Win $250!

Take our listener survey to help us learn more about you and how you interact with the station. Complete the form, and you have the option of leaving your email address to enter a drawing to win a $250 Visa Gift Card. 

Become a Member

Now Playing

Current DJ: D Rock: Apocalipstick Beatz

Fran A Private Picture from A Private Picture (Fire Talk) Add to Collection

Listen Live

Requests? 773-DJ-SONGS or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The CHIRP Blog

Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesTonight: King Pignacious and His Merry Swine at The Viaduct Theater

Join us tonight at The Viaduct Theater as King Pignacious delivers an evening of “Modern-Day Multimedia Rock Opera.” The Four Star Brass Band opens.

Tickets are only $10 and one-third of that will help CHIRP in the fight for excellence in independent radio!

3111 N Western Ave.
Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm. 21+

Read more and RSVP online!
http://www.myspace.com/kingpignacious
http://www.facebook.com/pages/King-Pignacious/184425784261

Share September 4, 2010 http://chrp.at/1ALG Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Categorized: Event Previews

Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesTonight: The Hudson Branch at Metro

Tonight’s the night! Gapers Block & Chirp Radio welcome The Hudson Branch, Camera, Reds and Blue, and My My My to Metro for an 18+ show at 9:00pm.

Doors open at 8:00pm. Admission is free before 9:00pm or $6 after 9:00pm if you print out a copy of the attached picture (you can also get a copy at http://j.mp/cBwtty) and present it at the door OR sign up for text alerts from Metro and show your text message from the blast they will send out before the show.

Share September 3, 2010 http://chrp.at/1Afq Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Categorized: Event Previews

Mike Bennett writesFriday iPod/MP3 Shuffle—Happy Birthday Steve Jones Edition

While Johnny and Sid got all the ink, Steve Jones was part of the backbone of the snotty roar that was the Sex Pistols. His beefy riffs powered the many classic tunes on their one proper album. After the Pistols fell apart, Jones didn’t rest on his laurels, doing everything from playing in The Professionals with fellow Pistol Paul Cook to backing Iggy Pop for a spell in the late ’80s. He gained new popularity with his fantastic radio show (broadcast from Los Angeles), showing off his great music taste and fun loving personality. While the ideal way to celebrate Jonesy’s birthday would be raising a pint with him, the next best thing would be taking out your iPod/MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first 10 songs that come up.

