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Vocalo Music

Music and interviews with emerging and established artists from Chitown and beyond
Vocalo Music


Vocalo Music is a podcast and a place for music discovery, in-depth interviews and live performances with emerging and established music artists.





#DomingosEnVocalo: ÁLEX ANWANDTER, el pop como vía de protesta

Jul 12, 2019 00:18:50


ESCUCHA una conversación con el músico, productor y cineasta chileno ÁLEX ANWANDTER, previo a su segunda presentación en Chicago este 12 de julio en Beat Kitchen. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

Harriet Brown Grapples with Social Anxiety and Paranoia on New Futuristic Funk Album

Jul 12, 2019 00:07:29


L.A.- based producer and singer Harriet Brown is known for experimental Funk and R&B music that has been commonly described as "wavy," "futuristic," and "romantic." Last time we spoke with the artist was a few years back when he was touring on his debut full-length "Contact," an album that explored how we communicate and often fail to connect to each other. This year, Harriet continues his musings on human connection with a follow-up "Mall of Fortune." The album was informed by his experiences moving to L.A. and his meditations on paranoia and social anxiety. Harriet spoke with Vocalo about the new album, as well as the origins of the commonly-used "Romantic Funk" label. Harriet Brown is performing on 7/13 at The Den Theater in Chicago. For more info on everything Harriet, including the new album and tour, visit:

Chicago's Cordoba Fuses Jazz with Activism

Jul 11, 2019 00:10:20


Cordoba is a jazz fusion sextet from Chicago who met as musicians but grew together as activists fighting for radical social change. The group uses music as an agent to create a soundspace that confronts the problems of poverty, mass incarceration, gentrification, and isolation in their native Chicago. You know we love music with a purpose! Cam Cunningham and Brianna Tong of Cordova joined Jill to talk about the music and their show Thursday night at Sleeping Village. More info on their show can be found here:

Kaina Grows and Evolves on Debut Full Length "Next to the Sun"

Jul 8, 2019 00:14:27


Chicago singer and songwriter, Kaina, has been growing and evolving as an artist through her multiple features and collaborations with Chicago musicians and stepping out on her own as a solo act. Her debut full-length is called "Next the the Sun," and it exhibits creative maturity beyond the singer's age and experience. Throughout the album Kaina contemplates a wide scope of themes including identity, family, mental health, friendships, relating to others and many others. Jill Hopkins spoke with Kaina about the album and personal experiences that informed it. "Next to the Sun" release show takes place Sunday, July 14th at Lincoln Hall. For more info on Kaina, visit:

#DomingosEnVocalo: RUIDO FEST 2019 RECAP

Jul 3, 2019 01:40:47


ESCUCHA el recap del Ruido Fest 2019 conducido por Rocío Santos & Jesús Echeverría. Fotografía: Jean Marc Lavoie

For Marcus Atom, Music Is A Discussion

Jun 21, 2019 00:08:53


Marcus Atom's deep sultry voice will easily fool anyone to think that the emerging Chicago artist has been a professional singer for decades. But Marcus is relatively new on the scene. Still, Soul and R&B runs deep in his veins. Having grown up in a musical family who were involved in church Gospel choirs, and later falling in love with secular Soul classics like "The O'Jays," Marcus became a student of music with his own message and melodies to share. Marcus says that for him, music is a discussion, an honest expression of his everyday experiences and feelings that he otherwise might not share. These raw feelings and vibes have already made it into an episode of HBO's "The Chi," and this weekend Marcus will share his soul at Chi Soul Fest on Navy Pier.

DomingosEnVocalo: Tomasa Del Real

Jun 21, 2019 00:29:12


|| Conducción y Producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA

Soul Singer Oliv Blu Talks Self-Love, Fearlessness and Singing on The Voice

Jun 19, 2019 00:11:16


If you're a fan of The Voice, you'll surely fall in love with Oliv Blu's singing, just like John Legend did. The singer is a Young Chicago Authors alum and a power house of a vocalist. Jill Hopkins spoke with Oliv about her musical journey, ahead of her appearance at Chi Soul Fest on Navy Pier. For more info about Oliv Blu, follow her at @OlivBlu Catch Oliv performing live on Saturday, 6/22 at Chi-Soul Fest:

Avantist Get Ready For Taste of Chicago

Jun 18, 2019 00:14:35


Avantist is a family affair of Arias brothers who create frantic progressive garage punk and vividly re-contextualize strands of pop, Mexican folk and noise rock into a sound that connects on an immediate gut level. Jill Hopkins spoke with the band about their sound ahead of their upcoming tour and appearance at this year's Taste of Chicago in July. For more info about Avantist, visit:

Soul Singer/Songwriter Nate Barksdale Talks Raffles, Loneliness, and Being An Old Soul

Jun 17, 2019 00:14:40


Nate Barksdale is a smooth voice Singer / Songwriter and a self-taught musician from the South Side of Chicago who's done a lot of living in his young years, and that experience makes itself into the music that he creates. Jill Hopkins spoke with the up-and-coming Chicago R&B singer about his music and what fuels his art. Catch Nate performing live on Saturday, 6/22 at Chi-Soul Fest: For more info about Nate Barksdale, follow him on

#DomingosEnVocalo: LATINXT 2019 - La apuesta por un festival con personalidad propia.

Jun 15, 2019 00:53:51


->> LatiNxt presented by Xfinity ya esta aquí, este sábado disfruta del segundo y último día, para prenderte aun más picale aquí y escucha a Sandra A. Trevino, Stephanie Manriquez, Harold G Medina, #FaustoSlomo Paz, Jaime Garza Rodriguez y Bumbac Joe, cada uno de ellos particpa con a sus proyectos musicales y artísticos en esta segunda edición de LatiNxt, algunos de ellos forman parte de Future Rootz, colectivo que en parte estuvo a cargo de la curaduría del festival. Como parte de su visita a #DomingosEnVocalo escucharas música de Dos Santos, Bumbac Joe, ALIKA & NUEVA ALIANZA, Chocolate Remix, Mán Cub, Balún, Chicago Afrobeat Projectt by AfroQbano, Beats y Batería, Caro Arroba, The Braided Janes, YANGA. A Goza! Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA

#DomingosEnVocalo: NIÑA DIOZ - Su esperado debut en Chicago @ LatiNxt 2019

Jun 13, 2019 00:31:37


->> Escucha a Niña Dioz [UNCENSORED] y confirma porque no te puedes perder su debut en Chicago como parte de LatiNxt presented by Xfinity - Esta es la primera de nuestras charlas con artistas y organizadores de LatiNxt - una celebracion de la música contemporánea latina que por segundo año regresa a Navy Pier -Chicago con curaduría del colectivo Future Rootz. | Con tres discos, Niña Dioz se ha consolidado como una MC contundente, rimas filosas, inteligentes y sin concesiones. Niña Dioz charla súper alivianada sobre #Reyna [Nacional Records], su tercer y mas reciente álbum, sus primeros referentes del Hip hop - Rap rimando en español y sus andanzas como inmigrante en el gabacho en plena era Trump. Junto a Niña Dioz Monterrey escucharas algunos de sus temas y citas musicales a Control machete, Plastilina Mosh, Anita Tijoux, Makiza, Mala Rodriguez, entre otros. Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA.

Little Simz Talks New LP "GREY Area" with Jill Hopkins

Jun 12, 2019 00:13:23


Little Simz’ GREY Area sits in the sweet spot between neo-soul, deep funk and experimental pop, while still incorporating Simz's hip hop and grime roots. GREY Area is already receiving rave reviews and Simz is bringing her talents stateside, kicking off her US tour right here in Chicago on June 11th. ..

#DomingosEnVocalo: Pa'l Ruido Fest con DANI BANDER

Jun 7, 2019 00:54:32


En conversación con DANI BANDER, músico, compositor y diseñador gráfico mexicano. Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos

Alex Kumin and Sarah Squirm Talk Cole's Ten Year Anniversary

Jun 5, 2019 00:13:04


Cole’s Bar in Logan Square is celebrating its 10 -year anniversary with a summer-long showcase of free live comedy and music. Cole’s Wednesday night comedy showcase has been touted by locals as one of the most inclusive and accessible spaces in the city. That's in no small part thanks to the hosts it has had over the years. Alex Kumin and Sarah Squirm are two awesome comics here in Chicago, and together they are the current hosts of Cole’s Open Mic. T The pair joined Jill Hopkins to talk all about Cole's, comedy, and open mics.

The O'My's Shop Records and Talk Upcoming Album "Above Ground"

May 31, 2019 00:10:46


Chicago Rock / Soul band The O’My’s make music that is both gritty and polished, and is impossible to ignore. Nick Hennessey and Maceo Vidal-Haymes are a two man songwriting powerhouse and their band’s newest singles “Don’t Know Better” and “Strawberry” are just in time for the summer vibes we all desperately need. Jill spoke to Maceo and Nick about their upcoming album Above Ground. The conversation was recorded at Wild Prairie Vinyl and Vintage in Ukranian Village in their natural habitat, a record store. For more info about The O'My's, visit:

#DomingosEnVocalo: BENJAMÍN ANAYA - El DISCO ETERNO de nuestros corazones musicales.

May 28, 2019 00:41:57


->> Escucha aquí aBenjamin Anaya, músico, compositor, editor, cronista y promotor cultural esta de regreso en las ciudad de los vientos, metrópoli donde radicó durante varios años, tiempo que supo aprovechar colaborando y dando forma a varias actividades culturales que hasta hoy continúan vigentes. Benjamín Anaya cosechó grandes amistades en Chicago, aprovechando su participación en Mole de Mayo, repasamos junto a el parte de su vida, trayectoria y citando a músicos como Álvaro Carillo, Astrud Gilberto, Miles Davis, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Azul De Noche, Restos Humanos, El Juguete Rabioso, Panteon Rococo, Grupo Real de Catorce, Santa Sabina Oficial, Soda Stereo y Gustavo Adrián Cerati, escucharas algunas de las canciones que siguen musicalizando - inspirando su vida. || Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA.

Cantrell talks palindromes, jam skating and new EP "Devil Never Even Lived"

May 20, 2019 00:09:36


"Devil Never Even Lived" is more that just a clever palindrome, it's also the title of Georgia MC Cantrell's latest project. His sophomore album is imbued with shrewd, reflective lyricism, top notch beats, and follows an overarching theme that "you're not what you go through but what you go through helps make who you are.” Jill Hopkins spoke with GA's finest about the project, his love of jam skating and the significance of the palindrome in the title. For more info about Cantrell, visit:

Lili K Sheds the Weight of the World and Has Fun Making Music With Friends

May 16, 2019 00:12:30


Lili K's new EP "Songs With Friends," is what happens when an artist sheds the weight of the world and just makes music because it's fun. But she has not sacrificed quality in the process - collaborations with Chicago favorites The O'My's and Air Credits, as well as her Milwaukee friends and musicians Klassik, B-Free and Evan Lane, make this collection sound just a good as it must have felt to make it. Jill Hopkins spoke with Chicago Jazz singer about the therapeutic and invigorating process of making music just for the love of it. In the process, Lili was able to re-discover self-love, self-care and joy of creating that she was lacking in the last several years. The EP comes ahead of her forthcoming full-length "Planet of Flowers" due later this year. For more information about Lili K, new music and live dates, visit: Photo: Seamus Doheny

Astro Samurai explore uncharted territories with debut album "Rover"

May 14, 2019 00:09:10


Chicago's Astro Samurai formed through the Roosevelt University's Jazz program and began jamming in various spaces across the city soon to become a regularly gigging band. That work ethic payed off with their sound and reputation as skilled, professional and fun players. Their debut album is called "Rover", and it's their way of exploring uncharted territories as a new band and establishing their arrival in the scene. Jill Hopkins spoke with members of the band about their beginnings and where their astro jazz journey is taking them next.

#DomingosEnVocalo: MICHELLE BLADES

May 14, 2019 00:35:51


ESTE MUNDO NECESITA MÁS Michelle Blades!!! Escúchala aquí una charla súper amena, transparente, reveladora y alivianada. #MichelleBlades esta de gira por the land of nothing for free, apoyando el lanzamiento de su tercer álbum #Visitor [Midnight Special Records] y llega a Chicago mañana martes @ Sleeping Village. Michelle comparte música y conversación, repasando distintos momentos que aportando a su bagaje musical, desde su infancia expuesta a la música de su tío Rubén Blades, su etapa punk-DIY, compositores como Facundo Cabral, Silvio Rodríguez, VICTOR JARA y artistas contemporáneos de America Latina como MERIDIAN BROTHERS, Los Pirañas, El Shirota, Little Jesus, Girl Ultra y otras sorpresitas.

Fee Lion conjures dark fantasies in search of self-love on Blood Sisters EP

May 7, 2019 00:14:42


Fee Lion revels in a moody synthpop blend of hard hitting drum machines, pulsating bass lines, airy synths and haunting vocal melodies. In her music and presentation, Justina Kairyte, the Chicago-based musician and songwriter behind Fee Lion, says she loves to evoke an image of "technology meets grimy dystopia" set to the soundtrack of a futuristic dance party. On her new EP "Blood Sisters," the artist taps into her dark fantasies in search of self-love, and steps into her own power. We spoke with the electronic artist about the themes of her new EP, her keen interest in fashion and design, and how her unique aesthetics and music merge to form the world of Fee Lion. For more info about Fee Lion , visit: Photo: Nicolas John @itsnicjohn

#DomingosenVocalo: ESTADO VEGETAL de Manuela Infante, una obra con alma vegetal

May 6, 2019 00:12:33


ESCUCHA una conversación con la dramaturga y directora chilena MANUELA INFANTE sobre su obra "Estado Vegetal" que presenta el MCA Stage esta semana. Manuela nos habla de su exploración de la comunicación vegetal a través de la investigación y el teatro. Más información:

Sophia Eris on DJing with Lizzo, new Single, and finding her scene in Minneapolis

May 2, 2019 00:09:12


Sophia Eris is a DJ, a Rapper and a Radio Host. She's currently behind the decks on tour with Lizzo but her own Single "Fanny Pack" is out and packs a punch. We spoke with Sophia about the new track, tour life and how she found her scene in Minneapolis. Photo by Nate Ryan.

#DomingosEnVocalo: MARÍA INÉS ZAMUDIO [Guest DJ]

Apr 29, 2019 00:56:20


->> Si, ella es Maria Ines Zamudio, la galardona periodista mexicana que a los 11 años llegóa los Estados Unidos y que actualmente forma parte del equipo investigativo de WBEZ dando a conocer historias sobre la segregación, disparidad económica y social. Escúchala como en su rolo de GUEST DJ en #DomingosEnVocalo nos agasajó el oído con rolas de Caifanes, Gustavo Adrián Cerati, Oscar Chávez, Los Crudos, Silvio Rodríguez, Anita Tijoux & Calle13 oficial. Sin embargo, su gusto y conocimiento musical no se limitan a la música alternativa y de protesta Latinoamérica, además de contarnos su historia con estas canciones, Maria Ines también cita a Ramón Ayala, Slayer, New Order, Lizzo, entre otros. Conocerás sobre su pasión en torno al periodismo, las lecciones e inspiración que dejo para la posteridad su hermanita Alma Zamudio y sobre su participación en: A Conversation On Trauma-Informed Immigration Reporting - evento presentado por 90 Days, 90 Voices & Chicago Headline Club

#DomingosenVocalo: CONEXIONES StorySLAM en Chicago

Apr 29, 2019 00:26:22


ESCUCHA una conversación con Nestor Gómez "The Boss", un narrador de historias originario de Guatemala y radicado en Chicago, quien ha sido ganador de varios concursos de storytelling como el "Chicago Moth Slam". Nestor nos habla de "Conexiones Spanish Slam", el primer concurso de narración de historias breves en español producido por The Moth, una organización que busca empujar el arte de la narrativa oral en español en la ciudad de Chicago. Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos Más información:

Lowdown Brass Band Release a Funky Party Single and Discuss Promoting Music Education in Chicago

Apr 25, 2019 00:11:10


The Lowdown Brass Band has been around the world and back in the 15+ years since their inception. But the Chicago 10-piece band is nowhere near stopping their deeply infectious grooves melding Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk, and their Single "We Dem Boys" lets us all know that they're here to stay. Jill Hopkins spoke with the leader of LDB, Dave Levine about the new Single as well as the band's efforts in promoting music education in Chicago. For more info about Lowdown Brass Band, visit:

Amare Symone on London, Life and Living Abroad

Apr 23, 2019 00:14:05


Amare Symoné is an R&B singer/songwriter whose new EP is called "Hello Heathrow." The EP is centered around her relationship with Chicago, Brooklyn, and her time spent in London. Amare is planning on moving permanently to London and, on this EP, she reflects on her time growing up in Brooklyn and sings a farewell song to Chicago. Place has an important impact on Amare Symoné's music, and she often reflects on how her identity shifts depending on where she lives.

Singer Ella Vos recounts her recovery from lymphoma on new EP "Watch & Wait"

Apr 18, 2019 00:07:42


On her new EP "Watch and Wait," L.A. Pop singer Ella Vos takes listeners on a deeply personal and immersive journey as she recounts her struggle, treatment and ultimate recovery from lymphoma. The EP takes its name from one of the approaches of treating cancer and was written while Ella was undergoing the treatment. She explores her illness and diagnosis through a deeply personal lens, while the catchy pop melodies offset the fear, anxiety and uncertainty of the narrative and offer a hopeful backbone to the listening experience. Jill Hopkins spoke with Ella about the EP and her current tour.

