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On Monday, we posted an interview and in-studio session with hammered dulcimer player and Evanston native Max ZT, also of the group House of Waters. Now, check out two exclusive videos from the set, recorded during the session last month. Our thanks to Drift producer Svyat, who helped out with filming.

Check out the second track after the jump:

houseofwatersHouse of Waters; photo used by permission of band.

Comprising hammered dulcimer virtuoso (and Evanston native) Max ZT, 6-string electric bassist Moto Fukushima, and percussionist Luke Notary, House of Waters incorporates sounds as wide-ranging as Senegalese sabar music, formal structures of Indian santoor music, free jazz, and more. The day before the official release of their 3rd and latest album, Revolution, House of Waters’ Max ZT joined Continental Drift for a full 2-hour live in-studio performance, interview, and co-DJ session. After the jump, check out the full set on Mixcloud.

Back in May, Chandeliers came by the WNUR studios to record an Airplay session. You can hear the whole thing on Airplay’s website. Here’s what they’ve got to say about Chandeliers:

What happens when you put four guys from the Chicago art-rock scene into a band together? Chandeliers. What do they sound like? Well, using sound machines and synthesizers, Chandeliers describe their sound as “shimmering, beach-ready electronic jams” and listening to their tracks one can’t argue with that. Attempting to identify the origin of their sound one is forced to think of Krautrockers, post-disco dream teams, and funk kings, but one thing is certain, this Chicago quartet has a sound all unto their own. Garnering positive reviews for their past three albums from the likes of XLR8R, 20 Jazz Funk Greats, and The Wire, Chandeliers is a group to keep your eyes and ears on.

Check the video and see for yourself. Our thanks to Matt Ludwig, who shot and edited the video; and to Ethan Simonoff, who recorded the audio.

Last month, Denise spoke with Ian Williams, guitarist/keyboardist of math rock group Battles, for WNUR’s Airplay. They discussed some of the artistic collaborations that fed into the group’s latest album, Gloss Drop; the state of the local scene in Chicago; and about the altogether fuzzy definition of “math rock.” Battles will be playing at the Bottom Lounge tonight (June 14) with opener An Aesthetic Anaesthetic.

I know it’s a very different sound on stage as opposed to your studio albums, but there’s a lot of similarities for live shows; I’m wondering how much of it is planned versus improvised?

It’s planned, you know, but sometimes you kind of plan little pockets where things aren’t really that scripted. It’s more like you kind of know some of the events that are going to happen, like eventually the drummer is going to hit his cymbal or eventually somebody’s going to start a new riff or something. So you’re kind of waiting for things to happen, so it’s not like blind improvisation or anything like that.

In case you didn’t notice, Sonic Celluloid is coming really, really soon (May 18! This Friday!). We’ve got a great line-up of local artists coming to play, including headliner Cleared and openers Wume and Good Willsmith. It’s happening at the Block Cinema, and you can find all the details at the Facebook event page. We think it’ll be a real eye-opening experience.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d share a video we put together when Wume came to the studio a few weeks back for an Airplay set. You can check out the whole set on Airplay’s website here.

We’ve got some more video coming from Airplay and the rest of station in the near future, so stay tuned!

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Maps & Atlases stopped by the WNUR studios this past Tuesday, performing a stripped-down acoustic set in anticipation of their upcoming show.  They’ll be headlining at Metro this Friday to kick off their US tour.  Tickets are $16 and doors open at 8PM.

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Be sure to download the exclusive mp3 from part of their performance below.  As always, you can stream all of WNUR’s in-studio performances (including this one!) on the Airplay archive page here.  Stay tuned for more exclusive in-studio mp3 releases in the future!

Fever (WNUR Live In-Studio) by Maps & Atlases — Right click to ‘save as…’ to download.

Before the band flew into town for their March 10 show at Metro Chicago, Balkan Beat Box’s Ori Kaplan sat down with me on the phone to talk about the band’s new sound; what they’ve been listening to recently; the future of global “roots” music; and their fourth and latest release, Give.