Category Archives: Live in Chicago

Live in Chicago: Pitchfork Music Festival begins

We’ve arrived and begun broadcasting from the Pitchfork Music Festival. The rain is falling off and on, but those of us from Seattle feel right at home... despite the 200% humidity! Check back at the KEXP Blog for regular updates, and listen to KEXP this weekend as John and Cheryl spin live. getting ready toRead more...

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KEXP in Chicago: from Engine to Pitchfork

Just a few of the many people who helped during KEXP’s broadcast from Engine Studiosphoto by Jeremy Farmer (front left) Thanks to Engine Studios for their hosting KEXP’s broadcast from Chicago this week -- they couldn’t have been more generous and hospitable -- and thanks to all the Chicago area listeners who came out toRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 3: The Ruby Suns

photos by Jeremy Farmer review and interview by Sheryl Witlen The final in-studio band of the week has journeyed the farthest to join in on the Engine Studios action we have been enjoying these past few days. Ryan McPhun and Amee Robinson, otherwise known as The Ruby Suns, are another fantastically creative New Zealand band representingRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 3: The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International

photos by Jeremy Farmer review by L. Manheim interview by Jim Beckmann If you are looking for classic Central and West African dance music or just a raucous good time Chicago’s Occidental Brothers Dance Band International fits the bill. The band specializes in soukous (a style akin to Rumba), Highlife (a genre characterized by jazzy horns and multipleRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 3: David Vandervelde

photos by Jeremy Farmer review and interview by Sheryl Witlen Once in a while a singer enters a room and is so fiercely talented in his lyrical ability and charismatic, at ease and with such a field force of surrounding energy that you can literally hear the shock and awe creep over the audience. These momentsRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 3: The M’s

photos by Jeremy Farmer review by Sheryl Witlen interview by Jim Beckmann When you understand how much a band embraces the music community they were inspired by it makes you appreciate them even more. The M’s sprouted from the cracks in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, recording in friends’ apartments and playing some of their first showsRead more...

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Live Performances podcast: T-Model Ford and GravelRoad (Live in Chicago)

photo by Jeremy Farmer Day 2 of the KEXP broadcast from Engine Studios in Chicago brought another round of terrific and varied performances with elements of electronica, Americana, and indie-rock from Pretty Good Dance Moves, The Watson Twins, and Bottomless Pit, but when we learned that T-Model Ford would play a set, we knew itRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 2: Bottomless Pit and the Kadane Brothers

photos by Jeremy Farmer review by Sheryl Witlen Bottomless Pit are a band with deep roots and love within the fair city of Chicago. Two former members of the band Silkworm, (who had played together from 1987-2005) have picked up the pieces and started to heal through their music and live performances. After the tragicRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 2: The Watson Twins

photos by Jeremy Farmer review and interview by Sheryl Witlen Black Swans. That was the band name Chandra and Leigh Watson chose for themselves before changing their minds and simply calling their outfit, The Watson Twins. Striking at six feet tall with black shoulder length hair these identical twins harmonize into a singular haunting melody.Read more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 2: T-Model Ford and Gravelroad

photos by Jeremy Farmer review by Sheryl Witlen There is something to be said about spirit.  James Lewis Carter Ford, aka T Model Ford is a southern gentleman who has enough tales and more salt than most of the young musicians currently on the scene and he is 86 years young. Born in the town of ForrestRead more...

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