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CHIRP's exclusive artist interviews, conducted on-location and produced entirely by CHIRP volunteers. Subscribe to the feed to receive new interviews with local and national acts every week.

Artist Interviews Cave

Chicago’s own CAVE is headlining Psych Fest 3 at The Hideout this Friday, January 20th. CHIRP DJ Kate Puhala interviewed Cooper Crain of CAVE at the CHIRP studio in Chicago. Having just returned from a coast-to-coast tour of the US, Crain talks about the band’s influences, affinity for cassette tapes, and playing shows on flatbed trucks and in caves.

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Topics: cave, kate puhala

Artist Interviews The Hood Internet

Two Chicago DJ’s you may have heard of who roll by the name The Hood Internet have been working hard at the art and science of the mash-up, spinning party music since 2007. The Hood Internet are constantly publishing their mixes on the real Internet, but are taking a more organic, in-studio approach for their albums. In this exclusive CHIRP podcast, the group talks to CHIRP Radio’s Justin Savage about the difference between playing shows around the world, or just around the block.

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Topics: chicago bands, hood internet, justin savage, local music

Artist Interviews Wire

Since 1977, Wire has been reinventing its sound through experimentation – even though they emerged out of the British punk scene, they always resisted categorization. In 2002, they started their own record and distribution label and have continued their evolution towards elder pioneers that are still restless and curious.

In the following interview, CHIRP DJ Erik Roldan sat down with Wire’s lead singer Colin Newman to talk about their history, their future and what makes them so special.

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Topics: erik roldan, wire

Artist Interviews Architecture in Helsinki

 Architecture in Helsinki shows are high energy alt-pop extravaganzas. Their catchy melodies and fun, playful lyrics create an environment where it’s welcomed and encouraged to both smile and dance around like a kid; and this Monday night (11/21) at the Metro, CHIRP Welcomes Architecture in Helsinki back to Chicago.

AiH frontman Cameron Bird sat down with CHIRP Radio’s Blake Burkhart for a chat about the visual nature of his band, his admiration of Grace Jones and a recent moment in his career that he considers a “massive honor.”

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Topics: architecture in helsinki, blake burkhart

Artist Interviews Tim Kinsella

Best known as the front man of Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, Tim Kinsella is now a published author. His first novel, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense, was published by Chicago’s own Featherproof Books.

Kinsella invited CHIRP DJ Dylan Peterson over to his apartment to talk about his latest projects, including Joan of Arc’s live soundtrack to Charlie Chaplin’s His New Job at the Chicago Book Expo in Uptown.

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Topics: capn jazz, dylan peterson, joan of arc, tim kinsella

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