Mother Nature release an EP on nurturing resilience and endurance, and dealing with pressure

Apr 17, 2019 00:07:42


Mother Nature is a fearless force in Hip Hop spreading messages of peace and love. The dynamic Chicago duo of Klevah and T.R.U.T.H. are never afraid to speak on the issues that matter, and they masterfully weave political rhetoric into the music that you can party to. Their new EP is called "PRESSURE," and it's their gift to their fans and everyone going through difficult times and situations. It is also a positive reminder that without pressure you can't excel and thrive. In their words: "pressure is what we know, and we know how to survive it." In 4 songs, Mother Nature examine different aspects of what it means to live under pressure, cope with it and overcome it. They spoke with Jill Hopkins about the project and its themes. Photo: Armin Lang For more info on Mother Nature, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: FÉMINA celebra el espíritu y la feminidad con 'Perlas & Conchas'

Apr 12, 2019 00:34:13


ESCUCHA una conversación con FÉMINA, en la voz de CLARA TRUCCO "Wen", vocalista y percusionista del trío de folk fusión originario de San Martín de los Andes, Argentina. Clara nos habla de la nueva etapa del grupo a raíz de la salida de "Perlas & Conchas", el tercer álbum del trío producido por Will Holland/Quantic y con una colaboración de Iggy Pop. Sumérgete en el mundo sonoro de Fémina donde varios géneros musicales cobran vida a través de mutaciones que celebran el espíritu y la feminidad. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

Ness Heads on growing up in Chicago, musical evolution and new Single

Apr 11, 2019 00:10:43


Ness Heads is the name of the genre-blending project of Vanessa Ortiz whose mix of Electronic, Pop and Hip Hop has been catching attention in Chicago and beyond. Ness grew up on the West Side and attributes the noise, the backyard parties and the overall chaos of the area to shaping her into an artist she is today. Her latest Single "Paper Town" explores a softer, dreamy side of the rising MC, and features gliding vocal melodies over acoustic guitar and subdued beats. Jill Hopkins spoke with Ness about her Chicago upbringing and eclectic sound. Photo: Seamus Doheny

Maggie Kubley turns solo post Celine Neon, reflects on past traumas on new EP

Apr 10, 2019 00:13:22


Chicago is still coping with last year's unfortunate breakup of electro pop duo Celine Neon. The fiery and dynamic collaboration between Maggie Kubley and Emily Nejad drew a devoted following with their gritty anthemic songs, upfront feminism, inventive videos and more sass than just about anybody in the game. But don't worry, Maggie and Emily are still BFF's. While Emily is baking amazing cakes, Maggie is already back in the scene with new music to share. Her new solo effort is the "Come Over" EP. For this collection of songs, Maggie taps into her theater background as she excavates past traumas, processes past relationships and reflects on periods of loneliness and her lifestyle pre-sobriety. Jill Hopkins spoke with Chicago musician and performance artist about the new project, and the new stage in her music career. For more info about Maggie Kubley, visit: "Come Over" EP release show takes place 4/19 and 4/20 at The Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.

#MujeresconPower - GLORIA "GLOE" TALAMANTES, del graffiti al Brown Wall Project

Mar 26, 2019 00:58:49


#MujeresconPower Escucha una conversación con Gloria "Gloe" Talamantes, artista, educadora y fundadora del proyecto de arte público "Brown Wall Project". GLOE nos acerca al mundo del graffiti y su quehacer creando puentes en la ciudad para acercar a más mujeres y artistas emergentes en el arte público que embellece los barrios de Chicago. Además, Gloe nos lleva a escuchar música diversa que la acompaña en su vida diaria. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

#DomingosenVocalo: La huella sonora de Iberoamérica en SXSW

Mar 26, 2019 01:03:47


¡Así se vivió el SXSW 2019! ESCUCHA a Rocío Santos en esta guía por un cóctel de sonidos alter-latinos que se disfrutaron en vivo en el marco del SXSW 2019 en Austin, Texas.

#DomingosenVocalo: Las imperdibles del Chicago Latino FIlm Festival

Mar 25, 2019 00:15:29


ESCUCHA algunas recomendaciones de las películas imperdibles en el 35th Chicago Latino Film Fest que arranca el 28 de marzo y continúa hasta el 11 de abril. Gisela Orozco, editora de entretenimiento de Hoy Media, nos ofrece diferentes propuestas cinematográficas de la República Dominicana, Estados Unidos, Perú, Chile, Costa Rica y México. Más información: Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos @roxyosounds

#DomingosenVocalo: Lo que se viene al #RuidoFest19

Mar 25, 2019 00:32:58


ESCUCHA algunos de los artistas de la primera oleada del line-up de Ruido Fest 2019 quienes se presentarán este verano del 21 al 23 de junio en Union Park, Chicago, IL. En su quinta edición, Ruido Fest resalta como uno de los festivales más populares en Estados Unidos al presentar un cóctel de propuestas del panorama alterlatino en Estados Unidos, Latinoamérica y España. Más información: Playlist: Los Auténticos Decadentes - "La Guitarra" Silverio y La Tesorito - "Suavecito" Tatiana Hazel - "Knew You Would" Café Tacvba - "Futurismo y tradición" (homenaje a los Tigres del Norte) French Police - "Mi cama" Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos @roxyosounds

#DomingosenVocalo: ARIES

Mar 23, 2019 00:31:06


->> Aprovechamos la visita de ARIES a SXSW para sacar nuestros vinilos y charlar con Isabel, compositora y geniecilla española detras del proyecto. | Vieja conocida y consentida nuestra #ARIES lanzara en abril su Abril su cuarto disco: #JuramentoMantarraya [La Castanya + Krecs] - Celebremos junto a ella su eléctrica psicodélica, composiciones que cobran vida por medio de sintetizadores, guitarras acústicas y melodías siempre memorables. Isa repasa junto a nosotros sus orígenes punk, espíritu que aun la acompaña, temas de toda su discografía, memorias de su antigua banda #Charades, citas a Talk Talk y uno de sus grandes amores #Tropicalia, movimiento cultural Brasileño, del cual surgieron Gilberto Gil o Caetano Veloso. Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA.

#DomingosenVocalo: CARO ARROBA

Mar 23, 2019 00:51:41


->> Hace unos días, tuvimos el gusto de charlar y conocer a Carolina Arroba, escuchala aquí y déjate atrapar por la fascinante música y conversación de esta chica ecuatoriana, músico y productora de música electrónica en vivo. Caro, tiene actualmente como base de operaciones el medio oeste de los Estados Unidos, durante su visita conocimos a una mujer colmada de conocimiento - no solo musical - escucharas composiciones originales y música de Aphex Twin, John Cage, Ataw Allpa, Mishky Records, Mateo Kingman, Nirvana & Pink Floyd. Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA.

Lester Rey Reflects On His Beliefs And Searches For A Sanctuary On New EP

Mar 14, 2019 00:14:52


Lester Rey's journey from playing congas in his family's Humboldt Park church to becoming a producer and vocalist all over the country is one that's very Chicago, very Puerto Rico but most importantly very Lester Rey. His new EP is called "Santuario," and it's just in time to usher us into Spring and Summer on a tide of dreamy beats and introspective lyrics. The EP is a deeply personal project that finds the "Latin Soul" singer and songwriter in search of a sanctuary as he addresses pain and trauma of the past and re-examines his previously held beliefs. Lester spoke with Jill Hopkins about the project and its themes. For more info about Lester Rey, visit:

Jovan Landry Brings Women To The Forefront On An All-Female Produced And Performed Hip Hop Album

Mar 13, 2019 00:14:15


​It is well known that music industry and especially Hip Hop is a boys' club. But Chicago interdisciplinary artist Jovan Landry is the latest to challenge the status quo. One-third filmmaker, one-third photographer and one-third emcee teamed up with nine other up-and-coming emcees and a slew of female producers, graphic designers and audio engineers to craft "Synergy," the first Hip Hop album produced and performed entirely by women. The result is an 11-track album that is filled with messages of women empowerment and unity. Jovan spoke with Jill Hopkins about what initially sparked the idea for this album, its themes and most importantly, its urgency and necessity. For more info about Jovan and the album, visit:


Mar 11, 2019 00:56:04


Déjate llevar a través de las propuestas de seis artistas de Latinoamérica que podrás ver en el festival SXSW 2019 en Austin, Texas a partir del 11 de marzo. Rocío Santos te lleva a un recorrido musical sin límites de género con seis proyectos irresistibles: Ximena Sariñana (México), Alih Jey (Estados Unidos), Tatiana Hazel (Estados Unidos), Karol Conká (Brasil), Yorka (Chile) y Baywaves (España). Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

Tensei's Collaborative Approach to Producing Brings the Chicago Duo Into the Spotlight

Mar 11, 2019 00:12:17


Tensei are a hot production duo from right here in Chicago, made up of Midas Wells and Chris Kramer. Their laid back blend of Hip Hop / Funk / Soul / Jazz and Electronic music has caught the attention of artists like Tall Black Guy and Black Thought. Their new album Constellate is half instrumentals, half vocals, and it's filled with features and guest appearances. Chris spoke with Jill Hopkins on Vocalo about the new album and their sound. For more info about Tensei, visit:

#MujeresconPower: MILAGROS RAMÍREZ, emprendedora y co-fundadora de 5 Rabbit Cervecería en Chicago

Mar 8, 2019 01:25:13


#MujeresconPower Escucha una conversación con Milagros Ramírez, emprendedora y co-fundadora de 5 Rabbit Cervecería en Chicago. Milagros nos lleva a un recorrido por Latinoamérica a través de la música que la ha acompañado radicando en distintos países como Perú, Brasil, Costa Rica, Venezuela y México, previo a su partida a NY y eventualmente Chicago, ciudad donde junto a su esposo Andrés Araya han creado la primera microcervecería auténticamente Latina de Estados Unidos. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos


Mar 8, 2019 00:52:15


->> LESTER REY charló sobre su nuevo #Santuario EP - Versos sinceros de reflexión y transformación, música de vanguardia de raíz afrolatina. Rey Lester Irizarry visitó #DomingosEnVocalo y durante una hora detalló la búsqueda personal que guarda los temas de su mas reciente EP, material que presentara en un show especial y acústico acompañado de los amigos #AfriCaribe y #AFlorDePiel, durante la charla escuchamos fragmentos de las nuevas canciones y compartimos algunas rolas de su trayectoria. Hazte un favor y disfruta en vivo mañana viernes 7 de Marzo en #TheSilverRoom de uno de los músicos latinos de Chicago mas versátiles e inquietos.

#DomingosenVocalo: JOANNA ARELLANO - Amor, dulzura, fuerza y coraje que borda y navega.

Mar 5, 2019 00:50:19


->> Amor y dulzura, fuerza y coraje [como la rolita tacvba]... cuatro puntos cardinales con los que borda y navega Joanna Arellano AKA @espíritu _embroidery artista de bordado, mexicana nacida en Chicago, escuchala charlando como Guest DJ sobre su proceso creativo, inspirado en parte por el misticismo, espiritualidad y sabiduría de las culturas indígenas de México y Latinoamericana y en el #amoreterno de mamá y de abuelita mamá Licha... Además conoce sobre el mensaje detrás de #MéxicoDorado y #SagradoCorazón dos piezas actualmente en exhibición @ #ComercioPopular #Pilsen y disfruta de la música que comparte, rolas de Café Tacvba, Los Wálters, Natalia Lafourcade, Erykah Badu y Aly-us. | Conducción y Producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA Playlist: 01) CAFÉ TACVBA - "Flores del color de la mentira" 02) LOS WÁLTERS - "Calma" 03) NATALIA LAFOURCADE - "Derecho de nacimiento" 04) ERYKAH BADU - "Master teacher" 05) ALY-US - "Follow me"

#DomingosenVocalo: EMPRESS OF - Un placer libre de definición - A Joy Beyond Definition

Mar 1, 2019 00:26:26


Under the name #EmpressOf AKA Honduran-American vocalist / songwriter Lorely Rodriguez creates introspective, self-empowering electropop centered around her impressive, acrobatic vocals. Her two albums #Me & #Us, have established a danceable, more spontaneous sound that embraced whimsicality and percussiveness. EMPRESS OF regresa a Chicago, March 1st @ Sleeping Village w/ los parceros Salt Cathedral! [SOLD OUT - LHST Presents: Empress Of with Salt Cathedral]. | Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA

Mykele Deville Dismantles Toxic Masculinity And Embraces Community In An Act Of Hip Hop Rebellion

Mar 1, 2019 00:16:17


Chicago artist Mykele Deville has his feet firmly planted in the theater, poetry and music scenes. He has embraced the DIY communal ethos of Chicago's independent art scene and the scene has fully embraced him back. Mykele has long been a house hold name among many underground and mid-size venues in Chicago, and now the word is spreading beyond his area code. AfroPunk premiered his new video and Billboard streamed his new album "Maintain." The album is a concise, powerful and vivacious statement against toxic masculinity, and affirmation of the values of cultivating community through art and self-expression. Jill Hopkins spoke with Mykele about the new album, the intersection between theater and music, the radical and rebellious nature of his art, and perseverance in Black communities. The album release show takes place Sunday, 3/3 at Lincoln Hall. For more info about Mykele Deville, visit:

Absolutely Not expose injustice and problematic behavior on new glam punk album

Feb 28, 2019 00:10:08


Chicago's Absolutely Not are shredding guitars and ignorance, and igniting the stage and change with their uncompromising glam punk sound. Their new album "Problematic" takes on injustice and the everyday problematic behaviors that perpetrate chauvinism and oppression. Jill Hopkins spoke with singer and guitarist Donnie Moore about the album and how they're keeping the punk spirit alive in Chicago. Album release show takes place Saturday, March 2nd at The Empty Bottle. For more info, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: LOS WALTERS - Pop Electro-tropical

Feb 27, 2019 00:35:47


Tracklist: 01) LOS WÁLTERS - "Mayaguez" 02) LOS WÁLTERS - "Calma" 03) LOS WÁLTERS feat. ANDREA CRUZ - "Al Revés" 04) LOS WÁLTERS - "América"

#AsíSuenaChicago: FRENCH POLICE, una huella de la música post-indie bicultural

Feb 26, 2019 01:09:01


ESCUCHA a French Police, un cuarteto de músicos de Chicago con raíces mexicanas, y quienes en menos de un año han editado un álbum homónimo haciendo un acercamiento al sonido post-punk que es acompañado de historias basadas en experiencias personales. French Police son los hermanos Brian (vocalista/guitarra) y Jesse Flores (bajista), José Vega (guitarra) y Kevin Peralta (bateria). Tracklist: "Mi cama" - French Police "Leave me alone" - New Order "Tunnel" - French Police "Munich" - Editors "Tu Casa Nueva" - El Último Vecino "Karma" - French Police "Cámara de Faltas" - Enjambre "Madrugada" - French Police Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos @roxyosounds

Shawnee Dez loves to stay open with herself and her fans

Feb 22, 2019 00:13:25


Chicago singer Shawnee Dez evokes a wide range of emotions with her sultry and dreamy voice and sound that straddles between Soul and R&B with a pinch of contemporary electronic synths. Jill Hopkins spoke with the young singer about her love of Soul and R&B, skating rinks, and being open with her fans. Catch Shawnee performing live at Sleeping Village on Thursday, 2/28. For more information on Shawnee Dez, visit:

Chai Tulani hosts Afro Fest at DuSable Museum and teases new album with a love song

Feb 21, 2019 00:12:02


Chai Tulani consistently hits that sweet spot where Soul meets Hip Hop, and his African heritage is joyfully expressed against the backdrop of American Pop culture. Over the past year the singer / MC has been releasing a series of Singles following his debut album REBXL, and now a new album is well on its way, dropping later this year. This month, Chai released a new song inspired by his feelings of being in love, and this Saturday, he brings his "Afro Fest" showcase to the DuSable Museum in Chicago. Jill Hopkins spoke with Chai about the new Single, his thoughts on Black History Month, and how Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" set off his pursuit of career in music. For more info about Chai and Afro Fest showcase, visit:

HXRY Gets Gritty and Bassy on New Single "Doofus"

Feb 19, 2019 00:11:29


HXRY (pronounced "Harry") is a Chicago-based producer and emcee whose easy movements through several genres make him a fresh force in Chicago's music scene. His latest single is called "Doofus," and sees HXRY take his sound away from his typical soulful R&B and more into the realm of gritty Hip Hop. He spoke with Jill Hopkins about his up-and-coming career and how his upbringing on the South Side influenced his sound. For more info, follow HXRY @HEYHXRY

#DomingosenVocalo: DE LEIN (Chile), un paseo nocturno a "Otras Ciudades"

Feb 19, 2019 00:39:00


ESCUCHA una conversación con DE LEIN, el proyecto solista de música electro-pop de la cantante chilena Aline González. Aline nos habla de su primer EP "Otras Ciudades" producido en conjunto por el músico chileno Rodrigo de la Rivera (Miss Garrison).

