September 21st, 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!
6:00p – Noam Jacobs
Noam Jacobs is a cool kid from Evanston, IL who recently (last week?) popped into existence and howled out some sour notes from the soul. They love Radiohead, Tom Waits, James Baldwin, and feeling BAD.
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6:30p – Kidd Russell
Kidd Russell’s phone calls with Brandy and Ray J’s mom Sonja Norwood about management lead to him working with Cisco Adler in the studio.
Currently in the studio working on his new mixtape Beer & HIP HOP and putting final touches on his acoustic album with Matt Jenkins HOODIE SEASON.
Kidd Russell used to free style on roof tops with professional
wrestler Colt Cabana (WWE, ROH, MTV) while in high school. Colt
encourage Kidd to pursue his music career and even booked his first show at a wrestling/rap concert in Cleveland, Ohio. Kidd turned his college radio production class into music business 101. Instead of completing assignments he used his studio time to record songs that spread around his APU campus. After leaving college and returning to Chicago he built a reputation as one of the hardest working artist in the region. Self releasing, promoting and managing his career Kidd has had his music videos played on MTV2, MTV Jams, placed over 25 songs on TV including the TV theme song to Ring of Honor Wrestling “Rush RockRemix.” That same music video caught the attention of Sonja Norwoodmother/manager of Brandy & Ray J. Her guidance lead Kidd to working with Cisco Adler. Together and with collaborator Ross Golan they crafted an epic EP titled “Pulaski Day.” Before the EP has even been released its already had 2 singles licensed to an upcoming Skate Board
focused android game being put out by www.distinctivegames.com.
Kidd’s songs have been seen on Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, Food Network’s Anthony Bordain’s No Reservations, ESPN and many more. Over the last few years Kidd and his homeless Dj John Blaze have shared the stage with Shwayze, The Roots, Common, The Flobots, Uncle Kracker, Nappy Roots, Chris Webby, G Love, The Deans List, Oncue, AER, MOD SUN, Mickey Avalon and many more.
7:30p – Jofred
Jofred Estillo doesn’t like to slap a genre on his music. In his mind, he’s taking the best pieces of what’s already there, fusing them together Dragon Ball Z style. He’s keeping things familiar while surprising listeners.
Originally from California, Jofred moved to Joliet Illinois, and he attended Bolingbrook Highschool. That’s where he met Steven Pugh and Rob Lyrical. The three of them created the group Chinza fly in 2007, through which they released an EP and several mix tapes. Jofred still lives in Joliet and makes his frequent journey to PVTSTCK studios, often coming up with some of his best lyrics in the car.
Through music, Jofred sincerely elevates Asain Americans while paying homage to Black culture. His latest work, “Tulpa” is a testament to that while also an expression of his development as an artist. “Asian Americans often get pigeon holed through common stereo types,” says Jofred. “The song Yellow Boy is the most charismatic way to represent us.” He’s displaying longevity without, quirks, gimmicks or novelty.
Tupa is a personification of his subconscious thoughts. The album has a strong sense of development, clarity, and direction. It highlights Jofred coming into his own as an artist. Jofred brought his work to PVTSTCK where it was finalized, polished and given a stamp of professionalism.
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