Warm up with WONC’s December currents


Temperatures may be dropping, but WONC FM 89.1 has all the hottest new music. With six new currents, the holiday season is bound to heat up.

“Get By” by Real Friends
Following 2016’s “The Home Inside My Head,” Real Friends have finally released a new single. “Get By” sticks to the band’s tried-and-true pop punk roots, featuring a high-energy vocal performance and upbeat yet biting lyrics (“you’ll get by, while I’ll get better”). Though there is no word on an upcoming album, you can catch them playing hometown holiday shows December 29 and 30 at Metro.

“Vinyl” by Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers
Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, fronted by the Grammy-nominated saxophonist and vocalist, formed in 2015 with Randy Jacobs. The rock-and-blues group’s first studio album “The EastWest Sessions” was recorded over just five days and debuted at number three on Billboard. “Vinyl,” the album’s leading track, showcases Abair’s soulful, sultry vocals and equally impressive saxophone skills.

“Freeze Me” by Death From Above
Canadian rock duo Death From Above released their third album “Outrage! Is Now” in September. The lead single, “Freeze Me,” continues to stand out as a lively, piano-heavy dance-pop track. Following an 11-year breakup and a name change (dropping the suffix ‘1979’), the band has begun working together creatively to produce cohesive, mature music without losing the edge that brought them to popularity in the early 2000s.

“Garden” by Baseline
Featured on Local Chaos, Baseline’s latest single “Garden” includes all the pop punk essentials: backward baseball caps, head-banging and, most importantly, a melodic song about getting over someone. The music video shows the Arizona-based band and co. doing karaoke to the track, ending with them performing to a crowd intertwined with picture frames covered in red x’s and flowers (“he gave you a rose but I’d plant you a garden”).

“The Criminals” by Anti-Flag
Since their formation in 1988, punk rockers Anti-Flag have been outspoken about their social and political beliefs. “The Criminals,” from their latest album “American Fall,” criticizes societal norms (“day after day it is all crash and burn / a nation hijacked by the criminals”). Amidst today’s ever-challenging political atmosphere, Anti-Flag’s hardcore music encourages fans to take a stand against regression.

“Rock Santa Rock” by Gary Twinn
Love it or hate it, the holiday season is in full swing: WONC will now be taking requests for Christmas songs. Gary Twinn’s 2006  track “Rock Santa Rock” is unlike many popular seasonal songs – it is a rock-a-billy take on yuletide cheer. This song will be in rotation all month to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Tune in to your home for pure rock to hear this month’s new music.


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