People talk about “college radio” as if it were this thing that happened once-upon-a-time in the ’80s. The conversation usually has something to do with R.E.M. The University at Albany’s student-operated radio station WCDB is proof that college radio never really went away and that, even in the age of blogs and digital streaming, college radio stations can still be tastemakers and trendbreakers.
WCDB has been at it for 35 years, which is no small feat. And frankly, their programming is probably as good right now as it’s ever been. To celebrate, the station is throwing quite a bash—another thing they do mighty well—with some big names old and new, local and national. Headlining are indie poppers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart (pictured) and Brooklyn’s Oberhofer, two bands that, if you don’t listen to the station you probably don’t know, but if you do, you’re psyched. Locals Barons in the Attic and If Madrid round out the young, while Blotto help pin down the station’s legacy with a special reunion of Dirty Face.
The WCDB anniversary is at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, March 1) at 7 PM. Tickets are $18. Call 432-6572 for more info.