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DJ Spotlight -- Flagship JP DeGross aka LiveFire

DJ Spotlight — Flagship JP DeGross aka LiveFire

As our only live-mixing Flagship DJ, JP has offered a whole new perspective to our station. His show, “The Electronic Hour,” showcases his sick DJing skills as he creates in-studio, exclusively for CisternYard Radio. We sat down with him for a few questions about himself and his thoughts on being a DJ. Say your name, where...
The Revivalists and Stop Light Observations at the Music Farm -- A Show Review

The Revivalists and Stop Light Observations at the Music Farm — A Show Review

Not many people can say that they’ve danced next to Santa Claus and a minion to the magical sounds picked on a pedal steel guitar…but I can. Amongst other humans disguised as creatures and animals disguised as humans, Halloween night at the Music Farm echoed in its walls a type of show that still resonates...
All Get Out, Microwaves, Gates, and Tigerdog at the Music Farm -- A Show Review

All Get Out, Microwaves, Gates, and Tigerdog at the Music Farm — A Show Review

Having only heard about Charleston-grown band All Get Out very recently, I knew it would be an interesting experience when I entered the venue. The show had a pretty slow start with Charlotte-formed band, Tigerdog, but throughout each act’s set the intensity amplified reaching a head when headliner All Get Out shredded. What seemed to...
Deafheaven at The Throne Theater, Wilmington, NC -- A Show Review

Deafheaven at The Throne Theater, Wilmington, NC — A Show Review

Deafheaven is perhaps the most controversial band in modern American black metal. Traditionalists hate their deviation from the standard formula for a “classic” black metal album, while their fans admire their ability to combine elements of shoegaze and post-rock with a standard vocal delivery and lyrics from a black metal outfit. This can be more...
DJ Spotlight: Jonathan Gerstl and Jonathan Brakefield of "Jonathan Live!"

DJ Spotlight: Jonathan Gerstl and Jonathan Brakefield of “Jonathan Live!”

Different than any other radio show at CYR this year, “Jonathan Live!” has created a loyal following by simply supporting the scene. A joint effort between Jonathan Gerstl and Jonathan Brakefield (hence their show name), CYR’s current Flagship DJs sat down with us for a few questions about their lives as DJs, and each other....
Angel Olsen at the Grey Eagle -- A Show Review

Angel Olsen at the Grey Eagle — A Show Review

Angel Olsen. What comes to my mind when I think about Angel Olsen? True iridescence, every emotion I’ve ever felt all at once, a whirlwind of experiences I want to enjoy over and over again as well as forget about entirely. Olsen is by far the one honest voice I’ve been able to depend upon...
22 A Million by Bon Iver -- An Album Review

22 A Million by Bon Iver — An Album Review

22, A Million may at first seem to be a major departure from earlier Bon Iver albums. When heard in the context of For Emma’s bare singer-songwriter and Bon Iver, Bon Iver’s lush orchestral rock, 22, A Million’s rumbling synths and vocoded lyrics seem somewhat contradictory to Bon Iver’s style. What frontman and composer Justin...
BYOG at the Charleston Pour House -- A Show Review

BYOG at the Charleston Pour House — A Show Review

I had more questions than answers going in. I had no idea what BYOG stood for (Bring Your Own Girls? Grass? Gangrene?), and I had zero clue what to expect from the Nocturnal Kernalz. After arriving and getting marked up for being underage, I discovered via the merch table that I was about to see...
Away by Okkervil River -- An Album Review

Away by Okkervil River — An Album Review

Despite endless lineup changes and a number of ups and downs throughout his nearly twenty years as Okkervil River’s frontman, Will Sheff has always stayed true to the surreal, yet personal lyricism and folk oriented arrangements that have become the staple of the Okkervil sound. And in that regard, the eighth Okkervil River album Away...
Women and Dylan at the Charleston Music Hall -- A Show Review

Women and Dylan at the Charleston Music Hall — A Show Review

Since he first started recording music, Bob Dylan has grown to become one of the most influential musical artists of all time. His lyrical mastery and intensely diverse backlog has hoisted him to become one of the most treasured American singers and writers of all eras. Either directly or indirectly (through the hundreds of artists...
Waka Flocka Flame at the Music Farm -- A Show Review

Waka Flocka Flame at the Music Farm — A Show Review

On Thursday, Ben G and some opening acts brought down the house in an intoxicating performance by Waka Flocka Flame. First, DJ Whoo Kid livened up the crowd with his funky mashups starting with “Closer” by the Chainsmokers. Not only were the fans eager to watch Waka perform but he kept teasing the crowd when...
The James Brown Band at the Charleston Music Hall -- A Show Review

The James Brown Band at the Charleston Music Hall — A Show Review

The idea of seeing the James Brown Band without James Brown—who passed away a decade ago—seemed admittedly somehow strange. Wasn’t James Brown the crucial piece of the outfit? Short of 2012 Coachella Tupac hologram-style shenanigans, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As it turns out, the James Brown Band, which is decidedly not a mere...