  1. Dolly Varden — Apple Doll (The Dumbest Magnets): This is where Dolly Varden, Chicago’s very own, went from being a nice, somewhat rootsy band, to an undefinablely wonderful adult pop band. While most of the band’s material is the product of the amazing Steve Dawson, his wife Diane Christiansen’s contributions are also key. Some of her best songs are reminiscent of Roseanne Cash. But this languid number, built around a simple guitar figure, is probably a bit closer to the more atmospheric Lucinda Williams’ material. It’s a beautiful song.
  2. Liz Phair — Johnny Feelgood (Whitechocolatespaceegg): Hey, another Chicago artist! This is from Phair’s last album before she decided to (unsuccessfully) become a pop star. Although the production values are better than Exile In Guyville, this song comes from the same sensibility, with Phair’s typically insightful take on female sexuality. It’s like she was a one woman Sex in the City, before there was a Sex in the City.
  3. The Beach Boys — When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (Today!/Summer Days (And Summer Nights)): This song straddles between the surf-pop of early Beach Boys hits and Brian Wilson’s more sophisticated compositions. This is one of the band’s more clever lyrics and the mix of Mike Love’s lead vocal and Brian Wilson’s soaring falsetto in the chorus (with typically fantastic harmonies) is pretty classic.
  4. Santigold — My Superman (Santigold): One of the few tracks from Miss Santi White’s debut album that was not licensed for a television commercial. Maybe because this moody slice of new wavey synth-pop isn’t driving enough to sell beer or whatever. So what. While this isn’t one of the best tracks on the album, it’s closer to killer than filler. One thing I appreciate is White sounds like she’s having fun singing this song.
  5. The Saints — Crazy Googenheimer Blues (Prehistoric Sounds): This is a bit more playful than the typical Saints song from their early days. This is a bouncy R & B based number with the guitar in the background and a bouncy piano. When Ed Kuepper does break into a guitar solo, he throws in a little twang. This song really highlights the unique qualities of Chris Bailey’s lower range. It’s a bit forced, which shouldn’t work, yet somehow it does.
  6. The Fall — Two Steps Back (Live At The Witch Trials): Early lurching rant from Manchester’s finest. The song is built on a repetitive guitar riff, augmented by some keyboard noodling. The rhythm section moves things along, while Mark E. Smith still sounds young, yet he’s clearly already a curmudgeon.
  7. Kaiser Chiefs — Like It Too Much (Off With Their Heads): While not innovators by any stretch, Kaiser Chiefs come up with some fine Britpop nuggets on each album. They seem to have really studied past greats like XTC, Madness and Blur. This song works a simple riff in the verse but blossoms with a soaring melody, which provides an excellent contrast to what came before it. At their best, they make good songwriting seem fairly easy, which, of course, it isn’t.
  8. Thin Lizzy — Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) (Black Rose: A Rock Legend): Thin Lizzy had its first success with a boogie-fied take on the folk ballad “Whiskey In A Jar”. And Irish and English folk was a vital component of this great hard band’s sound. Ted Leo once noted that his seeming Thin Lizzy influence is more of a by-product of his trying to write in similar folk idioms. This track takes the Irish folk to the extreme, telling an Irish legend in classic Lizzy style, dual lead guitars and all, stretched to an epic length (with a shout out near the end to the aforementioned “Whiskey”). It’s a great closer to Lizzy’s best album.
  9. The Four Tops — Bernadette (The Singles +): This song seems to have escaped perpetual rotation on oldies radio, which is a shame, as it is one of the two or three best Four Tops’ songs. It is an insistent, driving number, in the vein of The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. Insistent and driving and Levi Stubbs go together like peanut butter and jelly, making for a perfect record.
  10. Motorhead — Rock ‘N’ Roll (Rock ‘N’ Roll): How could Motorhead screw up a song with this title? Guess what, they don’t. This is a two-chord song pounded into submission by Lemmy and crew. Sometimes simple is best.

Share September 3, 2010 http://chrp.at/1AJc Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Categorized: Friday MP3 Shuffle

Topics: ipod, mp3

Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesComing Soon: King Pignacious, Round 2

King Pignacious brings his “Modern-Day Multimedia Rock Opera” back to The Viaduct Theater this Saturday, Sept. 4th with the Four Star Brass Band!

Tickets for each night are only $10 and one-third of that will help CHIRP in the fight for excellence in independent radio. Don’t miss it!

3111 N Western Ave.
Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm. 21+

Read more and RSVP online!
http://www.myspace.com/kingpignacious
http://www.facebook.com/pages/King-Pignacious/184425784261

Share September 1, 2010 http://chrp.at/1AeH Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Categorized: Event Previews

Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesOnly Three Days Until The Hudson Branch at Metro!

Make sure to mark your calendar for this Friday at Metro for what will be a great night of music as Gapers Block and Chirp Radio welcome The Hudson Branch, Camera, Reds and Blue, and My My My for an 18+ show at 9:00pm on Sept. 3rd.

Print out a copy of the attached picture (or go to http://j.mp/cBwtty for a copy) and present it at the door OR sign up for text alerts from Metro and show your text message from the blast they will send out before the show in order to get free admission before 9:00pm or discount admission after 9:00pm!

Share August 31, 2010 http://chrp.at/1Ad3 Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Categorized: Event Previews

  1. ««
  2. 325
  3. 326
  4. 327
  5. 328
  6. 329
  7. »»