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Podcasts on the topic of “Chicago Music” 66 results

Artist Interviews Kangaroo

Chicago's Kangaroo met up with Katie Owens at Bang Bang Pie Shop to talk about the childlike seriousness of Watership Down, setting goals as individuals and for the band, and making emo music that doesn't sound like emo music.

produced by Alma Bahman

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Topics: chicago music, kangaroo, katie owens

Artist Interviews Towkio

Backstage at a bustling Metro before his sold out record release show for .Wav Theory, Towkio talked with CHIRP's Eddie Sayago about what makes Chicago's hip-hop scene so special, how his style was inspired by house parties, and posting his first songs on Myspace.

Towkio will perform at the Mad Decent Block Party on 9/27.

produced by Eddie Sayago (@EddieSayago)

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Topics: chicago music, metro, savemoney, towkio, vic mensa, wav theory

Artist Interviews J Fernandez

J Fernandez released his album Many Levels of Laughter on Joyful Noise in 2015. CHIRP's Shawna Kaiser met up with Justin at his home in Humboldt Park where she learned that he has less a penchant for interviews and instead has reserved his fondness for creating bright, psych-pop at home.

Produced by: Brian Heath

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Topics: bedroom pop, brian heath, chicago bands, chicago music, j fernandez, joyful noise, justin fernandez, local music, shawna kaiser

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

Photo by: Alexus McLane

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

Artist Interviews Jimmy Whispers

Hailing from the "Logan View" neighborhood of Chicago, Jimmy Whispers is one of city's most well-regarded weirdos. CHIRP's Dylan Peterson caught up with Jimmy to talk about  ideas for his upcoming set at the Pitchfork Music Festival,  the value of Ace of Base during his days as an Uber driver, and dressing like a beer-drenched Farrah Fawcett on stage.

Jimmy Whispers' record release show for Summer in Pain is Tuesday, March 24th, at the Empty Bottle.

produced by Dylan Peterson

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Topics: chicago music, dylan peterson, empty bottle, jimmy whispers, local bands, local music, pitchfork fest, pitchfork music festival, summer in pain

Artist Interviews Shiloh

Chicago's Shiloh invited Katie Owens to the top secret DIY venue, Young Camelot, which doubles as their practice space. Shiloh reflected on the band's lineup fluctuations, highlighting the darkness of minutiae, as well as their first music memories which include Sisqo and Raffi.

Though Shiloh is currently working on a lot of new music, you can catch them at the Empty Bottle this Monday, March 9.

Produced by Matthew McFarland

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Topics: berserk, chicago music, katie owens, last time for everything, local bands, matthew mcfarland, shiloh, young camelot

Artist Interviews In Tall Buildings

On a drizzly Sunday afternoon, Katie Owens met up with Erik Hall of the solo project, In Tall Buildings, in Chicago's Fulton Market District. Hall disclosed why he likes critics calling his music melancholy, recounted his most prolific moments and detailed his style of striking a balance between waiting and working while crafting Driver.

In Tall Buildings released its second album, Driver, this month on Western Vinyl. You can catch In Tall Buildings live, at Schubas Tavern, on March 5 for the record release show.

Produced by: Kwame Shorter

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Topics: chicago music, driver, erik hall, in tall buildings, katie owens, kwame shorter, local bands, western vinyl

Artist Interviews Wrekmeister Harmonies

JR Robinson aka Wrekmeister Harmonies sat down with Katie Owens at the Logan Theater to broadly discuss themes examined within his work. In his latest release, JR explored the transformation from lightness to dark, specifically focusing on Truman Capote's interview with Bobby Beausoleil. JR also provided details on his next release which delves into the life and music of 15th century composer, Carlo Gesualdo.

Wrekmeister Harmonies released Then It All Came Down on Thrill Jockey on October 29. You can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies perform at the Bohemian National Cemetery this Saturday, Dec. 6.

Produced by: Colleen Pellissier

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Topics: chicago music, colleen pellissier, jr robinson, katie owens, local bands, local music, pastoral doom metal, thrill jockey, wrekmeister harmonies

Artist Interviews NE-HI

Katie Owens met up with recently signed locals, NE-HI, at Rootstock in Humboldt Park. The four piece provided context on Harry Potter uniting the band, discussed how DIY spaces contribute to the local music community, and shared their plans to create a supergroup.

NE-HI released their self-titled, debut full length on Manic Static earlier this year and will play Empty Bottle on December 1 with Landmarks, The Hecks and StarTropics.

Produced by Bri O'Reilly

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Topics: briavael o'reilley, chicago music, empty bottle, katie owens, local bands, manic static, ne-hi

Artist Interviews Mucca Pazza

CHIRP's Cher Vincent sat down with Mucca Pazza's Dave Smith and Ronnie Kuller at their Logan Square rehearsal space, discussing the history of the band, the latest album, L.Y.A., and what the future holds for this merry band of freaks.

Mucca Pazza celebrates their 10th anniversary and the release of their fifth album; L.Y.A., out on Leather Bus, at Lincoln Hall this Halloween.

Produced by Eugene Cabanban

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Topics: cher vincent, chicago music, eugene cabanban, halloween, leather bus, lincoln hall, local bands, mucca pazza

Artist Interviews KSRA

CHIRP's Michael Heidemann caught up with singer & songwriter KSRA after her show at Chicago's Threadless HQ.  They discussed the truth behind the name KSRA, the inspiration behind her sound, and how she stays humble while becoming one of Chicago's premier artists.

