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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesThis Week with CHIRP Radio (Week of Sept. 19)

Monday Sept. 19th

It’s CHIRP Night at the Whistler with Secret Colours and Mines! CHIRP DJs spin between sets and raffle tickets will be sold throughout the night. A percentage of the bar sales benefits CHIRP Radio.

The Whistler / 2421 N. Milwaukee / 9:30pm – 2:00am / No Cover / 21+


Saturday Sept. 24th

CHIRP is psyched to take part in the 15th Hideout Block Party, featuring Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Big Freedia, Jon Langford & The Burlington Welsh Male Chorus, Booker T. Jones, The Eternals, White Mystery, Kids These Days, Dosh, Opera-Matic, and Chances Dances!

The Hideout / 1354 W. Wabansia / 12:00pm – 10:00pm / All Ages


Saturday Sept. 24th

CHIRP Radio Presents the last Summer Sessions on the Square Concert for 2011 with In Tall Buildings, The Arts of Life Band & Fandanguero!

The Logan Square Monument / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / $5 Donation requested / All Ages

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Categorized: Event Previews

Topics: this week

Erik Roldan writesCHIRP + Coach House Sounds Present: The Dig

New York based band, The Dig , mines the recent history of indie-rock, using their youth to reinterpret the strengths of Julian Casablancas and adding some more control. CHIRP is very excited to present their session for Coach House Sounds, to be released on Tuesday, September 20 at . Listen to to hear tracks from this session be sure to check out The Dig when they play at Schubas on Thursday September 22, 2010.

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Dan Epstein writesSeen and Heard Video Showcase

Music videos ruled the eighties and early nineties as mainstream bits of cinema feeding our hungry pop-obsessed culture. Now, the rules have changed, and the video’s descent into the shadows of pop culture has opened doors to genre experimentation.

The Seen and Heard showcase highlights videos that embrace this change and shave the edges of video and music production. Filmmaker and curator of the showcase, Amir George, along with Zach Maderas guitar player for Outer Minds, Nelson Carvajal filmmaker and writer, and Todd Lillithum, program director for Chicago Filmmakers, talked with CHIRP’s Amye Frye about video’s redefinition.

Check out the Seen and Heard Video Music Showcase Friday September 16th at Chicago Filmmakers!

Featured music in the story:
Duran Duran, Girls on Film
Kodachrome, Modern Man, video directed by Nelson Carvajal
Outer Minds, Bohemian Grove, video directed by Chris Anderson

Click here to download a copy of the story.

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Categorized: Movies

Topics: chicago filmmakers

Mike Bennett writesFriday iPod/MP3 Shuffle—Happy Birthday Colin Newman Edition

They started out with limited abilities and those limitations led them to creating a minimalist style that ranks amongst the most influential of all of the bands of the post-punk era. Wire combined clipped rhythms and basic chords with aggressive lyrics and an ever developing melodic sense to create a truly distinctive sound. Frontman Colin Newman was primarily responsible for those melodies and his voice had a tonal range — he could sneer with the best of them, but could also lay back when necessary. Newman and Wire have gone through three (and perhaps four, with the current lineup) of iterations with the band, and he’s also done interesting work on solo projects and Githead. If there were a credible Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Wire would be in for sure. Let’s celebrate Colin’s birthday by grabbing the ol’ iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first ten songs that come up.

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Topics: colin newman, ipod, mp3

Erik Roldan writesSeth Fein - Founder of the Pymalion Music Festival In Champaign-Urbana

The Pymalion Music Festival, founded by Seth Fein, is Champaign-Urbana’s highly successful venture into the music-fest circuit, enjoying high profile names and notable attendance. CHIRP DJ Nathalie Lagerfeld interviewed Fein and talked about the fest’s beginnings, growing pains and the future. The Pygmalion Music Festival is happening September 21-25, more details available at

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Topics: pymalion music festival

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