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CHIRP's exclusive artist interviews, conducted on-location and produced entirely by CHIRP volunteers. Subscribe to the feed to receive new interviews with local and national acts every week.

Artist Interviews JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound

Chicago’s high energy group JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound have wowed audiences all over the city with their brand of soulful rock. They’ve made a name for themselves as a vivacious live act that could rival the most spirited in Chicago or anywhere else. This reputation has sent them touring the US and internationally, picking up some very famous admirers and acquaintances along the way. Listen to CHIRP Radio’s Blake Burkhart as he interviewed the guys backstage at Lollapalooza 2012. JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound headlined one of the Metro’s 30th anniversary shows on November 21st, 2012.

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Artist Interviews California Wives

Chicago’s California Wives’ released their first full-length record on Vagrant Records in early September, 2012. Art History is a dream pop celebration for the new-wave band, marking years of hard work and support from the local scene.

Blake Burkhart caught up with the band during a busy Lollapalooza weekend, reminiscing with the guys about the good ride they’ve had so far, and hope to continue now that they’ve officially dropped their long-awaited debut.

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Artist Interviews Serengeti

On location at the Chicago Media League softball night in Kosciuszko Park, Dylan Peterson talked with CHIRP’s unlikely starting pitcher, Anticon’s Serengeti. 2012 saw the release of the Kenny Dennis EP and C.A.R. full-length, two radically different albums from this enigmatic and imaginative local rapper. Before taking the mound, Serengeti reflected on living a loner’s lifestyle in Chicago, working with Why?‘s Yoni Wolf, and the ’87 Cubs

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Artist Interviews Bowerbirds

Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Bowerbirds released their third full-length album, The Clearing, on Dead Oceans in March of 2012. CHIRP DJ Dylan Peterson had the pleasure of hanging out with the entire band after their performance at Lollapalooza.

In this exclusive CHIRP interview the band reflects on their place in the nu-folk canon, Beth and Phil’s on-again, off-again, on-again relationship, and how accidentally adopting a dog affected their outlook on life.

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