This Week – April 20th, 2017

April 20th, 2017 Join us for our weekly show featuring all Chicago music, Thursdays from 6-8pm on 88.7FM WLUW or streaming online at!

The Chicago Outfit – Guest DJs

chicago outfitFounded in the fall of 2007, The Chicago Outfit is a democratic, not-for-profit organization run by the skaters, for the skaters. The Outfit is an all-female flat track roller derby league based in the city of Chicago. The Chicago Outfit strives to create a positive female community dedicated to contributing charitably to other nonprofit organizations. Each year, partial proceeds from the Outfit’s bouts and events are donated in support of a nonprofit organization, voted on by the league. As proud members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, The Chicago Outfit represents roller derby nationwide with class, sass, and dignity.

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Moe Cyrus – 6:30

Screen Shot 2017-04-16 at 9.54.47 PMMaurice Mauricio, better known by his stage name Moecyrus. He’s an American emcee from Chicago, Illinois. He has collaborated with Chicago native artists such as Novatore, Baer Coon The Ewokk,Säge, The 64th Wonder, and local hardcore band Drowning. Moecyrus is also affiliated with the SLUMPGANG 777 artist collective. Straight from the southside of Chicago, Moecyrus has developed various styles of word play, constant homonyms, and bold statements to back his name. Moecyrus has raised the bar for Trip Hop performances and is considered a trailblazer for a new era, Chicago Trip Hop / Hip Hop. Moecyrus continues to promote a positive mind frame while connecting with his fans through shared experiences in depression, anxiety, drugs and relationships.

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Crown Larks – 7:00

Crown LarksRiding waves of noise out of a Chicago basement, Crown Larks return with their sophomore LP, Population, a heady dose of multi-instrumental, polyrhythmic post punk and psychedelic noise rock that channels the grinding bleakness and dynamic energy of their native city. The record compels both catharsis and close listening, distilling a century of music and four years of touring into a white light explosion of raw energy and innovative production, embracing the freedom and experimentation of the band’s DIY community without sacrificing the direct appeal of personal lyrics and melody.

Composed of primary songwriters Jack Bouboushian and Lorraine Bailey (who have blossomed into true lead singers), drummer Bill Miller, bassist Matt Puhr and collaborators including saxophonist Curt Oren, the four-piece recalls contemporaries like Oneida, Preoccupations, Guardian Alien, and Broadcast – alongside the darkest periods of Sun Ra or Liars, the brutal minimalism of Suicide and This Heat, the surreal lyricism of Dirty Projectors, and the magnetic grooves of Horse Lords and Can.

Compared to the quartet’s psychedelic and free jazz explorations in 2015’s Blood Dancer, Population takes a hard left into jagged, polyrhythmic post punk (React), machine-tooled no wave (Swoon), eccentric art rock (Circus Luvv, TFZ), and shimmering, hypnotic soundscapes (Lithops Life, Goodbye) – with a little of the band’s earlier Stooges-inflected, sax-heavy krautrock for good measure (Burn It Down, Howls). Lead single Circus Luvv is a damaged, synth- and noise-drenched love song that showcases Bouboushian’s growth as a vocalist and Miller’s alternately virtuosic and minimalist drumming. Songs like “Watchful, Spellbound” and React blend jarring avant-garde structures with the surreal balladry of Bradford Cox and the blown-out screams of Alan Vega.

Crown Larks as a project embodies a critical and anarchic politics that strives for life-affirming collaboration while leaving room for chaos and idiosyncrasy. Population never settles on dissonance or harmony, simplicity or excess, the tame or the wild. Born of a city whose best music has always confronted structural violence, racism, corruption, and displacement, Population relays messages from fragmented minds lost but laughing in the harsh squall of modernity and the claustrophobic haze of consumerism.

Bouboushian and Bailey’s lyrics reflect this struggle, exploring the liminal space between radical compassion and nihilistic alienation. Does honest engagement with reality mean short-circuiting our minds and crippling our resolve? In the face of authoritarianism and monoculture, does chaotic self-expression transcend violence or recapitulate it? Four years of burning through warehouses and venues around the country, dogged by these questions and fueled by boundless musical curiosity, Crown Larks’ efforts have culminated in Population – and more than a few kids have even managed to dance with them too.

May 6th @EmptyBottle
21+ // $8 // 9pm

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The Thin Cherries – 7:30

the thin cherriesChicago’s The Thin Cherries is the newest musical project founded by scene vets Steven Delisi and Mark Lofgren.

Delisi is a musician and songwriter with a background in theater and film production. His former band, Phenomenal Cat, blended his pop/punk sensibilities with experimental music and the Russian folk influences of his band mates.

Songwriter/musician Lofgren is one of the founders of psychedelic pop/rock mainstays The Luck of Eden Hall, who have toured Europe and released music on a variety of independent labels, including Headspin Records and Fruits de Mer Records. In 2014 he released his solo debut, The Past Perfect.

In 2015, Delisi approached Lofgren, who shares his love for bands like Blur, the Replacements and the Smiths, to collaborate on a recorded project that emphasizes good songwriting.

In the spring of 2016, The Thin Cherries emerged with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Darren Shepherd and drummer Gabriel Palomo.

Collaboration at their California Station studio in Logan Square led to the initial recordings for The Thin Cherries’ debut album, due to be released in spring of 2017.

May 11th @BurlingtonBar
21+ // 9pm

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