at 8 p.m. on U92-FM, and anyone is welcome to watch in the Gluck Theatre.

For more information, visit Mark Bates website.

For more on Morgantown Sound, check out the show’s blog.

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U92 to host Non-American Marathon

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Written by Emily Meadows

U92 FM will host the annual 33-hour Non-American Music Marathon, beginning tomorrow at noon.

Each hour will be dedicated to a different artist originating outside of the United States, accenting some of the most prolific and influential bands in alternative today. The Cure, Joy Division, The Smiths and David Bowie are scheduled features, and newer acts, such as M83 and Grimes, will be showcased as well.

DJ’s formulate their own playlists, highlighting the hits, deep cuts and rarities from their respective artists that can’t be heard frequently on the airwaves.

The marathon will kick off with an hour from the Scottish outfit, The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Tune into 91.7 FM Morgantown or stream live beginning Feb. 6 at noon.

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Hello, there! We’re Madii and Sara, students at West Virginia University and the new fashion bloggers for The DailyAE!

We’re here to bring you news, street style, trends, and other fashion related topics happening not only in the industry, but right here in Morgantown. We’re excited to be able to bring attention and a little zest to the local fashion community by involving and uniting all our readers with what we’re passionate about.

We’ll be posting Monday and Friday of every week with the following:
-Trends
-Fashion and Style Related News
-Style Tips
-Upcoming Events
-DIYs
-Fashion/Style Inspiration
-Ensemble Boards
-Street Style
– and More!

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for our first official post this Monday, 2/11.

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Local tattoo studio hosts Sailor Jerry Day

Sailor Jerry Day at Wild Zero Studios / 1.26.2013 / Photo by Emily Smith

Sailor Jerry Day at Wild Zero Studios / 1.26.2013 / Photo by Emily Smith

WRITTEN/PHOTOS BY Emily Smith

It wasn’t long after the snow began to fall last Saturday morning that a line began forming outside the front door of Wild Zero Tattoo Studio on Pleasant Street.

The patrons, bundled from head to toe with coffee cups in hand, were waiting to attend the 5th annual Sailor Jerry Day at Wild Zero.

Sailor Jerry Day commemorates iconic tattoo legend Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, with the appeal of the event being “old school tattoos at old school prices.” Tattoo enthusiasts in the Morgantown area look forward to the event every year.

Eric Carlson, owner and tattoo artist at Wild Zero, opened the shop in 2006 and held their first Sailor Jerry Day in 2009. Carlson said that each year has been even more successful than the last, with this year being their busiest yet.

“Sailor Jerry Day is a great opportunity to have a large group of our customers interact and have a good time while getting tattoos in a festive environment,” said Carlson.

Sailor Jerry Day at Wild Zero Studios / 1.26.2013 / Photo by Emily Smith

Sailor Jerry Day at Wild Zero Studios / 1.26.2013 / Photo by Emily Smith

Six tattoo artists worked at Wild Zero’s Sailor Jerry Day this year. Carlson and two other Wild Zero artists, Chris Triantifilou and Chris Rhodes, participated alongside guest artists, Nick Quinn from Black Eagle Tattoo in Charleston, W.Va., Landon Lewis and Ryan Spahr from Black Thorn Gallery in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Carlson plans to continue the annual event.

Wild Zero Studios is located at 229 Pleasant St. Morgantown.

For more information, hours and more you can visit their website.

Check out the gallery from Sailor Jerry Day:

My Bloody Valentine releases ‘m b v’

WRITTEN BY Emily Meadows

MBV_bwSHOEGAZE FANATICS REJOICE: The two-decade anticipation is finally over. My Bloody Valentine released the long-awaited follow up to 1991’s Loveless late Saturday night, proving their melodic reverb still has a pulse.

Fans of the iconic Irish four-piece flooded the Internet after an announcement was posted to the band’s official Facebook page stating, “We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as its up.”

The eventual launch of the new album, m b v, crashed mybloodyvalentine.org almost immediately, leaving anxious fans battling with server errors and queued, or impossible, downloads early Sunday Morning.

Since guitarist/vocalist Kevin Shields revealed plans of a new album in a November interview with NME, the anticipation of the outfit’s first release since the 1991 critically acclaimed success had only grown.

After a near 21-year hiatus, Shields assured fans that they would not be disappointed.

Needless to say, it was well worth the wait. Picking up as close as possible to where they left off, the quartet produced an album that aligns impeccably with its predecessor. An unarguably nostalgic early 90s reincarnation, m b v remains as bass driven and dreamy as ever.

It’s hard to believe this is only the third release from the monumentally influential alternative band, but the impressive catalog and innovative quality of nearly every track from the shoegaze pioneers continues to speak volumes.

My Bloody Valentine will be headed to the UK in March after a six-gig tour in Japan and Australia.

m b v is currently available exclusively through their website, in three formats:

180-gram vinyl, CD and digital download.

The full package includes all three formats, and choice of digital download quality:

– 16bit 44.1 K WAV
– 320kbps MP3
– 24bit 96 K WAV

You can stream the entire album now on their respective YouTube site.

Listen to ‘She Found Now’ and other tracks from the new album:

Underground Sound / 1.31.13

Underground Sound is a weekly series reviewing the latest releases in alternative and indie music. Every Thursday, we will discuss some of the best new albums in college rock, punk, indie-pop, hip-hop and everything in-between that falls outside of the mainstream music realm. Here are this week’s features:

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Black Action Cop at Tunez and Cue

PHOTOS BY Cori Lucotch

Local ska outfit Black Action Cop performed alongside rising New York based ska-funk fusion band, Non Stop to Cairo, for a packed out show at Morgantown’s recently revamped Tunez and Cue on Saturday night.

Check out this gallery from Black Action Cop’s colorful and dance driven performance:

To stay up to date with events happening at Tunez & Cue, follow them on Twitter (@TunezAndCue)

For more on Black Action Cop, visit their Facebook page here or on Reverb Nation.

Listen to Black Action Cop play “Modern Incomplete” live at Mr. Small’s in Pittsburgh, P.A.