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North Coast Music Festival Preview

Photos from North Coast, 2017

To escape via daydreams from the Week Seven blues, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival announced today the full lineup for the 2018 festival. Taking place in Union Park from August 31-September 2, “summer’s last stand” will be one to remember, with international headliners and a deep lineup that will keep you at the park all day long.

Starting out the weekend will be a pair of headlining names that made my jaw drop: Miguel and Axwell ^ Ingrosso. The former, Miguel, is well known for his hip-hop jam “Sky Walker” with Travis Scott, and his most recent album includes collaborations with Rick Ross, Kali Uchis and J. Cole, among others. One of my personal favorites is “waves – Tame Impala Remix” from his 2016 EP. The latter, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, is one of the biggest teams in electronic music today. Formerly members of the eternally important Swedish House Mafia, the duo has, both independently and together, played a huge role in shaping the genre for the up and coming producers of today.

Saturday brings DJ Snake in from France to headline. DJ Snake is a music festival favorite who has played Lollapalooza, Coachella, Ultra and the like. You’ll know him for both major throwbacks — “Turn Down for What” with Lil Jon (can you believe this came out in 2013??) — and slightly more recent throwbacks from his 2016 album “Encore” — “The Middle” with Bipolar Sunshine; “The Half” with Jeremih, Young Thug and Swizz Beatz; and “Let Me Love You” with Justin Bieber. DJ Snake will be joined Saturday by Vulfpeck, The Revivalists and RL Grime.

Chance the Rapper joins The Cool Kids onstage at the 2017 festival. The Cool Kids will be returning this year on Friday.

Finally, Sunday will close out the festival with U.K. legends Jamiroquai, a band that has been around since before I was born. They had a huge hand in the creation and exploration of the “future funk” genre, and will be returning to the United States for the first time in over a decade for a small grouping of tour dates, including North Coast. With a huge discography grown through decades of performing, be sure to check out Jamiroquai to get ready to get down on Sunday.

In addition, a heavy hitting group of four supporting headliners will help Jamiroquai finish the weekend on a high note. Yellow Claw and Gramatik are strong on the trap electronic music front, although Gramatik often brings out live musicians and has jazz roots in many of his tracks, while Mura Masa blends EDM with instrumentals and R&B influences. Finally, the band Moon Taxi will round out the group with upbeat hooks and a poppy, alternative rock sound.

Other artists I’m personally excited for include Snails, Two Friends and Bryce Vine on Friday; The Strumbellas, Robert DeLong, Cashmere Cat and Tauk on Saturday; and Jacob Banks, NoMBe, Maddy O’Neal and Cofresi on Sunday. The lineup also features Chicago-grown EDM favorites Porn and Chicken, 2FAC3D, Bentley Dean, Diz and more in a “Chicago’s Most Wanted” series of B2Bs. Tickets for the ninth-edition of the festival are on sale now, so proceed to checkout so you can check out this lineup of incredible artists with me this summer.

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Friends of the Bog EP Release Show

Emerging Chicago band, Friends of the Bog, which consists of NU grads Jake Pollock (’12), Patrick Budde (’13), and Gaby Febland (’14) will be having an EP release show at Martyr’s.

Friends of the Bog writes sing-alongs from the murky side of the soul. The band recently recorded its debut EP with acclaimed engineer Steve Albini. The self-titled release is exuberant, eclectic, and a sign of exciting things to come from this new folk collective.

Event details

Friends of the Bog EP Release Show (w/ The Flood + Erik and Jessie)

Martyr’s – Sept 13, 8PM – $7 – 21+

WNUR Steetbeat is teaming up with Metro/Smartbar for some giveaways! And all tickets will be given away on the streetbeat fb page!

 

How to Kill Showcase

How To Kill is a new endeavor from Detroit collective F.A.M.E. These anonymous artists have been involved in the Detroit dance music scene for over 15 years in various capacities. Some hold DJ residencies at Detroit’s current mecca for dance music, TV Lounge, others have had releases on Apollo Records, Two Circles, and Sly Fox Records. The collective had it’s first release this year on Greg Wilson’s A&R edits imprint, which was well received and found it’s way to the top ten on Juno’s disco charts. 10-18-13 sees the release of the first vinyl-only imprint of the Detroiters’ massive catalog of unreleased, unique dancefloor couture.

 

 

 

White Material Showcase

Most new record labels take a few releases to establish themselves, especially when the people behind them are unknown. They cultivate a sound and a look, a vision begins to emerge, and then we start to buy their records. That’s generally how it works. White Material, however, positively burst out of the blocks. Their first four records quickly sold out, leading to inflated Discogs prices and frustrated fans craving what they couldn’t get. Read the rest of the feature here. 

