WBEZ | Music http://www.wbez.org/tags/music Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Smaller acts looking to make a big noise at Lollapalooza http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-31/smaller-acts-looking-make-big-noise-lollapalooza-112528 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Lolla Flickrswimfinfan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The big music festival in Grant Park kicks off today and while there are the requisite mega acts like Paul McCartney and Metallica to draw the crowds, there will be smaller, up-and-coming acts working hard to catch your attention on the many side stages throughout the weekend. Writing for the Chicago-based website Consequence of Sound, freelance music journalist Jeremy Zerbe has come up with a list of 10 lesser known artists that you should be sure to check out over the weekend.</p></p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-31/smaller-acts-looking-make-big-noise-lollapalooza-112528 Le Percolateur offers an alternative to the Lollapalooza madness http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-30/le-percolateur-offers-alternative-lollapalooza-madness-112515 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Le Percolateur.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>If you missed out on Lolla tickets, or if you&rsquo;re just not into that scene...here&rsquo;s a great alternative: Le Percolateur. The gypsy-jazz, alt-folk group has been wowing listeners and dancers at clubs and festivals around the city for years. Their latest album is Pop Manouche and they&rsquo;ll be playing some of those tunes Friday night at The Green Mill in Uptown. They also came by the studio to perform some tunes for us.</p></p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-30/le-percolateur-offers-alternative-lollapalooza-madness-112515 Americana music from The Mike and Ruthy Band http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-21/americana-music-mike-and-ruthy-band-112434 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/mikeandruthy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Electrified, youthful and now; those are some of the words Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar use to describe The Mike &amp; Ruthy Band. Their brand of Americana music &mdash; with its traditional instruments of banjo and fiddle mixed with a rock rhythm section &mdash; was hailed by none other than the late folk legend Pete Seeger. The husband and wife songwriting team have been touring the country playing songs from the latest release, &ldquo;Bright As You Can.&rdquo; They join us to first bring the sounds of their latest album.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-21/americana-music-mike-and-ruthy-band-112434 Beth Bombara plays music from her latest release http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-17/beth-bombara-plays-music-her-latest-release-112412 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/beth bombara by Nate Burrell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215155667&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Musician Beth Bombara is based in St. Louis and she wouldn&#39;t have it any other way. She&#39;s part of a tight-knit scene that&#39;s proud of its blues and alt-country heritage. She&#39;s made quite a name for herself as a singer and songwriter over the last several years. Equally comfortable in front of 10 or 10,000 people, Bombara and her husband and musical partner-in-crime Kit Hamon are here to play music from her latest album.</span></p></p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-17/beth-bombara-plays-music-her-latest-release-112412 Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams perform songs from debut album http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-16/larry-campbell-and-teresa-williams-perform-songs-debut-album <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/larryandteresa.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215004500&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Larry Campbell and his wife Teresa Williams have spent their careers making other musicians sound their best. Larry spent time as a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist in the bands of Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Simon and more &mdash; and he&#39;s become an accomplished producer. Teresa has sung behind Emmylou, Levon and the post-Grateful Dead project Further, just to name a few. Now, the couple have hit the road fronting their own band, playing music from their debut album.</span></p></p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-16/larry-campbell-and-teresa-williams-perform-songs-debut-album Persian Swedish band Abjeez plays live http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-14/persian-swedish-band-abjeez-plays-live-112381 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Abjeez.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/214534338&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Abjeez in Farsi means sisters and it&#39;s a very appropriate name for the band as its two vocalists are Persian sisters Melody and Safoura Safavi. They were both born in Iran but as young girls moved to Sweden with the parents right after the Iranian Revolution. They formed the band in 2005 and have toured Sweden and Europe playing a mix of mix of indie rock, new wave and reggae with an occasional dash of flamenco. This is their first time in the U.S., playing a show at the Chopin Theater Friday night. We get a taste of the music on Morning Shift.</span></p></p> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-14/persian-swedish-band-abjeez-plays-live-112381 Deadheads descend on Soldier Field http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/deadheads-descend-soldier-field-112324 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/dead.