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Mike Nikolich writes15 Minutes with Superfyre

Ayme “Superfrye” Frye is a popular CHIRP DJ (Mondays 9am – noon) and an accomplished musician. Her trio will be playing with 8-bit crEEps at CHIRP Night at the Whistler this Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 8 pm.

We caught up Superfyre to ask her what’s in store for her upcoming performance.

Q  Ayme, you’re a DJ, musician and podcaster. How do you manage to channel so many interests and do them so well?

A “I am an explorer and I have had the chance to live in cool places like Alaska, Costa Rica, Montana, Japan and Spain. I’ve been trained by exceptional musicians like Hamid Drake, Kelan Phil Cohran, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, and Thomas De Utrera. I’m finally ready to focus on music full-time and I have put together a great band.”

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Topics: superfrye

Mike Nikolich writes8-bit crEEps Play New Sounds on Old Circuits

Chicago’s music scene is bursting with talented bands that deserve national attention, and 8-bit crEEps is no exception. Founded in 2016 after guitarist Mick Kong, bassist Jbird James and keyboardist Ginger Glitch dissolved The Van Goghs, they beefed up their sound and became the 8-bit crEEps when former Wedding Photography drummer Joey Charch joined the band.

“We were looking for a new drummer and put an ad on Craig’s List,” Mick says. “Joey’s drumming blew us away. He helped transform our sound and we’ve continued to refine it ever since.”

While 11 of The Van Gogh’s pop gems live in perpetuity on Soundcloud, the 8-bit crEEps have a harder-edged sound, featuring longer tracks that give the quartet plenty of opportunities to stretch out and show off.

“Our music definitely has a psych-surf/post-punk sound,” Jbird says, “but we have been influenced by so many artists and genres of music that we find it difficult to put a label on our music. We describe it as new sounds on old circuits.”

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SKaiser writes@CHIRPRadio (Week of February 19)

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Saturday, February 24th | 5:00 PM | Spudnik Press (1821 W Hubbard St) | Join CHIRP and 17 other chefs from local organizations, businesses, and Spudnik’s own members for The Hashbrown Showdown: Spudnik’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Fair and Chili Cook Off! All ages welcome.
  • Sunday, February 25th | 5:30 PM | Saturday Audio Exchange (1021 W Belmont Avenue) | Join CHIRP at Classic Album Sundays as we will feature Alice Coltrane's "Journey in Satchidananda." All ages welcome.
  • Sunday, February 25th | 7:00 PM | Gman Tavern (3740 N Clark St) | Have fun and celebrate CHIRP’s Best Local Music Podcast recognition by the Chicago Reader Best of Chicago with So Pretty, Ovef Ow, and Fury! 

NEW MEDIA

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Lily writesNine Songs For Your Break-Up Mixtape

by Lily Wellen

For some people, Valentine’s Day being around the corner is a reminder that things are not going so well with their sweetheart. Maybe it’s time to let go and move on from your partner. Have no fear, we have the tunes to help you out and make this all a little bit easier for you. Here’s your Break Up mixtape to help you get over your new ex:

"Dancing On My Own" by Robyn

Your former significant other in a new relationship? Well, it’s not ideal, but you can take your mind off of it by dancing to this catchy tune. Spin around circles, belt this out and show that you don’t care anymore.

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Topics: carrie underwood, ceelo green, fleetwood mac, hall and oates, janis joplin, kelly clarkson, natalie imbruglia, no doubt, robyn

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