Shad Grapples With Social Inequality On Concept Album "Short Story About A War"

Feb 14, 2019 00:13:39


Shad's newest album is called "Short Story About A War," a concept album about a society plagued by fear, confusion, greed and inequality. It introduces a rich world full of chaos and societal tensions that gives way to hope and truth. Its main character, The Fool, tries to break free from the violence of the world and convince the listener that bullets have no power, while other characters and factions (the Snipers, Revolutionaries, the Establishment and Stone Throwers) are entangled in a vicious struggle for power and dominance. The album is a multi-layered examination of modern-day economic and political systems that are created to profit off of fear, oppression and social divisions but it also strives to instill hope and serves up catchy, progressive Hip Hop beats. When Shad isn't creating music, he's sharing its history as the host of the HBO series Hip Hop Evolution. Jill spoke with Toronto MC about his African-Canadian family background and upbringing, his love of culture and Hip Hop, and of course the new album. For more info about Shad and his music, visit:

Rock The Winter Into Oblivion at The Empty Bottle's Music Frozen Dancing Block Party

Feb 12, 2019 00:12:44


The sixth annual Music Frozen Dancing Block Party takes over the street outside of The Empty Bottle on February 23rd. If you're brave enough to weather the weather, you'll be treated to great bands, hot snacks, and awesome times. Jill Hopkins spoke with Managing Producer for Empty Bottle Presents and the Talent Buyer for the Bottle and Thalia Hall, Bret Heyl, about this year's festivities and why this block party was the "best worst idea." Performing acts include Ty Segall, Negative Scanner, Weather Warlock and Plack Blague. For more info, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: Inside the MIND: Control & Conditioning by OPEN Center for the Arts

Feb 8, 2019 00:28:25


ESCUCHA una conversación con la artista mexicana Alma Domínguez acerca de la nueva exposición de OPEN Center for the Arts, un centro para las artes ubicado en la histórica comunidad La Villita en Chicago. OPEN presenta el trabajo visual de varios artistas de la ciudad en la exposición "Inside the Mind: Control & Conditioning", como parte de su exploración y reflexión sobre el condicionamiento de las sociedades y el control mental en relación a la inmigración, la deportación y el encarcelamiento. Playlist: Heroes del Silencio - "Mar Adentro" La Misa Negra - "Dueña de mí" Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos

Straight Outta Fox Valley and a Tour with Noname, Elton Is a Fresh New Voice To Hear

Feb 7, 2019 00:12:13


Representing Illinois' Fox Valley and now Chicago, Elton is emerging as a fresh and talented voice on the scene. The young MC has just finished a national tour with Noname and has been busy working on new music and playing with his live band. He recently released a new Single "Lucid" and has many more exciting things planned for this year. Jill Hopkins spoke with Elton about his music, his approach to songwriting and collaborations, how moving apartments a lot prepared him for the touring life, and more. For more info about Elton, visit:

Emily King talks new album and the new freedom she found in Catskills while making it

Feb 6, 2019 00:11:56


Emily King wants you to stop and smell the Scenery. That's the title of her new album, the anxiously awaited follow-up to the 2015 "The Switch." The native New Yorker took to the Catskill mountains to explore this chapter of her artistic story and, in the process, discovered new freedoms and possibilities in her creativity and lifestyle. Jill Hopkins spoke with the acclaimed Indie Pop / R&B singer about how these new experiences informed the new album.

Loona Dae Tells the Story of Healing on New EP "Moonflower"

Feb 4, 2019 00:10:34


​Loona Dae's newest release is called "Moonflower." It's a four song EP where she shares her journey of growth as a singer, a writer, a human and tells a story of healing and its process. Jill Hopkins spoke with the Chicago musician about the new project. Catch Loona opening the After Dark portion of the Vocalo Winter Block Party this Saturday, 2/9 at The Metro in Chicago. For more info on Loona Dae, follow her on Twitter @Loonadae

#MujeresconPower: La dramaturga NANCY GARCÍA LOZA estrena “BRAVA”, una leyenda bilingüe feminista

Feb 2, 2019 00:40:21


Como parte de la serie #MUJERESCONPOWER, conversamos con una mujer que rompe fronteras a través del teatro hecho en Chicago. Escucha una conversación con Nancy García Loza, una dramaturga y productora de teatro mexicoamericana con orígenes de Jalisco que se identifica como una "pocha". Nancy nos platica de su última producción "BRAVA", un audiodrama bilingüe y feminista creado bajo la productora de podcasts Make Believe Association en Chicago. Hablamos de la tradición oral (storytelling), las enseñanzas de las mujeres en su familia, cómo fue el proceso creativo de su primer corrido feminista y su apuesta por el podcast a través de las leyendas bilingües. Playlist: 1) Facundo Cabral - "No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá" 2) Chavela Vargas - "Macorina" Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

Free Snacks Serve a Tasty Mix of Funky, Laid-Back Rap on Debut EP

Jan 28, 2019 00:10:55


Free Snacks in not just the best word combination in the English language but it's also quite the tasty pairing of Chicago musicians Joshua Virtue and Ruby Watson. The duo recently released a laid back, funky and sample heavy debut EP, "Eat Good," and now has big plans for this year with more releases to come. Jill Hopkins spoke with Joshua and Ruby about the beginnings of their collaboration and the debut EP. Stream the new EP in full here:

Shamir Reclaims His Rock Roots with Guitar-Driven, Socially Poignant Album "Resolution"

Jan 24, 2019 00:12:42


Shamir burst into the national spotlight in 2015 with the upbeat dance single "On the Regular." Since then, the Las Vegas-based singer, musician and actor has taken his sound back to his roots - writing songs on the guitar. On his new album "Resolution," Shamir is making raw, vulnerable indie rock that shakes a body down to the ground with its poignant social commentary on topics like police brutality, racial and social inequality and mental health. Jill Hopkins spoke with Shamir about his career, the new album and his pivot back to indie rock.

#DomingosenVocalo: ÁLEX ANWANDTER - “Latinoamericana”, un álbum pop como vehículo de reflexión

Jan 23, 2019 00:22:36


ESCUCHA una conversación con el músico y cineasta Álex Anwandter (Santiago, Chile) previo al debut de “Latinoamericana” en el legendario club The Roxy en West Hollywood, California. Álex habla de su experiencia migrante residiendo en Los Angeles y el proceso de creación de su tercer álbum que define como una colección de canciones retro-futuristas, bailables, abstractas y reflexivas sobre el contexto socio-político. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

#DomingosenVocalo: "Cuban Visions", un close-up a la realidad de Cuba

Jan 18, 2019 00:43:46


ESCUCHA una conversación con Alexandra Halkin, cineasta, productora y curadora de "Cuban Visions", una serie de cine cubano que tendrá proyecciones en Athenaeum Theatre arrancando el 24 de enero. Alex nos habla sobre la esta serie que explora distintos temas sobre Cuba con paneles de discusión acerca de temas como la equidad racial, la economía cubana, la identidad afro-cubana, los derechos de género y más. También, Alex nos habla de su trabajo capacitando a las comunidades indigenas de México en la producción de cine y video a través del proyecto Chiapas Media Project. Más información: Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos

Jordanna Embraces Sexually Empowered Feminism and Sound

Jan 15, 2019 00:14:36


Jordanna's vocals leap from your speakers with a bluesy soul that would surely make her influences - Etta James, Amy Winehouse, SZA, and Janice Joplin - proud. Her debut EP, "Sweet Tooth," has made her a favorite of Chicago's critics, her latest single, "Eu Quero Voce" got even more notice, and the festival she co-produces, "Candyland Chicago," is a positivity-filled celebration of women and non-binary artists and will be returning to Chicago on Feb. 23rd. Jill Hopkins spoke with Jordanna about her journey from dance to riot grrrl punk to embracing sexual empowerment in her Feminism and sound. For more info on Jordanna, visit: For info about Candyland Chicago fest, visit:

Drea The Vibe Dealer is on a mystical journey to self-mastery, attunement and spirituality

Jan 9, 2019 00:12:20


Drea The Vibe Dealer does exactly what her name says. In songwriting that lives in the space between atmospheric melodies and jazzy instrumentals, the vibes being dealt are heady. Jill Hopkins spoke with Drea about her musical journey toward mysticism, spirituality and self-mastery. For more info about Drea's music, follow her on Twitter @dreavibedealer

Dej Monae is Taking Her R&B to the Top

Jan 8, 2019 00:10:01


Dej Monae's voice and talent belie her young years. The Chicago R&B singer is poised to have a stellar 2019 with her most recent release, "Love Me Right" boasting over 400K streams, and her entire adult life ahead of her. Jill Hopkins spoke with rising R&B artist about the album, her dedication to her chosen genre and riding last year's wave all the way to the top. For more info about Dej Monae, follow her on Twitter @DejMonae

#MujeresconPower: KAREN RODRÍGUEZ & LAURA CROTTE, el grito de "La ruta"

Jan 8, 2019 00:27:26


ESCUCHA una conversación con las actrices Karen Rodríguez y Laura Crotte, dos mujeres con power que forman parte del elenco de la obra "La ruta" escrita por el dramaturgo mexicamericano Isaac Gomez, dirigida por Sandra Marquez y presentada por Steppenwolf Theater. Conversamos sobre el rol del teatro en revivir la memoria de las mujeres desaparecidas a causa de los feminicidios en Ciudad Juárez, y el reflejo de estas historias verídicas en otras partes de México y el mundo. Más información: Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos ¡Sintoniza #DomingosenVocalo todos los domingos de 12-6pm!

Black Girl Superhero, Rahkii, is Zooming

Jan 7, 2019 00:14:40


Rahkii is a Chicago singer / songwriter whose sound is too big for one genre. She’s worked as a background vocalist for Jennifer Hudson, Eryn Allen Kane and Patti LaBelle, and it’s high time for her to take the center stage. Rahkii spoke with Jill Hopkins about her journey from Gospel church choirs to stepping into a solo career, creating a “hybrid” sound of Pop, Soul and R&B, and drawing inspiration from super heroes and animation. For more info about Rahkii, follow her on Twitter @SuperRahkii​

Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge discuss their Harlem Renaissance inspired project

Dec 13, 2018 00:12:05


Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge are a two man super group of production and composition. From Adrian's work with Ghostface Killah and Raekwon to Ali's career behind the decks for A Tribe Called Quest, their footprint on Hip Hop cannot be understated. Their joint project, The Midnight Hour, showcases their immense talent, while reminding those who may need it that Black Is Beautiful. Ali and Adrian spoke with Jill Hopkins about their collaboration and the music that came out of it. Catch The Midnight Hour playing in Chicago this Sunday 12/16 at The Empty Bottle.

Emilie Modaff Breaks Down New Walls With Their Latest Release "Clean House"

Dec 12, 2018 00:12:01


Emilie Modaff is a singer, songwriter, and a force of nature. Their latest release is titled "Clean House", and it is as emotional as it is fantastic. Emilie stopped by the Vocalo studio with bassist and arranger Josh Stanley to tell us about it. You can find out more about Emilie here:

#DomingosenVocalo: TENOR ERIC JOSE MENDOZA, el canto como una transmisión armónica

Dec 11, 2018 00:57:09


ESCUCHA una conversación con ERIC JOSE MENDOZA, un tenor mexicoamericano de Chicago, quien nos habla de su experiencia migrante en México y cómo se acercó al canto. Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos.

Dassit brings together vast and varying influences on debut album "What A Year"

Dec 11, 2018 00:10:35


Dassit's debut album "What A Year" packs vast and varying influences along with numerous features into one eclectic, fusion release. Seamlessly traversing Hip Hop, Jazz, Brazilian rhythms and a plethora of other styles, and tackling topics like climate change, unity and social equality, "What A Year" is a dense and uplifting release that's suited for both grooving and contemplating. We spoke with Simon Dufour and Keith Harris about the project.

Pat Battle Out To Make Rap Dangerous Again

Dec 10, 2018 00:13:34


Pat Battle, an emerging Chicago emcee, stopped by the studio to talk with Jill Hopkins about how he first became involved in hip hop, his influences, and his latest record "Call Me By My Rap Name", an intrepid introduction to his brand of socially conscious, battle rap-inspired and deft lyricism. For more info about Pat Battle, visit:

Brother Ali reflects on 15 years since Shadows On The Sun, talks growth and sensitivity in art

Dec 6, 2018 00:11:41


Brother Ali is one of the linchpins of Rhymesayers Entertainment and it's probably because he's one of the best sayers of rhymes out there. His latest album is called "All The Beauty In This Whole Life" and latest Single is "Sensitive," and it solidifies his place as one of the most respected voices in Hip Hop. Brother Ali is currently on tour to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his seminal album “Shadows On The Sun”, and he spoke with Jill Hopkins about his career from then to now, as well as growth and sensitivity in art. For more info about Brother Ali, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: DRACO ROSA, una aproximación a "MONTE SAGRADO"

Dec 4, 2018 00:13:27


ESCUCHA una charla con DRACO ROSA (Puerto Rico), uno de los mayores referentes del rock latinoamericano, quien se ha destacado como uno de los mejores cantautores, multi-instrumentistas y productores en el mundo de la música Latina. Esta noche se presenta en Chicago como parte de "Monte Sagrado U.S. Tour" en Thalia Hall, Pilsen. Draco nos habla de la música que forma parte de su vida y las canciones nuevas que le dan otra faceta a esta nueva etapa en su carrera.

P.O.S and Astronautalis team up for full length Four Fists album

Dec 4, 2018 00:07:40


Doomtree's P.O.S and Astronautalis have been collaborating and appearing on each others' albums since 2008. This collaboration evolved into a full-on joint effort when the duo formed FOUR FISTS. They released their first Single in 2013, and this year saw the release of their first full-length album "6666." Jill Hopkins spoke with P.O.S about the album and what brought about this collaboration. For more info about Four Fists, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: COMBO CHIMBITA (Colombia/NYC) - la música como una conexión divina

Dec 3, 2018 00:22:04


ESCUCHA una conversación con CAROLINA OLIVEROS, vocalista y compositora del cuarteto COMBO CHIMBITA, quienes esta noche se presentan en Chicago en The Vic Theatre como invitados de la banda Parquet Courts. Carolina nos habla del single "Testigo", y de la conexión divina y espiritual que viven en los escenarios al momento de tocar en vivo. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos @roxyoradio

Paul Abrahamian on his Pop Noir band Van Alden, debut EP and his time on Big Brother reality show

Dec 3, 2018 00:15:00


In his musical project, Van Alden, singer Paul Abrahamian writes songs that wash over you with lush Pop Noir sounds. He spoke with Jill Hopkins about the debut EP, his hardcore music beginnings as well as his time on CBS reality series Big Brother.

Brandon James Soothes Hearts, Moves Bodies and Feeds the Soul with Impassioned R&B

Nov 30, 2018 00:12:02


Brandon James is a Chicago R&B singer and songwriter with a voice to soothe hearts, move bodies and feed the soul. Brandon joined Jill Hopkins in the studio to talk about how he first became involved with music, his music studies in college, and how he started his monthly Soulful Sunday's events at Reggies, showcasing his talent and others in the Soulful / R&B music community. His new album “The Divine Collection” is out now and is taking people to church. For more info about Brandon James, visit:

Rich Jones shares thoughts on new album, positivity and pursuit of deeper relationships with others

Nov 27, 2018 00:12:32


Rich Jones is a singer, rapper and songwriter who relishes in the genre-blending approach to Hip Hop. On his latest release, "The Shoulder You Lean On," we find out about the contemplative side of a man at one of the forks in the road of life. Rich spoke with Jill Hopkins about the project and shared his thoughts on positivity, personal attachments and pursuit of deeper meaningful relationships with others. For more info on Rich Jones, visit:

Vagabond Maurice Meditates on Black Liberation, Nerd Mythology and Self on New Atmospheric Album

Nov 26, 2018 00:18:48


On his new album "A Garden at the End of the World," Vagabond Maurice blends the lines between atmospheric Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrocentrism and Anime. His lyrics float over dreamy breaks and meditate on themes of nerd mythology, Black liberation and self-reflection. Maurice spoke with Jill Hopkins about the project and its soothing, meditative sound. For more info on Vagabond Maurice, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: TROPA MÁGICA - La nueva onda de los Hermanos Pacheco.

Nov 22, 2018 00:33:22


Este Viernes 23, suda el guajolote con TROPA MÁGICA, la nueva onda de los carnales Pacheco. Escucha aquí nuestra charla con David & Rene Pacheco, bien francotes y desmadrozos comparten los motivos para mutar de #TheeCommons a #TropaMágica, la importancia de su familia en su [de]formación como músicos y nos invitan a escuchar rolas de esta nueva etapa y de sus amiguitos y colegas en Chicago. Este viernes déjate caer a The Empty Bottle con la Tropa Mágica, Avantist, Mán Cub y los rifaos (((SONORAMA))). Producción & conducción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA. Playlist: 01) TROPA MÁGICA - "Disco Queen" 02) MÁN CUB - "Village Song" 03) TROPA MÁGICA - "LSD Roma" 04) Meridian Brothers - "Salsa Caliente" 05) Kumbia Queers - "Mientes" 06) FITO OLIVARES - "El Colesterol" 07) TROPA MÁGICA - "Supersónico" 08) AVANTIST -"Tidalwave"

KC Ortiz on her grungy and glamorous brand of Rap and long journey to embracing Trans identity

Nov 20, 2018 00:17:52


KC Ortiz brings Chicago's Queer art scene to every ball! Her 8-track mixtape Church Tapesand her full length Beach Street have cemented her firmly as a prominent Chicago MC. She spoke with Jill Hopkins about her grungy and glamorous type of Rap and "Southern Luxury" aesthetics, her long journey to embracing her Trans identity and how Chicago played a role in her self-discovery. For more info about her music, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: Latin American Soundscapes - 13th Chicago Latino Music Festival

Nov 17, 2018 00:18:47


ESCUCHA una conversación sobre el Chicago Latino Music Festival. Elbio Barilari, co-director artístico del festival, nos habla sobre "Latin American Soundscapes – Paisajes Sonoros Latinoamericanos", un performance que presenta a varios músicos Latinos de Chicago en una sesión de improvisación y una experiencia insólita en el Cindy Pritzker Auditorium de la biblioteca Harold Washington el domingo, 18 de noviembre en el cierre de la decimotercera edición del festival. También, Elbio nos habla del proyecto de jazz Volcano Radar y su última producción "PAQUITO LIBRE" con la colaboración del músico Paquito D’Rivera. Más información: Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

#DomingosenVocalo: GRABADOLANDIA 2018

Nov 16, 2018 00:30:09


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#DomingosenVocalo: NATALIA LOZA MANCISIDOR, un referente del baile flamenco en México

Nov 15, 2018 00:24:47


ESCUCHA una conversación con NATALIA LOZA MANCISIDOR, un referente del baile flamenco en México, y quien debutará en Chicago como parte de "Andrea Salcedo Presents: Flamencos Mexicanos Chicago Encounter" este viernes, 16 de noviembre en el Instituto Cervantes en Chicago. Natalia nos habla de sus inicios en la danza, su día a día como bailaora, sus influencias musicales y la escena del flamenco en México. Más información: Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

"Sinner Songwriter," Phillip Michael Scales plays live on Vocalo, talks recent collaborations

Nov 12, 2018 00:12:53


Singer Songwriter, Phillip Michael Scales joined Jill Hopkins on The Morning AMp to play a few of his songs live ahead of his show on Thursday 11/15 at Schubas in Chicago. For more info on Phillip Michael Scales, visit:

Tatiana Hazel Discusses Her Bilingual Approach to Songwriting

Nov 8, 2018 00:10:41


We spoke with singer Tatiana Hazel (@tatianahazel) about her music, mixing English and Spanish in her songwriting and her latest Single "Sí o No".

