Category Archives: Live in Chicago

Live in Chicago, Day 2: Pretty Good Dance Moves

photos by Jeremy Farmer review and interview by Sheryl Witlen It is easy to see why Chicago loves Pretty Good Dance Moves. The threesome recently won a place among the Top 10 on FameCast, an online artist discovery site that tallies votes from its viewers, allowing them to voice their affection for their favorite performancesRead more…

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Live Performances podcast: Mahjongg (Live in Chicago)

photo by Jeremy Farmer Yesterday at Engine Studios, we hosted four incredibly talented bands — Mahjongg, Sleep Out, Au, and The Chamber Strings — each very different from each other. The most unique group of all had to be Mahjongg, whose assault of electronic and organic beats was both weirdly experimental and groovingly familiar. CheckRead more…

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Live in Chicago, Day 1: The Chamber Strings

photos by Jeremy Farmer review by Sheryl Witlen The Chamber Strings have been through it all — or shall we say vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, producer Kevin Junior has been through it all. Divorce, depression, addiction, and, nearly, death. Most writers draw upon one of these experiences and filter it through their art leaving a path ofRead more…

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Live in Chicago, Day 1: Au

    photos by Jeremy Farmer Au is what you encounter when you step into the mind of Luke Wyland. An art student of Massachusetts College of Art he headed out for Portland, Oregon in 2005 and the rest is history. Wyland has soaked up the ambiance, mystique and dark romance of the Northwest, inRead more…

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Live in Chicago, Day 1: Sleep Out

photos by Jeremy Farmer Having just released their sophomore album, Not Even Dust over a week ago, the members of Chicago’s Sleep Out give credit to an unusual muse: Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery, a park-like site that was designated a city landmark in 1971 and the inspiration for what Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times has called “one of the strongest indie-popRead more…

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Live in Chicago, Day 1: Mahjongg

photos by Jeremy Farmer Mahjongg, a quintet of experimental musicians from Chicago — composed of members include founding member Hunter Husar (computer, etc.), Jeff Carrillo (vocals, guitar, bass) and Josh Johannpeter (drums) and new members Michael DeGraff (computer, bass, vocals) and Daniel Quinlivin (keyboards, percussion, vocals) — resists easy definition; many have proposed “art-punk,” whileRead more…

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Live in Chicago, Day 1

KEXP is broadcasting for the rest of the week from Chicago during the Morning and Midday shows. Currently, we’re at Engine Studios with live bands like The Watson Twins, T-Model Ford, David Vandervelde, and a whole bunch more. Today, you can hear Mahjongg, Sleep Out, Chamber Strings, and Au. Tune in all week and checkRead more…

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Equalizer Showcase, Darkroom, Chicago 7/3/2008

As we move perilously closer each day to the immanent KEXP live broadcast invasion of Chicago this month I am reminded more often just what a vital music town and indeed music community Chicago is right now. I can’t think of another city of this scale (and I have lived in quite a few others)Read more…

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Andrew Bird @ Hyde Park, Chicago 5-17-08

by Jeremy Farmer Last week I was offered a rather unique opportunity. This opportunity was to exclusively shoot a show that seemingly no one else knew about. I live in Chicago and think I am pretty up on the bands that come through town, especially those that are based just a few blocks away fromRead more…

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Live in Chicago: Final Roundup

L to R: Michelle Vednerack, Balthazar de Ley, John Richards, Amy Bauer, Meredith Tucker, Kevin Suggs, Shannon Sauter, Susana Meza, Dane Cody, & Cheryl Waters (photo by Kevin Vlack) The DJ’s, staff, and volunteers of KEXP had a fantastic time during last week’s Chicago broadcast, and you can bet that we’ll be there again. ARead more…

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