WBEZ | MusicVox http://www.wbez.org/tags/musicvox Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Saul Williams talks about confidence in hip hop, how music affects change and new his album http://www.wbez.org/story/saul-williams-talks-about-confidence-hip-hop-how-music-affects-change-and-new-his-album-97577 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-23/SAUL_Vocalo_20march2012_3wm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-23/SAUL_Live_20march2012_3wm.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 468px; float: left; margin: 7px;" title="Saul Williams at The Bottom Lounge in March. (Photo by Mojdeh Stoakley)">Multi-disciplinary and multi-talented artist <a href="http://www.saulwilliams.com/">Saul Williams</a> has been praised nationally and internationally as an outstanding poet, writer, actor and musician. His rich and impressive career includes working with Rick Rubin, collaborating with Trent Reznor, starring in an acclaimed film <em>Slam</em>, touring with such bands as NIN and The Mars Volta, and countless poetry readings, performances and plays. His latest project is <em>Volcanic Sunlight</em> - his fourth full-length album, filled with a mix of horns, tribal rhythms, electro hip hop and spoken word. Saul joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">The MusicVox</a> to discuss some of the themes on his new album as well as talk about how music affects social change and how hip hop is "a lesson in confidence."</p></p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/saul-williams-talks-about-confidence-hip-hop-how-music-affects-change-and-new-his-album-97577 Chicago hip hop group BBU dish on social activism and their new mixtape http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-02/BBU-9.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>From the very beginning, the members of Chicago hip hop group <a href="http://www.itsbbu.com/">BBU</a> have been passionate activists: both in community organizing and in their music. Combining danceable beats with social commentary, the group has been generating buzz in underground circles and dance clubs alike. Their new Mixtape, <em>bell hooks,</em> is filled with songs exposing chauvinism, sexism and institutional racism. MCs Epic and Jasson Perez joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about their songs, and what sparked their passion and dedication to social activism.</p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 Doomtree goes Bangarang on the new album http://www.wbez.org/story/doomtree-goes-bangarang-new-album-96780 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-27/DoomtreeNoKings.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Members of Minneapolis hip hop collective and label <a href="http://www.doomtree.net/">Doomtree</a> have once again united for a joint full-length release, titled <em>No Kings</em>. The album features dense, heavy-hitting songs with rhymes by crew members P.O.S, Sims, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, and Cecil Otter, and production by Paper Tiger and Lazerbreak. While on tour, P.O.S, Mike Mictlan and Sims stopped by the studio and joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about the album and their collaborative process.</p></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/doomtree-goes-bangarang-new-album-96780 The Boy Illinois discusses the importance of socially conscious music http://www.wbez.org/story/boy-illinois-discusses-importance-socially-conscious-music-96399 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-14/boy illinois.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a _cke_saved_href="http://www.theboyillinois.com" href="http://www.theboyillinois.com/">The Boy Illinois</a> has been creating some buzz with his Inhale <span data-scayt_word="Mixtape" data-scaytid="3">Mixtape</span> series. He joined Jesse <span data-scayt_word="Menendez" data-scaytid="4">Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a></span> to talk about his latest release <em>Inhale Pt. 4: <span data-scayt_word="Horai" data-scaytid="5">Horai</span></em> and the importance of creating socially conscious music.</p></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/boy-illinois-discusses-importance-socially-conscious-music-96399 Add 2 talks Modern Day Coons and Cotton Fields, music that matters http://www.wbez.org/story/add-2-talks-modern-day-coons-and-cotton-fields-music-matters-95712 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/399901_10150699704154619_810684618_12128844_1807931135_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>At the beginning of the movement, Hip Hop music served as a voice for the urban youth, the oppressed, it was a tool used to raise awareness to inner city turmoil. &nbsp;While that version of Hip Hop is no longer as pervasive as it once was, it still exists. In fact, it is still <em>that</em> Hip Hop that is capable of sparking discussion, addressing societal ills and affecting change. It is that strand of Hip Hop that <a href="https://twitter.com/add2themc">Add 2</a> excels at. Through his series of Mixtapes, he has shown that music is still a potent vehicle for social commentary. Add 2 joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about his music and why he stands up and speaks his mind.</p><p>Interview edited by Adam Peindl.</p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/add-2-talks-modern-day-coons-and-cotton-fields-music-matters-95712 Music Dealers hopes to help Chicago's indie bands http://www.wbez.org/story/music-dealers-hopees-help-chicagos-indie-bands-95629 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-18/441497_300.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.musicdealers.com/">Music Dealers</a> is a unique Chicago-based start-up that creates opportunities for indie artists to license their music. CEO and Co-Founder, Eric Sheinkop joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to explain in detail the company's unique methods of connecting indie artists with brands and how bands can start utilizing the resources that Music Dealers offers to get their songs licensed.</p></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/music-dealers-hopees-help-chicagos-indie-bands-95629 Disappears preview new music off of upcoming record http://www.wbez.org/story/disappears-preview-new-music-upcoming-record-95365 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-06/disappears_panel-250x274.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's experimental psych-garage band <a href="http://www.disappearsmusic.com/">Disappears</a> have announced the release of their third full-length<em> Pre-Language</em>. The new record will feature drums by their new member Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. Brian Case and Damon Carruesco joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to preview new songs, talk about the band's writing process and what it means to "bliss out" during their live shows.</p></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/disappears-preview-new-music-upcoming-record-95365 Chicago MC Esohel discusses debut full-length 'Essential' http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mc-esohel-discusses-debut-full-length-essential-95143 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-23/280077_228364887193825_228359910527656_739572_6513535_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After many mixtapes and collaborations, Chicago MC <a href="http://www.udotfam.com/">Esohel</a> is out with his first full-length release <a href="http://esohel.bandcamp.com/"><em>Essential</em></a>. He joined Jesse Menendez on <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">The MusicVox</a> to talk about the album, his hard / punchy delivery style and the story of an abusive relationship that he tells in his song <em>In The Rain</em>.</p></p> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 03:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mc-esohel-discusses-debut-full-length-essential-95143 Sir Michael Rocks talks about The Cool Kids and his solo project http://www.wbez.org/story/sir-michael-rocks-talks-about-cool-kids-and-his-solo-project-94870 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-13/SMR.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago duo <a href="http://coolxkids.com/">The Cool Kids</a> have been bridging the gap between the old and new schools of Hip Hop with their smooth trend-setting deliveries and synth heavy minimalist production. After generating great acclaim with their Mixtapes, EPs, live performances and over the internet, <a href="http://sirmichaelrocks.com/">Sir Michael Rocks</a> of The Cool Kids has set his sights on a solo career with <em>The Rocks Report</em> and the recently released <em>Premier Politics</em> mixtape.&nbsp;</p><p>Sir Michael Rocks joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> for an exclusive interview. Listen above.</p></p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/sir-michael-rocks-talks-about-cool-kids-and-his-solo-project-94870 K.Flay 'stopped caring in '96' http://www.wbez.org/story/kflay-stopped-caring-96-94435 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-29/19772_259946048841_8612753841_3328633_4242340_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>California-based indie Hip Hop artist <a href="http://www.kflay.com/">K.Flay</a> writes pensive music that's both self-reflective and dynamic. Her latest Mixtape is called <em>I Stopped Caring in '96</em> and is available for free download on her site. K.Flay joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about her Mixtape, why she stopped caring so long ago, and how her college experience prompted her to get behind the mic.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/kflay-stopped-caring-96-94435