#DomingosenVocalo: CORTADITO SHOWCASE 2018, una apertura para el cine made in Chicago

Nov 7, 2018 00:43:17


ESCUCHA una conversación sobre el CORTADITO SHOWCASE 2018 de Chicago por Panorama Latinx, una iniciativa del Gene Siskel Film Center —uno de los cines independientes más importantes de la ciudad. Conoce a los cineastas Juan Carlos Linares Riera (Puerto Rico), Natalia Patricia Alemán (USA/Cuba), y Mev Luna (coordinadora de Panorama Latinx). Más información: Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos

Blue Man Group debuts new instruments and themes in revamped production

Nov 5, 2018 00:14:26


For over 20 years, The Blue Man Group shows at The Brian Street Theater have been a cultural touchstone in Chicago's art scene. A lot has changed about the show since its premiere and the changes keep coming in 2018. Associate Music Director Jeff Quay and Chicago Blue Man Scott Bishop spoke with Jill Hopkins about the show and the new instruments and themes featured in the revamped production.

#DomingosenVocalo: VANESSA ZAMORA - Celebrando "TORNALUNA", entre lo mejor del año.

Nov 2, 2018 00:22:20


>> ❤️ Celebramos junto a VANESSA ZAMORA el lanzamiento de #Tornaluna, un disco destinado a ser uno de los mejores del año, escucha aquí nuestra charla con #VanessaZamora - súper alivianada, súper neta, comparte detalles sobre el álbum que van mucho mas allá de las canciones, incluyendo el apoyo y complicidad artistica de RUZZI, tras la presentación del disco se confiesa súper orgullosa y arropada por los fans. Con 'Tornaluna", Vanessa Zamora ∞ se consolida como una de las mejores compositoras contemporáneas en México y Latinoamérica. Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA. Tracklist: 01) VANESSA ZAMORA - "Hablas Mucho" 02) Vanessa Zamora - "Control" 03) RUZZI - "Cuando" 04) VANESSA ZAMORA - "Solegrande" 05) Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams" 06) Fleetwood Mac - "Everywhere" 07) VANESSA ZAMORA - "Río"


Nov 2, 2018 00:35:48


->> Chicago aquí están, mundo aquí están!: Embrujadas - concientes del legado de sus antepasadas, mujeres activistas, periodistas, fotógrafas, artistas multi-disciplinarias y músicos comparten sus talentos y encantos este sábado de Noviembre en Embrujadas @ The Empty Bottle - estas chicas de Chicago están decididas a escribir su propia historia y a abrir nuevos caminos para las "brujitas" del futuro.Escucha aquí a Sandra A. Trevino [Enchufate], Marisol Ceron [A Flor De Piel] y Luz Magdaleno [Radio Luzifer] parte de las organizadoras de #embrujadas, compartiendo que las motiva, los proyectos participantes y música de DÉCIMA, The Luna Blues Machine, Jessica Garcia, Jackass Magnets & NEV. || Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA.

Corr Kendricks on balancing music with acting and new Single "Feelin Like The Man"

Oct 30, 2018 00:14:05


Corr Kendricks is Black Rambo on Fox's "Empire" and Yosh on Showtime's "The Chi." But before he was an actor, he was a musician. His new Single, "Feelin Like The Man," is out now. Jill Hopkins spoke with Corr about balancing his music with his acting career. For more info about Corr Kendricks, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: La música electroacústica mexicana con JAVIER ÁLVAREZ

Oct 30, 2018 00:29:44


ESCUCHA una conversación con JAVIER ÁLVAREZ, un distinguido compositor mexicano de música electroacústica, en su paso por Chicago para una colaboración con Fulcrum Point Music Project. Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos.

MAJOR. Deals Hope On His Debut Record "Even More"

Oct 29, 2018 00:12:54


"I wanna be the soundtrack to the happiness of people." R&B artist MAJOR. spoke with Jill Hopkins about his debut record "Even More," what inspires him as an artist, and his current headlining tour. For more info about MAJOR.'s music visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: El mundo sonoro de "RETABLO" con el sonidista Omar Pareja (Perú)

Oct 25, 2018 00:30:38


ESCUCHA una conversación con OMAR PAREJA, director de sonido de "Retablo" — una película dirigida por Álvaro Delgado Aparicio (Perú) y ganadora del premio Gold Q-Hugo en el Chicago International Film Festival. Conoce acerca de los elementos como el lenguaje, el sonido y la trama que elevan la experiencia de esta cinta filmada en los Andes y que ha sido elogiada como una de las mejores producciones cinematográficas en quechua que afronta el tema de la sexualidad y sus tabúes. También, escuchamos acerca del tratamiento del sonido en el cine y la afición de Omar por este campo. Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos Domingos en Vocalo es una producción de Vocalo 91.1FM Chicago Public Media:

Trevor Powers (formerly Youth Lagoon) on reinventing his sound on new album Mulberry Violence

Oct 23, 2018 00:14:39


Previously known as Youth Lagoon, Trevor Powers has reinvented his sound with new album Mulberry Violence. The new body of work finds Trevor at his most poetic and delving deep into electronic textures and experimental compositions. Jesse Menendez spoke with Trevor about his new artistic vision.

Air Credits enlist Doomtree's Sims to write new chapter in their "next week’s dystopia"

Oct 22, 2018 00:13:21


For their latest post-apocalyptic release, ARTERÍA VERITÉ, Hip Hop duo Air Credits enlist the help of Doomtree artist Sims. The new album explores the humane and communal aspect of the dystopian world Air Credits has created over several releases. Jesse Menendez spoke with STV SLV and Show You Suck of Air Credits about their new album and collaboration with Sims. For more info about Air Credits and new album, visit:

Snoop Dogg on acting, musical re-inventions and love of cooking

Oct 19, 2018 00:10:27


This year Snoop Dogg marks the 25th anniversary of his debut album, Doggystyle, and the California rapper has announced plans for a tour of his theatrical debut, a stage play based on his persona and music entitled "Redemption of a Dogg." Jill Hopkins spoke with the artist about his acting, his musical and stylistic re-inventions and his love of cooking.

Rebel Diaz champion peoples' struggle with revolutionary rhymes on América vs Amerikkka

Oct 18, 2018 00:15:40


Hip Hop act Rebel Diaz grew up in Chicago and came up in The South Bronx. They are the sons of political refugees from Chile who fled a dictatorship in the 1970's. Raised on revolution and the culture of Hip-Hop they share stories of the people: el barrio, the hood, the poor, los immigrantes. Their bilingual sound has been shaped by pieces of South American folk, House, and Latin percussion combined with Boom-Bap breaks and 808s. Jesse Menendez spoke with Rod Starz and G1 of Rebel Diaz about their new album America vs. Amerikkka. For more info, visit:

McKenzie Chinn and Gregory Dixon discussed "Olympia" on The Morning AMp

Oct 15, 2018 00:14:43


OLYMPIA is an independent feature film about what it means to become an adult in the modern world. Directed by Gregory Dixon, and written by and starring McKenzie Chinn, the film made its world premiere at the 2018 LA Film Festival and will make its hometown premier at this month's Chicago International Film Festival. Jill Hopkins spoke with McKenzie Chinn and Gregory Dixon about the film. Greg is the director and a producer on Olympia and McKenzie is the writer, producer, and lead actor. OLYMPIA speaks strongly to the challenges unique to the millennial generation and features a largely POC cast in a way that frees the characters from the common stereotypical limitations placed on so many narratives that center POC.

#DomingosenVocalo: "El Ombligo de Guie'dani" dirigido por Xavi Sala estrena en el CIFF

Oct 13, 2018 00:24:03


ESCUCHA una conversación con XAVI SALA, director de cine, guionista y productor catalán/mexicano, cuya ópera prima "El Ombligo de Guie'dani" se estrena en el marco del Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF)este 13 de octubre y con proyecciones adicionales el 14 y el 16 de octubre en AMC River East, Chicago. Xavi nos habla acerca de la exploración de las lenguas madres de México, el clasismo y el racismo hacia las comunidades indigenas en México como temáticas principales en esta película que traza la historia de Guie'dani y su madre en su transición de su pueblo natal a la vida en la Ciudad de México. Más información: Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos.


Oct 13, 2018 00:15:06


#DomingosenVocalo: LITTLE MÉXICO FILM FESTIVAL 2018 by Vocalo Music

#DomingosenVocalo: LIT & LUZ 2018

Oct 11, 2018 00:37:48


Chido, estimulante, bonito y prendido, eso y más es el festival LIT & LUZ que inaugura su quinta edición este próximo sábado 13 de Octubre. Escucha aquí nuestra charla con MIGUEL JIMENEZ, Coordinador Comunitario en Make Literary Productions, ESTEBAN KING, Investigador y Co-curador de la exhibición "So Close, Far Away" y con JULIAN HERBERT, escritor y músico mexicano.| Del 13 al 20 de Octubre, escritores, músicos y artistas visuales de México y Chicago participaran a través de su obra en un nuevo intercambio cultural, buscando fortalecer la relación entre los dos países, y en particular, aumentar la distribución de literatura y arte de México para las audiencias de Chicago y más allá... CAELE y checa los eventos en || Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA PLAYLIST: 01) Salvapantallas - "Como antes" 02) CAETANO VELOSO -"Nine out of ten" 03)Patti Smith - "Horses" 04)BABASONICOS - "La pregunta" 05)Pop Music Team - "Tlatelolco" 06) DOS SANTOS - "Logos"

The Black Madonna seeks to diversify electronic music community with her world-renown dance parties

Oct 10, 2018 00:14:40


Marea Stamper is better known as The DJ Black Madonna. She’s come a long way since the 90s warehouse parties, and now she reaches global audiences with her blend of Chicago House, Disco and Techno music. The internationally touring DJ continues to support more marginalized voices represented in the electronic music scene and isn’t afraid to voice her political and social views, ultimately working to help diversify the community. The Black Madonna spoke with Jill Hopkins about her beginnings at Chicago's Smart Bar and the "We Still Believe" parties that now sell out all over the world.

#DomingosenVocalo: Las pelís imperdibles del Chicago International Film Festival

Oct 5, 2018 00:33:43


ESCUCHA las recomendaciones para ver en el Chicago International Film Festival que celebra 54 años en este 2018. El festival arranca del 10 de octubre y continúa hasta el 21 de octubre en AMC River East. Nando Espinosa Herrera, programador de películas en Comfort Station Logan Square, comparte sus recomendaciones de los programa "Cinemas of the Americas" e "Immersive Cinema". Más información: Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos

#DomingosenVocalo: FRANCES CHIROQUE debutará en el Latin American Guitar Festival de Chicago

Oct 4, 2018 00:33:51


ESCUCHA una conversación con los guitarristas Frances Chiroque (Puerto Rico) e Iván Reséndiz (México) acerca del VIII Latin American Guitar Festival de Chicago que cada año presenta una serie de conciertos gratuitos con un repertorio de guitarra clásica latinoamericana con guitarristas emergentes y consagrados en Citlalin Gallery en Pilsen. Iván nos habla acerca del recorrido del festival a ocho años de su fundación. Frances comparte sus inicios en el mundo de la guitarra clásica en su natal Puerto Rico y cómo la música fue necesaria para sobrepasar los días post-huracán María. El Latin American Guitar Festival continúa del 4 al 6 de octubre a las 8pm en Citlain Gallery. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

Joey Purp talks new album "QUARTERTHING," shares thoughts on mental health and being a father

Oct 2, 2018 00:15:44


2016's "iiiDrops" was the mixtape that made the world stand up and take notice of what we in Chicago have known for a while - that Joey Purp is that dude! On his new album QUARTERTHING, that dude is growing up, glowing up and showing out. Joey spoke with Jill Hopkins about his new record, and shared his thoughts on mental health and how being a father affects his art.

#DomingosenVocalo: "Historias Bilingües" con Nestor Gómez "The Boss"

Oct 2, 2018 00:20:01


ESCUCHA una conversación con Nestor Gómez, un storyteller guatemalteco radicado en Chicago quien a través del arte de narrar historias en vivo (live storytelling) ha encontrado una manera de enlazar a audiencias multiculturales con la experiencia migrante de muchas comunidades. Este miércoles de presenta como parte del evento "The Fest Presents: Historias Bilingües En Vivo/Bilingual Stories Live!" en Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Más información: Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos

#DomingosenVocalo: CAFÉ TACVBA, el eterno 'challenge' de mantenerse flamantes a casi 30 años

Sep 25, 2018 00:23:50


ESCUCHA una conversación con JOSELO RANGEL, guitarrista y compositor de CAFÉ TACVBA, una de las bandas más influyentes de la música alternativa de Latinoamérica. Café Tacvba arrancó el "Niu Güeis Tur" por Estados Unidos y llega a Chicago del 28 al 30 de septiembre para ofrecer tres conciertos en la sala de Concord Hall. Joselo nos habla de las experiencias en esta gira, el último álbum "Jei Beibi", un flashback a la época de "Réves/Yo Soy", sus memorias del tour con Beck en el 2000, y nos habla acerca de su faceta como escritor para su columna semanal "CrockNICAS MARCIANAS" en el diario mexicano Excélsior. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos PLAYLIST: Café Tacvba - "Automático" Café Tacvba - "Disolviéndonos" Café Tacvba - "El Catrín" Café Tacvba - "11" Café Tacvba & Beck en vivo - "Burro" Café Tacvba - "Me gusta tu manera"

#DomingosenVocalo: "NOT FOR SALE" rinde tributo a la comunidad puertorriqueña de Humboldt Park

Sep 20, 2018 00:22:47


ESCUCHA una conversación con GUADALÍS DEL CARMEN, actriz y dramaturga de Chicago radicada en NYC, quien es autora de la obra "NOT FOR SALE" dirigida por Sara Carranza y presentada por Urban Theater del 21 de septiembre al 20 de octubre como parte de "DESTINOS, 2nd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival". Guadalís comparte su visión en recrear las problemáticas que enfrenta la comunidad puertorriqueña en Humboldt Park, Chicago y Puerto Rico a través del "dramedy". Más información: Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos

Blacker Face incite a genre-defying protest against categories, racism and systems of oppression

Sep 20, 2018 00:12:58


Chicago experimental punk band Blacker Face incites conversations about race, politics and survival in the face of systemic oppression with their idiosyncratic, genre-blending and rule-defying sound. Jesse Menendez spoke with members of the band about their songwriting, new album "Think Piece" and how their songs have been known to offend some white dudes.

From Rhyme to Prose: Dessa reminisces on a life in motion, in music and in love in new book

Sep 19, 2018 00:15:09


In her new book, My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love, Hip Hop artist Dessa gives an uncompromising and candid account of a life in motion, in music, and in love. Jesse Menendez spoke with Dessa about the new book.

#DomingosenVocalo: San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia bajo el lente de Sebastián Pinzón Silva

Sep 18, 2018 00:43:26


ESCUCHA una conversación y un playlist de música colombiana con Sebastián Pinzón Silva, cineasta de Bogotá, Colombia y director del cortometraje "Palenque", que forma parte del "Cortadito Showcase 2018" como parte de la programación Panorama Latinx del Gene Siskel Film Center en Chicago este próximo sábado 22 de septiembre. Conoce la historia de Sebastián y su interés por la fotografía y el cine desde la infancia; además, nos cuenta sobre su experiencia migrante en su misión de retratar su natal Colombia a través del cine. Playlist: Estrellas del Caribe - Diógenes Salgado - "Homenaje a Benkos" Las Alegres Ambulancias - "Me Duele" Andrés Landero - "Cuando lo negro sea bello" Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

Calid B celebrates the African diaspora and channels Malian folklore on new album "AfroBang 2"

Sep 7, 2018 00:14:59


Calid B. is a Chicago based producer and MC who is pioneering his own brand of eclectic Hip Hop sound which he calls "AfroBang." AfroBang fuses together elements of trap drums, synths and 808s with tribal percussion and chants from West Africa. On his new release "AfroBang 2: Son of Sogolon" Calid continues to celebrate the African diaspora and channels Malian folklore - the story of Sundiata Keita who became the founder of the Mali Empire. Jesse Menendez spoke with Calid B about the record and its eclectic sound that stems from his heritage. ​

D. Bess - the sound of one man and a whole lotta Reggae

Sep 4, 2018 00:12:29


D. Bess is a one-man band who loops all of his Reggae/Ska/Funk/Blues/Hip-Hop sounds live. On his latest release, "Man vs. Bear", he collaborated with Reggae legend Toots Hibbert from Toots and the Maytals. Jill Hopkins spoke with D. Bess about his project.

Rich Robbins on breaking out of cocoons and new album Red Butterfly

Aug 28, 2018 00:12:09


These days, Chicago is an undeniable force in Hip Hop music and culture. Oak Park native Rich Robbins is the latest talented artist to emerge from the area. Jesse Menendez spoke with Rich about his new album Red Butterfly and its themes of self-liberation, transcendence and finding yourself.

#DomingosenVocalo: BUDAYA (León, Guanajuato) debutará en PILSEN FEST, Chicago

Aug 19, 2018 00:46:57


ESCUCHA una conversación con BUDAYA, una dupla con una propuesta de synth-pop con base en León, Guanajuato, México, donde la escena de la música electrónica va en ascenso con proyectos como este que nutren la escena musical. Conoce a Maya Piña y Tulio Almaraz, dos músicos y diseñadores, que sintetizan sus pasiones a través de melodías auténticas. También, nos hacen recomendaciones de bandas emergentes de México. Playlist: Budaya - "Escape" Budaya - "Calma" Mind Cinema - "Sleep Clinic" Lázaro Cristóbal Comala - "Incendiados" Monocrom - "Calma" María Centeno - "De lo que quedaba poco" Producción, edición y conducción: Rocío Santos

#DomingosenVocalo: YOU ARE HERE estrena "MONTES" en Vocalo - en vivo - lo harán en PILSEN FEST!

