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Artist Interviews Shura

London's Shura made her American debut at SXSW 2015 and CHIRP's Dylan Peterson was there to talk with the singer about what it was like to become a YouTube sensation the same week a more popular but similar video went viral, the reason Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush make sentimentality okay, and how there's just something about kissing (aka, snogging) that people seem to really like.

produced by Dylan Peterson

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Topics: dylan peterson, shura, snogging, sxsw

Story Week Story Week Festival: From Writing To Publishing

Guests discuss the aforementioned topic and also impart invaluable advice and tips to writers about navigating the publishing and literary agent world. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Host: Donna Seaman, Booklist Senior Editor
Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary Agency Founder/CEO

Naomi Huffman, Curbside Splendor Managing Editor
Johnny Temple, Akashic Books Publisher
Jessica Williams, William Morrow Editor

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Topics: akashic books, booklist, curbside splendor, donna seaman, jessica williams, johnny temple, naomi huffman, regina brooks, serendipity literary agency, story week

Artist Interviews Yoko and the Oh No’s

Before spring officially arrived, Katie Owens met up with Max and Stef of Yoko and the Oh No's in Supera Park in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Max & Stef described overcoming the band's trepidation surrounding Yoko Ono, Max's evolution of onstage euphoria, and self expression through style.

Yoko and the Oh No's will re-release their self-titled debut album on Autumn Tone this summer. You can catch them at Schubas Tavern on Thursday, April 23 and at The Red Line Tap on Friday, April 24 for the International Pop Overthrow Fest.

Produced by: Matthew McFarland

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Topics: autumn tone, chicago music, katie owens, local bands, matthew mcfarland, yoko and the oh no's

Story Week Story Week Festival: Sci-Fi Fantasy

From Sunday, March 15 through Saturday, March 21, the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing presented its 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Story Week 2015 offered seven days jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public.

At this event, authors discuss the evolving landscape and popularity of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. Authors readings included Jay Bonansinga's reading from the first book of the Woodbury quartet from The Walking Dead series and Audrey Niffenegger's reading from her sequel to The Time Traveler's Wife. The readings are followed by a Q&A and tips for writers.

Host: Mort Castle, New Moon on the Water
Jay Bonansinga,
The Walking Dead: Descent

C.S.E. Cooney, Bone Swans

Phyllis Eisenstein, Sorcerer’s Son
Audrey Niffenegger, Raven Girl


photo credit: Ben Browning

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Topics: audrey niffennegger, cse cooney, jay bonansinga, mort castle, phyllis eisenstein, story week

Artist Interviews The Funs

Arty, fuzzy and punkish - The Funs, Philip Lesicko and Jessee Rose Crane, visit CHIRP's studio to chat with DJ Julie Mueller. Jessee muses about her life peaking after touring with The Breeders last year, they discussed how naivety is responsible for the artist's residence they're building in the funeral home formerly owned by Philip's grandparents, and detailed why it was important to move downstate to continue to create art.

You can expect My Survival (a double LP) from The Funs this fall, out on Manic Static. The Funs play the Empty Bottle on Saturday, April 11th.

Produced by: Julie Mueller

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Topics: diy chicago, julie mueller, local bands, local music, manic static, public house sounds, the funs

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