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/ / CHIRP at Do Division

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Do Division
2000-2200 W Division St.
Chicago , IL 60622

All Ages


We're excited to be back at Do Division this year as a media sponsor!

Running for three days on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt.Do Division has an amazing lineup of artists across two stages, as well as the Do Fashion runway show, food trucks, and a family fun fest! Stop by the CHIRP booth to pick up some summer swag!

Here's the schedule:

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CHIRP Welcomes: LowDown Brass Band

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Cobra Lounge
235 N Ashland Ave
Chicago , IL 60607
(312) 226-6300

17+


CHIRP and Riot Fest present Chicago's own LowDown Brass Band on Friday, May 31st at Cobra Lounge!

The LowDown Brass Band is a uniquely strong representation of Chicago Music culture. This talented all horn band leans heavily on dancehall and street beat rhythm, with the energy of conscious hip hop, jazz, reggae, and soul.

They'll be celebrating the release of their latest record, $itizens of the World.

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Both Sides Now: A CHIRP Vinyl Listening Bar

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

21+


Step into a realm where the music takes center stage and vinyl records reign supreme.

Introducing Both Sides Now: A CHIRP Vinyl Listening Bar -- a monthly oasis for music aficionados and introverts alike. Nestled in the cozy upstairs room of Schubas Tavern, this unique event happens every first Wednesday of the month.

Join us upstairs at Schubas! The decks start spinning at 7:30pm.

This month's menu comes from DJ Paul Anderson: "We’re Here, We’re Queer: Queer Artists of the 21st Century".

Fever Ray - Radical Romantics (2023)

Karin Dreijer (they/them) deconstructs gender and love, then attempts to put them all back together again through masterful usage of vocal modulations and synths on one of CHIRP’s top ten albums of 2023.

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014)

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this landmark record, Chicago’s Laura Jane Grace (she/her) releases her angst, fear, and rage in a glorious blaze that puts cis punk to shame.

Shamir - Heterosexuality (2022)

Don’t let the title fool you, Shamir (he/him) presents this electrifying record that uses lo-fi indie rock, R&B, and a dynamic voice to explore the margins of language, labels, and beyond.

Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters (2004)

Still just as sleazy, fabulous, and daring as when it first hit the airwaves twenty years ago, this debut from the Scissor Sisters puts the glam back in glam rock.

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CHIRP Welcomes: BOECKNER & Spencer Krug (of Wolf Parade)

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Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago , IL 60622
(773) 276-3600

21+


On Wednesday, June 5th, CHIRP welcomes BOECKNER & Spencer Krug to the Empty Bottle! Both members of Wolf Parade are touring with their solo projects separately, and this Chicago show is the only point at which their two tours converge.

Throughout his work with Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, Operators, Atlas Strategic, and more, Daniel Boeckner recognizes that few feelings are more gratifying—more memorable, more generative, more abundant—than hope. But it takes getting the hell out of your own way.

A culmination of that deep library of musical reference, the iconic Canadian indie rocker is set to release his first album under his own name: Boeckner! 

A prolific creator of dramatic, imaginative indie rock, Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Spencer Krug is best known as a member of Wolf Parade. However, under a cavalcade of guises -- such as Sunset Rubdown and Moonface -- Krug has remained an original voice across two decades, delivering a commitment to melody and production texture in a characteristically off-kilter fashion.

On the release of the final Moonface album -- 2018's This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet -- Krug announced that his future solo endeavors would be issued under his own name. 2021's Fading Graffiti -- a record awash with pedal steel -- showed Krug to be true to his promise.

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CHIRP Welcomes: Slow Joy

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Gman Tavern
3740 N Clark St
Chicago , IL 60613
(773) 549-2050

21+


CHIRP is excited to welcome Slow Joy to GMan Tavern on Saturday, June 8th!

When Esteban Flores started releasing singles under the moniker Slow Joy in 2020, it didn’t take long for his music to gain momentum. In particular, a pair of 2022 singles, “Crawling” and “Soft Slam,” connected with fans thanks to an evocative, sensitive combination of soaring space rock, noisy shoegaze and dynamic post-rock.

“I only shared my music because I wanted people to hear it, not because I was trying to get a career,” Flores says. “Lo and behold, the universe then let me have a career out of it.”

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The First Time: First Ask

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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, returns to Martyrs' on June 12th with a theme of "First Ask."

The First Time is unlike any other storytelling show in Chicago, pairing our six diverse readers' personal stories about a first-time experience with a live performance of a song selected by the storyteller for its relationship to their piece.

The show's unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Three, featuring Liam Davis, Gerald Dowd and Steve Frisbie.

In this edition, our featured readers include: Soli Solis, Hope Rehak, Megan Kirby, Fraxiom, Allison Parssi, Ashir Badami. You can find out more about them at firsttime.chirpradio.org

The show is a benefit for CHIRPRadio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion, Jenn Sodini.

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CHIRP Welcomes: SuperKnova

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

18+


CHIRP Radio 107.1FM welcomes SuperKnova home to Chicago for her first performance in the city since relocating to NYC on Friday, June 21st!

SuperKnova is a transgender artist who makes soulful, indie pop. An instrumental virtuoso, she blends dreamy guitar with electronic drums and synths to create a sound that feels instantly familiar yet excitingly fresh. 

Her heart-felt lyrics and catchy hooks have led to features on Showtime’s Work In Progress, Epic Games Fortnite, Sephora, MTV and Spotify’s editorial playlists.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, she produces and records all of her own music and builds many of her songs live on-stage through looping and live instruments.

She performs both locally and nationally and is currently working on her next album.

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CHIRP Presents: Chicago Independents’ Day

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

All Ages


CHIRP Radio Presents: Chicago Independents’ Day, a day-long event for independent music fans and artists to connect with local independent labels, venues, and media outlets.

Programming includes panels with fans and industry professionals, a music media market (local labels and vintage CDs), and live music.

12pm - 5pm - Schubas Main Stage

  • Independents’ Market: local labels + vintage CDs from CHIRP

12:30pm - 6pm - Schubas Upstairs

Panels and Q&A - Seating first come, first served

  • New Perspectives: Young Artists on the Scene (12:30-1:30)
  • The Joys and Challenges of Music Media (2-3)
  • Fan’s Guide to Supporting Local Music (3:30-4:30)
  • Chicago Music History 101 (5-6)

7pm - Schubas Main Stage

  • Local music showcase 

Entry to the market is free, panels are a $5 suggested donation at the door. 

Tickets for the show are $18 and will be available through the Schubas website.

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/ / CHIRP Radio Is Proud to Sponsor Logan Square Arts Fest

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Illinois Centennial Monument on Logan Square
3150 W Logan Blvd
Chicago , Illinois 60647

All Ages


CHIRP is proud to partner with the Logan Square Arts Festival.

Returning to Logan Square's beautiful Centennial Monument from June 28-30, the Logan Square Arts Festival will feature live art and music performances by MJ Lenderman and the Wind, Binki, McKinley Dixon, Salami Rose Joe Louis and much more.

Come say hello at the CHIRP tent and visit a variety of other vendors including local artists and artisnal makers.

Learn more here!

Check out the line-up!

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CHIRP Night at the Whistler with Desert Liminal (solo) and Ghost Days

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The Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee
Chicago , IL 60647
(773) 227-3530

21+


On Sunday, June 30th, CHIRP Night at the Whistler returns with Desert Liminal (solo) and Ghost Days!

Every last Sunday of the month is CHIRP Night at the Whistler — an evening where you can enjoy the music of CHIRP-curated local artists, the Whistler’s take on classic cocktails, and the good feeling of supporting independent radio.

This June, we're excited to welcome Chicago's own Desert Liminal (solo) and Ghost Days to the Whistler stage. As usual, there is no cover for this 21 and over event, and Ghost Days kicks it all off around 8:00 PM.

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CHIRP Welcomes: Black Lips (TWO SHOWS)

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On Sunday, July 14th, CHIRP Radio 107.1FM welcomes the Black Lips to the Empty Bottle for TWO SHOWS!

Boasting an unapologetic southern-fried twang, with a clang and harmony that is unmistakably the inimitable sound and feel of the Black Lips. Their songcraft and stylistic evolution are as infamous as their now legendary live shows. Last year the quintet saw the release of 2020's Sing In A World That's Falling Apart via Fire Records.  Resulting in their grimiest, most dangerous, and best collection of songs since the aughts. The result of two decades of impulsive living, wild nights, and determined attitudes make up the Black Lips.

EARLY SHOW (6:30PM): tickets

LATE SHOW (10:00PM): tickets

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/ / CHIRP at Out of SPACE

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Illinois Science & Technology Park
4900 Searle Pkwy
Skokie , IL 60077

All Ages


Out of Space returns July 26-28 at an exciting new location near downtown Skokie! Our beloved Canal Shores Golf Course is finishing up their massively-impressive renovation project, and while it will be perfect for golfing this summer, the grass has not had a chance to mature enough to withstand our type of use just yet. We can’t wait to bring Out of Space back home in 2025, but are thrilled to partner with the Village of Skokie and share this new location with you which has tons of charm, lush green grass for picnicking, easy free parking, public transit, and is friendly for walkers and bikers.

We can’t wait to experience it with you this summer!

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CHIRP Welcomes: Guerilla Toss

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Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago , IL 60622
(773) 276-3600

21+


CHIRP Radio 107.1FM welcomes Guerilla Toss to the Empty Bottle on Saturday, July 27th!

Dig deep enough inside yourself—start treating your body as your sanctuary rather than your enemy—and eventually you’ll find yourself blooming right back out into the sun. That’s the transformation Guerilla Toss trace on their newest album “Famously Alive,” their effervescent Sub Pop debut. After a decade sprinkling glitter into grit, building a reputation as one of the most ferociously creative art-rock groups working, the upstate New York band have eased fully into their light. This is Guerilla Toss at their most luminescent—awake, alive, and extending an open invitation to anyone who wants to soak it all up beside them.

Singer and lyricist Kassie Carlson, multi-instrumentalist Peter Negroponte and guitarist Arian Shafiee wrote “Famously Alive” at home in the Catskills during the pervading quiet of the pandemic year. The uncertainty of COVID-19 lockdowns and the total disruption of routine forced Carlson to negotiate with herself in new and challenging ways. “You have to be with yourself all the time during the pandemic,” she says. “I had to figure out a way to manage my anxiety. The pandemic was hard, but it helped me get comfortable inside my own body. My peace of mind came out of being thrust into the deepest shit. This album is all about being happy, being alive, and strength. It’s meant to inspire people.”

The album’s title derives from a poem written by a close friend of the band, Jonny Tatelman, who supported Carlson through the early stages of her recovery from opiate addiction. The poem comprises the entirety of the lyrics to the title track, an exuberant ode to loving your own survival and charting a course into unconditional self-acceptance. “The song ‘Famously Alive’ is about living with purpose and excitement whether you’re famous or not, accepting your strangeness and thriving even if your successes look different than other people’s,” notes Carlson. “To me, ‘Famously Alive’ means flipping the notion of dying famously to living famously,” Negroponte adds. “I also like to think of it as a way to describe living through something traumatic and coming out of it a stronger, wiser person.”

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CHIRP Welcomes: Mei Semones

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

18+


On Sunday, August 4th, CHIRP welcomes Mei Semones to Schubas!

Semones’ sweetly evocative blend of jazz, bossa nova and math-y indie rock is not only a way for her to find solace in her favorite genres, but is an intuitive means of catharsis. “Blending everything that I like together and trying to make something new — that’s what feels most natural to me,” says the 23-year-old Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and guitarist. “It’s what feels most true to who I am as an artist.”

On her newest EP and Bayonet Records debut, Kabutomushi, Mei’s diverse sonic palette adds depth to her experiences of the complexities of love. Through the EP’s five songs, she chronicles infatuation, devotion, vulnerability, and saying goodbye in some of her closest relationships, complete with sweeping strings, virtuosic guitar-playing and heartfelt lyrics.

All of the songs that comprise Kabutomushi are written and sung in both English and Japanese, with Mei wanting to stay connected to her first language in a creative way. The EP title translates to “rhinoceros beetle” in English, named after the horned insect that she would spot and catch in the park when visiting her grandmother in Japan growing up. 