Aug 18, 2018 00:46:41


->> Acertadamente, desde su primera edición PILSEN FEST ha incluido talento local representando prácticamente todas las disciplinas artísticas, por supuesto la música continua siendo uno de sus principales encantos, escucha aquí nuestra charla con YOU ARE HERE, cuarteto formado por Leo, Rich, Jose Ivan y Mario quienes este sábado presentaran canciones de su recien estrenado álbum #Montes, disco que hace unos días presentaron en #DomingosEnVocalo | #YouAreHere inicia a partir de las 5:15 PM, como parte del primer día de actividades en #PilsenFest compartirán la tarde con los locales Fernando doppel oficial, CaniKa, Rai, Karma Wears White Ties; los visitantes Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible, Dromedarios Mágicos, M.A.K.U*, Trillones, entre otros. | En hora buena: El Beisman, The People's Stage Karaoke, Pilsen Community Market, CALOR, Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary, Kombi, Simone's, National Museum of Mexican Art, el barrio es de quien lo trabaja y da vida! Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA.

#DomingosenVocalo: BALÚN - vida y música a través del Prisma Tropical.

Aug 17, 2018 00:29:38


->> Tras una enorme expectativa que no dejo de crecer con el paso de los años, Balún presenta su segundo disco #PrismaTropical, 16 piezas que mantienen intacto el espíritu experimental y vanguardista del cuarteto boricua añadiendo nuevos elementos de la música popular puertorriqueña y así anunciar la llegada del Dreambow, música para un perreo para ensoñar... Entregate a la exuberancia musical de #Balun EN VIVO mañana sábado en Subterranean junto a la revelación de Juaritos & Texas: The Chamanas y el orgullo local Dos Santos : Jarritos Presents: The Chamanas, Balún & Dos Santos - Ajúa! Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA. Tracklist: * BALÚN - "La nueva ciudad" * BALÚN - "Ultravioleta" * BALÚN - "Vaiven" feat. Henry Cole * BALÚN - "Pulsos" feat. Antibalas

#DomingosenVocalo: RATA NEGRA - compendio de su primer gira gringa y sesión pincha discos.

Aug 16, 2018 00:48:17


->> Escucha aquí a Juanita AKA Viole Terroba & Pablito Silva, 2 de los 3 roedores detrás de #RataNegra, banda punk madrileña que recién concluyo su primer gira a lo largo de the land of nothing for free... viejos conocidos nuestros, los también integrantes de las entrañables bandas Juaita y Los Feos y La URSS aceptaron la invitación para tomar control de la música como GUEST DJs, acercándonos a su debut #OídoAbsoluto a través de algunas canciones del disco y conociendo algunos de los tantos proyectos que los mantienen enganchaos a la música como Dead Moon, Eskorbuto, La Plata, Big Black, Alaska y Los Pegamoides, Population o Sin Orden, entre otros... gratitud a Benny [Silent Age] y Andrea. Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA Tracklist: * Silent Age - "Wall of faces" * RATA NEGRA - "Ratas"" * RATA NEGRA - "El autómata" * JUANITA Y LOS FEOS - "Vallecas" * LA URSS - "Olvido" * La Plata - "Un atasco" * ESKORBUTO - "Rogad a Dios por sus muertos" * ALASKA Y LOS PEGAMOIDES - "El hospital" * Big Black - "Steelworker" * POPULATION - "Sleepwalker" * SIN ORDEN - "Sin orden" * RATA NEGRA - "Aguas negras" * DEAD MOON - "Dead moon night"

Tasha talks activism, music and radical softness

Aug 16, 2018 00:13:03


Tasha is a singer, poet, and Black queer organizer from Chicago. The multi-talented artist first made waves with her poignant debut release "Divine Love." Armed with an electric guitar, Tasha seamlessly incorporates poetry into her sets; speaking on Black joy, self-love, and radical softness. Jesse Menendez spoke with Tasha about her music, activism and her identity politics.

#DomingosenVocalo: PILSEN FEST 2018 celebra el renacimiento cultural y la transición de Pilsen

Aug 16, 2018 00:40:00


ESCUCHA una conversación con Esmirna García & Franky Piña, organizadoras de Pilsen Fest, quienes junto a Rocío Santos repasaron la amplia programación de este uno de los festivales más destacados de la ciudad que toma lugar del 18 al 19 de agosto y que resalta un pabellón de arte, obras de teatro, un encuentro con la comunidad de escritores en Chicago, una zona de DJs y los headliners de renombre: Nortec's Bostich & Fussible y Hello Seahorse. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos

Metal while Black: Erzulie channels Haitian voodoo and Panamanian folklore in their raw metal sound

Aug 14, 2018 00:13:46


Erzulie (pronounced ah-zih-lee) is a 5-piece Chicago jazz metal band inspired by Haitian voodoo, Panamanian folklore, and urban grit. They blend Metal, Latin Jazz and Blues to generate raw melodies. Jill Hopkins spoke with the band about their music and latest EP - "AudioHex: Bad Blood Saga."

Serengeti writes the final chapter for alter ego character Kenny Dennis

Aug 13, 2018 00:13:24


Chicago Hip Hop artist Serengeti has created his own universe of characters and narratives. His main protagonist and alter ego, Kenny Dennis, has been at the center of this universe all along. But this new release from Serengeti puts to rest the story of a former Grimm Teachaz member who has a ongoing beef with Shaquille O'Neal and who loves all things Chicago. Jill Hopkins spoke with Serengeti about the last chapter of Kenny Dennis. For more info about the album, Serengeti and Kenny Dennis, visit:

#DomingosenVocalo: ODISSEO, el nuevo semblante del cuarteto mexicano

Aug 11, 2018 00:30:20


¡ESCUCHA una conversación con ODISSEO! A propósito de la visita de Odisseo en Chicago este 11 de agosto, conversamos con Daniel Léon, miembro fundador, guitarrista, compositor y diseñador gráfico de este quinteto mexicano que está de regreso en Estados Unidos para adelantar parte del repertorio de su próximo álbum con el que le dan a la bienvenida a su nuevo integrante y vocalista Juan Pablo López. Daniel nos habla de la nueva faceta que vive la banda, el recorrido dentro de la escena mexicana, las historias detrás de los sencillos "Invencibles", "Los Imanes" y "Lo que quieras de mí", entre otras anécdotas. Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos Tracklist: "Los Imanes" "Días de Fuego" "Odio + Deseo" "Invencibles" "Los Imanes" "Lo que quieras de mí"

#DomingosenVocalo: Más que abrazos, apretones de cariño, gratitud y admiración para DIANA SOLÍS!

Aug 7, 2018 00:52:02


#DomingosenVocalo: Más que abrazos, apretones de cariño, gratitud y admiración para DIANA SOLÍS! by Vocalo Music

#DomingosenVocalo: MOURN

Aug 7, 2018 00:24:13


#DomingosenVocalo: MOURN by Vocalo Music

#DomingosenVocalo: MÁN CUB - RICHARD JUAREZ

Aug 4, 2018 00:47:18


->>Dejate seducir por la música, talento y transparencia de Richard Juárez, joven interprete, compositor y productor responsable detrás de Mán Cub - proyecto basado en La Villita, Chicago que ha conseguido amalgamar una variedad de influencias que van desde los boleros, R&B, rock alternativo y música electrónica... escuchalo compartir tres de las canciones actualmente disponibles en la web, detalles sobre el lanzamiento de su EP debut, su experiencia creciendo en La Villita como hijo de padre mexicano y madre puertorriqueña, el legado de su abuelo y el jubilo que le produce compartir generación con artistas como DÉCIMA, Lester Rey Jessica Garcia o SUVÉ... como parte de sus influencias comparte rolitas de Trio Los Panchos, Gorillaz, Sonora Ponceña, Daft Punk, Gustavo Adrián Cerati, Sade y LEO DAN. || Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA.

#DomingosenVocalo: Cerrando el circulo, JESSE BÁEZ llega a Chicago para cantar @ Lollapalooza.

Aug 1, 2018 00:34:22


->> A base de talento y chamba, Jesse Baez ha pasado de ser considerado una promesa a ser la punta de lanza de la nueva movida de R&B latinoamericano, escucha aquí nuestra charla con #JesseBaez | Mañana jueves, Jesse tocará 2 veces en Chicago, primero como uno de los representantes latinos en Lollapalooza y después junto a Cuco en Subterranean: CUCO Lollapalooza Aftershow | De excelente humor, sencillo y relajado, el chapín Jesse Baez aprovechó para hablar sobre los fuertes lazos que matiene con Chicago, ciudad donde nació... sobre sus inicios en la banda de rock Easy Easy y el júbilo y satisfacción por el lanzamiento de su EP #Turbo [Broke Kids Music]. || Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA.

Detroit Rapper Black Milk Interviewed on The Morning AMp

Jul 23, 2018 00:08:32


Detroit underground hip-hop artist Black Milk has a career that has spanned more than a decade, several studio albums, and countless well received collaborations. His seventh and most recent album is called Fever. Jesse Menendez spoke with the talented MC and producer on The Morning AMp about the motivation for his eclectic production and his current album.

#DomingosenVocalo: Escucha y enterate de que va Parlant Parlant... lo nuevo de BUMBAC JOE.

Jul 21, 2018 00:52:22


->> Escucha aquí la más reciente visita del pana Bumbac Joe | Desde su llegada a Chicago, hace cerca de 5 años el DJ/Productor Venezolano nacido en Lima y adoptado por varias capitales del mundo como Madrid rápidamente se ganó un lugar dentro de la escena dance y alterlatina de la Ciudad de los Vientos. En esta ocasión, #BumbacJoe reaparece en #DomingosEnVocalo para hacer sonar dos madrazos (temazos): "Barquito" y "Black Roses" de su nuevo proyecto PARLANT PARLANT, además aprovechamos para hacer escalas musicales revisitando varios temas de su discografía, desde sus inicios House hasta su fogosa y candente #HotRevolution EP (((SONORAMA))) al igual que proyectos con un origen en Chicago como Dos Santos y Chaka Khan, simón Chaka Khan! | "Cachalo" esta noche junto a Future Rootzen Harbee Liquors & Tavern Est.1878 o junto a Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo en East Room en las explosivas noches #HeavySalsaMama | Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA

#DomingosenVocalo: Los 5 Fuegos de M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM, pura candela para germinar.

Jul 20, 2018 00:24:20


->> Este viernes M.A.K.U* regresa a Chicago y que mejor que hacerlo durante el primer día del Colombian Fest / El Gran Festival Colombiano Chicago - El ahora quinteto vuelve con Nuevo disco: #5Fuegos, escucha nuestra charla con Liliana Conde (vocalista y percusionista) y Juan Ospina A.K.A.Prodigio Arribetiao (vocalista y bajista)... revelando una vez su cariño especial por Pilsen neighborhood, organizaciones como Calles y Sueños - Chicago + Villapalooza-Little Village Music Fest y el profundo significado detrás del titulo de su nuevo álbum... VIVA COLOMBIA, VIVA LATINOAMERICA EN CHICAGO! | Conducción y producción: JESÚS ECHEVERRÍA PLAYLIST: 1) M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM - "Mezcla" 2) M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM - "Por encima" 3) M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM - "Jugo"

Brandon Fox performs live and discusses his Pop / R&B tinged debut "The Remedy"

Jul 17, 2018 00:17:31


Chicago singer and songwriter Brandon Fox has recently released his debut album The Remedy. The album is filled with uplifting songs over a Pop - R&B backdrop. Jesse Menendez spoke with Brandon about his new album. Brandon also treated us to an acoustic performance.

Boots Riley talks workers' rights, Capitalism and new film "Sorry To Bother You"

Jul 12, 2018 00:17:06


Boots Riley is the legendary MC of The Coup but he's also a writer and director of the new movie "Sorry To Bother You" - a scathing critique on race relations, workers' rights and the Capitalist system. It also happens to be highly imaginative and hilarious. Boots Riley spoke with Jill Hopkins about the themes and concepts of the new film which is out in theaters now.

Micha Interview and Studio Session

Jul 11, 2018 00:19:26


Hear our conversation with Chicago singer/songwriter Micha. She talked about being a finalist in the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Series as well as her music and Puerto Rican roots and performed two acoustic songs live in studio.

Fury fights dark forces with Black magic and new EP

Jul 5, 2018 00:13:04


Chicago Hip Hop artist Fury recently released her psychedelic and wavy EP, "Black Magic." The album is her first recorded with a live band and has the talented MC navigating topics such as Black girl magic and Black boy joy, the commodification of Black culture, and the idea of karma. For more info, visit:

Cam Be wrote "Love" in the sky across the world and released an album to soundtrack the photo series

Jun 26, 2018 00:13:09


Cam Be is a film director, musician, photographer, and producer. Cam recently released an album "7 Steps to 7" as an accompaniment to a photo exhibition he created which opened at Good Details Gallery in Chicago. The exhibition is titled "So I Wrote Love in the Sky" and features long exposure photography capturing the words “LOVE” on 5 different continents, 8 different countries and 14 different cities. Jesse Menendez spoke with Cam Be about the two projects. For more info about Cam's work, visit:

Ric Wilson draws inspiration from Basquiat and brings lyricism to the front on disco-rap EP "Banba"

Jun 25, 2018 00:09:19


Chicago Hip Hop artist Ric Wilson continues perfecting his dance-centric take on Hip Hop which he calls "Disco Rap." On his new EP "Banba," which stands for "Black Art, not Bad Art," Ric draws inspiration from the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, opens up about past relationships, and brings his lyricism to the front of the jazzy / bouncy instrumentals. Jesse Menendez spoke with Ric Wilson about his latest project.

Jussie Smollett on how the role of Jamal Lyon informs his music and debut album "Sum of My Music"

Jun 18, 2018 00:12:49


You can catch actor and singer Jussie Smollett on the small screen playing Jamal Lyon on FOX’s hit series "Empire." The talented artist recently released his debut album "Sum of My Music" and spoke with Jill Hopkins about the project.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad discuss their creative chemistry on new album The Midnight Hour

Jun 12, 2018 00:16:48


After an acclaimed collaboration on the Netflix original series Luke Cage, producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad teamed up to release a proper joint effort titled "The Midnight Hour." The 20 track album features Younge and Muhammad creating a Hip Hop flavored Jazz and Soul record featuring cameos from Raphael Saadiq, Eryn Allen Kane, Ladybug Mecca, Marsha Ambrosius and others. Jesse and Jill spoke with The Midnight Hour about the project, Black culture, their collaborative chemistry and more.

Melo Makes Music speaks on mental health, eclecticism and new mixtape "Hold Your Tongue"

Jun 8, 2018 00:17:24


Chicago based artist Melo Makes Music is celebrating the release of his mixtape Hold Your Tongue. Jesse Menendez spoke with the eclectic artist about his style, mental health, and the new project.

Gavin Turek channels 70's vibes on her debut EP "Good Look For You"

Jun 7, 2018 00:08:42


Originally aspiring to be a professional dancer, L.A. based singer and songwriter Gavin Turek spent years training and traveling abroad, before eventually returning to singing and songwriting as her main medium of expression. Recently the talented artist dropped her debut EP “Good Look For You.” Jesse Menendez spoke with Gavin about her 70’s tinged vibe and her debut project. For more info on Gavin Turek, visit:

Sen Morimoto talks new album "Cannonball!" and his jazz-influenced production style

May 24, 2018 00:10:29


Sen Morimoto (@senmorimoto) is a Chicago based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. His new album Cannonball! features jazz and hip hop tinged production with unassuming, often whimsical delivery. Jill Hopkins spoke with Sen about the album, and how it was created almost entirely in his bedroom.

Femdot talks new album "Delacreme Vol. 2"

May 21, 2018 00:15:47


Chicago based Hip Hop artist Femdot is the latest Chicago MC gaining attention for his own approach to music making. Jesse Menendez spoke with the recent Closed Sessions Records signee about "Delacreme 2," Femdot’s new album which will be out on June 6th.

Demo Taped addresses anxiety and mental health in communities of color on new EP "Momentary"

May 17, 2018 00:10:49


On his new EP "Momentary," electronic R&B / indie pop singer Demo Taped (@demotaped) talks openly about how depression and anxiety affected him personally as well as how metal health affects Black communities. Jill Hopkins spoke with Demo about those issues and his new EP.

Austin Fillmore talks new album "Think Less Feel More" and unique ties to the Austin neighborhood

May 11, 2018 00:14:38


Austin Fillmore’s new project "Think Less Feel More, Vol. 1" showcases Austin’s penchant for catchy hooks and uplifting production. His goal is to touch the hearts and minds of his audience through honest accounts of his own life. Jesse Menendez spoke with Austin about his family’s ties to the Austin neighborhood, coming up in a religious household and the new album.

Wyclef Jean talks new album "The Carnival 3" and racial tension in Haiti and the US

May 7, 2018 00:12:00


Hip Hop luminary Wyclef Jean is currently on tour in support of his current album "The Carnival 3: The Fall and The Rise of the Refugee." Jesse Menendez spoke with Wyclef about his new album, and racial tension in Haiti and the US.

Jinkx Monsoon on the art and the state of drag, and their new album "The Ginger Snapped"

May 2, 2018 00:15:44


Jinkx Monsoon is an American cabaret and drag performer, actor and singer best known for winning the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Jinkx and their long-time collaborator Major Scales are on tour in support of their latest theatrical show and album "The Ginger Snapped." Jill Hopkins spoke to Jinkx about the art and the state of drag, and their latest project.

