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1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston , IL 60202
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is excited to welcome Chicago's own Sons of the Never Wrong to Evanston SPACE on Friday, September 30th!
Sons of the Never Wrong is a turbo-charged Altfolk trio from Chicago that delivers witty, whimsical songs with their signature soaring harmonies. In case you're wondering, they're two gals and a fella: Bruce Roper, Sue Demel and Deborah Lader. Their odd ball humor and spontaneous stories ignite their live shows and have earned them a cult-like international following for over 30 years. Combining influences of folk, jazz, pop and rock, their sound is wildly original, their energy is contagious and their banter is hilarious.
Workshop 4200: Smashed Plastic HQ
4200 W. Diversey
Chicago , IL 60639
CHIRP is proud to be the media sponsor for Smashed Plastic Live, Volume One! On Saturday, October 1st. Chicago's only vinyl-pressing plant is holding a day-long festival showcasing the city's independent music scene.
The day will feature a local and independent label fair with 27 participants, along with live performances by 14 local bands and DJs, including:
Stop by the CHIRP booth and say hello!
3734 W. Belmont
Chicago , IL
CHIRP Welcomes Asheville's Wednesday to Sleeping Village on Saturday, October 1st!
The group was formed by vocalist Karly Hartzman, who was inspired to learn guitar after watching Mitski's "Tiny Desk" performance on NPR. Together with guitarist Jake Lenderman, lap steel player Xandy Chelmis, bassist Margo Schultz, and drummer Alan Miller, they have formed a rising indie-rock band with a love for shoegaze. If you weren't able to see them open for Beach Bunny on the most recent tour, you can catch them at their Chicago debut performance on Saturday, October 1st!
Truth Club gets the 21+ night started at 9pm.
2424 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago , IL 60614
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is thrilled to welcome Sudan Archives to Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, October 5th!
As Sudan Archives, Brittney Parks has combined left-field strains of R&B, hip-hop, and experimental electronic music with hypnotic string loops and the fiddling style of West Africa, as heard on a pair of EPs and her debut full-length, Athena (2019). She masterfully bridged the gap between her early glitchy, avant-garde compositions and timeless songwriting on the “stunning, reflective” (Pitchfork) Athena, and returned in 2022 with two new songs (Home Maker, Selfish Soul).The self-taught violinist, singer, songwriter, and producer started playing violin in her native Cincinnati, Ohio. After Parks moved to Los Angeles to study music technology, she started producing beats on a tablet computer with the addition of her vocals and strings, the latter increasingly inspired by immersion in Sudanese music. For her first LP (Athena), she took a collaborative approach and worked with a group of fellow producers who included Paul White, Rodaidh McDonald, and Wilma Archer after self-producing her first two EP’s.
3159 N. Southport
Chicago , IL 60657
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM welcomes altopalo to Schubas on Tuesday, October 11th, in support of their new album, frenemy!
It was touch and go as to whether altopalo would come together to make another album again. Being best friends for over ten years has made them incredibly comfortable with each other, to the extent that their friendship has become more like a brotherhood, a familial kind of relationship with all the strains and hurt that entails.
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder in the summer of 2020, drummer Dillon Treacy decided that he needed to take a step back from the band as the only black member of a group otherwise made up of white people, at least until they could all take some time to reflect. This lasted a couple of weeks and wasn’t something that they publicly talked about on social media, but Dillon’s leave of absence led altopalo to realize how they needed to be with each other in order to make music and relate to each other.
Added to the fact that the pandemic forced the music industry machinery of constant gigging and endless album cycles to grind to a halt, altopalo had to become truly friends again rather than friends who played in a band together. Going into writing frenemy, they were clear that they wanted to make an album that spoke to their relationships to each other; as guitarist Mike Haldeman puts it, “the least dishonest thing we could do is just make music about us. The source material is literally the fabric of our friendship.”
When they started making the album, holed up in lead singer Rahm Silverglade’s childhood home in Indiana, they began watching the 2004 Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster; what started as a joke, expecting to laugh at the band, became quickly sobering for each of them as they watched Metallica have the same conversations and arguments that they were having. “It was a confrontation of sorts,” Rahm says. “If there’s one thing you should take away from this is that we’re just a softboi version of Metallica,” he jokes.
