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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.

Headliner Mark McGuire Music


and Vertonen

All audio- and cinephiles are welcome!

Frank Rosaly - Cicada Music

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These are our favorite Jazz & Improvised Music albums that came out in 2013.  If you listened to the Jazz Show (M-F 5am-12pm) sometime in 2013, chances are you heard us giving one of these a good spin.  It was a really tough choice to narrow it down to the top 10, but you’ll notice we have a convenient 6-way tie in the 10th position (^_-).  Big congratulations to the artists on this list—may you continue to create amazing records long into the future.  We are also extremely grateful to the labels and promoters who hooked up WNUR with so much fantastic music last year, keeping Chicago’s Sound Experiment as new and bold and fresh as ever.

Here are the Top 10 Jazz/Improv Albums of 2013 as voted on by the Jazz Staff at WNUR

  1. Frank Rosaly – ‘Cicada Music’  (Delmark)
  2. The Whammies – ‘Play The Music Of Steve Lacy Vol. 2’  (Driff)
  3. Black Host – ‘Life In the Sugar Candle Mines’  (Northern Spy)
  4. Dawn Of Midi – ‘Dysnomia’  (Thirsty Ear)
  5. Ches Smith & The Arches – ‘Hammered’  (Clean Feed)
  6. Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal – ‘Aquarius’  (Delmark)
  7. Spontaneous Music Ensemble – ‘Challenge’  (Emanem)
  8. Flex Bent Braam – ‘Lucebert’  (BBB)
  9. Keefe Jackson’s Likely So – ‘A Round Goal’  (Delmark)
  10. (tie) The Kahil El’Zabar Quartet – ‘What It Is!’  (Delmark)
  11. (tie) Carl Testa  – ‘Iris’  (LockStep)
  12. (tie) Jon Irabagon’s Outright! – ‘Unhinged’  (Irabbagast)
  13. (tie) Cecile McLorin Salvant – ‘Woman Child’  (Mack Avenue)
  14. (tie) Harrison Bankhead Quartet – ‘Velvet Blue’  (Engine Studios)
  15. (tie) Iverson / Konitz / Grendadier / Rossy – ‘Costumes Are Mandatory’  (HighNote)
To all our listeners, if you haven’t heard these.  Click the links and go fix that!


Congratulations to Rock DJ Grace Hahn, the Northwestern sophomore who won this year’s t-shirt design contest! These tees will become available as gifts for listeners who donate (called premiums) to the station starting a week before our annual Phoneathon: Feb. 21st – 28th. Since WNUR is an independent, non-commercial radio station, over half our operating budget comes from your donations. In addition to t-shirts, we’ll have more WNUR merchandise, as well as tons of CDs, records, and concert tickets to offer donors in February.

More on Phoneathon and all of the premiums to come very soon! Long live independent radio!


If there exists a proper way to wrap up one’s summer and slowly descend into winter hibernation, it would probably involve Bloomington’s Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Not to mark everything off of Chicago, but a few-hours’ trip will take you to the paradise, the Mecca even, of a global music village hosted in the very heart of Bloomington, Indiana.

Where else can you see Arga Bileg from Mongolia perform alongside Cuba’s Roberto Fonseca? How about DakhaBrakha with their Ukrainian ethno taking over from Kardemimmit’s gorgeous Finish kantele tunes? Amjad Ali Khan of India, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba from Mali, Sonia M’Barek representing Tunis, and many more will take the stages of some ten venues between Wednesday and Sunday, September 25-29th.

All of this phenomenal music will go hand in hand with art exhibitions, show cases, outdoors performances, only to be highlighted by a Saturday morning parade and a Sunday afternoon World Spirit Concert.

Of course, WNUR will not miss out this opportunity to chat with a few of our favorites. Expect plenty of festival coverage throughout the weekend (our Twitter and Facebook pages are the places to go for this) and artist interviews shortly thereafter. In the days leading up to September 25th, we will feature the artists from the lineup on Continental Drift and some of your other favorite WNUR shows, but in the meantime, check out