Ugochi celebrates Black joy and envisions utopia with her Afro Soul sound

May 2, 2018 00:11:18


Ugochi is a Chicago born and based, Nigerian identified artist. Since her debut album, “African Buttarfly,” Ugochi has honed her sound to incorporate neo-soul and elements of African rhythms. Her latest album is “Love Shot,” a collection of songs about creating a utopian universe free of violence and filled with Black joy. Jesse Menendez spoke with Ugochi about her music.

Ho99o9 deliver scathing social commentary with a mix of punk, hardcore and hip hop

May 1, 2018 00:09:35


At the crossroads of Punk, Hard Core, and Hip Hop is New Jersey duo Ho99o9 (Horror). The pair packs scathing social commentary with aggressive and distorted guitar lines all propelled by chugging drums. Jesse Menendez spoke with Eaddy and TheOGM of Ho99o9 about their latest album "The United States of Horror."

Tobi Lou talks about his visual artistry & moving to Los Angeles

Apr 27, 2018 00:14:23


Rapper and visual artist, Tobi Lou, is a native chicagoan currently working in Los Angeles. He has previously been featured as an opener for the Red Bull Sound Select Series: 30 Days in Chicago. Our super-intern KP talked to him about his visual artistry and latest single "Troop", featuring Smino which has made an appliance on Pitchforks new music playlist "What's Good". More about Tobi Lou:

Friends of fallen MC and role model John Vietnam celebrate his life and legacy with posthumous album

Apr 26, 2018 00:13:32


John Vietnam was a creative hip hop artist, a poet, an activist, a youth organizer, a mentor, and a role model to many in the Uptown community on Chicago’s North Side. In 2012, the talented young man passed away while saving a friend who was drowning. Now, John’s friends and collaborators are releasing his debut posthumous album, "Emergence." The album is set to be released this Summer with all proceeds benefiting The Children of Vietnam, a charity John was very passionate about. Jesse Menendez spoke with the album’s producers Mike Spex and Kabashi about John's life, legacy, and music. For more info about the upcoming album, visit:

Niia questions love and relationships on Jazz / Pop debut "I"

Apr 24, 2018 00:14:48


New York based artist Niia comes from a background where her mother was an accomplished Jazz pianist and her grandmother was an opera singer. It’s those sensibilities that inform Niia’s own Pop Jazz fusion. Her current album is "I," a collection of songs that delve into the artist's own skepticism around love and healthy relationships. Each song captures her penchant for sultry grooves and sticky melodies - the perfect accompaniment for Niia’s intensely intimate vocal styling. Jesse Menendez spoke with Niia during the Chicago leg of her tour.

The Right Now reminisce and celebrate 10 years

Apr 23, 2018 00:11:32


For the last ten years, Chicago soul pop outfit The Right Now has released three acclaimed albums, racked up placements in television, national commercials, and toured the states. On Friday, April 27th, the band celebrates their decade together with a Vocalo sponsored show at Martyrs. Jesse Menendez spoke with the band about their long trek together and what lies ahead. Ticketing and more details:

Phillip-Michael Scales embraces Dive Bar Soul sound on new EP "Sinner Songwriter"

Apr 16, 2018 00:15:00


Phillip-Michael Scales (Formerly Briar Rabbit) is a songwriter who happens to be the nephew of BB King. His sound fits somewhere between folk and soul, demonstrating his knack for thoughtful, catchy melodies. His new album "Sinner Songwriter" (out in June, 2018) sees Scales take his sound into the direction of what he calls "Dive Bar Soul." Jesse Menendez spoke with Scales about his new album and the themes of morality, relationships, and love that exist on it.

JC Brooks Band speaks out on being Black in modern day America with new EP

Apr 10, 2018 00:13:32


On their new EP "Red, Black, and Blue," JC Brooks Band leans heavily on its funk sensibilities as the they explore political and social themes surrounding being Black in modern day America. Jesse Menendez spoke with JC Brooks about the racial tension that informed the album and the witty, soulful, stirring expression of the ever-present ability of Black America to spin its pain and frustration into gold. EP release show takes place Friday, 4/13 at the Chop Shop in Chicago.

"Trap Nerd," DXTR Spits talks science, hip hop and launching ONLi Packs

Apr 9, 2018 00:12:20


DXTR Spits (@dxtrspits) is a Chicago-based Hip Hop artist as well as an engineer and scientist, which informs his scientific approach to music, spoken word, and entrepreneurship. DXTR is an acronym standing for Designed Experimentation Transcending Reality. Jill Hopkins spoke with DXTR about his "trap nerd" music, finding mentorship under poet Nikki Giovanni and launching ONLi backpack brand for "dream chasers."

Drama talks new album "Lies After Love" and their Happy-Sad Music

Apr 4, 2018 00:12:59


DRAMA (@dramaduo) is a dark and passionate musical collaboration between Na’el Shehade and Via Rosa. Jesse Menendez spoke with Chicago-based duo about their new album "Lies After Love," and the experiences love and heartbreak that inspired the album. Catch DRAMA performing live Saturday, 4/7 at Sleeping Village. For more info, visit:

From refugee camps to American Idol, StoryTeller recounts his musical journey

Mar 29, 2018 00:19:04


StoryTeller (@bass-sensei-e)is a musician and refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo who left his country of birth at age 3. After living in multiple refugee camps, he and his family settled in Johannesburg South Africa for a decade. In 2012, Storyteller relocated to the United States, first Alabama and now Chicago. Last Fall, he auditioned for American Idol and will compete this season. Jesse Menendez spoke with StoryTeller about his time in refugee camps and the American perception of refugees. They also spoke about his new song Keep Me Alive, a reflection on one of his darkest moments, his musical journey and a prayer for survival.

Dessa on how neuroscience helped her get over a breakup, her views on Free Will and new album Chime

Mar 26, 2018 00:13:29


On her new album Chime, Minneapolis-based Hip Hop artist @dessaofficial navigates neuroscience to help her understand how love has played such a compelling role in her life and music. Jesse Menendez spoke with the rapper and songstress about how neuroscience helped her get over a breakup, her views on Free Will and how it all ties into her new release.

Ajani Jones on growth, evolving and new EP "Cocoons"

Mar 23, 2018 00:11:53


Chicago-based Hip Hop artist @ajani_Jones has recently joined the Closed Session label roster with the release of his new EP "Cocoons." The young artist addresses themes of evolving and blossoming, and paints a picture of his experiences growing up and living in Chicago. He spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new project.

Malcolm London talks "Right Away Series," an EP of love poems, political commentary & self-discovery

Mar 15, 2018 00:12:20


@MalcolmLondon is a Chicago based poet, activist, organizer, and youth mentor regularly speaking out against social injustice and police brutality in the city. Malcolm has recently released his sophomore project called the "Right Away Series," a compilation of love poems, political commentary, and self-discovery. Jesse Menendez spoke with Malcolm about the project, his life, poetry and social activism.

The Gold Web talks about new album "Acidchrist Superspice & the Candyboys" and Glam Rock

Mar 12, 2018 00:11:50


The Gold Web is Chicago’s art-glam monstrosity. Known for their highly theatrical stage shows, the group doses audiences with blissful grooves, dramatic songwriting, and an outrageous visual performance. Jill Hopkins spoke with the band about their new album "Acidchrist Superspice & the Candyboys."

Radiant Devices address trauma, silence and depression on new EP "unheeded"

Mar 8, 2018 00:13:26


@radiantdevices explore a sound that draws upon art rock, downtempo electronic and industrial aesthetics. Jesse Menendez spoke with front woman Mojdeh about the band’s new EP "unheeded." The project addresses the issues of trauma, silence and depression. Release show takes place Friday, March 9th at The Constellation.

Smart Bar celebrates women and non-binary pioneers in electronic music with the Daphne series

Mar 7, 2018 00:18:23


"Daphne" series at Smart Bar aims to celebrate women and non-binary folks that have contributed to electronic music in the past and present. In addition to nighttime events with DJs and live acts, there will be several panel discussions, talks, and also a public workshop where women and non-binary music enthusiasts can get beginning lessons on how to DJ with turntables and CDJs. Sam Kern aka Sassmouth is a resident DJ at Smart Bar. She also runs the vinyl label "God Particle" and is a mentor and co-organizer for the Walking and Falling DJ mentor program for women and non-binary music enthusiasts. She spoke with Jesse and Jill about the Daphne series as well as some pioneering women who have shaped electronic music. For more info about the full event schedule, visit:

Air Credits reveal new details about the dystopian future on new EP Wasteland Radio

Mar 2, 2018 00:10:54


@AirCredits is music from the not too distant future, when the planet’s water supply has all but ceased, air has become a commodity and the landscape has turned into a wasteland. Jesse Menendez spoke with Show You Suck and producer STV SLV about their new EP "Wasteland Radio New Archives [Green/376]" where they reveal new details about the dystopian world they've envisioned.

Towkio talks new album WWW. (World Wide Wave) and recording with Rick Rubin

Feb 22, 2018 00:17:52


Chicago Hip Hop artist is the first rapper to drop an album from space. SAVEMONEY collective member is set to release his much anticipated major label debut World Wide Wave. The album was recorded at Rick Rubin’s iconic Shangri-La studio in Malibu. Jesse Menendez spoke to Towkio about the album and signing with Rick Rubin.

Evidence talks new album Weather or Not, and the recurring theme of water in his music

Feb 20, 2018 00:08:38


West Coast MC Evidence recently released his third solo studio album, Whether or Not. The album is a deeply personal look into the rappers life and his wife’s battle with cancer. Jesse Menendez spoke with Evidence about the album, his place in Hip Hop and how he mined personal trauma to create art.

Roy Kinsey tells a story of migration and identity on new album "Blackie"

Feb 15, 2018 00:14:15


On his new album, "Blackie," Chicago rapper @RoyKinsey explores his Southern roots and how his family's migration from Mississippi to Chicago informed his own sense of identity and Blackness. Jesse Menendez spoke with Roy about the exceptional album.

Brandon Markell Holmes talks new album "The Museum of R&B" and singing with Gorillaz

Feb 13, 2018 00:18:47


Chicago singer @brandon-markell-holmes wields a expressive voice and an ability to write mature and emotive songs that navigate subjects like identity, love and being Black in America. Jesse Menendez spoke with Brandon about his upcoming album "The Museum of R&B," as well as his contribution to Gorillaz' new album "Humanz."

The Microphone Misfitz talk comics, politics and "Escape from Babylon Vol. 3"

Feb 7, 2018 00:17:35


"Babylon is a wicked mindstate, a wicked place, both physical, metaphysical, mental and spiritual. And you're trying to get to a Zion state of being, a tranquility mindstate, and get as far as possible from the Western poisonous sensibilities." - D-Nick. Chicago-based Hip Hop crew The Microphone Misfitz are back with a new album "Escape From Babylon III" and a comic book to accompany it. Jesse Menendez spoke with The Fitz about the new project and the themes permeating this politically charged, Boom-Bap inspired release.

Sam Trump celebrates Black joy and unity on soulful brass-rich debut Purple Skies

Feb 1, 2018 00:16:52


Originally from Houston TX, and now Chicago-based composer, singer, and trumpet player Sam Trump infuses his debut album "Purple Skies" with sophisticated soul and R&B. The album features songs like the uplifting, "Brother," which promotes peace, love and coexistence within the Black community. Jesse Menendez spoke with Sam Trump about the new project.

Leilani Wolfgramm addresses imbalance and narcissism in society on new album "Live Wire"

Jan 26, 2018 00:11:14


Leilani Wolfgramm is an Orlando based Reggae artist inspired by Bob Marley’s profound ability to inject his music with social commentary. Wolfgramm’s new album "Live Wire" captures that narrative and navigates topics like what she believes is a narcissistic society, depression, loss and more. Jesse Menendez spoke with Leilani about her beginnings and her new album.

Phor talks tattoos, Black Ink Crew and debut album "Butterfly"

Jan 18, 2018 00:13:02


Chicago rapper and tattoo artist Phor can be seen on VH1’s popular reality TV show, "Black Ink Crew: Chicago." Now the rapper is gearing up for the release of his debut project "Butterfly." Jesse Menendez spoke with Phor about his album, balancing TV and music and his civic pride.

MFn Melo on finding himself and his debut "MeloDramatics"

Jan 10, 2018 00:12:00


Chicago Hip Hop artist and Pivot Gang collective member MFn Melo recently released his debut project "Melodramatics." The album sees Melo shattering misconceptions of life on the West Side of Chicago while providing a laid back and uplifting vibe that celebrates individuality. Jesse Menendez spoke with MFn Melo about his album.

ProbCause talks new EP "Distractions"

Jan 4, 2018 00:12:18


Chicago Hip Hop artist ProbCause has consistently produced music that combines his lyrical prowess, genre-blending production, and songwriting abilities. He spoke with Jesse Menendez about his new EP "Distractions" and his desire to inject his current music with more socio-political commentary.

Art punk multi-instrumentalist La Louma delivers a declaration of queer positivity on debut album

Dec 20, 2017 00:09:59


LA-based, classically trained punk artist and multi-instrumentalist La Louma has a queer DIY mission, which she spearheads through her new label and collective Bitchwave and an artfully orchestrated debut album "Let The World Be Flooded Out." She spoke with Jesse Menendez about her approach to storytelling through music and instrumentation, a need for safe, inclusive spaces to foster art, and the significance of water in her music. For more info about LaLouma and her music, visit:

Alfred Banks chronicles personal hardships, loss and perseverance on new album "The Beautiful"

Dec 19, 2017 00:16:46


New Orleans rapper Alfred Banks has garnered critical acclaim from some of rap’s most esteemed publications. The Loyola alum has faced hardships and personal loss in his life, while working hard on his craft, making it as an MC and keeping a positive attitude toward the challenges that come his way. He chronicles these experiences on his 3rd LP, "The Beautiful." Jesse Menedez spoke with the rising MC about this album and its themes, both dark and uplifting. For more info about Alfred Banks, visit:

Rich Jones talks new EP Light Work and return to the bar game

Dec 18, 2017 00:13:15


Old Irving Park native and MC Rich Jones sat down with Jesse Menendez to talk about his new EP - Light Work. For more info, visit:

Fury reflects on her brand of positive music, talks Rap-EDM fusion on new EP "Full Circle"

Dec 14, 2017 00:13:16


Jesse Menedez spoke with Chicago Hip Hop artist Fury, to discuss her brand of positive and heartfelt music, her latest collaboration project "Full Circle" and upcoming show this Saturday at Reggie’s. For more info on Fury Hip Hop, visit:

Chicago Afrobeat Project discuss new album "What Goes Up" and working with drum legend Tony Allen

Dec 11, 2017 00:13:22


For over a decade, Chicago Afrobeat Project has been fusing Afrobeat with Chicago House, Hip Hop, and Jazz. On its newest release, "What Goes Up," the band features special guest and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, as well as many Chicago vocalists and MCs. Jesse Menendez spoke with CAbP about their new album. For more info about the band, visit:

The Opus address police brutality on new EP "Man Down"

Dec 8, 2017 00:15:17


Chicago Alternative Hip Hop duo The Opus has recently released its EP "Man Down." The project was informed by the heightened attention around inequality in community policing and the impact police brutality has had on communities of color. Jesse Menendez spoke with Isle of Weight and Mr. Echos of The Opus about their poignant release.

Beatboxing with Ball-Zee

Dec 7, 2017 00:14:11


Ball-Zee is the first person in the world to ever win the UK Beatbox Champion three times. He’s currently performing in GOBSMACKED!, an a cappella and beatboxing production that tours the U.S. after a successful seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh. GOBSMACKED! plays Broadway In Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Dec. 5-10. Jesse Menendez spoke with Ball-Zee about the art form and his role in the current production. For more info about Gobsmacked! visit:

Pugs Atomz talks Chicago hip hop culture, new Single "Sweat" and upcoming project

Dec 5, 2017 00:14:28


Chicago hip hop artist Pugs Atomz has been a fixture of the city’s music community for over a decade. Whether through his hip hop show on WHPK or his own releases, Pugs has been instrumental in helping shape Chicago’s musical identity. Jesse Menendez spoke to the veteran MC about his impact on the city’s culture and about his upcoming project called Highly Irregular.

Lowdown Brass Band talks new album and shooting videos on a boat in Alaska

Dec 5, 2017 00:11:49


Chicago’s Lowdown Brass Band breaks the barrier between audience and performer with their live shows, which feature dynamic vocalists, hip-hop MCs and horns galore. Members of the LBB spoke with Jill Hopkins about their upcoming album Lowdown Breaks.

Chai Tulani promotes the rebellious power of love on eclectic new album REBXL

Nov 21, 2017 00:10:52


Chicago Afrobeat and R&B artist, Chai Tulani sat down with Jesse Menendez ahead of the release of his album REBXL, an eclectic mixture of the artist's American and Kenyan musical influences. Chai spoke about the rebellious power of love, a theme that permeates throughout the new album.

Producer and Hip Hop artist Chason talks new single and upcoming collaborations

Nov 16, 2017 00:14:38


Chason is a R&B/Hip-Hop fusion artist from Chicago by way of Las Vegas. For the last couple of years he’s been making a name for himself through collaborations, production and online releases. Jesse Menendez spoke with Chason about his "For Me" EP, his new single "No Trust" and about how family dynamics have influenced his art.

Burns Twins premiere new single "Day by Day" and discuss collaborative approach to production

Nov 6, 2017 00:15:49


Chicago multi-instrumentalists and producers The Burns Twins have provided arrangements for numerous up-and-coming Chicago acts. Since the release of their Sweet ASL EP, the Twins have positioned themselves as some of the city’s more prolific and creative duos. After a year off, the Twins are ready to release new music. Jesse Menendez sat down with Eddie and IZ Burns to talk about their new single "Day by Day" and their collaborative approach to making music.

