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CHIRP Welcomes: Makaya McCraven (NIGHT 2)

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Lincoln Hall
2424 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago , IL 60614
(773) 525-2501

18+


CHIRP is proud to welcome Makaya McCraven to Lincoln Hall for two nights of shows in May.

Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive, cinematic style defy categorization.

French-born but raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by expatriate musician parents, McCraven studied Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the mentorship of jazz luminaries Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, and Yusef Lateef, and eventually went on to develop his chops in Chicago’s burgeoning scene.

His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in 2015 and received widespread acclaim, proving to be a dramatic statement by McCraven that quickly launched him into the vanguard of not only Internationally-known jazz artists, but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz & electronic music.

His recent releases, the DJ-style mixtape Highly Rare (IARC, 2017) as well as an
internationally recorded Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape) (IARC, 2018) have been well received globally, leading to increased bookings in some of the world’s best clubs, theaters, and festivals alongside the likes of Corey Wilkes, Bobby (Baabe) Irving (Miles Davis), Ari Brown, and Bernie Worrell.

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CHIRP Welcomes: Jordana

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Schubas
3159 N. Southport
Chicago , IL 60657
(773) 525-2508

18+


CHIRP is pleased to welcome Jordana to Schubas on June 9th.

Jordana’s mission is simple: keep trying to be her, even when it’s hard. So it’s no surprise perseverance and self-discovery are central themes on her debut studio album, Face The Wall, due May 20th on Grand Jury.

“The album title has a few meanings to me. Mostly, it’s about not giving up,” says the 21-year-old polymath (she sings, she writes, she plays everything, she produces). “The wall can be anything in your way. The album is a sort of reminder to myself that I have to face those things, and I can’t take the easy route and turn around.”

When asked about the origins of that ethos, Jordana looks back on two decades of life scattered with realizations that helped crystallize the idea that would become the central theme of her new record.

“It can be something as simple as realizing I wanted to go vegan, or that it didn’t matter that I liked both girls and boys. Or it could be something as complex as God,” she says moving into a conversation about the Maryland church her family attended as a child. “It was a big part of my upbringing. I really tried to reconcile that with my identity as I started to mature, but I got older and realized it just wasn’t me. I had to face that fact.”

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CHIRP Radio’s First Time: First Comeback

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Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago , IL
773.404.9494

21+


CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago.  It pairs our six unique readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance. Visit The First Time website for performer details. 

This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four which compromises Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis and Scott Stephenson.  The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers.  It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.

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CHIRP Welcomes: Diane Coffee (NIGHT 1)

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Schubas
3159 N. Southport
Chicago , IL 60657
(773) 525-2508

18+


CHIRP is happy to welcome Diane Coffee for two nights in June at Schubas!

With People is both new territory for Diane Coffee, as well as a full-circle return to their roots. Shaun Fleming’s fourth album is more intimate and personal than they’ve ever been previously, a collection of diaristic ruminations and contemplative observations of the people in their life that are nonetheless universal in their impact. Combining the breezy wistfulness of classic folk-rock with orchestral pop’s broad sweep, With People marks an exciting new era for Diane Coffee, chronicling an artist’s revisitation of their upbringing as they look at the horizon for what’s ahead.

Fleming’s follow-up to 2019’s exquisite Internet Arms came about in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, as their songwriting took an unexpectedly personal turn—zooming in on not only their own emotions and experiences, but the people that have impacted their life. “It was a way for me to see all these people I couldn’t see, and to be with them in the form of song,” Fleming explains—and the transportive nature of this creative process eventually encompassed their own upbringing in the suburbs of Agoura Hills, California, which Fleming returned to before recording to recapture the feelings of their past.

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CHIRP Welcomes: DRAMA (Rescheduled Date)

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Metro
3730 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60613
Chicago , IL 60613
(773)-549-4140

18+


Rescheduled Date Announed! Perviously bought tickets will be honored!