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" show_artwork="false&quot;" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213499469&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Deadheads descend on Soldier Field</span></font></p><p><span style="line-height: 22px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The Grateful Dead played the last shows of their Fare Thee Well Reunion tour at Soldier Field this weekend. Friday&rsquo;s show broke the previous attendance record set by U2 at Soldier Field. More than 70,000 deadheads were there. And WBEZ&rsquo;s Monica Eng mingled among them pre-show to talk to fans about what keeps bringing them back.</span></p></p> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/deadheads-descend-soldier-field-112324 Morning Shift: Pokey LaFarge keeps American roots music fresh http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-01/morning-shift-pokey-lafarge-keeps-american-roots-music-fresh <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/pokey 2 joshua black wilkins.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212809231&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 22px;">Like the riverboats that used to come up the Mississippi, St. Louis-based Pokey LaFarge is floating upstream with a guitar case full of ragtime, blues, western swing, and trad jazz. But make no mistake-there&rsquo;s a difference between &ldquo;retro&rdquo; and &ldquo;classic&rdquo;. LaFarge banks in the latter, using sounds and elements from days gone by...not to trade in nostalgia, but to create a solid base for music that instantly becomes timeless. His latest album is Something in the Water, and he joins the Morning Shift before a gig at Fitzgerald&rsquo;s in Berwyn.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests: &nbsp;</strong><a href="https://twitter.com/pokeylafarge">Pokey LaFarge</a> is a musician</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><a href="https://twitter.com/chloejazz3">Chloe Feoranzo</a> is a musician</p></p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-01/morning-shift-pokey-lafarge-keeps-american-roots-music-fresh Morning Shift: The sounds of Helado Negro http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-29/morning-shift-sounds-helado-negro-112278 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/pellaea.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212508703&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">The sounds of Helado Negro</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">An upcoming headlining act for the weekly Monday night Downtown Sound Series at Millennium Park will be Colombian big band cumbia with Ondatropica and the opener will be Helado Negro or Black Ice Cream. That&rsquo;s the project of Roberto Carlos Lange. He was just in town last weekend and stopped by our studio to play and chat. Here he is backed by a violin trio along with a brand new release.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://asthmatickitty.com/artists/helado-negro/">Helado Negro</a> is a musicial group.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-29/morning-shift-sounds-helado-negro-112278 Screaming Females mature on 'Rose Mountain' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-02/screaming-females-mature-rose-mountain-111495 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/screamales.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 450px;" title="" /></div><p>Over the course of a decade-long career that started when they were barely out of high school, force of nature guitarist-vocalist Marissa Paternoster and her formidable rhythm-section bandmates Jarrett Dougherty and King Mike progressed from playing punk-rock basements in and around New Brunswick, N.J., to opening huge shows for Garbage, the Dead Weather, and Arctic Monkeys.</p><p>Paternoster made a <em>Spin </em>list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time&mdash;albeit at No. 77&mdash;and after working with Steve Albini on their last studio album (2012&rsquo;s aptly named <em>Ugly</em>), she and the boys indulged in a move that often signals that a group is running out of steam, releasing a live album (albeit a cool one recorded by Albini at Chicago&rsquo;s Hideout).</p><p>Was it time for Screaming Females to grow up, get a day job, and maybe tone the caterwauling down to a gentle roar? Hardly.</p><p>Longtime fans may be surprised at first by the bigger, bolder, dare we say more polished sounds of <em>Rose Mountain, </em>which was produced by Matt Bayles, best known for working with hipster/n<em>ΓΌ</em>-metal bands like Mastodon and the Sword. But as Paternoster said <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/show/340/#screamingfemales">when the band appeared on <em>Sound Opinions </em>circa <em>Ugly</em></a><em>, </em>she&rsquo;s always admired more ambitious, arty groups like Radiohead and the Smashing Pumpkins, and big, bold melodies were always part of the mix, even if they were buried under layers of garage grunge and overpowered by the trio&rsquo;s trademark ferocity.</p><p>Well, Screamales are still raging&mdash;just listen to those barn-burning riffs in &ldquo;Triumph&rdquo; or &ldquo;Empty Head&rdquo;&mdash;but they&rsquo;re also making the daring move of slowing down some of the rhythms, emphasizing the hooks, and pushing the often more melodic vocals much higher in the mix. Songs such as &ldquo;Wishing Well,&rdquo; &ldquo;Broken Neck,&rdquo; &ldquo;Hopeless,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Rose Mountain&rdquo; are no less potent for the polishing; indeed, they rank with some of the band&rsquo;s best tunes ever.</p><p>More importantly, Paternoster remains a singular and very welcome presence. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m nothing like the others,&rdquo; she sings in the massive chorsus of the title track, and earnest and self-effacing as ever, you know she ain&rsquo;t kidding.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ECIURtpwRnk" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong>Screaming Females, <em>Rose Mountain </em>(Don Giovanni)</strong></p><p><strong>Rating on the four-star scale: 4 stars.</strong></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><em><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</em></strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong><em>Facebook</em></strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-02/screaming-females-mature-rose-mountain-111495