Serengeti puts to rest the Kenny Dennis character with final album from Jueles's perspective

Nov 3, 2017 00:13:07


Chicago Hip Hop artist Serengeti has created his own universe of characters and narratives. Serengeti is so involved in his characters that his alter ego Kenny Dennis even has his own albums and story lines. On his new album "Butterflies," Serengeti moves toward closing the loop on his beloved Kenny Dennis. Jesse Menendez spoke with Serengeti about his new album.

L.A. VanGogh shares thoughts on subjectivity, stylistic eclecticism and his new album

Oct 30, 2017 00:11:04


L.A. VanGogh is a multi-genre performer, producer, and songwriter with a sound inspired by Hip-Hop, Jazz, R&B and Dream Pop. His latest effort is the electric "Everything Is Subjective." Jesse Menendez spoke with L.A about the project.

theWHOevers discuss the origins of their R&B tinged soulful Hip Hip sound

Oct 24, 2017 00:11:56


Chicago-based Hip Hop duo theWHOevers spoke with Jesse Menendez about the origin of their collaboration and their R&B tinged Hip Hop sound.

"One third MC," Jovan Landry talks multi-disciplinary artistic practices and upcoming album

Oct 18, 2017 00:10:32


Jovan Landry is a Chicago based filmmaker, photographer and Hip Hop artist. Jill Hopkins spoke with the young creative about her new album, "Growth" (out 10/30/17).

The Cool Kids talk new album, their comeback and hard-to-define sound

Oct 17, 2017 00:16:33


Chicago Hip Hop luminaries The Cool Kids have recently released their sophomore album "Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe," the duo’s first in 6 years. Jesse Menendez spoke with Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks about the album and their influence on an entire generation of rap music.

Frank Waln discusses settler colonial history, importance of storytelling and new EP The Bridge

Oct 9, 2017 00:25:05


Frank Waln is a Lakota activist and indigenous Hip Hop artist from the Sicangu Sioux Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Jesse Menendez spoke with Frank about his new EP "The Bridge," which describes the plight of indigenous people in the Unites States. The album also addresses this country’s dark history of genocide and colonization at the hands of our Founding Fathers.

The Urban Renewal Project explore the darker side of the internet on new Jazz fusion album

Oct 2, 2017 00:10:47


The Urban Renewal Project is a Los Angeles based band that fuses classic instruments to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between Soul, Jazz and Hip Hop. The group features a Big Band horn section, a signer and a rapper who perform upbeat originals and fresh interpretations of everything from Jazz standards to recent hits. Jesse Menendez spoke with members of URP about their current album 21st Century Ghost.

Joseph Chilliams talks new album "Henry Church," personal loss and Chicago's PIVOT collective

Sep 27, 2017 00:18:59


Joseph Chilliams is a Chicago-based Hip Hop artist and one of the founding members of Chicago Hip Hop collective PIVOT. His new album is entitled "Henry Church" which is English for Enrique Iglesias. Joseph spoke with Jesse Menendez about some of the ideas and themes that play out on the album and the trials and tribulations that went into creating it.

Tender explore the dark themes of love and relationships on debut album "Modern Addiction"

Sep 25, 2017 00:13:21


London-based indie electro duo Tender is currently on a U.S tour in support of their debut album, "Modern Addiction." From depression to isolation to doubt and hope, the album unpacks a full range of emotions one experiences while dealing with the end of a romantic relationship. The duo employs soaring synths and progressive percussion to frame the album's narrative. Jesse Menendez spoke with Dan and James of Tender about their album.

Bernie Levv crafts a soulful disco tinged sound on new EP "House of Levv"

Sep 13, 2017 00:15:33


Early on in her career, Chicago soul singer Bernie Levv generated a buzz with her Golden Hour EP. Now, the SAVEMONEY affiliate is bringing her soulful disco tinged flavor full circle with her new EP, "House of Levv." Jesse Menendez spoke with Bernie about her new project and her activism.

White Mystery on rock as a vehicle for social change

Aug 24, 2017 00:14:43


Garage Rock duo White Mystery are staples in Chicago’s music community and have remained prolific throughout their 9 year music career. Jesse Menendez spoke with Alex and Francis about their 8th studio album FYMS and Rock as a vehicle for political commentary.

Kastaway explores spirituality and local issues on My Life In Music II

Aug 22, 2017 00:16:25


Chicago Hip Hop artist Kastaway is set to release his new project, My Life in Music 2. A collection of deeply personal songs that chronicle the young MC’s experiences over the last year and place him on a trajectory to be included in Chicago’s quickly expanding dominance in Hip Hop music. Jesse Menendez spoke with Kastaway about the project.

Knox Fortune talks production style, making tracks for Chance The Rapper, Joey Purp & upcoming album

Aug 15, 2017 00:09:21


Though his name may not be familiar yet, Knox Fortune's production has been featured on releases from artists like Chance The Rapper, Joey Purp, and many more. Now the young singer and producer is looking to step into the spotlight and make a name for himself in his own right. Knox Fortune spoke with Jesse Menendez about his upcoming solo project.

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017 - Interview with Harriet Brown

Aug 8, 2017 00:09:59


L.A.-based singer and producer Harriet Brown stopped by the Vocalo tent at Lollapalooza shortly after his set and spoke with Jill Hopkins about his new album "Contact" and its "romantic funk" sound.

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017 - Interview with Kweku Collins

Aug 8, 2017 00:11:55


Jesse and Jill spoke with Chicago Hip Hop artist Kweku Collins who opened this year's festival. They spoke about his performance and the themes behind his latest project "Grey," such as the erasure of binaries and liberation of people of color.

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017: Interview with The O'My's

Aug 8, 2017 00:09:15


Jesse and Jill sat down with Maceo and Nick of Chicago rock and soul band The O'My's shortly after their set at Lollapalooza.

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017: Interview with Run The Jewels

Aug 7, 2017 00:10:54


Killer Mike and El-P of Run The Jewels showed Vocalo some love and stopped by our tent at Lollapalooza to chop it up with Jesse and Jill ahead of their set.

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017: Interview with Little Dragon

Aug 7, 2017 00:10:30


Jesse and Jill sat down with Swedish electronic pop band Little Dragon ahead of their live set at Lollapalooza.

Producer and composer IKON talks new EP "Auragami" and its more polished electronic sound

Jul 31, 2017 00:11:52


For the last several years, Chicago has been at the center of the country’s Hip Hop movement. Our local artists are the talk of the nation and there is no shortage of talent coming from our city’s limits. One of the young artists emerging from what has been referred to as the Chicago Renaissance is producer and composer IKON. The young producer has already collaborated with Saba, NoName and Sicko Mobb. Jesse Menendez spoke with IKON about his new EP, "Auragami," which is currently out on the Private Stock label.

The Moses Gun reflect on loss and urgency on the power trio's bombastic "Triage"

Jul 27, 2017 00:15:29


On their new EP "Triage," Chicago rock power trio The Moses Gun have dug deep into the vaults and brought to tape some nearly forgotten gems. The result is a bombastic 3 track EP that dwells on the themes of loss and urgency. Jesse Menendez spoke with singer / guitarist Vell Mullens about a series of very personal experiences that shaped this release. "Triage" release show takes place July 27th at Quenchers Saloon.

The Reel Critic talks Dunkirk & Girls Trip

Jul 21, 2017 00:17:34


Our senior film correspondent Reggie “The Reel Critic” Ponder checks in with a breakdown of last weekend’s box office numbers and he’ll also tell us what to look out for in this weekend’s new releases. Hear his reviews of Christopher Nolan's most recent film "Dunkirk" and the star-studded "Girls Trip." The Morning AMp airs 8-10 AM CT on Vocalo 91.1 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) and streams at

Hugh Lee discusses TV's influence on his upbringing and his new EP "TV's Foster Child"

Jul 20, 2017 00:12:38


Up and coming Hip Hop artist Hugh Lee hails from the Austin neighborhood in Chicago. His new EP is called "T.V.'s Foster Child" and explores his experiences growing up in a household of a hard working family making their ends meet. The EP is filled with countless references to pop culture and movies he's learned by spending hours watching TV at home, while left to his devices. Hugh spoke with Jesse Menendez about the project and how he uses pop culture references to describe his own experiences and upbringing.

Vocalo at Pitchfork - Madame Gandhi: "I've always wanted young women to own their voices"

Jul 17, 2017 00:03:49


Kiran Gandhi performs as Madame Gandhi and opened Pitchfork Music Festival this year on the Red Stage. Morning AMp host Jill Hopkins spoke with the L.A based electronic music artist, drummer, singer and activist about her performance and her new Feminist leaning single "The Future is Female."

DJ Shadow talks sampling vs synth based production and his views on trends in music

Jul 12, 2017 00:13:39


For over twenty years, California based DJ and producer DJ Shadow has been leaving his distinct mark on Hip Hop. Along the way he’s collaborated with some of the genre's most revered artists like Q-Tip, E-40, Mike D, Nas and many more. His recently released "The Mountain Will Fall" LP and "The Mountain Has Fallen" EP sees the producer trading in his trademark sampling approach for Ableton Live. Jesse Menendez spoke with DJ Shadow about record digging, sampling vs synth based production, trends in music and more.

Deep Fayed explores themes of love and coping with depression on new album Full Spectrum Of

Jun 27, 2017 00:11:19


Chicago progressive Hip Hop / Jazz project Deep Fayed recently released "Full Spectrum Of," a new album that explores themes of love and coping with depression. Jesse Menendez spoke with band leader George Wundsam about the new album.

Sidewalk Chalk combine musical complexity with lyrical directness on "An Orchid Is Born"

Jun 26, 2017 00:16:50


On their new album, "An Orchid Is Born," Chicago collective Sidewalk Chalk deliver an impressive 16-track collection of complex and intricate Hip Hop / Jazz / Soul fusion punctuated by Rico Sisney's direct socio-political lyricism. Rico spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new album and his thoughts on why he chose to be more explicit and direct in his writing this time around. An Orchid Is Born is out now. Album release show - 7/8 at Bottom Lounge.

Ice Cube celebrates 25th anniversary of Death Certificate and launch of BIG3 basketball league

Jun 16, 2017 00:04:54


Seminal West Coast rap icon Ice Cube is dipping his toes into the realm of professional basketball with the launch of his new 3 on 3 league, The BIG 3. Jill Hopkins spoke with Cube about his new endeavor as well as the 25th anniversary of his classic Death Certificate reissue.

Melo Makes Music discusses open mindedness when it comes to his influences and teases next release

Jun 12, 2017 00:15:39


Melo Makes Music hails from Chicago’s South Side and believes that artists should never define themselves in concrete terms and therefore he strives to create music free of genre. His music is atmospheric and often incorporates cello and violin adding a classical twist to his otherwise grunge Hip-Hop and R&B style. Jesse Menendez spoke with Melo about his approach to music and about his upcoming release.

Manwolves discuss their eclectic sound and new single "Roses"

Jun 6, 2017 00:10:39


Using trumpet, guitar, bass, keys, and drums Evanston outfit Manwolves are the latest band to emerge from Chicagoland’s music community. Jesse Menendez spoke with Manwolves about the development of their sound as well as their new single "Roses".

Da$Htone draws on personal experiences in search of meaning with soulful hip hop fusion

Jun 5, 2017 00:10:51


Chicago Hip Hop collective Da$Htone was created with the idea of blending live organic hip hop, jazz, funk, soul, and r&b, to serve as the backdrop for the group’s MC, Da$H to musically unpack the experiences of those he encounters in life. Jesse Menendez spoke with Da$H about his group’s album Scuffed Kicks and how Da$Htone uses music to ‘help find meaning and, hopefully, help others along their way.'

Making Movies explore the commonality of human experience on new album "I Am Another You"

May 31, 2017 00:14:13


Kansas City band Making Movies has a sound built on a foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms and a bilingual, psychedelic rock re-envisioning of Latin American folk traditions. On their new album, "I Am Another You," the band set out to explore the commonality of human experience through those musical traditions and immigrant narratives. Jesse Menendez spoke with the band about the new album.

Brother Ali on his spiritual journey and new album All The Beauty In This Whole Life

May 22, 2017 00:20:17


For over a decade, Minneapolis Hip Hop artist and activist Brother Ali has promoted consciousness in rap through his lyrically agile social commentary. His new album, All the Beauty in This Whole Life, explores the notion of love as absolute truth and absolute freedom through the death of ego. He also considers a world where his Black son is not safe because of tainted societal perceptions of Blackness. Race, religion, and identity are all pervasive themes on the album and Jesse Menendez spoke with Brother Ali about the project. Photo: Photo by Colleen Eversman

Vagabond Maurice talks new album steeped in nerd mythology and social commentary

May 1, 2017 00:11:59


On his new album "Watching Icarus Fly," Chicago-based hip hop artist Vagabond Maurice continues to blend nerd mythology with social commentary over abstract, jazz-influenced beats and relaxed, textured grooves. Maurice joined Jesse and Jill in studio to talk about the new album and the themes he explores on his sophomore release.

Chai Tulani discusses Kenyan roots, identity in the US and eclectic sound he calls "Soul Hop"

Apr 28, 2017 00:12:10


Drawing from his East African roots and his father’s love of traditional Boom Bap Hip Hop, Kenyan-born, Chicago-raised artist Chai Tulani creates a blend of music that he’s coined "Soul Hop." Jesse Menendez spoke with Chai about his Chicago experience and his music.

Private Stock label promotes Chicago and its artists

Apr 27, 2017 00:12:40


For the last several years, Chicago has been considered a hotbed for Hip Hop music. Though the city has been turning out some of the genre's best acts, there is still a sense that the city lacks and real industry presence. Some friends from Chicago are hoping to change that narrative and have created PVT STCK, an independent music label based out of Chicago. PVT STCK Luis, Jason and Herson spoke to Jesse Menendez about the label.

The Revolution's bassist, BrownMark discusses his friendship and work with Prince and band's reunion

Apr 21, 2017 00:11:25


Prince's band before, after, and during Purple Rain has reached legendary status in their own right in the years since the 80s. The Revolution changed the sound of R&B, and their bassist, BrownMark held down the low end on that iconic sound. BrownMark sat down with Jill Hopkins to talk about their legacy, and what it's been like to play these old songs without their leader and friend.

Pseudo Slang talk new single and their ardent fan base in Germany

Apr 17, 2017 00:12:40


Jill spoke with MC Sick and DJ Form (aka Josh Brown, and Oren Kopperel) of Chicago hip hop duo Pseudo Slang about their triple release, and why Germans love them so much.

Ric Wilson celebrates empowerment, Black joy and self-expression on new album "Negrow Disco"

Apr 14, 2017 00:17:08


Chicago Hip Hop artist Ric Wilson continues perfecting his dance-centric take on Hip Hop which he calls Soul Bounce. On his new album "Negrow Disco," Ric channels Disco, House, and Hip House as the backdrop for his message of empowerment, Black joy and self-expression. Jesse Menendez spoke with Ric Wilson about the project and how he happened to get a cosign from Hip Hop luminary Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Bassel Almadani talks new Supernaturals album and how Syrian war affected his family and his music

Apr 13, 2017 00:18:09


Bassel Almadani is a Syrian-American frontman & lead vocalist for the touring neo-soul & funk ensemble Bassel & The Supernaturals. Riding timeless arrangements, Bassel sings about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected millions including Bassel’s own family. Bassel spoke with Jesse and Jill about his new album "Elements," how his identity has informed his music and more. Check out the new Bassel & The Supernaturals album, Elements:

Dan Rico shares thoughts on timelessness in music and talks new album "Endless Love"

Apr 11, 2017 00:11:24


Chicago based singer / songwriter Dan Rico creates a brand of rock that pays homage to the pop sentiments of the Beatles and their contemporaries. Dan counts Prince and David Bowie among his points of reference as he seeks to write “timeless” music that is both familiar and progressive. His new album is called Endless Love. Jesse Menendez spoke to Dan about the album and the perception of pop music and love songs.

Webster X explores dark abstract atmospheres on new album "Daymares"

Apr 10, 2017 00:14:32


Milwaukee rapper Webster X has been heralded for his abstract take on Hip Hop. Sonically, his sound selection calls to mind artists like Kid Cudi. His new album "Daymares" captures his eclecticism and vivid narratives that revel in themes of vulnerability and insecurity. Jesse Menendez spoke with Webster X about his new album.

The Orwells talk touring and new album "Terrible Human Beings"

Apr 4, 2017 00:14:18


Over the last several years, Chicago rock band the Orwells has made a name for itself on a national level with their raucous take on garage rock. Their new album, "Terrible Human Beings" sees the band tighten up on their arrangements and sound. Jesse Menendez spoke with Mario and Matt from the band about the new album, the perception of the band as wild rock stars, and about their new found fame.

L O Kari meditates on the theme of self-care on debut album "Welcome To Ase"

Apr 3, 2017 00:15:18


Chicago based artist L O Kari is a DJ, activist, visual and performing artist from St. Louis, Missouri. His music is heavily influenced by the soulful sounds of RnB, Jazz, Hip Hop, Gospel, and Alternative Rock. His debut album "Welcome To Ase" is a meditation on movement and self-care. Jesse Menendez spoke to L O Kari about his project and activism.

Kweku Collins shares his thoughts on privilege, being an artist and upcoming album "grey"

Mar 24, 2017 00:10:36


Chicago-land artist Kweku Collins is putting the finishing touches on his next project which is called "grey." The album’s title is a reflection of his perspective on life, which is to say he believes things are rarely just black and white. Jesse Menendez spoke with Kweku about his work and his new found success as a performing artist.

Matt Muse depicts a dystopian Chicago on his sci-fi themed "SiKK" EP

Mar 17, 2017 00:14:11


Chicago based Hip Hop artist Matt Muse has recently dropped his album The SiKK Tape. It's a sci-fi themed depiction of a dystopian Chicago. He spoke to Jill Hopkins about the themes and concepts around the new project as well as about being an artist educator.

