Jill Hopkins is a Chicago broadcaster, DJ, writer, musician, and storyteller. After an eight-year stint at Vocalo Radio, Hopkins kicked off 2022 by joining the Metro family of venues (which also includes Smart Bar and GMan) as their new media and civic events producer. As told to Jamie Ludwig I was always a big radio […]
On Fran’s debut album, front woman Maria Jacobson claims her spot as one of Chicago’s best emerging indie rockers
Maria Jacobson, front woman of Chicago indie-rock group Fran, recently did a podcast interview with CHIRP where she talks about how she became more interested in making music while attending Bennington College. “Since I grew up doing theater, it was always doing someone else’s work, and I always felt comfortable doing that,” she says. “There […]
Chicago no wave celebrates itself
The Co-Prosperity Sphere devotes a concert and exhibit to 90s Chicago no wave, and the CHIRP Record Fair returns for year 17.
Chicago gets its first vinyl-pressing plant in decades
A look inside vinyl-pressing plant Smashed Plastic, whose brand-new technology could bring relief to labels and artists stymied by long waits for records
Heavy rockers Alma Negra return transformed as Reivers
Heavy rockers Alma Negra return transformed as Reivers, CHIRP celebrates its long-awaited terrestrial signal, and more.
CHIRP sees the transmitter at the end of the tunnel
Ten years after the Chicago Independent Radio Project recruited its first volunteers, it’s finally hitting the airwaves.
Chicago radio thrives at the left of the dial
Corporate consolidation has flattened out Chicago’s big commercial radio outlets, but low-power and college stations still have plenty of personality.
Danielle Sines of Impulsive Hearts on a 16-year-old who cowrote a doo-wop hit
Current musical obsessions of Impulsive Hearts front woman Danielle Sines, CHIRP codirector of features Amelia Hruby, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
Lumpen Radio amplifies voices from the margins
Bridgeport-based low-power station Lumpen Radio provides an on-air home for diversity and dissent.
Saves the Day bassist Rodrigo Palma on the elementary particle of rhythm
Current musical obsessions of CHIRP Radio DJ John Lombardo, Saves the Day bassist Rodrigo Palma, and Reader music listings coordinator Luca Cimarusti
CHIRP’s Factory Sessions releases a new live video by locals She Speaks in Tongues
The sixth installment of the station’s performance series features a band the Reader just named Chicago’s “Best feminist rock ‘n’ roll exorcism.”
Grab some records while you rock at East Room this weekend
Do312’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Market pairs three killer Chicago rock bands with folks selling lots of cool wares.
Best local music podcast
Notes and Bolts
In Rotation: Jim Dempsey of Corbett vs. Dempsey on Nardwuar the Human Serviette
Current musical obsessions of Julie Shapiro of Third Coast and Jim Dempsey of Corbett vs. Dempsey
Reader’s Agenda Tue 2/19: Music trivia, Greensky Bluegrass, and Deadly Gentlemen
What’s on the Reader’s Agenda for Tuesday, February 19, 2013.