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Brandon Jolley

Brandon Jolley / Music Director

Playing the music my Ecuadorian mother raised me on to spread the polyrhythmic essence of cumbia, salsa, merengue and more.


Tiny Couch Concerts: Ruth in the Bardo

Ruth in the Bardo joins us from our music library for a three-song set, including two songs from the band's upcoming album, Ars Poetica. 0:33 - blank face3:05 - i saw a ghost on powelton avenue8:29 - dogfoodCheck out the interview our Music Director, Brandon Jolley, did with the band: WUSC 90.5 ...


Interview: Ruth in the Bardo!

Our Music Director, Brandon Jolley, sits down with members of the alternative four-piece band Ruth in the Bardo to discuss the band's history, influences, creative process, the differences between the Columbia and Philadelphia music scene, and living in a music venue. Be on the lookout for the band's ...

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WUSC Music Director's Favorite Albums of 2022

2022 was a rough year for music. Too many fantastic musicians passed- Pharoah Sanders, Angelo Badalamenti, Mimi Parker, Takeoff, Coolio, Vangelis, Meat Loaf, George Crumb, Klaus Schulze, Jaimie Branch, Jeremiah Green, and more. However, their music will always be there. It’s their life after death. ...


They Are Gutting a Body of Water’s lucky styles Review

They Are Gutting a Body of Water return three years to the day to follow up on their cyberpunk and claustrophobic 2019 album Destiny XL. Doug Dulgarian solidifies the band members with the always fantastic drummer Ben Opatut, partner and bassist Emily Lofing, and PJ Carrol on lead guitar. Doug and ...


Album Review: Together by Duster

Early Friday morning, on April Fools, Duster released their fourth official album under the band’s name, Together. They formed officially in 1996, but Clay Parton and Canaan Dove Amber formed their chemistry in the post-hardcore band Mohinder in 1993. They released the seminal 1998 album Stratosphere, ...


My Favorite Albums of 2021

2021 has been a wonderful year for music, and I’m excited to share some of my discoveries that have made me break down weeping, have had me singing at the top of my lungs driving in the car with my eyes closed, have had me rushing to open GarageBand to try and recreate the sounds and spaces that filled ...


Concert Review: Nothing w/ Bambara & Midwife!

New Brookland Tavern had probably its best light show, and noise bands, I’ve seen this year with the Nothing performance on Dec. 9th, as the band winds down their 2021 segment of the tour. In tow were the bands Midwife and Bambara. I unfortunately missed Midwife, who I was looking forward to seeing ...


EP Review: MJ Lenderman - Knockin'

MJ Lenderman is the secret ingredient to many music review websites’ new favorite band, Wednesday, from Asheville, NC. His backing vocals on “Billboard” and “November” made them my favorite songs on their 2020 release, and helped make their latest release, Twin Plagues, one of the best albums ...


Album Review: Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - Haram

Armand Hammer is a hip hop group from New York City composed of two artists: ELUCID and billy woods. They released their first creation as a group, the mixtape Half Measures, back in 2013. Since then, they have recorded six more albums together, winning awards in multiple online music outlets. Earlier ...

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