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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.