CHIRP is proud to welcome DRAMA to Metro! The multicultural collaboration between producer Na’el Shehade’s chic Chicago house-infused production style, and vocalist Via Rosa whose soulful delivery is inspired by the improvisational nature of jazz and playful patterns of hip-hop and bossa nova plays to the complementary dynamics of their unlikely pairing by blurring the lines between R&B and dance-pop, heartbreak and bliss.

Rosa grew up in a musical household; her parents played in a reggae band and toured as a family, home schooling Rosa into her early teens and limiting her listening primarily to Sade, oldies, Brazilian and Afrobeat music. She kept poetry journals and by high school started writing songs and making beats. After moving to Chicago in 2010, Rosa connected with THEMPeople, a collective at the center of the city’s sprawling hip-hop scene.

Meanwhile, Shehade had inherited a strong work ethic from his immigrant parents. Born in Chicago, he fell in love with DJ culture as a kid and took up music production and engineering; his interest eventually led to professional opportunities, including early studio work with Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and music projects for MTV and Bravo.

Since a chance meeting in2014 lead to the creation of DRAMA, the duo has bootstrapped a subtle rise on their own terms, self-releasing several EPs and mapping multiple tours with Midwestern grit.

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CHIRP Welcomes: Diane Coffee (NIGHT 2)

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Schubas
3159 N. Southport
Chicago , IL 60657
(773) 525-2508

18+


CHIRP is happy to welcome Diane Coffee for two nights in June at Schubas!

With People is both new territory for Diane Coffee, as well as a full-circle return to their roots. Shaun Fleming’s fourth album is more intimate and personal than they’ve ever been previously, a collection of diaristic ruminations and contemplative observations of the people in their life that are nonetheless universal in their impact. Combining the breezy wistfulness of classic folk-rock with orchestral pop’s broad sweep, With People marks an exciting new era for Diane Coffee, chronicling an artist’s revisitation of their upbringing as they look at the horizon for what’s ahead.

Fleming’s follow-up to 2019’s exquisite Internet Arms came about in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, as their songwriting took an unexpectedly personal turn—zooming in on not only their own emotions and experiences, but the people that have impacted their life. “It was a way for me to see all these people I couldn’t see, and to be with them in the form of song,” Fleming explains—and the transportive nature of this creative process eventually encompassed their own upbringing in the suburbs of Agoura Hills, California, which Fleming returned to before recording to recapture the feelings of their past.

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CHIRP Welcomes: Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers

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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston , IL 60202
(847) 492-8860

All Ages


Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer/songwriter based in New York City, best known as the singer of The Hold Steady. Finn spent the '90's leading Minneapolis indie band Lifter Puller, which released 3 albums and an EP. After relocating to New York, he joined with Lifter Puller member Tad Kubler to form The Hold Steady in 2003. The Hold Steady quickly achieved critical acclaim and a worldwide fanbase with their unique pairing of dense lyrical narratives with big rock guitars. The Hold Steady has released eight LPs, including Open Door Policy in February 2021. Finn released his first solo album in 2012 with three additional solo LPs put forth since 2015 -- Faith in the Future, We All Want The Same Things, and 2019's I Need a New War -- which coalesced into a sign-of-the-times musical trilogy. Finn's debut book "I Can't Keep Saying Thank You," a collection of his song lyrics, was also released in 2019. A double album of b-sides/outtakes All These Perfect Crosses was released in 2021 accompanied by a limited edition graphic novel/comic book. Pitchfork has described Finn as "a born storyteller, who has chosen rock as his medium."

Craig Finn's fifth solo album, A Legacy of Rentals, will be released May 20, 2022.

When performing his solo material live, Craig Finn is joined by a dynamic group of musicians called The Uptown Controllers.

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CHIRP Welcomes: The Waco Brothers

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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston , IL 60202
(847) 492-8860

All Ages


CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is thrilled to welcome the Waco Brothers to SPACE in Evanston on Thursday, 6/30! 

"I’ve never been able to find a live band in New York as consistently thrilling and funny and fun as the Waco Brothers." —Author and former Chicagoan Sarah Vowell

You've heard of the crossroads where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil?

Well, the Wacos race towards the crossroads of punk and country, heedless of speed limits and stop signs. The collisions spectacular, loud, energizing and sometimes messy. We've seen them a three hundred and forty six times, and the Waco Brothers never fail to entertain. Subtlety is for the weak, so they've chosen the path of optimum mayhem and tomfoolery.

Let's let singer/guitarist Jon Langford describe the nexus of punk and country:

"It's so direct and honest, it's almost painful ... All the songs are about sex and death and drinking. If you listen to early George Jones, it's simple, three-chord stuff where the subject is everyday life ... It could be the Buzzcocks."

The line-up, in case you haven't been paying attention: Jon Langford (Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts), Steve Goulding (Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Graham Parker & the Rumour), Alan Doughty (Jesus Jones, Dollar Store), Deano (Dollar Store, Wreck), and Tracy Dear (World's Greatest Living Englishman). On drums the past few years has been Joe Camarillo (Hushdrops).

With an improbable longevity, an impeccable rock and roll resume, and a go-for-broke live personae that can distract from the sharpness of their subject matters, it can be easy to take the Wacos for granted. But what was true at the beginning of the siege remains so today: in these fraught times, no one’s out there writing and performing with the political and personal so intertwined. Like a strange, colorful and possibly poisonous toad that lies dormant in the mud of an Amazonian rain forest, only to emerge when it seems like it’s necessary, the Waco Brothers are needed more than ever.

They are working to save music so you don't have to.

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CHIRP Radio Welcomes: Laura Veirs

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Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago , IL 60625
(773) 728-6000

All Ages


CHIRP is proud to welcome Laura Viers to Old Town School of Folk Music! 

Found Light, the new LP from Laura Veirs, is not a divorce album. It is true, however, that at the start of Autumn 2019, Veirs separated from her longtime husband, her longtime producer, and the father of her two sons. It is also true that it was a contentious and complicated breakup, so hurtful Veirs even wondered if she would ever make music again. Had that part of her identity, which seemed intractably intertwined with her partner for so long, been swallowed in the split?

But Veirs persevered, not to make a divorce album but instead to capture inquisitive and surprisingly assured snapshots of what comes after. Despite the sadness and suffering that prompted these 14 graceful wonders, Found Light is a testament to the inspiration of independence, to shaping new possibilities for yourself from someone else's old mess. It is a reminder that we are always capable of something more.

While it's technically the 12th studio LP, it also, in many ways, feels like her debut: Found Light is her very first record with co-production credits (alongside Shahzad Ismaily), and finds Veirs embracing a self-sovereignty and artistic independence she'd never known previously.

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CHIRP Welcomes: Bev Rage & the Drinks

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Schubas
3159 N. Southport
Chicago , IL 60657
(773) 525-2508

18+


CHIRP is excited to welcome Chicago's own Bev Rage & the Drinks to Schubas on Saturday, 8/13, to celebrate the release of their latest record, Exes & Hexes!

Bev Rage & the Drinks are a loud, fast, and brash queer garage-pop band from Chicago. Fronted by guitarist Beverly Rage, a 7- foot tall drag queen with hair and heels, the band is known for their colorful live shows of all original music. Self-identified as the “friendliest, sexiest, and gayest band in Chicago,” Bev & the Drinks are excited to show the evolution of their sound.

The long awaited sophomore LP “Exes & Hexes” on What’s For Breakfast? Records will be released into the world on August 13th, 2022. Recorded and produced by Brian Fox at Altered States, the album is a departure from their prior lo-fi recordings. The album is bigger, louder, and more complex with the band welcoming new members Mary Rose Gonzales (drums) and Dan Jarvis (lead guitar) into the lineup in 2019. Bev (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Sam Westerling (bass, vocals) round out the band. The new album includes more mature tracks exploring the intricacies of mental health from a queer perspective (“Machines Get Cleaned” & “Confident”) but the fun tongue in cheek songs (“Perfect Guy” & “Hollywood Beach”) that Bev is known for are still peppered in.

Six music videos will be released in the lead-up to “Exes & Hexes” with the first lead single “Permanent Receptionist” being produced and directed by New Trash. Pick up the 11-track album — pressed locally at Smashed Plastic — for the first time at the release show along with some other fun surprises!

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