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First Time First Issue - Tristan A. Smith

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Tristan A. Smith is an actor, writer, and comedian born in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up on the city's South Side in the Bronzeville neighborhood. It's a known fact amongst performers that great art comes through Chicago. Tristan has spent more than enough time in the city to provide all the evidence you need of just how special the homegrown talent is. A lot of elements have had a hand in crafting Tristan's artistry both in Chicago and in his travels. From his time in Atlanta at Morehouse College, to his improv and writing training at Act One Studios and Second City, to his everyday experiences. All of it makes an impact. He is honored to be working with Chirp Radio for the first time and happy you are listening.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: atlanta, black lives matter, chicago, comedian, first time, gerald dowd, good man, india arie, liam davis, martyrs', police, race, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling

First Time First Issue - Chris Trani

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Comedian and immigration rights activist Chris Trani tells the story of how he posed as a journalist from Street Wise to interview Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: assumed identity, beyonce, chicago, comedian, eve ensler, gerald dowd, girls, jane fonda, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', mexico, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, street wise, sundance film festival, vagina monologues

Artist Interviews So Pretty

CHIRP DJ Alli Klein sat down with local band So Pretty after a recent band practice to discuss their new record and how it highlights their ethos about staying true to yourself, your band and your fans in order to emphasize being inclusive instead of exclusive.

produced by Jenn Rourke

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Topics: alli klein, chicago, chicago music, interview, interviews, jenn rourke, local music, mp3, punk, so pretty

First Time First Issue - Dustin Drase

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If you’ve been to Chicago in the past two decades, you've probably seen or heard Dustin somewhere -- be it DJing, hosting a radio show, or peddling records at local fairs and events. Obsessive record collecting as a teenager led him down the path of music journalism (Magnet, Dusted, MTV2, Stop Smiling), then to hosting a radio show and DJing. You can currently hear Dustin at monthly gigs at Coles or the Whistler in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A veteran of the local record label scene, Dustin spent time in the trenches at Locust, Drag City, and the archival reissue label The Numero Group. In 2015, he was nominated for a GRAMMY (Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package) an A2IM Award (Creative Packaging) and won an AIM award (UK) for his work on the Numero release, Cities of Darskcorch. As if all that weren't enough to keep him busy, he also runs/owns two boutique record labels, Addenda and Plustapes. In the few instances when he has free time, Dustin enjoys playing board games and indulges his more nerdy interests by collecting comic books and vintage synthesizers.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, dj muppet fucker, gerald dowd, guerilla journalism, guided by voices, happy hardcore, hipsters, hold on hope, liam davis, live lit, magazine, martyrs', plustapes, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, stop smiling, storytelling, sxsw, zine

Artist Interviews Air Credits

Local group Air Credits (aka Hood Internet & ShowYouSuck) recently stopped by the CHIRP studios to sit down with Features Director Amelia Hruby. They discussed the post-apocalyptic premise for their first album Broadcasted and how it feels to be making overtly political music in the current climate. (Hint: awesome.)

You can catch Air Credits live in Chicago on February 19th at the Empty Bottle for a Red Bull Sound Select show with Dan Deacon and Marijuana Deathsquad.

produced by Amelia Hruby (@ajhruby)

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Topics: air credits, amelia hruby, chicago, empty bottle, hood internet, interview, interviews, local, mp3, showyousuck

Artist Interviews Matchess

"So much of our lives are rationalized and routinized, and everything seems kind of known or knowable. So anything that feels like it's not quite knowable is what I like to do creatively. ... When there's no explanation for something, that's where I like to let my mind and my music stay."

Last fall, Whitney Johnson came to the CHIRP studios to talk with Amelia Hruby about Johnson's solo electronic project, Matchess. They discuss how she builds the multi-layered structures of her songs, the inspiration she draws from industrial field recordings, and what magic happens when you listen to repetitive sounds over and over again.

produced by Amelia Hruby (@ajhruby)

photo by Jeremy Deputat

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Topics: amelia hruby, chicago, electronic, interview, interviews, local artists, local bands, local music, matchess, mp3, whitney johnson

First Time First Gig - Elle Quintana

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If good stories come from a riotous life, Elle’s background is just the thing. Born in Albuquerque, she traveled her whole life, which involved attending 22 different schools, before landing in Chicago 20 years ago. She’s been a talent buyer (translation: books bands) for 17 years, and loves whiskey, taking naps, bad decisions, and her daughter. In 1980 at Washington Elementary in Kalamazoo, MI, she won student of the month. She considers that the pinnacle of her success.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: addict, addiction, chicago, debauchery, drugs, first time, gerald dowd, hole, junky, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', pole dancing, storytelling, stripper

