• WXTJ Writes! by Grace Guinan: “An Obsessive Search for Song Lyrics Referencing Other Songs”

    There are many ways to categorize music (verified by Reddit’s r/weirdspotifyplaylists) and recently I have become obsessed with a specific categorization: songs that reference other songs.  Music is always referencing other music, with samples being obvious examples.  But, more abstractly, all artists create music that is influenced by their predecessors.  Sometimes the lines can blur, […]

  • WXTJ Writes! by Libby Eveland: “A Review of Roman Candle by Elliot Smith”

    It’s hard to critique an Elliott Smith album. What does one even say? Any critique would be a knock against Smith’s artistry. Each album Smith has made has been a testament to the events circling his life, and his debut album, Roman Candle, is no different. With limited access to instruments and recording equipment, Smith […]

  • WXTJ Writes! by David Christle: “A Shot in the Dark: Exploring the CDs of WXTJ”

    In a world where Spotify algorithms and corporate-owned stations shape our music tastes, college radio remains an outpost for the underground. Around the country, the freedoms of university and listener funding combine with the unconventional, and perhaps only slightly pretentious, tastes of music-obsessed college students to create a space where even the most obscure artist […]

  • WXTJ Writes! by Grace Duregger: “Meeting Mazie”

    This past summer I had the privilege of talking to mazie — a 22-year-old singer-songwriter who is taking the music world, and maybe even the political one at that, by storm. While she is legally known as Grace Christian, her stage name ‘mazie’ takes inspiration from her great grandmother’s name (which I think is equally […]

  • WXTJ Writes by Alice Cormier: “Childhood Magic & Fleetwood Mac”

    [DJ: You used to think you were a witch?] “Yes.”  – Stevie Nicks, WEGQ FM Eagle 93.7 , May 21, 1998 When I was a kid, my best friend and I played with fairies. I collected leaves, bugs and rocks, making potions and spells with handfuls of earth. One night, I hid from my cat […]

  • WXTJ Writes! by Summer DeLellis-Sturgis: “Duster Relaunched”

    After narrowly avoiding oblivion, the forgotten band Duster has returned to the essential indie rock playlist. The obscurity that characterized the band since its 1998 debut album Stratosphere can be attributed to their scarce public presence and despondent sound, and after the release of 2000’s Contemporary Movement, Duster seemingly drifted into nothingness. Through digital dialogue […]

  • WXTJ Writes! by Caroline Young: “Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree””

    Just before the Thanksgiving break, my friend Chloe and I tried to host a Thanksgiving themed WXTJ show, and as we searched for suitable content, I noticed quickly that there are very few explicitly “Thanksgiving” themed songs. The holiday doesn’t even compare to Halloween and its classics like “The Monster Mash” or “Werewolves of London,” […]