Produced by Michael Heidemann

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Topics: chicago music, ksra, local bands, local music, michael heidemann

Artist Interviews Rabble Rabble

Alli Klein caught up with Rabble Rabble at Cafe Mustache to discuss their heavy new album, Brain Hole; what it's like being one of the only bands on Logan Hardware's label; and finding your identiy within social media's confines. And bonus!, you'll hear how drummer, Kaylee Preston got a concussion while shooting a Fight Club-esque music video!

Brain Hole was released on Logan Hardware Records on June 13. You can catch Rabble Rabble next on July 26 at Double Door for their show with Jeff the Brotherhood and Flesh Panthers.

Produced by Kwame Shorter

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Topics: alli klein, chicago music, diy chicago, double door, kwame shorter, local bands, logan hardware records

Artist Interviews Swimsuit Addition

CHIRP's Micha Ward sat down with Swimsuit Addition on a snowy night at The Beetle for beers and conversation about how the band came to be, classic rock, the stigma of “girl band”, and their upcoming record “Wretched Pinups”, out on Notes + Bolts in Spring 2014.

Swimsuit Addition plays a secret show on February 7th at HQ and at Paper Machete at the Green Mill on February 8th.

Produced by Emily Osborne and Jenn Rourke.

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Topics: chicago bands, chicago music, local bands, local music, swimsuit addition

Artist Interviews Circuit des Yeux

CHIRP's Cher Vincent chatted with Haley Fhor, aka Circuit des Yeux, in Little Village over expresso, discussing her hometown of Lafayette, Indiana, making her voice "sound like a trumpet," and the mythology of her fourth album, Overdue.

Circuit Des Yeux will be opening for Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker on Thursday, January 16th, at Lincoln Hall as a part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2014!

produced by Matthew McFarland

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Topics: cher vincent, chicago bands, chicago music, circuit des yeux, haley fhor, local bands, local music, matthew mcfarland

Artist Interviews Radar Eyes

CHIRP's Katie Owens met up with Anthony Cozzi of Radar Eyes at Logan Square's El Charro to chat about his love of studio life, the direct relationship between a crowd's mood and the band's, and making a living in entertainment media management.

Radar Eyes released their first full length on cassette via Happenin Records in December, are releasing the 'Positive Feedback' 7" on HoZac Records in January and will be releasing a second LP in March 2014 to line up with their trip down to SXSW. 

produced by Briavael O'Reilley

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Topics: briavael o'reilley, chicago bands, chicago music, katie owens, local bands, local music, radar eyes, twin peaks

Artist Interviews Minor Characters

CHIRP's Katie Owens met up with Chicago's Minor Characters before their show at Empty Bottle. They discussed their forthcoming debut full-length, how Joyce Johnson inspired the band’s name, and aspiring to play The Hideout.

You can catch Minor Characters next at Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 at Schubas Tavern on January 15.

produced by Liz Anderson

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Topics: chicago bands, chicago music, empty bottle, katie owens, liz anderson, local bands, local music, minor characters

Artist Interviews Bare Mutants

CHIRP's Julie Mueller sat down with Jered and Leslie from Bare Mutants on the eve of their record release show for The Affliction at the Empty Bottle.  They discussed how that venue is a thread connecting all members of the band, and how things have changed since Jered formed The Ponys 10 years ago.

Bare Mutants will play the Tomorrow Never Knows Fest at Schubas Tavern on January 17th.

produced by Daniel Musisi SSebowa

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Topics: bare mutants, chicago bands, chicago music, crying with bob, empty bottle, julie mueller, local bands, local music, the ponys

Artist Interviews Girl Group Chicago

Shana East, Megan Kasten, Carrie Shemanski, and Kate Walsh of Girl Group Chicago met with CHIRP DJ Jessi D at the bands' headquarters/Shana's living space in Avondale. They all tried really hard not to laugh through the whole interview, and discussed reclaiming and reinterpreting 1960's hits with a modern feminist perspective, cultivating a social support system focusing on empowering women and the community formed as a result of their 20+ member, all-girl band.

You can catch Girl Group Chicago next at The Hideout for a special NYE show.

produced by Bri O'Reilly

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Topics: briavael o'reilley, chicago bands, chicago music, girl group chicago, hideout chicago, jessi d, local bands, local music

Artist Interviews Velcro Lewis Group

CHIRP’s Alli Klein met with Chicago’s own Velcro Lewis Group at their West Loop studio, Frogg Mountain, to discuss their new record Open The Sky, producing it themselves (a difficult task for a legally blind frontman), inspiring moments from visiting the Stax museum, their goals, and cassette tapes.

Velcro Lewis Group's Holiday Freakout is happening on December 13th at the Liar's Club.

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Topics: alli klein, chicago bands, chicago music, local bands, local music, velcro lewis

Artist Interviews Today’s Hits

CHIRP's Katie Owens caught up with James, Kenny and Andy of Chicago band Today's Hits following their set at the 2013 Chicago Food Truck Social at Kendall College. They discussed how their name serves double duty, how ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and the Chicago Bulls sparked a connection between Kenny and James, and the importance of always writing new material.

Today’s Hits is set to release a tape on Burger Records, and a 7” on Randy Records this fall.

Produced by: Brian Szpak

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Topics: andy martin, brian szpak, burger records, chicago bands, chicago music, james swanberg, katie owens, kenny alden, local bands, local music, randy records, today's hits, todayshits

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