 

 

 

Chrissy

Chrissy is a genre-bending DJ/producer with productions on esteemed labels like Classic, Freerange, Razor N Tape, Tugboat Edits, and Hypercolour. He co-runs The Nite Owl Diner label with Alex Burkat, and is a resident DJ at the legendary Chicago nightclub Smartbar. The nite owl diner is a streetbeat label in residence.

 

 

WNUR’s January 2016 Release of “Are You Ready to Be a Comic?”

Listen to the latest edition of the LIVE comedy show sweeping campus! The January 2016 edition of “Are You Ready to Be a Comic?” features the musings of Northwestern’s Arielle Gordon, Andy Bayer, David Brown and Sam Saulsbury. Chicago Tribune political cartoonist Scott Stantis and WNUR’s Al Finley. Listen in for the laughter and see how many questions you can answer correctly!

Even Thieves to Perform at Nightmare of You’s 10th Anniversary Show 1/9

Even Thieves

 

If Morrissey, Bono, and Michael Hutchence had a late-night recording session in Springsteen’s basement, they might have birthed Even Thieves. Equal parts New Wave and rock ‘n’ roll, Even Thieves’ upbeat melodies aren’t easily pegged. The Chicago-based six-piece have their cherished influences, but still craft a lush, singular sound. Even Thieves listen to the beating of their hearts, the loudest of sounds, producing the soundtrack to lost days and stolen nights.

They will be playing with Indie Pop New Wave Rock band Nightmare of You’s 10th anniversary show at Double Door January 9th.

 

Show info

Saturday January 9th, 7 p.m.
Double Door, ALL AGES
Nightmare Of YouEven Thieves
$18 ADV / $20 DOS

 

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers to Make Chicago Debut on 11/14 & 11/15

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

The Sapsuckers are a guitar/fiddle duo from rural Wisconsin that performs original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country, old-time, and vaudeville traditions of the 1920s and 1930s. They bill their music as “a brand-new take on old-time country,” and their latest album, “Ocooch Mountain Home,” received high praise from the likes of fROOTS, Bluegrass Today, and Country Music People, while Ear to the Ground Music named them one of “5 Americana Acts you have to Hear to Believe.”

They’re making their Chicago debut with back-to-back shows on November 14 (Honky Tonk BBQ) and November 15 (Red Line Tap, with Diamond Jim Greene and The Hat Stretchers).

Show info

Saturday November 14, 10 p.m.
Honky Tonk BBQ
1800 S Racine Ave (corner of S. Racine and W. 18th), (312) 226-7427
honkytonkbbqchicago.com
No cover charge

Sunday, November 15, 8 p.m.
Red Line Tap
7006 N Glenwood Ave (N Glenwood and N Lunt), (773) 274-5463
www.redlinetap.com/
$5 cover

Dylan Ryan/Sand to Perform at The Burlington

Dylan Ryan/Sand

Two years after the release of their impressive debut, fusion unit/power trio Dylan Ryan/Sand released Circa, a purposeful continuation of the aesthetic that the group had fostered on its first record. Featuring guitarist Timothy Young (Reggie Watts, Wayne Horvitz), bassist Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto) and leader / composer / drummer Dylan Ryan (Icy Demons, Herculaneum) the new recording has a wholly unique styling, which ranges from Melvins-esque sludge trodden proto-grunge to blistering fusion passages of Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Show info

When: Nov 11
Where: The Burlington 3425 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Time: 9:00pm
Cost:$5
Who with: Axis: Sova

ALSO: Sand will be playing a free in-store at Reckless Records in Wickerpark on Nov 11 at 3pm

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Phillip Stone, a DJ from the outskirts of Chicago, visited Streetbeat to record a set and promote his upcoming performance at Smartbar Chicago where he will be performing alongside  DJ’s Tama Sumo and Matrixxman on Friday, October 23.

Stone has shared the decks with a variety of DJs including: Marco Carola, Dan Bell, 6th Borough Project, Seth Troxler, and many more influential artist. He’s played at the Winter Music Conference & Movement festivals parties, New York’s Bar 13 & Marcy Hotel, The Works & Old Miami in Detroit and more locations in Miami in Athens.

RSVP for the show here and listen to his live set from Streetbeat below:

Phillip Stone Live On WNUR Streetbeat – 10-14-15 by Streetbeat Special Guests on Mixcloud

Featured photo by Courtney Morrison

VIA Fest 2014

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 and be sure to come check out some of Streetbeat’s finest on the 3rd, as they open for Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ.