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CHIRP Radio 107.1FM Welcomes Midge Ure

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City Winery
1200 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-WINE

21+


Midge Ure returns to North America’s intimate venue circuit with his open and honest, Songs, Questions and Answers Tour 2020.

Direct from the hugely successful UK leg of the tour Midge will be playing alongside multi instrumental musician Tony Solis, performing acoustic versions of his catalogue and taking questions, and maybe the odd song request, from the audience.

There is plenty to talk about too while covering a 40 year professional career, Ultravox, Solo work, Band Aid, Live Aid, his Orchestrated album from 2017....and anything YOU the audience can think of to ask him!

This is as close as you can possibly get to the man, his life and his music. An event as real, honest, uplifting and poignant as his songs.

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CHIRP and Smashed Plastic Anniversary Bash

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Sleeping Village
3734 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL

21+


In 2020, we're celebrating our tenth year as Chicago's source for great independent music curated by passionate, knowledgeable DJs. And our pals, Smashed Plastic vinyl pressing, are turning one -- so we thought, what better than to team up to throw a party?

Join us at one of our favorite venues, Sleeping Village, for a night celebrating great Chicago music with live sets from SuperKnova Space Gators, and The Dyes, along with DJ sets from CHIRP and Smashed Plastic DJs.

This is one of our kickoff events for a full year of ten-year-anniversary programming!

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CHIRP Welcomes Waltzer with Special Guests

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Sleeping Village
3734 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL

21+


CHIRP is pleased to welcome Waltzer  to Sleeping Village on February 7th!

Chicago based, dark soul, rock ‘n’ roll, country outfit Waltzer is a reminder of our favorite artists who still haunt us today. Summoning influences such as George Harrison, Ronnie Spector, Harry Nillson – the intention is to frantically call back to another time. Her general anxiety and unmanageability is very obvious in her performance and sound, and it drags you in.

Waltzer’s debut music video “Destroyer” will be released at SV this February. Recorded at Treehouse Studios, Waltzer, with the help of Chicago band Rookie, crafted the perfect Ouji board of a song.

Coming 2020, Waltzer will be releasing a ton of new music including tracks recorded at Treehouse and much more. Catch Waltzer on the road starting in March supporting her new single.

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Chirp radio and the Chicago Film Society present “Disco Godfather”

Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
773 871 6604

All Ages


CHIRP is happy to partner with the Chicago Film Society to present a 35mm print screening of Disco Godfather at the Music Box Theatre.

An iconoclastic, revolutionary comedic voice and independent media mogul, king-of-the-party-record Rudy Ray Moore entered another echelon of cult stardom after decades of underground notoriety with the cycle of wild, unruly, independently produced exploitation pictures in which he starred in the 1970s.

After originating the super-pimp folk hero Dolemite and the homicidal stand-up comedian Petey Wheatstraw, a 50-something-year-old Moore found himself closing out his biggest decade by playing a law-abiding citizen for the first time in his career, the titular Disco Godfather, besequined overseer of the hottest dance floor on the West Coast. When his basketball prodigy nephew Bucky ends up in the hospital spun out on angel dust, the Disco Godfather decides it’s up to him to "attack the wack!" and sets about waging a one-man war against the local PCP trade.

A vital document of vintage Black disco culture, Disco Godfather would ultimately prove less persuasive as an antidrug PSA than as a vehicle for squelching bouts of unmoored DIY psychedelia set to a series of killer original dance grooves. As an appealingly homemade and fundamentally unserious riff on kung fu and blaxploitation tropes, it also fell in line with Moore's other independent pictures, more than making up for its budgetary poverty with a goofball exuberance thanks in no small part to the strutting, rapping presence of Moore himself, an electrifying screen personality the American cinema has yet to see the likes of again.

For more information, please visit http://www.chicagofilmsociety.org/

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The First Time: First Class

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

21+


CHIRP's live lit and music series, The First Time, returns to Martyrs' on Wednesday, February 12th with "First Class." This time around, our six readers include:

Writer and storyteller Ines Bellina

Comedian Rodescu Hopkins

Lawyer and storyteller Karen Clanton

Jen B. Larson of the band beastii

Designer and food writer Theo Hahn

CHIRP's own Alex Gilbert

All readers will tell true stories of their "First Class," followed by a song they've chosen that relates to their story performed live by the First Time Four.

