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SKaiser writes@CHIRPRADIO (Week of February 27)

Spot a CHIRP Radio coaster, enter and win some sweet CHIRP giveaways! Enter as many times as you like. Winner will be announced March 6th. Click here for details


  • CHIRP welcomes Electric Guest to Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport St) on Wednesday, March 1st at 8:30 PM | 17+
  • Stop by the Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont Ave) on Thursday, March 2nd where CHIRP and Kickstand Productions present Nothing at 8:30 PM | 17+


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Categorized: Events Journal

Clarence Ewing - The Million Year Trip writesFriday MP3 Shuffle: Happy Birthday Earl Sweatshirt Edition

Today on the MP3 Shuffle we wish a very happy birthday to Thebe Neruda Kgositsile aka Earl Sweatshirt. Even though he’s only 23, he’s already made a name for himself as one of the next generation of Hip-Hop stars as one of the members of Chicago rap collective Odd Future, a solo act (via his critically acclaimed album I Don't Like Sh*t, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt) and member of several other projects with fellow artists like Tyler, the Creator and Na’kel.. The young man obviously has many more years ahead of him than behind, but he seems to be positioned just right for a long career in the music business, although what form that career takes isn’t set in stone. As a producer, songwriter, and occasional actor, there are a lot of avenues open to him; He could end up his generation’s Common or Ice Cube, or maybe something else nobody's though of yet.

For now, let’s say “Happy Birthday” with another round of the Shuffle: Take your MP3 player, press the "shuffle" button, and share the first 10 songs you hear:

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Categorized: Friday MP3 Shuffle

Topics: earl sweatshirt

Clarence Ewing - The Million Year Trip writesSpot a CHIRP Radio Coaster, Enter to Get Some Sweet CHIRP Giveaways!

HEY YOU! Are you going out this weekend? Of course you are. While you’re enjoying Chicago’s vibrant social scene, keep an eye out for some cool CHIRP Radio coasters that we’ve given to more than 30 of our favorite bars and breweries around town:

Bad Apple | Baderbrau | Beermiscuous | Begyle | Bitter Pops | Blue Island Beer Co. | Burlington | Cafe Mustache | Cole's Bar | Crown Liquors | Empirical | The Grafton | Green Street Smoked Meats | Half Acre | Heartland Cafe | Hideout | Hopleaf | Independence Tap | Jerry's | Lagunitas | Lizard's Liquid Lounge | Logan Hardware | Madison Wines | Map Room | Maple Tree Inn | The Owl | Quenchers | Red Line Tap | Rocking Horse | Rock Island | Rockwell's | Spyners | Township

If you spot a CHIRP coaster, you could win some special CHIRP swag from the station. Here’s how you do it:

1. FOLLOW CHIRP Radio on Instagram (@chirpradio1) or Twitter (@chirpradio)
2. POST a photo of the CHIRP coaster you found with your favorite drink
3. TAG a friend that you like to share a drink with

And that's it! You can enter as many times as you'd like (each post counts as one entry). We'll announce a winner on March 6th. Cheers!

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Categorized: CHIRP Radio News and Info

Amelia writesOur Music My Body Promotes Safe Spaces & Consensual Interactions at Local Venues and Festivals

Have you seen a consent button-making table at a concert recently? Did you read Riot Fest's or Kickstand Production's anti-harassment statement? If you answered yes on either account, you might have run into Our Music My Body.

Our Music My Body is a campaign by local non-profit organizations Between Friends and Rape Victim Advocates that promotes fun and consensual music experiences for all music lovers and concert- and festival-goers in Chicagoland and beyond.

CHIRP volunteer and DJ Amelia Hruby recently met up with Our Music My Body organizaer Matt Walsh to chat about the campaign.

AH: For people who aren't familiar, what is Our Music My Body?

MW: Our Music My Body is a collaborative campaign between Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) and Between Friends. Rape Victim Advocates is a rape crisis center that advocates for survivors of sexual assault in hospitals and court systems and also does education work. Between Friends is a domestic violence agency in Rogers Park that does court advocacy counseling as well as prevention education in middle and high schools.

AH: How did it get started?

MW: So in 2011, when Odd Future played at Pitchfork, Between Friends and RVA came together to protest the group's hateful lyrics. They caused a big storm, and they were given a booth at the festival. And this was the moment when people realized that these things need to be talked about in the non-profit world.

Then a few years passed, and I came onto the Between Friends team and did a small campaign about Riot Fest in 2014 (#GetConsentAtRiotFest). I reached out to RVA and said that I wanted to do this a lot bigger in 2016. I got put in touch with Kat Stuehrk and we started working collaboratively on a campaign that included a Huffington Post article, booths at Pitchfork and Riot Fest, and a panel on safety, sexism, and harassment in the music industry that included Corin Tucker (of Sleater Kinney), Britt Julious, Jes Skolnik, and Monica Trinidad.

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Categorized: Community, Interviews

Topics: our music my body

Mike Nikolich writesThe Present Elders Heal and Inspire Through Live Pop-up Performances

[from the Present Elders Facebook page]

The Present Elders is an electronic music duo with a hip hop foundation that specializes in unforgettable live performances where all of the music is composed and manipulated through synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, drum machines and FX. Featuring Brother El and Radius, two veterans of Chicago’s electronic and hip hop scenes, the duo has been playing pop-up street shows throughout Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and now in Portland, Oregon.

Formally trained as an audio engineer and graphic designer, Brother El runs The Beat Bank, an independent record label. His unique style has been described as “Chicago’s pulse, the breath of hip-hop, and the clashing fusion of South Side meeting ancestral roots.”

Radius started crafting beats in 2001 with a focus on multi-dimensional “post-genre” based compositions. After producing tracks for local rappers, he began to hone his skills as a producer/live performance artist by winning Chicago area beat battles and later performing in various hip hop and electronic showcases with Moment Sound Crew (Garo, Lokua & Slava). Radius runs ETC Records, a forward-thinking, progressive label for Chicago artists.

The two artists became a duo after Radius was inspired by one of Brother El’s performances at Chicago’s Oakwood Beach to coin the name. He felt like Brother El was a present elder unlocking jewels of the universe with the wisdom of the ancestors and representing progressive cultural movements now. As The Present Elders, the duo’s goal is to heal and inspire by tapping into the frequencies of their audiences.

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Categorized: Interviews

Topics: the present elders

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