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  • bonny light horseman @ thalia hall

    bonny light horseman @ thalia hall

    @amelia.moseman@colekincart (pictures) Despite being merely six years and three albums old, Bonny Light Horseman has the sound and calm confidence of a much more developed band. Perhaps it’s not that surprising when considering the conglomerated resume of members Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson and Josh Kauffman. Said resume includes indie cult classics Fruit Bats, The…

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  • nourished by time @ schubas

    nourished by time @ schubas

    @colekincart Nourished by Time graced Schubas this past Monday, captivating a sold-out crowd. The performance comes nearly a year after the release of his full-length album, “Erotic Problems 2.” This past spring, Marcus Brown, who recently signed to XL Recordings, released a five-song EP titled “Catching Chickens,” featuring what is arguably the most fitting intro…

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  • young fathers @ the vic theatre

    young fathers @ the vic theatre

    @colekincart .“That’s what I’m talking about, this sh*t means something to me, man!” If you’re well-versed in the nooks and crannies of internet culture, you might’ve missed out on the “old man crying meme” or the infamous “Michigan fan crying meme.” For context, in a nutshell, after an upset victory over Ohio State in November…

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  • The Magnetic Fields Commemorate 25 Years of “69 Love Songs” at Thalia Hall

    The Magnetic Fields Commemorate 25 Years of “69 Love Songs” at Thalia Hall

    Prepare for an extraordinary musical voyage this week as The Magnetic Fields bring their iconic album “69 Love Songs” to life at Thalia Hall. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the band will perform the entire triple-disc opus across two enchanting evenings, marking a rare occasion after over two decades. Led by the visionary composer Stephin Merritt,…

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  • hurray for the riff raff @ lincoln hall

    hurray for the riff raff @ lincoln hall

    @colekincart Last Thursday night, Lincoln Hall welcomed Hurray for the Riff Raff alongside NNAMDÏ for a deeply memorable performance celebrating the release of their ninth studio album, “The Past Is Still Alive.” Having immersed myself in the album’s sonic escapades over the past few weeks, the significance of its release immediately stood out. Garnering immediate…

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  • ryan beatty @ thalia hall

    ryan beatty @ thalia hall

    Cole and I revisited Ryan Beatty’s performance, this time at Thalia Hall, where his more relaxed interaction, heartfelt renditions from “Calico,” and an experienced band entranced fans with both new and classic hits, concluding with a remarkable Dolly Parton cover encore.

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  • friko @ the metro

    friko @ the metro

    @colekincart Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending Friko’s album release show at Chicago’s iconic Metro, accompanied by WIIT program director, Matt. As the venue began to fill, the atmosphere simmered with excitement as fans eagerly anticipated performances from three of the city’s hottest indie bands, including openers Neptune’s Core and Smut. All three…

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  • feature friday, 02/02

    feature friday, 02/02

    Needing some new music on this sunny Chicago Friday? Here’s what our Exec Board is listening to this week! “Shatter”, from Surrender – Maggie Rogers For: people who love the freeness of the city, amazing production and vocals. – Tamar Agam and Tori Aspurez “Shake Appeal”, Iggy & The Stooges For: doing a little dance and…

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  • WIIT x Oliver Tree

    WIIT x Oliver Tree

    @sasharodriguez I sit down to talk with Oliver Tree, singer-songwriter and producer, to talk about Antarctica, H3H3, and his upcoming US Tour for his new album ‘Alone In A Crowd’.  

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  • What 2013 Means to Me: 10 Years Later

    What 2013 Means to Me: 10 Years Later

    @colekincart In the midst of 2023, I found myself unintentionally immersed in the music I had grown up with. Whether it was a marketing ploy by the big-name record labels to get individuals like myself to spend more money on reissues I probably don’t need, I found an accidental reunion with my soundtrack of 2013.…

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  • Cole Kincart’s Best Albums of 2023

    Cole Kincart’s Best Albums of 2023

    @colekincart In an age of never-ending lists and music stats, I find myself willingly subjected to and as a self-imposed user of the relentless onslaught of tier lists and the vicious ecosystem of incandescent rankings. Every year since my early high-school days in 2017, I’ve maintained a ritual: crafting a January playlist that serves as…

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  • ally evenson @ the metro

    ally evenson @ the metro

    @amelia.moseman Despite her midwest roots, Detroit-based musician Ally Evenson’s music is anything but polite and reserved. The intensely honest lyrics, detailing past relationships and mental health struggles, leave Evenson exposed and vulnerable. “I’m going to play you some mentally ill songs” she opened, evoking cheers of empathy from the crowd.  Under the lights of Chicago’s…

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  • Laufey @ Thalia Hall

    Laufey @ Thalia Hall

    @sasharodriguez The line stretched down 18th and curved around Racine St. Laufey’s first night here in Chicago and 9th stop on her Bewitched Tour stop at Thalia Hall. Laufey’s aptly titled Bewitched celebrates the feeling of love, whether about life or loving someone in particular. Laufey reintroduces something that was always there… Jazz. She has…

