CHIRP Radio is proud to once again be a prt of the the Logan Square Arts Festival, a three-day celebration of one of Chicago's most iconic neighborhoods. This weekend's festivites include two stages of live music, visual art, performance art, dance, food, and drinks. Thes festival also raises tens of thousands of dollars for neighborhood non-profits including Logan Square Preservation, a community organization dedicated to preserving cultrually relevant buildings and areas in Logan Square.
As Pride festivities conclude across the world this week, there are numerous songs in many languages that celebrate the community and bring everyone to the forefront. Here are five dance songs in Spanish to add to your playlists and soundtrack for Pride Month, next dance party, and beyond...
Alex Anwandter “Siempre es Viernes En Mi Corazon”
From the album Amiga (Nacional Records, 2016)
The literal translation to this song title is “It’s always Friday in my heart”, which is not a bad way to view the world, especially when one needs a break from all the doom and gloom. This Chilean musician and filmmaker has his heart on his sleeve and is not afraid to express himself. As his career has advanced, Anwandter’s music has intertwined both political and personal issues, all served on a platter of danceable pop and visually poetic music videos (like the one for this song.)
Chicago’s burgeoning indie music scene is loaded with talent, and two of the city’s most promising singer/songwriter acts, Tenci and DPCD, share the bill at Wednesday’s edition of CHIRP Night at the Whistler at 8:30 pm. Tickets are free show but you will need to RSVP to this 21+ show.
Tenci, featuring guitarist/vocalist Jess Shoman and bassist/vocalist Tina Scarpello, will appeal to anyone who appreciates the artistry of Aldous Harding, Liz Phair and early Joni Mitchell. Tenci, which was named in honor of Jess’s grandmother, Hortencia, began as a solo project, producing the EP I Opened My Mouth and Nothing Came Out. Seven months ago, Jess began working with Tina, who also is a member of the band Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else. Later this year, they will release their first full-length album, My Heart is an Open Field.
DPCD is a singer-songwriter project led by Iverson guitarist/pianist Alec Watson, with support from Iverson percussionist/guitarist Ethan Parcell and vocalist Samantha Connour. Their first album, Good Visions, features nine acoustic songs that highlight Watson’s finger-picking guitar style and soft, emotive vocals, drawing comparisons to artists like Sufjan Stevens, Ryley Walker, Elizabeth Cotten and Nick Drake.
I had the chance to sit down with Tenci and DPCD to discuss their music, artists that influenced them and what they have in store for the Whistler crowd.
Chicago drums & guitar duo Imelda Marcos have created something truly captivating & complex with their newest album. Guitarist Dave Cosejo blends together the aggressive, yet melodic guitar work of math-rock inflected bands like Don Caballero & Hella but puts his own spin on the caterwauling chaos, utilizing a guitar slide & an arsenal of palm-muted arpeggios to perk up all ears! On tracks like “moth-->eye of god”, he uses these techniques to create such a disorienting fugue that it almost hypnotizes the listener before splintering off into the song’s groove and release. Drummer Matt Durso is the perfect foil for this excellent guitar shredding. On tracks like “Prism Unabridged” he surges forward with impressive fills and intricate leads, pushing all the action, while simultaneously anchoring the track. This album of high-energy instrumentals ends with a blissed out minimalist number featuring the faint vocals of Lauren Davis (aka Mildred).