First Time First Gig - Megan Ensley

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Megan is a writer, actor, singer, political activist, and aspiring psychologist. She sings with the band, The Mashed Potatoes, has performed in numerous cabarets with Brown Paper Box Co., and has told stories for Story Lab Chicago and TUTA Theatre. She has also been a performer, writer, and director for various sketch comedy shows at The Second City Training Center and Stage 773. When not performing, Megan can be found working on graduate school applications to become a clinical psychologist.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: beauty pageants, chicago, first time, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, miss america, miss kansas, perfection, queen, storytelling

First Time First Gig - Rachel McCartney

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Rachel McCartney has performed in way too many bars to still look so out of place in them. Based in Chicago, she is a regular at the Laugh Factory, and recently made her Comedians You Should Know debut opening for Drew Michael at his album recording. She has also performed at the Comedy Exposition, the Green Gravel Comedy Festival, and the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival.


The Chicago Tribune once described her as a "New Year's treat," which probably made more sense when the article was published in early January. In less calendar-sensitive praise, local legend Peter-john Byrnes once called her "Chicago's foremost grammar comedian," and she plans to have that distinction carved into her headstone.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: acceptance, chicago, first time, gerald dowd, guys and dolls, influential teacher, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', procrastination, school musical, special ed, special education, storytelling

News Chicago’s Cajun Connoisseur Serves Deliciousness and Opportunity

Kyle Kelly is the co-owner and head chef of The Cajun Connoisseur. He's a self-taught Cajun chef starting out his second winter in the “deliciousness business” of Chicago’s food truck scene. With his crew of family on board, Kelly serves grits, jambalaya and po'boys, makes plans for his brick-and-mortar restaurant, and offers opportunities to young people from his Englewood neighborhood. But his mantra of good food and forgiveness can't prevent gun violence from touching his business and his life.

This story was produced as part of new collaboration between CHIRP Radio and City Bureau, a Chicago journalism lab. City Bureau reporter Sarah Conway worked with CHIRP producer Dan Epstein to create this day-in-the life radio portrait as part of City Bureau's fall 2016 cycle on Englewood's food desert.

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Topics: cajun connoisseur, cajun cooking, chicago, chicago food trucks, chicago foodie, city bureau, creole cooking, englewood, englewood businesses, englewood food desert, family business, food, food trucks, gun violence, hyde park businesses, opportunity, street food

First Time First Gig - Ada Cheng

Ada Cheng is renegade academic and a professor turned storyteller, improviser, and comedian. She is a recent Moth story slam winner, Bughouse Square Debate runner up, and presenter at The National Storytelling Network Conference. In her free time, she loves sleeping (with or without cats) and playing with cats (sleeping or not). Her motto is: Make your life the best story you tell.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, driver's ed, driving lessons, first time, learning, live lit, mansplaining, martyrs', mistakes, practice, sara bareilles, storytelling

First Time First Gig - Alicia Swiz

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Alicia Swiz is a professor and performer who facilitates conversations about feminism and pop-culture through humor, candid observation and being really smart. She teaches Media & Gender Studies at Harold Washington College and is the creator of SlutTalk, a performance that raises awareness of slut shaming and encourages sex positivity. Sometimes she's funny; sometimes she's not. Find her on the Internet @popgoesalicia

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: activism, chicago, cunt, feminism, gender studies, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', performance, sociology, storytelling, tlc, vagina monologues, women's studies

Artist Interviews Lala Lala

CHIRP volunteer Marites Velasquez caught up with local band Lala Lala at the CHIRP studios this fall. They chat about how the band came together, how Chicago has influenced their music, and whether they'd ever want to be famous.

produced by Marites Velasquez

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Topics: chicago, chicago band, interview, interviews, lala lala, local music, marites velasquez, mp3

Artist Interviews Horrible

Pat, Phil, and Anthony of local band Horrible recently came by the CHIRP studios to chat with CHIRP volunteer Amelia Hruby about their debut EP, Is It Even Music, Really?. They discussed how they named the band, their most terrible shows, and a series of horrible puns.