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  • geese @ lincoln hall

    geese @ lincoln hall

    @colekincart Last Thursday night, Geese graced the stage at Chicago’s renowned Lincoln Hall, marking the opening night for their latest EP, “4D.” The band, hailing from Brooklyn, New York, is known for their genre-blurring approach to music. Their latest EP, “4D,” is another chapter in their creative exploration, as it offers an extra collection of…

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  • Interview With Chaepter @ The Fallen Log

    Interview With Chaepter @ The Fallen Log

    @wynterbrown The DIY scene in Chicago is coming back in full force. October 4th, a DIY show was held at the Fallen Log. By day, Kitchen 17 is a top tier vegan pizzeria. By night, the restaurant takes on the DIY scene in style as the Fallen Log. With an aquatic theme, arcade games, and…

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  • Music Recommendation- Willie Bradley

    Music Recommendation- Willie Bradley

    Written by DJ Travis Morris of ‘The Breeze’ “The Trumpeter with Heart in Soul” Willie Bradley is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned his BS degree in Music Education and Performance. Willie’s trumpet style has garnered him the respect of musicians (Soul and Jazz) alike.…

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  • The Postal Service @ The Salt Shed

    The Postal Service @ The Salt Shed

    @sasharodriguez 09/23/2023 On December 8th 2022, The Postal Service announced a 20th anniversary tour performing the entirety of Give Up. Additionally the tour announced co-headliner Death Cab for Cutie which would also celebrate Transatlanticism. Both bands are fronted by Ben Gibbard. The Postal Service brings Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley front-woman, and Jimmy Tamborello. Before this reunion…

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  • black country, new road @ thalia hall

    black country, new road @ thalia hall

    Written by @nicobatkoski Pictures by @colekincart Music is often best when shared with those you love. Whether it’s yelling out the lyrics  to the latest pop hit together, or basking in the pure emotion of a somber ballad, there is an intrinsic sense of unity found in music. No band captures that essence more than…

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  • Find your frequency @ WIIT 88.9 FM

    Find your frequency @ WIIT 88.9 FM

    Written by @amelia.moseman for Tech News August 2023 “Since the dissipation of power is proportional to the square of the current, it may be considered to be caused by an equivalent or effective resistance which is called the radiation resistance of an antenna. Thus the radiation resistance of an antenna is that resistance which is…

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  • Pitchfork Music Festival 2023, A Review of All Three Days

    Pitchfork Music Festival 2023, A Review of All Three Days

    @sasharodriguez Hosted in Union Park for the past seventeen years, Pitchfork Music Festival returns and brings in many talented artists to Chicago. This year’s line-up features The Smile, Bon Iver, Kelela, and many more artists spread across the three color coordinated stages across the park.  Simply put, Pitchfork brings out the very odd and very…

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  • To Learn- Leith Ross

    To Learn- Leith Ross

    @amelia.moseman Having missed the Minneapolis stop of “The First Leith Ross Tour Ever” on June 14th, I decided I would have to supplement by writing an album review. It’s been almost a month since To Learn, the sophomore album from Winnipeg based folk artist Leith Ross came out (release date May 19, 2023), so I’ve…

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  • Caroline Polacheck and Ethel Cain @ The Riveria

    Caroline Polacheck and Ethel Cain @ The Riveria

    @colekincart Last Tuesday night at The Rivera, fans were treated to an unforgettable triple-header featuring the immensely talented Caroline Polachek, and the rising stars Ethel Cain and True Blue. Ethel Cain, the opening act, proved to be one of the strongest performers I’ve seen in quite some time. As a rising star, Cain’s performance was…

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  • Yves Tumor @ The Riviera

    Yves Tumor @ The Riviera

    @colekincart Last Friday, Yves Tumor and friends, performed at the Riviera Theatre to an electrifying crowd Throughout the jam-packed setlist, it was a show that will forever be in my memory. Yves Tumor, born Sean Bowie, is a critically acclaimed and enigmatic musician whose artistic vision defies easy categorization. With a background shrouded in mystery,…

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  • The National @ Auditorium Theatre

    The National @ Auditorium Theatre

    @sasharodriguez The National, on tour with Soccer Mommy and The Beths, perform their first of four nights here in Chicago on May 18th at the Auditorium Theatre. I gleefully took my seat directly in the middle, not too far not too close, just perfect. Soccer Mommy took the stage first and the audience was really…

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  • Durand Jones/Kara Jackson @ Lincoln Hall

    Durand Jones/Kara Jackson @ Lincoln Hall

    @dj_neon_grey 5/9/23; Durand Jones, Kara Jackson; Lincoln Hall Kara Jackson, 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate hailing from the Chicago metro area, opened with a solo acoustic set. She performed seated wearing a black dress and dark blue eye shadow. Her folk music is well written and impeccably performed. You could hear a pin drop as…

