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88.ZINE Vol 2

Summer is over, boys and girls.

If you live in Chicagoland, you know that there is nothing better than a summer spent by Lake Michigan, attending music festivals, and munching on late nights snacks amongst the crickets.

This our sappy, sad, romantic, nostalgic, love letter to a Summer well spent in Chicago.

Xoxo,

WLUW 

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The Loyola Phoenix previews WLUW 88.7 40th Anniversary on the East Quad

The Pheonix recently previewed our 40th Anniversary event.

Read below what they had to say about our concert on the quad!

 

Located in the heart of the Gold Coast at Loyola University’s School of Communication, WLUW 88.7 FM has been living left of the dial for 40 years. WLUW is Loyola’s student-run and community-powered radio station, committed to introducing listeners to the best of the underground music scene. 

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, WLUW is hosting a free outdoor concert on the East Quad, directly in front of the Information Commons, on Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus Sept. 6. 

Headlining the concert will be local bands Deeper, The Slaps and The Valley, a side project of the band Fox Valley. Supplementing the concerts will be refreshments provided by Ireland’s Pub 10 and an art installation created by Loyola students Horace Nowell and McKeever Spruck (Spruck works for The Phoenix as social media manager).

Local bar and concert venue, Empty Bottle and non-profit organization, Ourmusicmybody will be tabling at the event, as well as Loyola’s School of Communication, Alumni Relations and WLUW.

The three bands set to perform were chosen for their indie rock sound and activity in Chicago’s do-it-yourself music scene, according to program director Paul Quinn.

“[When booking the bands, I] definitely [looked for] something up-and-coming, local, light-hearted and fun,” Quinn said. “Kind of like a celebratory sound for the bands but something that’s been making a lot of noise in the music scene in the city.” 

Station manager and student advisor Eleni Prillaman kept alumni in mind when planning WLUW’s 40th anniversary event. Loyola alums who worked at WLUW said they always wanted to host a concert on the campus quad, Prillaman said.

“We really want this to be something alumni come to, so when we were planning this event, we wanted to think of something alumni might actually want to attend,” Prillaman said. “In the past four years when I’ve been here, alums have said we wanted to throw a concert on the quad. … This is for them, really.”

Aside from enjoying snacks and listening to music, concertgoers will be able to enter in several raffle giveaways. 

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Iceland Airwaves, a three-day music festival taking place in Reykjavik, Iceland, partnered with WLUW to give away a pair of tickets. Iceland Airwaves, taking place Nov. 7-10, brings in popular Icelandic bands, including AFK, Una Stef and Vio, as well as U.S. groups such as Blood Orange and Snail Mail. Airfare through IcelandAir is included with the festival tickets.

“Whoever the lucky winners are get to be flown out to Iceland and experience an amazing weekend filled with music, great food and really fun culture and some beautiful views,” music director Carolyn Droke said. Droke will be attending the festival to do media coverage.  

WLUW’s 40th Anniversary Show will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 7.

The Phoenix’s Arts & Entertainment editor, Kaylie Plauche, works for WLUW; she didn’t write or edit this article.

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Ric Wilson discusses his new EP BANBA and activism in art at North Coast Music Festival 2018

Ric Wilson is an up-and-coming Hip-Hop artist who grew up in Chicago's South Side. Ric Wilson dropped his first EP "Soul Bounce" in 2016, and has been performing and writing ever since. Along with being an artist, Ric Wilson is also a committed activist. I had the chance to catch up with him the day before his set at North Coast Music  Festival. 

Carolyn: You released your third EP in May, called BANBA, which stands for “Black Art  Not Bad Art.” Can you tell me a little about where your inspiration came from?

Ric: It was inspired by Basquiat. I remember that after Warhol died, Basquiat went into  depression and started caring a lot about black art. Eventually, he went through a lot  and ended up overdosing on heroin. This whole project was an ode to him, but it’s also  the statement that “black are is NOT bad art.” Let’s look at black art through an anti- black lense. What does it mean looking at black art through an anti-black lense? Now let’s take off that lense and look at the art for what it is. That’s what I was inspired by. Many of the beats have an abstract feel to it, because I was drawing on inspiration from Basquiat paintings.

Carolyn: I like that. Is he one of your favorite artists?

Ric: Yeah, he’s definitely my favorite visual artist.

Carolyn: So, since BANBA came out only a few months ago, what has been the response to your record?

