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Eddie writesTop Five Reasons You Should Attend CHIRP’s Road to 107.1FM Party at Lagunitas This Monday

by Eddie Sayago

There are many reasons to avoid Mondays. It’s the beginning of the work week. It is cold, now that autumn has arrived. And sometimes, the weekend was so hectic there is no smooth transition into whatever you've got going on Mondays.

So going out on Monday evening is probably a bad idea. Except it isn’t. This Monday shindig with your friends at CHIRP is just want you need. At this event, we have...

1. Local Beer

Lagunitas has been a welcome addition to the Chicago craft beer scene since they opened their brewery in the West Side in 2014. For this occasion, Lagunitas drafts will be $5 each. If you plan accordingly, maybe it is possible to try some of their lesser known beers, like the Aunt Sally or the Born Yesterday pale ale. Plus, if Monday is a day free from work or other professional commitments, they have a tasting tour at 1pm and 3pm.

2. Top Notch Pizza and Snacks

The animated (in name only) character Daria once said that there is "no moment in life that can’t be improved with pizza.” Included in your ticket (available here) is some fine pizza and appetizers from Bacci’s, the same folks who bring you the jumbo slices with a free pop. As a native South Sider who was within walking distance from a Bacci’s, there were fewer joys than grabbing a jumbo slice with a free pop for only a few bucks.

3. Local Music

CHIRP Radio prides itself by playing local bands, and what better way to celebrate that than by having one of those bands perform live. In between rounds of Little Sumpin and trying not to stain your tie with pizza, Impulsive Hearts will perform some surf pop jams, which may just allow attendees to perform that summer is over and it will still be a cold, dark Monday outside.

4. Defeat the “Case of the Mondays"

Monday gets a bad rap. It’s the beginning of the work or school week. If you’re lucky, this day follows two wonderful days off from the workplace or class. Instead of going home to watch whatever the networks are calling “fall’s best new (insert genre)” or election coverage, why not spend the evening with CHIRP, and give yourself a pat on the back for...

5. Support Local Media

CHIRP just raised over $23,000 in the latest pledge drive, a new record. Maybe you donated, in which case, thank you. If you didn’t, this would be a great way to financially support us. All the net proceeds benefit the station, and every dollar counts. Your ticket, which is only $10, could help pay for streaming fees, rent, printing out posters or flyers for future events, and allowing us to continue to provide high quality programming to thousands of people in our community.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

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SKaiser writes@CHIRPRADIO (Week of September 26)


Join us for the road to 107.1FM at Lagunitas Taproom (2607 W. 17th St) on Monday, October 3rd for a cool after-work event featuring great beer, tasty pizza and appetizers, and music from one of our favorite local bands, Impulsive Hearts. $10 cover * $5 Lagunitas pours * Complimentary food from Bacci. 100% of net proceeds will benefit our broadcast build project. More details here. Buy your tickets today. We hope to see you there!



1. Frank Ocean – Blonde (self-released)

2. Wilco – Schmilco (dBpm)

3. Kishi Bashi – Sonderlust (Joyful Noise)

For a full listing of the CHIRP charts, click here.

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CHIRP DJ writesCHIRP Factory Session - Horse Lords

Baltimore's Horse Lords joined us in our factory studio building to record this exclusive live session. The band is made up of Owen Gardner on guitar, Max Eilbacher on bass & electronics, Andrew Bernstein on saxophone & percussion, and Sam Haberman on drums. This session was recorded on location at the CHIRP Radio studio building by Mike Lust of Manor Mobile Recording. Video of the full session was captured & edited by Big Foot Media.

1. Truthers (0:18)
2. Intervention (7:05)
3. Bending the Lash (11:54)

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CHIRP DJ writesCHIRP Welcomes Tobacco to Lincoln Hall on Friday Sept. 30

by Andrew Meriwether

Pittsburgh’s own Tobacco brings his trippy, twisted electronic creations to Lincoln Hall this coming Friday, September 30th.

Tobacco (aka Tom Fec) is currently touring after his latest release, Sweatbox Dynasty. The album is clearly a continuation, but also a refreshing evolution, of Tobacco’s previous heavily modulated synths and vocoded vocals.  Fec began his career as the frontman for the much-acclaimed Black Moth Super Rainbow, which has been consistently releasing albums since 2003. BMSR’s 2007 release Dandelion Gum received praise from critics, and it is around this time that Fec began work on his solo project, Tobacco, with his release of Fucked Up Friends in 2008. While having following of his own, Tobacco found some mainstream popularity after “Stretch Your Face” from 2010’s Manic Meat was used as the theme song for HBO’s Silicon Valley.

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Clarence Ewing - The Million Year Trip writesTop Five Underrated Musicians from Extremely Successful Rock Bands

This one goes out to those who appreciate the work of the New York Yankees, Microsoft, and Mcdonald's. Who cheer on the scrappy go-getters like Sony Music and and cheer on Mark Zuckerberg when his bank account swells up another $10 million.

OK, not really. But yeah, kinda. History, after all, is written by the winners, and there are times when winners must get their due. Especially when the whole overshadows the individual parts. This is very much true in the music world, where the brilliant work of individual musicians can get overlooked from time to time for any number of reasons.

Is it possible for someone who’s part of a group that’s sold millions of records and made untold sums of money to be considered “underrated?” I say, in certain aspects, yes. I believe there are some groups that have achieved certified legend status that have members who still don’t quite get the full credit they deserve. Like these five....

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