This Week | November 9th, 2017

November 9th, 2017 Join us for our weekly show featuring all Chicago music, Thursdays from 6-8pm on 88.7FM WLUW or streaming online at wluw.org!

Girls Rock! Chicago – Guest DJs

Through our music education programs for girls and transgender & gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth ages 8 to 16, we are committed to educating girls and TGNC youth about the musical, technical, and creative aspects involved in musicianship because we believe that they are rarely encouraged to explore self-expressive creative outlets and are less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment. We believe that music can be a crucial tool in allowing young women and TGNC youth to respond to preconceived notions of what they can do and what they can become.

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Jonny Polonsky- 6:30pm

Chicago-hailing dark pop artist, Jonny Polonsky, will release his latest album, Fresh Flesh, in November 2017. Today, he releases his lead single, “The Orbit Of Love,” to rave reviews from New Noise Magazine, who states, “He’s been an integral part of the dark pop and indie rock scenes since the 90s.”

Fresh Flesh was recorded quickly over a couple days in Rick Rubin’s Malibu studio. Almost every song on the 9-track LP is a first take, embracing a raw and simple sound. Fresh Flesh was born out of a new collaboration with Jennifer Batter (drums) and Katie Burden (bass). Both Batter and Burden were new to playing music, and Polonsky felt inspired by the fresh enthusiasm both of them had for playing. This unparalled energy is especially evident on tracks like “The Orbit Of Love” and “Not One and the Same.” Polonsky extended an invitation to legendary drummer Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), who contributed some aggressive tribal drums to the end of “I Can’t Get Your Face Out of My Mind”; and the song “Solar Child” features the inimitable singing and a soulful, world-weary spoken word intro by Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees). Polonsky writes of the record, “I’m really proud of this record. To me, it’s what rock and roll is supposed to be — music you love made joyously with people you love.”

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