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A couple of Rock Show DJs had a chance to sit down with guitarist Mark McGuire, formerly of Emeralds, to talk about his new album, his upcoming collaborations, and his approach to making music. Be sure to check out Mark’s most recent album, Along the Way, out now on Dead Oceans!

Listen to the interview here, or check the text after the jump!

Interview with Mark Mcguire by Wnur-Fm on Mixcloud

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Glenn Kotche @ the Bijou Theater, 3/27/14

Here begins our rollout of coverage of Big Ears Festival, which went down last weekend in Knoxville, TN. First up, we have an interview with Chicago’s own Glenn Kotche, who you might know as the drummer from Wilco. Kotche is a man of many hats – a percussionist and a composer. Check out his new album, Adventureland, which was released on Cantaloupe Music on March 25.

Listen to an audio version of the interview here, or check the text after the jump.

Interview with Glenn Kotche by Wnur-Fm on Mixcloud

WNUR News had the opportunity to sit down with Marissa Penrod, the founder of the Dance Marathon 2014 Beneficiary, Team Joseph. We discussed the struggles in starting a foundation, the complications involved in finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and the power of the Dance Marathon experience.

You can find more Dance Marathon coverage at WNUR News.

Marissa Penrod – Founder of Team Joseph (Dance Marathon 2014) by Your World With Wnur News on Mixcloud

WNUR DJ Jessica Peng spoke with singer songwriter Maris Maeve, a senior student at Northwestern University. Her latest album “Inflection Point” was released in 2012, songs from which were featured in the Spring 2013 issue of NU Helicon literary magazine.

 

“In Choosing”
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“Playing with Fire”
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Interview
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wnur/interview-with-maris-maeve[/soundcloud]

Interview by Svyat Nakonechny ’14, Continental Drift Producer

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/wnur/interview-with-ori-kaplan-of[/soundcloud] Svyat Nakonechny ’14 had a chance to chat with Balkan Beat Box’s Ori Kaplan as the group is getting ready to storm the stages and bring the party back to the United States. In light of their Chicago show later this month, we talked BBox’s most recent album “Give”, upcoming musical plans, and the boom of the international music scenes in New York City and Chicago. Here is a shortened version of this talk.

I recently spoke with Italian alt-classical pianist Ludovico Einaudi, whose American tour is coming to a close at the beginning of June. It was a great conversation—check it out above.

Danish singer-songwriter Nana Jacobi spoke with Continental Drift last quarter. Her most recent album, Visitors, dropped last year. Check out the interview below.

Nana Jacobi


Featured image via Nana Jacobi tumblr site.

Multi-instrumentalist Greg Fox came into Airplay on March 9, and we were thrilled to get the chance to speak with him about the improvisational process, his involvement with Thrill Jockey and the Chicago scene, and plans for a new Guardian Alien record—to name only a few. The text of the interview follows after the jump.


Paul Kelly, Australia’s poet laureate of sorts and rock-folk-bluegrass legend, stopped by Chicago on his North American tour. During his short stay in WNUR’s vicinity, he graciously agreed to chat with me about his most recent album and touring the states. Here’s the shortened version of our talk.

Featured image via Billboard

Editor’s Note: Maxwell Allison is a WNUR alum, a continuing friend of the station, and the bassist for Good Willsmith. He spoke recently with Homer Flynn, head of the Cryptic Corporation and spokesman for the Residents.

Where are you guys right now? How is the tour going?
Tour’s been great—tour’s going really well. Other than the fact that it looks like we’re about to cancel a show in Northhampton, Massachusetts tomorrow because they’re expecting two to three feet of snow.

How many shows are on this tour in total?
There were 21, now there are 20.

Can you tell us what we can expect from the Residents’ Wonder of Weird tour?
Well it’s the 40th anniversary tour, so it’s retrospective. But being retrospective, or at least being The Residents, it’s not necessarily what someone might expect—it’s not obvious. There’s no Constantinople, there’s no Hello Skinny or Man’s World. They’ve actually chosen some fairly obscure material from their catalog that has been drastically re-arranged. So a casual fan could easily go in and think “this is all new material,” but the hardcore people will certainly find a lot of familiar stuff, and a lot of little gems they never expected to see showing up in a concert like this.