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CHIRP Welcomes: Ghost Funk Orchestra

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

18+


CHIRP Radio 107.1FM welcomes Ghost Funk Orchestra to Schubas on Wednesday, August 14th!

Ghost Funk Orchestra is the brainchild of composer/multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum. What started as a one-man recording project has now evolved into a powerhouse live band. It’s a sonic kaleidoscope that defies genre specification, but draws heavy influence from the worlds of soul, psych rock, salsa, and beyond. Their unique blend of genres has attracted praise from the likes of NPR, Bandcamp, KUTX, Brooklyn Vegan, Earmilk, and more. Over the years they've had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes of Os Mutantes, Grace Potter, Marco Benevento, La Luz, Monophonics, The Nude Party, and The Jack Moves, as well as playing such legendary festivals as Montreal Jazz, Treefort, Telluride Jazz, Otis Mountain Get Down, and BRIC's NYC Winter Jazz. Local NY blog Post-Trash described their sound as a ‘psych odyssey of traditional sounds delivered in a non-traditional fashion.’ Bandcamp’s Editorial Director J. Edward Keyes praised the band’s ability to ‘leave no funk-adjacent genre unexplored.’ Experimentation is the key, and unpredictability is what has been attracting folks from all corners of the globe to see what GFO pulls off next…

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CHIRP Welcomes: Material Issue

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On Saturday, September 28th, CHIRP Radio 107.1FM welcomes Chicago legends Material Issue to Lincoln Hall!

In 2011, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the International Pop Overthrow album, the two surviving members, Mike Zelenko and Ted Ansani, reformed the band under the name Material Reissue. Chicago based singer-songwriter Phil Angotti (who had recorded as The Idea) joined them, filling in for Jim Ellison. The show was part of the International Pop Overthrow festival, named after the album, and took place at the Abbey Pub in Chicago on April 23, 2011. Material Reissue then performed at the Taste of Chicago on June 28, 2011, at Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 8, 2011, and Lincoln Hall on September 17, 2011. They performed in what was billed as their final show ever on December 31 at Reggie's Rock Club. However the band has continued to perform live occasionally since that time.

International Pop Overthrow was also re-issued in a 20th Anniversary edition.

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CHIRP Welcomes: Boris

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Ramova Theatre
3520 S Halsted St
Chicago , IL 60609
(312) 988-0838

All Ages


CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is excited to welcome Japanese metal legends Boris to the new Ramova Theatre on Friday, October 11th as they perform Amplifier Worship Service in its entirety!

In 2024, Boris will undergo a tour performing all the songs off their first album. We have already reached a quarter-century since the release of that 1st album, “Amplifier Worship”. Boris has been in constant pursuit of their own ideal “heavy” since their formation in 1992. From the outset they became like a chimera, evolving at a rapid pace, establishing a unique style with extreme downtuning and megavolume. Their broad sense of “Heavy Rock” swelled grotesquely, as it engulfed powerviolence, ambient and drone, with a trance component of krautrock and so on.

From Tokyo to the world, Boris spread out from the underground community to have their name become more widely known. Five years after their formation, Boris went deep into the beyond of heavy music to make their first album, one that can be said to be a palace constructed in unexplored realms. However, the album by no means serves as a peaceful “end” or resting place/”gravestone” for those compositions. Rather, it was a map to the “beyond” that Boris drew up at the time, a blueprint pointing to the future. 25 years after the release of “Amplifier Worship”, that guidance has been revealed: a full length tour for performing all of the songs on the album in a double-drum-format Drone Set.

As a pioneering effort in Drone Metal, a palace under the name of “Amplifier Worship” was constructed and revealed as both a point of departure as well as a destination. Amplified oscillations and volume, going from anguish to pleasure and back, being in fear as well as in awe at what can be called heavy— we venture into this palace of worship together.

For this tour Boris are taking along Starcrawler, a band that intensifies the prayer of rock ‘n’ roll. This only takes us further into the “beyond,” embarking on this worship service. Welcome to the ceremony!

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