Ric: Being from Chicago, I think the people have responded pretty well. The Reader gave it 4/4 stars, and he even compared me to the Chi-Lites and Curtis Mayfield. It was nice. It was a nice response.

 

Carolyn: You’ve played at Mamby on the Beach and now here at North Coast. What has been your favorite summer moment since releasing this album?

Ric: My favorite summer moment? Well I went to LA to work on something really special with a friend of mine. I can’t tell you who the friend is, though! But it will be a really big feature for me.

Carolyn: Ohh, okay. A secret announcement coming up soon?

Ric: Yeah, pretty much. It’s going to be really huge. I’m really excited for that.

Carolyn: Awesome, stay tuned everyone! I understand you’ve worked with a lot of activist groups in Chicago and you also got the chance to go to Switzerland, Cambodia, and South Korea. Tell me a little about those opportunities and what you took from them.

Ric: It definitely made me a better citizen of the world. In America, we live in a bubble. I remember getting off of the plane in Cambodia and I realized we really live in a bubble. There’s this whole world going on and we act like we don’t know. I gained from it a lot.

Carolyn: How did that realization influence your music?

Ric: In a lot of ways. It made me make music that’s more digestible for people all around the world, rather than just Chicago. But, in Chicago it’s the best music, so I think music expands from here. It’s already world-wide.

Carolyn: What was some of the activist work you were involved in?

Ric: I was involved in organizing several protests here in the city [of Chicago] and I was selected to be a youth representative before the United Nations when I was only 19. Because I worked in several various groups, other organizations would get in contact with me. UIC (University of Illinois Chicago) hired me to do some social justice research work in Cambodia and study the genocide that’s happening there. My goal was to research what was happening and figure out how to take some of those policies back here to Chicago and better our prison systems. Also, to make our prison systems more humane, which, is really weird.

Carolyn:  Was it that Cambodia had better prison systems compared to the U.S.?

Ric:  No, they actually had little to no prison systems. The Khmer Rouge and all those who committed these crimes against these people still live in the same communities with them. So, I think it was a big thing for us to research here how they were able to elect people back into their community, to see what that looked like and what that process was.

Carolyn: How do you think your activism interplays with your art?

Ric: I have something to say, and people know that it’s going to be a certain stand when they listen to me. They don’t have to worry about being offended when they listen to me. So, I think that’s pretty cool.

Carolyn: Tell me about some of your other inspirations for your music.

Ric: I like TV shows a lot. I would always like my music to be in something like Insecure. Film has really inspired me a lot so I would love my music to be in some films. I’m also in a film coming up. A Netflix Original. I’m in Easy, I’m a character acting. Someone is at a concert of mine.

Carolyn: Do you have any crazy show experiences?

Ric: I played a JVTB set with Monaco and React. One of the people who works in the office popped a backflip during a soul train at my set. That was really cool.

Carolyn: What are some of your favorite venues to perform at here in Chicago?

Ric: Lincoln Hall and Schubas. Those are my favorite venues. I love those venues. I did a really cool four-way soul train at Metro. Those are my favorite three venues so far. But we’ll see, the more I play at other places.

Carolyn: What about some artists you’re stoked to see here at North Coast?

Ric: I’m excited to see Miguel. I’m excited to see DVSN. I just saw Monte Booker. I wish I could see Jamiroquai, but I have a wedding I have to go to.

Carolyn: If you could imagine a dream collab with anyone dead or alive, who would you collab with?

Ric: James Brown, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Pharrell, KAYTRANADA, Monte Booker, actually. All on one album. They’re my friends, but BadBadNotGood and I have been working on some stuff as well. That’s a dream of mine.

Carolyn: Cool. So, I was looking through your tweets and I saw you just had a tweet about Venus Williams and her dad defending her confidence go viral. Kayne retweeted you.

Ric: *laughs* Yeah, that was crazy actually. What happened was, Chance and I are good friends. Sometimes Chance likes and retweets my tweets. When he retweets them, it’s like a gateway into A-List celebritism. Gabrielle Union saw the tweet, I guess, and she tweeted it. Everyone saw it. Kanye saw it and was like “this is the confidence we need out here.” Maybe the tweet resonated with him because he’s a black dad. But it was cool because he almost never retweets.

Carolyn: Thanks so much, Ric! 