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First Time: First Class

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

21+


The First Time is CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series which pairs a reader’s personal story about a specific "first time" -- a different "first" for each show -- with a song performance. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by The First Time Four: Gerald Dowd, Liam Davis, Steve Frisbie and Scott Stephenson.  The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell which the audience enjoys more: the story or the song.

The story is hosted by The Moth Story Slam winner, Jenn Sodini.  First Class readers include: KAREN CLANTONINES BELLINA, JEN B. LARSON, ALEX GILBERT, RODESCU HOPKINS and THEO HAHN.  You can learn more about the readers at firsttime.chirpradio.org. 

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CHIRP Radio 107.1FM Welcomes Ratboys

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

18+


CHIRP is pleased to welcome Ratboys to Lincoln Hall on February 28th!

Building off their previous albums—AOID (2015) and GN (2017), which feature bright, youthful Americana narratives centered around soft vocal cadences and fluid, melodic lead guitars—Ratboys captures the bombastic, electrified fun of their live show in a bottle on Printer’s Devil and showcases their growing chemistry as a tight-knit group. Through all the change that fueled the record, Ratboys’ latest album Printer’s Devil finds a band that’s truly grown into itself and is just getting started.

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CHIRP Radio 107.1FM Welcomes Palehound

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

18+


CHIRP is pleased to welcome Palehound to Schubas on March 21st!

The third full-length from Boston-based trio Palehound, Black Friday, is a finespun exploration of all the forms that love can take: love between friends, love for people no longer in your life, love in the face of self-hate, love that endures through major life changes or through many tiny catastrophes. With her thoughtful narrative voice, Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner imbues each song on the album with a radical sensitivity, an unchecked depth of feeling that ultimately sparks a greater open-heartedness within the listener.

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CHIRP Welcomes Deafheaven (Night 1)

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

18+


CHIRP is pleased to welcome Deafheaven to Lincoln Hall on March 24th!

Deafheaven is a California-based act that has garnered acclaim for their signature hybrid sound of black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock. In 2013, Deafheaven released their breakout sophomore album, Sunbather, which may be the most popular metal album of the decade among critics. It precipitated a renaissance in atmospheric black metal that defined the decade. Many perpetually contrarian black metal diehards hated it, but their admonition didn’t stop Deafheaven from growing into a must-see live act and crossover musical success.

Now, at the end of the decade, Deafheaven have two more esteemed albums — New Bermuda and Ordinary Corrupt Human Love — under their belt, not to mention a whole lot of touring experience. As such, what better way to unpack the last decade than with a 10 year anniversary tour dedicated to the celebration of one of metal's most proflific acts....

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CHIRP Welcomes Deafheaven (night 2)

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

18+


CHIRP is pleased to welcome Deafheaven to Lincoln Hall on March 25th!

Deafheaven is a California-based act that has garnered acclaim for their signature hybrid sound of black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock. In 2013, Deafheaven released their breakout sophomore album, Sunbather, which may be the most popular metal album of the decade among critics. It precipitated a renaissance in atmospheric black metal that defined the decade. Many perpetually contrarian black metal diehards hated it, but their admonition didn’t stop Deafheaven from growing into a must-see live act and crossover musical success.

Now, at the end of the decade, Deafheaven have two more esteemed albums — New Bermuda and Ordinary Corrupt Human Love — under their belt, not to mention a whole lot of touring experience. As such, what better way to unpack the last decade than with a 10 year anniversary tour dedicated to the celebration of one of metal's most proflific acts....

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CHIRP Radio 107.1 FM Welcomes Squirrel Flower

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

All Ages


CHIRP is pleased to welcome Squirrel Flower to Schubas on April 7th!

Ella O’Connor Williams, also known as Squirrel Flower, was born on August 11th 1996, the hottest day of the year, still inside of a translucent caul sac membrane, surrounded by amniotic fluid. Born with a membrane between her and the rest of the world, yet still very much connected to and dependent on a larger life force. It’s this origin story that inspired the name of Squirrel Flower’s new album I Was Born Swimming.

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