In a way, frenemy has already done everything it’s needed to do for each member of altopalo. It’s set a blueprint for a healthier way of working and existing with each other going forward, and any other accolades or recognition that it gains from being out in the world are incidental. Rahm jokes that he wants frenemy to end up on a grocery store playlist, which provokes a debate as to whether that would indicate truly making it or finally selling out. frenemy is a frank portrait of a band forced to reckon with their own fragilities rather than sweep them under the rug for the sake of keeping going, and as such is altopalo’s most personal and most triumphant record yet.
CHIRP is proud to be a sponsor of the Chicago International Film Festival. The Chicago International Film Festival returns for its 58th edition from October 12 – 23, 2022. This year, the Festival will present screenings at venues throughout Chicago, including at AMC River East 21, the Music Box Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Chicago History Museum, and several Chicago Park District locations.
Select films will also be offered as virtual screenings via the Festival’s streaming platform.
Information about the festivsal line-up, schedule, and venue information at https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/
Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago , IL 60613
773 871 6604
CHIRP volunteers and DJs will be at the ChiFilmFest Opening Night Block Party to kick off 12 days of the 58th Chicago International Film Festival. Free to film lovers of all ages, come check out the festival and get info on premiere screenings and celebrate film's special place in Chicago. Walk the red carpet, dance to live music, enter to win Festival tickets and prizes, enjoy tasty food and drinks from local vendors and food trucks, and get all the details on what to see and do at this year's Festival.
CHIRP DJs will be spinning tunes and CHIRP volunteers will be there too, so come by and say hello.
2424 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago , IL 60614
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM welcomes Preoccupations to Lincoln Hall on Friday, October 21st!
Canada’s Preoccupations return to the post-punk, post-pandemic world with Arrangements. Their 4th studio album finds them restoring their roots with the singular, guitar driven, dissonant yet anthemic washes of intricate noise that has brought them international acclaim since their basement beginnings. For lovers of all things Bowie, Branca, Spacemen 3 and MBV, progressive punk, jangle rock and mangled goth. Arrangements sees Preoccupations finally and confidently inhabiting the dystopia that they have been carefully creating from their musical genesis. They are in a room with taped up windows, except for a tiny pinprick of light beaming from the otherworld onto the far wall, upside down and blurred, it’s recognizable enough to fill you with warm familiarity and nostalgia of unknown origins.
Preoccupations Arrangements will be released into the world on September 9th, 2022.
18th Annual CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights
1340 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Early Admission ($25) begins at 8am and allows readmission all day long. General Admission ($8) begins at 10am.
1807 S. Allport St.
Chicago , IL 60608
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is excited to welcome serpentwithfeet to Thalia Hall for a rescheduled show on Tuesday, October 25th!
As serpentwithfeet, Josiah Wise unites R&B, gospel, classical, and electronic music into passionate songs that express the fullness of his life as a gay Black man. His voice -- the product of classical training as well as singing in church since childhood -- flows over music that mixes the sensual with the divine and touches on inspirations as diverse as Brandy, Björk, Antonin Dvorák, and Toni Morrison. On his early releases, such as 2016's Blisters EP and 2018's Soil, serpentwithfeet's music was frequently as dense and brooding as it was beautiful, but 2021's Deacon (and companion Deacon's Grove EP) reflected a lighter, happier outlook and sound.
Wise grew up in a religious family in Baltimore: his dad owned a Christian bookstore and his mom was a choir director. He joined the church choir at age six, and gospel and classical music dominated his early musical taste. After a stint in the Maryland State Boys Choir, he was a member of the Baltimore City College Choir while attending high school there. Having fallen in love with the equal importance that choir put on classical traditions and the importance of Black composers and performers, Wise moved to Philadelphia to study classical vocal training at the city's University of the Arts. Determined to make it as a classical singer, Wise had to rethink his path when he was rejected by the graduate-level conservatories to which he applied. After some time in Paris and a few years in Philly's neo-soul scene, he moved to New York City in 2013, where he made ends meet while working on his music.