Ric Wilson played an energetic set as he opened Day 2 of North Coast Music Festival. Even though the set was delayed due to weather, Ric Wilson managed to get everyone to dance in the crowed. Ric played several songs from his new EP BANBA, as well as a few hits like "Hange Loose," and "Soul Bounce." He ended the set by starting a soul train the the middle of the crowd. The crowd parted ways to form a line down the center for brave individuals to showcase their dance moves. Ric jumped down at the end and joined. 

To see more of WLUW's coverage at North Coast Music Festival, visit our instagram page. 

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The 2018 Audiotree Music Festival Lineup

5 Must See Acts at Audiotree Music Fest

In the heart of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Arcadia Creek Festival Place is home to the annual music fest, with a killer 2018 lineup that’s chock full of Chicago native bands due to Audiotree’s Chicago roots. Audiotree Music Festival is an event that packs quite the punch in a short span of time. The smaller size of venue and the specially curated acts are some of the things that makes Audiotree fest so unique.

 

It goes without saying that the WLUW team is ecstatic to spend our weekend, and the last weeks of festival season, amongst an amazing lineup. With two stages to move back and forth between, here are several acts this year that will have me running across the festival grounds with fervor.

 

  1. Father John Misty

It’s been a good year for Josh Tillman, otherwise known as Father John Misty.

After performing as one of the headliners at Riot Fest in Douglass Park, Tillman will perform as the main act on Sunday at Audiotree. It’s not hard to see why since God’s Favorite Customer, Tillman’s latest album, made an impression on critics and listeners alike. “Hangout at the Gallows,” and “We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)”, are two standout tracks that are essential to any fans playlist.

 

God’s Favorite Customer is yet another testament to Tillman’s witty songwriting; however the bittersweet and longing tones that prevail in every song adds a balance to Tillman’s previously moody work. While I can’t wait to jam out to God’s Favorite Customer, I’m also eager to reminisce in Tillman’s older stuff. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” from the album Fear Fun, makes me weep every time. “Ballad of the Dying Man,” from 2017’s Pure Comedy brilliantly weaves piano, acoustic, and Tillman’s raw and emotional voice together.

 

  1. Ne-Hi

I have a soft spot for Ne-Hi because of their Chicago background and their deep involvement in the local music scene. In August Ne-Hi performed a free concert at Millenium Park, with fellow Chicago act Whitney, that show blew my socks off. Ne-Hi’s energy on stage is electric. Jason Balla and Mikey Wells (both guitar/vocals) jumping around while smashing on the guitar will be sure to get your blood pumping.

Ne-Hi’s single, “The Times I’m Not There,” is in collaboration with the enchanting Jamila Woods, another Chicago artist. It’s arguably Ne-Hi’s most popular track to date, and exhibits the bands impressive and unique guitar rhythms, that make them so gosh darn good.

 

  1. Post Animal

I’m a sucker for a good psychedelic rock band and Post Animal is most definitely one of the best around. “When I Get Home,” from the group's first album, The Garden Series, is an ethereal and cosmic experience that I can only hope is performed at Audiotree during their Sunday slot. As yet another band with Chicago roots that will be at Audiotree this year, Post Animal has something sweet about them. Maybe it’s a special bond that the five musicians share that seems to make their music, as well as their on-stage presence, worthy of everyone’s attention.

 

  1. Major Murphy

Major Murphy’s music has a distinctive note of 1970’s rock, yet they’ve owned that sound to make it modern and completely their own. The Major Murphy trio, Jacob Bullard, Jacki Warren, and Brian Voortman, have an undeniable music chemistry - from their beautiful lyrics, to their ability to play so smoothly together. Their album No.1, is the band’s first full released album chock full of darling melodies and impressive voice harmonizing. Many of the songs have a summertime nostalgia sound to them, especially track 3, “Mary.”

 

  1. Diet Cig

Alex Luciano’s voice is addictive. She’s relatable, boisterous, and sometimes angry (“Harvard,” from 2015 album, Over Easy). Reminding me slightly of Cherry Glazerr’s heated and explosive punk sound,  the punk rock Diet Cig will definitely be bringing the fun to Audiotree the Saturday of the fest. Listen to this duo group when you’re feeling angsty, frustrated, or just wanna jump around to some good music. Noah Bowman’s drumming skills and Luciano’s vocals compliment one another perfectly.

 

For more information about Audiotree Music Festival 2018, visit https://www.audiotreemusicfestival.com.

    

 

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