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Artist Interviews So Pretty

CHIRP DJ Alli Klein sat down with local band So Pretty after a recent band practice to discuss their new record and how it highlights their ethos about staying true to yourself, your band and your fans in order to emphasize being inclusive instead of exclusive.

produced by Jenn Rourke

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Topics: alli klein, chicago, chicago music, interview, interviews, local music, mp3, punk, so pretty

First Time First Issue - Dustin Drase

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If you’ve been to Chicago in the past two decades, you've probably seen or heard Dustin somewhere -- be it DJing, hosting a radio show, or peddling records at local fairs and events. Obsessive record collecting as a teenager led him down the path of music journalism (Magnet, Dusted, MTV2, Stop Smiling), then to hosting a radio show and DJing. You can currently hear Dustin at monthly gigs at Coles or the Whistler in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A veteran of the local record label scene, Dustin spent time in the trenches at Locust, Drag City, and the archival reissue label The Numero Group. In 2015, he was nominated for a GRAMMY (Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package) an A2IM Award (Creative Packaging) and won an AIM award (UK) for his work on the Numero release, Cities of Darskcorch. As if all that weren't enough to keep him busy, he also runs/owns two boutique record labels, Addenda and Plustapes. In the few instances when he has free time, Dustin enjoys playing board games and indulges his more nerdy interests by collecting comic books and vintage synthesizers.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, dj muppet fucker, gerald dowd, guerilla journalism, guided by voices, happy hardcore, hipsters, hold on hope, liam davis, live lit, magazine, martyrs', plustapes, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, stop smiling, storytelling, sxsw, zine

Artist Interviews Cloud Nothings

Two Dylans got together backstage at Thalia Hall to talk about ghost stories, zines at Quimby's, and rock and roll parents. Dylan Baldi is the frontman of Cloud Nothings, and Dylan Peterson is the Features Director at CHIRP. Cloud Nothings' 2017 album Life Without Sound is out now on Carpark Records.

produced by Dylan Peterson (@tdvsbl)

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Topics: carpark, cloud nothings, dylan baldi, dylan peterson, quimbys, thalia hall

Artist Interviews Pool Holograph

Wyatt, Zach, and Paul of local band Pool Holograph recently came to the CHIRP studios to chat with volunteer Amelia Hruby. They talked about how the band got started, the origin of their most recent EP Town Quarry, and the ways in which rock 'n roll is particularly well suited for storytelling.

produced by Amelia Hruby (@ajhruby)


Be sure to catch Pool Holograph live at this month's CHIRP Night at the Whistler on February 22nd at 9pm.

poster by Wyatt Grant of Pool Holograph

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Topics: amelia hruby, chicago music, interview, interviews, local, local music, logan square, mp3, music, storytelling

Artist Interviews Tortoise

Tortoise bassist Douglas McCombs recently came to the CHIRP studios for a conversation with CHIRP volunteer Amelia Hruby. They discussed the genesis of Tortoise's most recent album The Catastrophist, what it was like to play 117 shows in 2016, and Doug's favorite Tortoise album. (No spoilers. Tune in to find out!)

produced by Amelia Hruby (@ajhruby)

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Topics: amelia hruby, chicago band, chicago music, doug mccombs, interview, interviews, local band, local music, mp3, tortoise

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