Kemba talks activism, music industry and his latest album Negus

Mar 13, 2017 00:15:08


Formerly known as YC the Cynic, Bronx rapper Kemba recently released his critically acclaimed album "Negus." The album features piercing social commentary on gentrification, police brutality and identity politics. Kemba spoke with Jesse Menendez about being cosigned by Kendrick Lamar, the reason he’s adopted the word Negus, and what he’s learned about the inside of the music industry.

Jazz-Rap duo Bonelang nurture self-awareness and stronger relationships on "Venn Diagrams Pt. 1"

Mar 3, 2017 00:16:46


Chicago Jazz Rap duo Bonelang create a sound that fuses the influences of both of its members Matt Bones and Samy.Language, and is equal parts Electronic, Funk, and Hip Hop. The pair joined Jesse Menendez in studio to talk about their current album Venn Diagrams Pt 1, an album that they hope nurtures self-awareness as a means for strengthening communal, familial, and romantic relationships.

Taylor Bennett discusses "Restoration of an American Idol," staying DIY & relationship with Chance

Feb 28, 2017 00:24:41


Restoration of an American Idol is the follow up to Chicago Hip Hop artist Taylor Bennett's well received debut, Broad Shoulders. The new EP sees Taylor diversify his taste in production while still showcasing the lyrical prowess that gained him accolades. Taylor spoke with Jesse Menendez about the EP, why he believes in complete transparency with his audience, and his working relationship with older brother Chance.

The Right Now take their soulful sound into an anthemic pop realm on new album "Starlight"

Feb 27, 2017 00:13:02


Four years after the release of their break out record Gets Over You, Chicago Pop and Soul band The Right Now is back with Starlight. The album shifts focus from the throwback Soul the band excelled at to incorporate more Pop elements. Chris and Brendan of The Right Now spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new album.

Akenya discusses her jazz background, "Chicago renaissance," and upcoming album

Feb 23, 2017 00:15:57


Akenya is a multi-genre singer, pianist, composer and arranger who has worked with artists ranging from Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch to Chance the Rapper and NoName. Akenya is currently working on a full LP, "Moon in the 4th." She spoke with Jesse Menendez about her upcoming album, finding space in Chicago for her creativity and the Chicago renaissance.

Killer Mike talks Run The Jewels, gentrification in inner cities and protest music of our times

Feb 20, 2017 00:10:56


Killer Mike is one half of Hip Hop duo Run the Jewels. The Atlanta born activist and rapper made some time during the RTJ world tour to speak with Jesse Menendez and Jill Hopkins. Mike spoke about his association with Bernie Sanders, gentrification in our inner cities and the rise of protest music in turbulent times.

Gavlyn discusses her identity and rap style

Feb 13, 2017 00:11:46


Ahead of her Chicago performance debut, L.A. MC Gavlyn spoke with Jesse Menendez about how her upbringing in San Fernando Valley, California informed her development as a Hip Hop artist. She also talked about her most recent project, Why Wait and current Single "We On."

P.O.S explores "prettier" sounds and addresses personal issues on new album "Chill, Dummy"

Jan 31, 2017 00:12:04


Minneapolis Hip Hop artist P.O.S has recently released "Chill, Dummy" his most personal album to date. On it the Doomtree collective member manages to calm his anxiety around the socio-political state of the country and gives one of his most balanced efforts to date. P.O.S spoke to Jesse Menendez about the album and how a health scare changed his outlook and approach to music. "Chill, Dummy" is out now on Doomtree Records.

LA VanGogh talks movies, dealing with anxiety and eclectic sounds on his new release Friends First

Jan 20, 2017 00:14:10


Chicago based Hip Hop artist L.A VanGogh has always offered an intimate glimpse into his life through his eclectic music. On his new release Friends First he dissects the relationships in his life and allows his audience into his tight support system of friends. He spoke with Jesse Menendez about his identity, struggles with depression and how the visual arts inform his music.

Midway documentary explores the history of Chicago Hip Hop

Jan 17, 2017 00:17:59


Though New York is considered the birthplace of Hip Hop, Chicago has had a pivotal role in the culture's expansion and cultivation. "Midway: The Story of Chicago Hip-Hop" is a feature-length documentary film and archival project that tells the story of the evolution, struggles and triumphs of Hip-Hop culture and its community of artists and personalities in Chicago. Jill Hopkins spoke with filmmakers Ryan Brockmeier and Chad Sorenson about the upcoming project. For more information about the project, visit:

Saba talks Bucket List Project, Young Chicago Authors and reppin Austin neighborhood in Chicago

Jan 9, 2017 00:14:27


Chicago rapper and producer Saba has recently released a new album that made many "best of 2016" lists. Jill Hopkins spoke with the young Chicagoan about "Bucket List Project," reppin the Austin neighborhood as well as how youth organizations such as Young Chicago Authors have impacted his writing and his sound.

Hamilton visits Vocalo

Dec 21, 2016 00:16:28


Hosts Jesse Menendez and Jill Hopkins sat down with actors Ari Afsar and Miguel Cervantes who star as Eliza and Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago production of the Broadway hit show. They spoke about their respective roles, the social and cultural importance of the musical, the breaking down of color lines on Broadway, and the role Hip Hop plays in the musical. Hamilton: The American Musical is playing at The Private Bank Theater in Chicago.

Ang13 recalls her first rap performance & Longshot discusses their collaborative LP 'Army of 2'

Dec 20, 2016 00:22:01


Chicago Hip Hop artist and icon Ang13 recently teamed up with Longshot and released a collaborative collection of songs under the name "Army Of 2". She joined Jesse Menendez in-studio to talk about being a Hip Hop artist in Chicago, her first encounter and experience with rapping in public and well as trying to break through the gender barrier in the scene and the industry. Later, Longshot joined the conversation on the phone to talk about their joint new project.

Krystal Metcalfe debuts her uplifting soul rock sound with a tinge of musical theater influence

Dec 12, 2016 00:12:02


Chicago based Rock N’ Soul artist Krystal Metcalfe has been described as “the love child of Aretha Franklin and Chaka Kahn, infused with Rock n' Soul and Musical Theater”. She spoke with Jill Hopkins about her background and her current EP, "In Real Life."

Tasha the Amazon meditates on mortality, excess and happiness on "Die Every Day"

Dec 6, 2016 00:15:34


Toronto based Hip Hop artist Tasha the Amazon has recently released "Die Every Day.," a collection of Dance Hall influenced grooves, hard beats and contemplatives lyrics that have Tasha musing on mortality, excess and happiness. Tasha spoke with Jesse Menendez about her new album.

Malcolm London talks activism and new album Opia

Dec 5, 2016 00:15:44


Malcolm London is a Chicago based poet, activist, organizer, and youth mentor regularly speaking out against perceived social injustice and police brutality in the city. The Savemoney collective member has recently added Hip Hop artist to his resume and released his debut album OPIA. The album is a look into Malcolm’s life as an activist and as a Chicago youth. He spoke with Jesse Menendez about the project.

Mykele Deville crafts a hopeful but cautionary message for troubled times on new series of releases

Nov 29, 2016 00:13:45


Mykele Deville is a Chicago poet, actor and Hip Hop artist. He spoke with Jill Hopkins about the themes behind his current two mixtapes "Super Predator" and "Each One, Teach One". Catch Mykele performing live Dec. 18th at Subterranean.

Stomp cast members perform live and talk current Chicago production

Nov 21, 2016 00:10:45


For the past 20 years, the Broadway show Stomp has been performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. The production, which is based in UK percussive and rhythmic street performance, is currently running in Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. Jesse and Jill spoke with Carlos Thomas, Krystal Renee, Ivan Salazar and Artis Olds from the Chicago production of Stomp.

Lili K on her approach to Jazz and new feminist anthem Magic

Nov 16, 2016 00:14:59


Chicago based Jazz singer Lili K is gearing up for the release of her new album, Planet of Flowers. In the meantime she’s released her poignant single and feminist anthem, Magic. Jesse Menendez spoke with Lili about the impetus for her female empowering song.

Spaces of Disappearance explores loss, voids and ephemeral nature of relationships on new EP

Nov 11, 2016 00:10:57


Chicago indie electronic synth pop band Spaces of Disappearance is the solo project of Elaine Davis. She has recently released a new EP, "There is No Loss," and spoke with Jesse Menendez about the project and its loose theme of intangible spaces and their importance in one's life.

Sims discusses his "dark period" that inspired the new album More Than Ever

Nov 8, 2016 00:16:46


Minneapolis based Hip Hop artist and Doomtree collective member Sims is currently on tour in support of his sophomore LP, More Than Ever. It’s an album written during what Sims has called a dark period that forced him to reexamine his life and career. The result is his most ambitious and deeply personal album to date. Jesse Menendez spoke with Sims about the album.

Air Credits broadcast music from a not-too-distant dystopian future

Nov 4, 2016 00:14:18


Chicago based Hip Hop group Air Credits is made up of rapper Show You Suck and production duo The Hood Internet. Jesse Menendez spoke to the group about their new album Broadcasted. It’s a loose concept album set in the not too distant dystopian future.

Ava Cherry discusses her new band Full Circle and her relationship with David Bowie

Oct 27, 2016 00:23:31


Ava Cherry is a talented singer who has released albums such as Ripe!!! and the Astronettes Sessions. She was also David Bowie’s former lover, friend, and a backing singer. Ava spoke with Jill Hopkins about her relationship and collaborations with the Thin White Duke, as well as her upcoming album with her band Full Circle.

The Cell Phones champion unapologetically honest, feminist and emotional rock

Oct 19, 2016 00:12:08


Chicago power trio The Cell Phones are a force of Girl-Pop meets Grindcore. The band is gearing up to release its new album, NO, and Jill Hopkins spoke with the group's front woman Lindsey Charles about the new record, the band's origins and their new Single "Lake Shore Drive."

Frank Waln talks Native history, new Single and Seventh Generation prophecy

Oct 11, 2016 00:19:15


Frank Waln is a Lakota activist and Hip Hop artist from the Sicangu Sioux Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Jesse Menendez spoke with Frank about his new song called 7, which describes the plight of indigenous people in the Unites States. The song also addresses this country’s dark history of genocide and colonization at the hands of our Founding Fathers. New Single "7" available at

Blackalicious' Gift of Gab talks health and economic matrix

Oct 11, 2016 00:11:04


Influential West coast Hip Hop duo Blackalicious' current album Imani Vol 1, is their first studio album in over a decade. Imani is sprinkled with lead MC Gift of Gab’s signature technical wordplay and positive imagery while Producer Chief Xcel provides a robust backdrop. Jesse Menendez spoke with Gab about the new album, his health, and the state of modern Hip Hop.

Avantist channel familial energy and deliver noise prog rock jams on self-titled LP

Sep 27, 2016 00:15:26


Avantist has always been a family affair. From growing up together, to getting into trouble, to starting a rock band, the Arias brothers have stuck together through thick and thin, so it is no surprise that these close knit ties are reflected in their music. Their latest offering is a self-titled album that mixes elements of prog and garage rock, and sounds at once wild and fun. The band sat down with Jill Hopkins to talk about the new music, their unique band duynamics, and how they got to collaborate with The Mars Volta's Adrián Terrazas-González. The new album is out Friday, 9/30 at

Tink talks early influences and upcoming release

Sep 23, 2016 00:09:46


Jesse Menendez spoke with Chicago Hip Hop artist Tink about her early influences, blend of personal and socially conscious lyricism, and what we can expect from her upcoming release. Catch Tink perform at this weekend's AAHH! Fest in Chicago.

Peaches continues to deliver provocative art pop, now remixed

Sep 19, 2016 00:11:36


Peaches has been creating provocative art pop music for more than a decade. Her latest album, Rub, is the artist's first release in six years, and this year Peaches released a followup - an album of Rub remixes. She spoke with Jill Hopkins about the album, the remixes, what she was doing in the years between releases, and also a little bit about show tunes. Peaches performs tonight at Thalia Hall.

IFE create a progressive sound steeped in Cuban Rumba traditions and Yoruba religious teachings

Sep 12, 2016 00:17:43


A progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a new musical project from Puerto Rico based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun. Otura spoke with Jesse Menendez about how Cuban Rumba and Jamaican Dancehall inform his sound, and how being an Ifá priest or Babalawo in the Yoruba religion has impacted his life and music.

Radar Eyes take a somber look at depression, love and reliance on technology on Radiant Remains

Sep 9, 2016 00:16:09


Radar Eyes is a Chicago post-punk / garage rock band that has been a staple of the local scene since they got started in 2007. Their new album is called Radiant Remains. It's moody in tone and cryptically deals with the throws of depression, unrequited love, and society's reliance on technology. Radar Eyes' front man Anthony Cozzi spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new record.

Phenom discusses themes of healing and spirituality on new album I Didn't Come I Was Sent

Aug 25, 2016 00:15:29


Chicago Hip Hop artist Phenom recently released his new album, I Didn’t Come I Was Sent. Jesse Menendez spoke with Phenom about the spiritualty that exists in his work and how he believes his music has a healing quality that is much needed in some of Chicago’s blighted communities.

So Pretty talk party punk and Pretty Pit, a women/femme/trans skills sharing safe space

Aug 18, 2016 00:16:18


Ashley Holman and Stefan Lindgren are one half of the four piece, Chicago punk outfit So Pretty. They took the DIY and women’s empowerment aspects of the band and created the Pretty Pit, a workshop, skill share classroom, and safe space for women/femme/trans/and fem allies to learn more about music, production, and other valuable life skills in a judgement free zone. They spoke with Jill Hopkins about the band, the space, and the inevitable backlash they’ve received online.

Bassel addresses the Syrian crisis and personal loss on The Supernaturals' new single "Lost"

Aug 15, 2016 00:18:07


Jesse Menendez spoke with Bassel Almadani of Bassel & The Supernaturals about their new single "Lost," his identity as a Syrian-American and how the civil war in Syria personally affected him and his family.

Trainwreck Symphony talk about their new album Anchors and a more polished sound

Aug 12, 2016 00:15:03


Chicago based Nu Metal band Trainwreck Symphony are back with their sophomore album Anchors. The album is a more polished approach to Trainwreck’s signature hard rock sound. The band is celebrating the release of the album with a show tonight at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. Kona, Jason, and Cisco from Trainwreck spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new album, almost breaking up and Chicago as a hub for Rock.

Polarizer explore tumultuous aspects of relationships on new album The Fall and The Swell

Aug 11, 2016 00:14:10


Chicago Rock band Polarizer revels in creating ethereal synth based atmospheres that serve as a lush backdrop for singer Taylor Brennan’s cryptic and soaring vocals. The band's sophomore album, The Fall and The Swell, captures the sometimes tumultuous aspects of a romantic relationship. Lyrically the songs are pensive and brooding while the instrumentation is vivid and driving Prog Rock with thick walls of guitar and pulsing rhythm. Polarizer band members Taylor and Stan spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new album. Album release show takes place Friday, 8/12 at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago

Ric Wilson talks prison abolitionism and Soul Bounce

Jul 28, 2016 00:15:00


Chicago Hip Hop artist Ric Wilson is gearing up to release his new EP - Soul Bounce. He sat down with Jesse Menendez to talk about some of the themes of the new album, his involvement in social activism, his ideas on prison abolitionism and "Soul Bounce" as both the title of the project and his genre of music.

Wired Minds talk nostalgia, parenting and new EP - The Death of The Fear

Jul 19, 2016 00:13:44


Chicago Brit Pop and post-punk influenced quartet Wired Minds is set to release its sophomore EP - The Death of the Fear. The five song album showcases the band's penchant for atmospheric and melancholy instrumentation. Christian and Matthew of Wired Minds spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new EP and its themes of nostalgia, affection, and society's fear of the unfamiliar. The EP release show takes place Saturday, 7/23 at Schubas in Chicago

L.A. VanGogh discusses Feminism, mistreatment of POC and nostalgia on debut album Safe N' Sound

Jul 8, 2016 00:14:52


Chicago based Hip Hop artist L.A. VanGogh recently released his debut album Safe N’ Sound, a collection of ethereal production and pensive narratives that Van Gogh says are informed by Feminism, the continued mistreatment of POC and nostalgia. L.A. VanGogh spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new project.

Slug of Atmosphere talks upcoming album and early Chicago ties

Jul 5, 2016 00:12:34


Minneapolis based Hip Hop group Atmosphere is gearing up to release what they’re calling their 7th studio album. Slug, the groups lead MC, spoke to Jesse Menendez about "Fishing Blues," redefining their sound, and how Chicago’s underground Hip Hop scene was instrumental in his development as an artist in the mid 90’s.

Rapper Chicks embrace punk attitude on debut EP and talk respectability politics in music

Jun 30, 2016 00:18:22


Since forming a few years ago, Chicago based all women Hip Hop trio Rapper Chicks have created music steeped in a punk rock ethos framed in female empowerment and courageous creativity. The group recently released their debut album, Sh*tty Punk Album, a frenetic burst of music that encapsulates the confidence its members embody. Angeleenah and PsalmOne of Rapper Chicks spoke to Jesse Menendez about the trio’s debut and respectability politics in music.

Kastaway recounts his struggle with illness and anxiety on new album "Who I Am"

Jun 16, 2016 00:14:27


It's been a minute since Chicago rapper Kastaway has been active in the scene - a result of a prolonged struggle with illness and anxiety which threatened his ability to continue making music. Now he's back with "Who I Am," a new record that chronicles those experiences along with an enduring process of healing and recovery that eventually enabled him to get back on track and deliver this personal album. Kastaway joined Jesse Menendez to talk about the new music and his difficult journey facing illness and creative standstill.

Boogat - Latin Hip Hop for the North American experience

Jun 15, 2016 00:13:07


Canadian-born MC Boogat discovered Hip Hop through skate-boarding which later led him to embrace his Latin musical culture and create a blend of Hip Hop, Reggaeton and Cumbia delivered in Spanish. His music touches on his personal multi-cultural experiences, his thoughts on immigration, liberty, social struggles, but, he says, his music appeals more to the North American perspective and experience. Boogat joined Jill Hopkins to talk about his album Neo-Reconquista.