Danish singer songwriter Agnes Obel performed in WNUR’s studio on Halloween. All four songs are from her second album “Aventine.” Agnes is currently touring North America, more details here: http://www.agnesobel.com/
Video by Alex Brüel Flagstad
Editing by Jessica Peng
WNUR is very glad to be sponsoring the first ever occurrence of VIA Festival in Chicago. The music and art festival that began in Pittsburgh will host a series of events at various participating Chicago clubs and venues from Oct. 1st to the 4th. All musical performances will be accompanied by original live video art.
Read more at their website: http://via2014.com/
And be sure to come check out some of Streetbeat’s finest on the 3rd, as they open for Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ: https://www.facebook.com/events/743922465653452/
The Beat Goes On… Streetbeat and Chicago House at Dittmar
From late June through July 2nd, Northwestern’s Dittmar Gallery housed an exhibition curated by the Modern Dance Music Research and Archiving Foundation. The gallery included archival materials courtesy of WNUR Streetbeat on display alongside handwritten set lists written by the late Frankie Knuckles and memorabilia from the Power Plant, both of whose legacies were the focus of the exhibit.
With the opening panel, outgoing Streetbeat Music Director Nick Harwood considered the role of Chicago House in both African-American culture and in the evolution of dance music. A second panel specifically considered WNUR’s night-time programming from the ‘70s through the birth of the Streetbeat program in the ‘80s. The second panel was composed entirely of former NUR DJ’s who afterwards dropped by the studio in Louis Hall for a tour of the facilities. The beat does indeed go on.
The Beat Goes On… was curated and hosted by Dr. Charles Matlock and Lauren Lowery, who kick ass and work to preserve Chicago’s musical heritage at http://www.dancemusicfound.org/
Pitchfork Music Festival
This year WNUR partnered with Pitchfork Music Festival to send two of our own with VIP passes, give away tickets to listeners on-air, as well as to fans on Facebook. Friends of Streetbeat and frequent guest DJs of the Teklife crew like Taso, DJ Taye, and Sirr Tmo all joined DJ Spinn (plus Treated Crew and Era dance crew) on stage to pay tribute to the late great DJ Rashad. While the Teklife set was an obvious highlight of the weekend, Rock Show favorites like Jon Hopkins, Deafheaven, and The Haxan Cloak all brought their talents out to Chicago’s beautiful Union Park. And it didn’t rain even once!
In the Studio with… Obama’s African Leaders, Malafacha Ska
This summer some 20+ scholars from Africa had the opportunity to study at Northwestern through President Obama’s African Leaders Initiative. As a way of thanking the president, the fellows recorded a song at WNUR. Keep an eye out for the track, “Yali”, on WNUR’s soundcloud page. Later in July, Chicago rockers Malafacha Ska came in for a live set during El Zilencio (link to El Zinlencio page)! Stay tuned for video coverage and keep your ears and eyes on WNUR as we continue to offer Chicago’s finest in experimental music, news broadcasting, and Northwestern sports.
Los Perros Cubanos, a local band that visited our WNUR studio last winter, will be presenting their newest program on June 14th at 27 Live in Evanston. Roger Sosa, the band’s leader, spent a few minutes chatting with Continental Drift about this upcoming show and their recording plans for the nearest future. Below is the audio of this interview.
This Friday, May 9, WNUR-FM 89.3 and the Block Cinema are proud to present SONIC CELLULOID XII, WNUR Rock Show’s annual experimental film and music showcase. Come watch three artists perform live film scores and RECONFIGURE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS.
Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $4 for students, $6 for the public.