Today we celebrate the birthday of Siouxsie Sioux, lead singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Formed in 1976 by Siouxsie and bass player Steven Severin, the band made a name for itself during the first wave of Post-Punk, developing adventurous, unusual sound structures and a look that helped pave the way for Goth culture. Bands ranging from The Smiths to The Weeknd have appreciated and been influenced by the group, and Siouxsie has been cited by Allmusic as “"one of the most influential British singers of the rock era."
To celebrate Siouxsie Sioux’s birthday, take your MP3 player, press the "shuffle" button, and share the first 10 songs that play:
The Chicago rap scene is always in motion. As time marches on, fortunes are made and lost, some prosper while others fall victim to misfortune or tragedy. The success of Kanye West and Common qualify them for elder statesman status, while Chief Keef can’t set foot in town lest he risk jail time. Artists like Psalm One and Lupe Fiasco Serengeti blaze trails outside the mainstream while King Louie continues to represent the city with his own unique style.
Seems like there’s always at least one Chicago rapper getting national attention. At the moment it’s Chance the Rapper, whose new mixtape Coloring Book is getting a lot of that sweet Internet buzz. With a slew of guest stars on board (Jeremih, Kanye, Justin Flippin’ Bieber), the record has impressed critics and listeners love it. Not a bad way to Kick off the summer.
You can hear cuts from Chance’s latest in rotation and by request on CHIRP Radio.
Today we wish a Happy Birthday to Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton. As one-half of the Virginia Beach, VA sibling rap duo Clipse (along with Gene "No Malice" Thornton) backed by cutting-edge production from the Neptunes, he was part of the ‘00s wave of rappers who moved the genre from the ‘90s gangsta rhymes of Snoop Dogg and 2Pac to the ‘10s impressionist realism of Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples. Issues with various labels and beefs with other rappers led the brothers to part ways in 2014, but they have since hinted that a reunion may happen sometime in the future. In the meantime, T’s got a full plate both as a solo artist and president of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label.
Wish Pusha T a Happy Birthday by pushing the “shuffle” button on your MP3 player and share the first 10 songs that play...
After nearly two months of valiant fighting, we've arrived at this final showdown of the CHIRP Battle of the Bands 2016. In the Last Four, Chicago DIY darlings Ego and Lil Tits went the way of beloved venues from Wally's Word to Animal Kingdom, falling to the twin assaults of indie power poppers The Kickback and hard-charging surf punk Swimsuit Addition. Now, those two will face off for the right to call themselves CHIRP's favorite band for 2016.
Voting for the final round closes on Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. There can be only one!
Finalist One: The Kickback Final Round Song: "Sting's Teacher Years" Finish this phrase: "Play Like A _______________ Today": Bookish dude who's really good at Metroid.
Finalist Two: Swimsuit Addition Final Round Song: "Tiara" Finish this phrase: "Play Like A _______________ Today": Heavily armed riot grrl.