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  • feist @ the radius

    feist @ the radius

    @colekincart Last Friday, Feist took the stage at The Radius, delivering an exceptionally contemporary concert experience that felt more like a larger piece of art than a typical live performance. The show was a perfect balance between deeply orchestrated and thematic, yet highly organic and intimate, showcasing Feist’s musical prowess and her genuine connection with…

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  • miya folick @ the riviera

    miya folick @ the riviera

    @sasharodriguez Miya Folic, singer-songwriter from California, is currently on tour supporting the iconic duo Aly & AJ. I was able to capture some photos of her set as well which was wonderful! Miya teased the audience towards the end with a snippet of her most recent single “Mommy” and the crowd was absolutely loving it.…

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  • interview with begonia

    interview with begonia

    @sasharodriguez I had the opportunity to speak with Winnipeg native Begonia aka Alexa Dirks. We talk vulnerability, social media perfection, and Chic Gamine. Watch to see one of my favorite interviews I’ve done so far!

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  • show me the body @ the metro

    show me the body @ the metro

    Photo taken by Ricardo Adame @ricardoeadame @sasharodriguez Hailing from New York, Show Me The Body brings hardcore fans their latest studio album Trouble The Water. Incorporating elements of hardcore punk and alternative hip hop, Show Me The Body has brought the heat to every show on this tour.  Show Me The Body’s World War Tour…

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  • Student Appreciation

    An image from our tribute to Illinois Tech student Jay Morris, on air Saturday, January 30th from 5 to 7. Jay was killed early Thursday morning by a fellow student, and we’re sharing songs and stories related to his life right now.

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  • Marble Mouth by Pillar Point

    This article originally appeared in TechNews Scott Reitherman is no stranger to the indie pop community. As frontman of Throw Me The Statue until that group’s departure in 2013, he’s already become a familiar face in his native Seattle and beyond, scoring a minor college radio hit with that band’s song “Lolita” in 2009. The…

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  • Stickers

    Late last Fall, we took a trip up to the 5th floor of Main Building to dig through our old storage space, which includes this wonderful cabinet adorned with artist stickers covering approximately 1995-2005. If you look closely, you’ll find Radiohead, Archers of Loaf, and many other names that still have a ring to them…

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  • Nerdcore @ The Bog

    Thanks to everyone who came out to Nerdcore @ The Bog, featuring @souporvillainz and @1uphiphop. We had a ton of fun, and we’ll let you know when we have another of our unique music events coming up once again!

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  • Beirut @ Riviera Theatre

    This article originally appeared in TechNews on November 16, 2015 Emerging from the Santa Fe bedroom of then-19-year-old Zach Condon nearly a decade ago, Beirut was a musical project that found immediate acclaim by virtue of its seeming absurdity at the time. Coming right on the cusp of the explosion of the “baroque pop” genre,…

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  • Plaitum EP by Plaitum

    This article originally appeared in TechNews on November 10, 2015 Barely ten years into his career as a music producer, Paul Epworth can already be considered a kingmaker. He’s been behind the board for the debut albums from Bloc Party, Florence + The Machine, Maxïmo Park, and more, and his ability to bring out new…

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  • U.S. Elevator by U.S. Elevator

    This article originally appeared in TechNews on October 27, 2015 On a warm, humid evening in April of 2013, I somehow found myself as the guest of somebody who was attending a folk concert at The Frog Pond, an invite-only, BYOB venue in the middle of a collectively-run farm in Silverhill, Alabama, twenty miles southeast…

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  • Mister Divine by Naytronix

    This article originally appeared in TechNews on October 13, 2015 Nate Brenner’s association with tUnE-yArDs at this point in his musical career has been, to use a clichéd phrase, both a blessing and a curse. Serving as the only permanent member of that group aside from central figure Merrill Garbus, Brenner has already gained experience…

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  • Big Grams EP by Big Grams

    This article originally appeared in TechNews on October 6, 2015 Some collaborative albums come about as natural extensions of deeply connected music scenes, and by the time they happen, they seem inevitable. This one is neither of those things. Put together following a series of brief meetings at music festivals, Big Grams is the debut…

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  • Heartless Bastards At Metro

    This article originally appeared in TechNews on September 29, 2015 It’s truly a shame that Chicago doesn’t seem to have the same appetite for roots rock as cities like Milwaukee or Nashville. Aside from Wilco, who made it big on their experimentalist tendencies rather than their alt-country leanings, there are very few Americana success stories…

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  • Made for Pleasure by The New Mastersounds

    This article originally appeared in TechNews on September 22, 2015 Let’s face it: after more than a decade or two of existence, bands that are known primarily for their jam rock or jazz fusion elements tend to settle somewhat into monotony, at least outside the context of a concert environment. On album, groups like Phish,…

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  • Review: Geist by Gang Signs

    This article originally appeared in TechNews on September 15, 2015 I have a creeping feeling that the term “chillwave” will lose all specific meaning within the next five years. As acts like Small Black and Toro Y Moi continue to gain in stature and blend the line between low-key electronica and synthpop, critics will continue…

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