Catch them at Quenchers on Saturday, December 10th.

produced by Amelia Hruby (@ajhruby)

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Topics: amelia hruby, chicago, chicago bands, chicago music, horrible, interview, local, local bands, local music, mp3

Artist Interviews Daniel Knox

Daniel Knox is a local singer-songwriter and a projectionist at the Music Box Theatre. In this interview, CHIRP volunteer Eve Szokolai speaks to Knox about how he started playing music on pianos in historic hotels, the ways long walks at nights have inspired his songs, and his desire to create films.

produced by Eve Szokolai

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Topics: chicago, chicago music, daniel knox, eve szokolai, interview, interviews, local, local music, mp3, music box theatre

Artist Interviews The First Time Four Amps Up CHIRP’s Live Storytelling Series

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The First Time Four is the house band at CHIRP’s quarterly storytelling series, The First Time. Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis, Gerald Dowd, and Scott Stevenson bring their considerable talent and experience together to provide a musical component to the series. But they’re more than just a cover band. They’re an essential part of the First Time experience.

produced by Dan Epstein (@radiovespa)

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Topics: broadway, chicago, constraints, country, covers, folk, folk rock, gerald dowd, happy accidents, hip hop, interpretation, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', musicals, oddball, punk rock, quartet, rap, rock, scott stevenson, soul, steve frisbie, storytelling, surprise, the first time

First Time First Taste - Fran Hoepfner

Fran Hoepfner is a writer and comedian from Chicago. She has written both pop culture criticism and personal essays for The AV Club, Brooklyn Magazine, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, and Jezebel, among several  others. She can be seen performing stand-up around the city, most notably as a resident of the monthly Bell Hop showcase with Ian Abramson at the Virgin Hotel. She currently works as the Digital Editor at The Onion.

 

produced by Dan Epstein and Brian Heath

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Topics: cancer, charli xcx, chicago, comedian, drinking, english breakfast, first time, food, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, london, martyrs', scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, study abroad, the onion, writer

Artist Interviews Yeesh

Chicago band Yeesh came by the CHIRP studios to chat with CHIRP volunteer Amelia Hruby just after the release of their second album, Confirmation Bias, on Tiny Engines. They spoke about the making of the album, how the band got started back in 2010, and what exactly does (or doesn't) happen when you call the Yeesh hotline (646-38-YEESH).

produced by Amelia Hruby (@ajhruby)

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Topics: amelia hruby, chicago, chicago music, confirmation bias, local, local music, sheesh, tiny engines, yeesh

First Time First Taste - Terry Gant

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Terry Gant of the South Side Gants, is the owner of Third Coast Comics in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, on Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. The shop started in 2005 as an online comic book store, specializing in graphic novels.The original business model of local delivery of comics to you at your home, workplace or favorite bar resembled the business model of an industrious drug dealer and proved to be just as sustainable. In the summer of 2008 Third Coast Comics became a “Brick and Mortar” operation in Edgewater and this past winter moved to Rogers Park on Sheridan Rd.

Terry earned his BA in Marketing (focusing on geeks) from DePaul University and would consider a MA in Marketing (again to geeks) if he ever planned to get another day job, which he hopes he never has to do. Terry is 50% of all of the African American comic book retailers in the Midwest and has been paid to play Dungeons & Dragons. He has also parlayed all of his nerd cred into about 30 minutes and 20 seconds on both NPR and Good Morning America this year.

Terry currently lives in Evanston, IL with his very patient and understanding wife. In an alternate universe they have 3 daughters named Beckah, Katy and Norway.

 

produced by Dan Epstein and Brian Heath

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Topics: chicago, comic books, comics, first time, gerald dowd, homework, jimi hendrix, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', school, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, third coast comics

First Time First Taste - Maggie Kubley

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Maggie Kubley is a multidisciplinary performer and musician who creates confessional solo theater pieces and performative piano pop and aggressive girl pop as part of Celine Neon, a grime pop duo out of Chicago. Since 2006, Kubley has performed both her music and theater projects in a wide variety of venues, bars, living rooms, clubs, basements, and theaters throughout the city. Her work focuses primarily on love, death, addict tendencies, and sex/romance and has has been featured in the The Chicago Tribune, Chicagoist, The Redeye, and Gaperʼs Block.

 

produced by Dan Epstein and Brian Heath

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Topics: aerosmith, celine neon, chicago, coffee, donuts, dunkin donuts, first time, flirting, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', scott stevenson, sex, steve frisbie, storytelling

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