Aural Wes Rises Like a Phoenix From the Ashes
Aural Wes got a facelift.
The new website is cleaner and better organized and sports a beautiful background of trees and natural shrubbery. Although it’s questionable whether this is an accurate representation of the inside of a Wesleyan concert, it looks lovely contrasted with the picture of Danny Brown’s leather jacket currently at the top of the page. So we’ll take it.
For those of you tired of scrolling through Wesleying for some good music and only finding the billionth plea to audition for a thesis film, Aural Wes should already be in your bookmarks list. With the same joys of endless scrolling as Wesleying provides, Aural Wes gets you right to the good concerts and the good music.
Still at the beginning of its life as the re-vamped Aural Wes, the site does not have too much yet. There’s a link that says Aural Wes should have mixes soon, and it’s disappointing that there are none. Luckily, everything else posted so far is entertaining, enlightening, or informative. Take the link to Eric Lopez’s photos of the Danny Brown and Kitty Pryde concert found right on the home page. If some part of Thirsty Thursday obstructed your ability to transport yourself to Eclectic that night, you can relive “the spectacular ‘make-out fest’” with the help of Aural Wes.
But say you want to get a little deeper into music and its glory beyond the mosh pits at Eclectic. Although there’s only three so far, Aural Wes has some great articles on what music at Wes or back home has done for some Wesleyan students. One of these is junior Chelsie Green’s “The Music My Parents Fed Me,” which took me on a trip down memory lane to the Joni Mitchell that used to play on our family car trips (quite the opposite from Chelsie listening to Biggie, but so it goes).
Although it’s great to reminisce about the past concerts of Wesleyan, the most important part of the music scene here is its innovation and the power of the students. The creative crew behind Aural Wes made sure to remind the Powers That Be of this important factor in the Wesleyan music scene in the “For Agents” tab. No need for the man, man. Just talk directly to people who care about listening to music as much as artists care about playing it.
Aural Wes has idiot-proof directions for all the procedures necessary to make sure Wes continues to have the concerts that we want in plentiful amounts. Want to book a show on campus? Here are the step-by-step instructions. Suddenly, getting the band you just heard on your Pandora station doesn’t seem like such an unattainable task.
Although I’m still waiting to see if the trees in the background will change with the seasons (perhaps orange leaves falling will compliment the pictures from last weekend’s Top 40 concert?), Aural Wes has certainly stepped up the accessibility of the music scene for all students at Wes. Happy concert-going!