3734 W. Belmont
Chicago , IL
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is excited to welcome Madi Diaz to Sleeping Village on Friday, November 4th!
Nashville-based Madi Diaz marks a full restart of her artistic career with ”Man In Me,” her poignant debut single/video for ANTI-. It’s a first taste of how Diaz has worked at perfecting the craft of delivering a full spectrum of emotions via songs stripped to their most confrontational and raw form. This song was produced by Diaz with additional production by Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver). Across reverberating guitar strums and light piano, Diaz’s voice is evocative as she makes frank observations about a past relationship: “Do you imagine me differently // Cause when I met you swore that you saw me // When you think I might be someone else // Does it turn you on.” As the track continues, Diaz’s vocals swell exponentially, only to be drawn back to a fading note.
“‘Man In Me’ was the first song I sat down to record for myself in about six years, which is the reason I thought it was so important to release first. It’s a very intimately visceral moment, a sort of play-by-play inner monologue, taking my first steps through a really hard time.” The accompanying video, directed by Stephen Kinigopoulos, “ emphasizes the intensity of a moment held and held and held. For me, this video is like holding a stare for so long that it hurts. It’s like knowing you should let go, but you keep holding on cause you can’t say ‘when,’ and playing with that tension lying right beneath the surface. You know something’s up, but you just can’t put your finger on it.”
Diaz was originally raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania surrounded by a family deeply immersed in music: her grandfather was a tenor in the Greenwich City Opera, both of her parents taught music lessons (piano, guitar and ukulele), her father played in a Zappa tribute band and her brother plays in a metal band. She moved to Philadelphia in her teens to have closer access to broader music education, before eventually enrolling in (and dropping out of) Berklee College of Music and moving to Nashville to more seriously pursue a career as a songwriter. After cutting her teeth in writers rooms in Nashville, Diaz moved to Los Angeles honing her songwriting skills and playing in numerous projects. After a very tumultuous relationship and break up, she bought a truck and moved back to Nashville where she became a go-to songwriter. As things slowed down, Diaz felt she had the time and space to fully confront everything in her life with a newfound sense of clarity. Over the next two years, she wrote over 100 songs, one of which is “Man In Me.” The songwriting expertise she had developed over the years is now championed in her own strikingly original and emotional music.
2424 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago , IL 60614
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is thrilled to welcome veteran rockers The Dream Syndicate to Lincoln Hall on Friday, November 11th, where they will be performing their 1982 album Days of Wine and Roses in its entirety in celebration of its 40th anniversary!
After several reissues of vintage recordings, The Dream Syndicate recently revealed they had signed to indie institution and ‘international guardian of wonky psychedelia’ (Uncut), Fire Records.
Set to release their new album this summer, Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions features singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Wynn, drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton, lead guitarist Jason Victor plus their newest member Chris Cacavas on keyboards (you remember him from the 1980s Los Angeles band Green On Red).
This band is not regurgitating old albums and previous glories, but developing with the same urgency that a pack of youngsters would.
Any fan who has been paying attention already knows the Dream Syndicate aren’t going to make another album that sounds like The Days of Wine and Roses (they haven’t since 1982), and it’s foolish to expect that. But they don’t really need to when they’re capable of making music as good as These Times; this is passionate and rewarding music from artists still exploring new territory with truly satisfying results. — AllMusic
That was followed by the experimental free-form psychedelic The Universe Inside. Just look at the song lengths; 20:27, 7:36, 8:56, 9:55 and 10:53. Building off of the legacy of their earlier “John Coltrane Stereo Blues” of 9 minutes with live versions well over the ten-minute mark.
However, when one thinks of the Dream Syndicate, it’s not just the wild abandon with which singer/guitarist Wynn, drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton, and lead guitarist Jason Victor perform — it’s the carefully constructed song writing of Wynn that comes to mind and by now every rock critic in the world has predetermined who they feel the Dream Syndicate reminds them of and what they think of that style of music — but, This time, don’t!