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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: Sharperheart

Photo credit: Ari Faunaby CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

A grim urgency shoots through your veins like shot of nitrogen. A corkscrew sensation fans through the fibers of your spine. Your feet begin moving before your mind catches up. Your momentum carries you through a tangle of blind corners and underground corridors.

What are you looking for? What are you running from? You don’t know. All you can know that there is a sharp pain in your chest a panicked desire to move flooding your mind. This is the essence of Sharperheart. Welcome to the world to her world.

Sharperheart is Elma Husetovic, a producer and electronic artist, who has recently relocated from St. Louis to Chicago in order to pursue her passion for the dark, mystic power of sound. Last month she released a self-titled EP dripping with claustrophobically caustic atmosphere and inertial aggression. It is a twisted treaty of miasmic malevolence, that ruminates on the realities of addiction, lament, and the wars waged inside one’s own head. It sounds like hell on Earth, bubbling up from the abyss and flowing into a club near you.

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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: Jacky Boy

Photo credit: Ari Faunaby CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

It's the same thing, day in, day out. Wake, go to work, have a dinner, go to bed. The in-between parts of these predictable, routine segments of your day are mostly filled in by mistakes, doubts, and compulsive behavior.

A couple of weeks, months, and years of this rat-in-a-wheel kind of plot can make anyone ready to throw themselves into traffic. Life can feel like one big bowl of gruel. Like one grey, undifferentiated mush. And it's this chain of stunted progression that Indiana's Jacky Boy are looking to break.

Comprised of drummer Mark Edlin, guitarist Zac Canale, and guitarist and vocalist Steve Marino, the Bloomington band has just released their second album Mush on Darling Recordings.

By plugging into the buzzy verve of late '90s and early '00s alternative rock and bringing the larger than life hooks of groups like Foo Fighters and Third Eye Blind back to the level of the oil stains on the floor of your parent's garage, they have drafted a set of enthusiastic power-pop that shows that speaks directly to the inner optimism of slackers everywhere. Just because life isn't going the way you'd hope it would, doesn't mean you can't bare its brunt with a genuine smile.

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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: a Light Sleeper

by CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

Aight Bet

a Light Sleeper is an orchestral rock band from right here in Chicago. They’re an expressionist collective founded by friends Dheeru Pennepalli and Matthew Jung back in 2005.

The group has weathered many a shifting tread in DIY music but has remained dedicated to an investigation of the ghostly ambient potential of chamber music through a blurring of the line between rock band and orchestra.

Their latest album Distinction (a Ballet in Six Parts) dropped back in 2019 and was the first recording they produced with the current lineup. The album is an interrogation of the creative process, its challenges, the anxieties it allows to manifest, and the intoxicating by ultimately fleeting victories it offers.

Notable highlights like the pensive “Ends and Means” and the title track presently a swarthy swooning croonerism that resembles a demonic twist on a Norah Jones set, while numbers like “Invisible Measures” and “Blankly Stated Spaces” manage to muster an exhilarating tension and momentum through the interplay of jazz-like theses and curving post-rock ramparts.

a Light Sleeper will be playing at the Hideout on May 3, 2022 with Maurice and Graphics. Doors open at 9:30pm, and entrance is $12. You can get tickets here. Remember to bring a mask and proof of vaccination.

Because we’re excited about their upcoming show and a Light Sleeper in general, we had a quick, but highly informative (if we do say so ourselves) chat with the band via email and you can now check out the full interview below.

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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: Asbestos Lead Asbestos

by CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

Aight Bet

It has been said, that, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you weirder.” Now the person who said that was an actor, portraying a madman, in a major motion picture, but I defy you to find the lie.

Chicago’s electro-pop duo Asbestos Lead Asbestos takes this sentiment to the opposite extreme: If you want to live, you better prepare to get weird.

Named for a Meat Beat Manifesto masterpiece, the group boasts the talents of best buds Joey and Cassidy, who together form a human sound lab, conducting experiments at the outer limits of good taste while pumping out poignant, absurdist insights and Ableton-enabled, hip-hop night-terrors.

It’s perfect for disassociating with a can of rosé in a jacuzzi jerried out of a Waste Management container - in other words, it’s the soundtrack to your best possible life.

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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: Dreamjacket

by CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

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Variety and experience are the zest of life and novel pairings are the fleshy fruit from which they are squeezed. Would you turn your nose up at a peanut butter and sweet onion sandwich? Well, you’re only depriving yourself by tilting your proboscis northward, my friend.

And what about country music and space rock? Outrageous! Maybe… but a part of me thinks you’re curious to know how these disparate styles come together.

Thankfully, you don’t have to visit a saloon on a desert planet in a galaxy far far away to find out what this theoretical, dusty, and cosmic category of American might sound like in practice. Chicago’s own Dreamjacket is more than happy to bring the interstellar frontier as near as your neighborhood bar.

The five-piece band comprised of vocalist Jesse W. Johnson, violist Yoo Soo Kim, bassist Timothy Cap, guitarist Bradley Bergstrand, and drummer Dane Marcussen took a while to assemble, but it is hard to put a price on the sum of their talents now that their forces have aligned.

Their debut album Lost at Last dropped late last year, and they’re still hard at work spreading the good word about it. To help in their efforts I shot some questions their way about their origin story, their sound, and their new album and you can check out their very thorough and charming responses below:

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