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Discover Lolla 2013: Preview


That’s right, 69 days now until Lollapalooza 2013. With over 75+ sets to jam out to under the blazing sun, this year’s bill is packed with old & new artists- who are you most excited to see? Come hang out with WCRX-FM’s, The Scene, as we count down the days until Lolla 2013.

The Orwells (Sunday, August 4th)

From the outskirts of Chicago, five seventeen-year olds come together and create unmistakable, raw rocky garage punk sounds- they like to go by The Orwells. Last August, the quintet released their debut album, Remember When, and have since then performed numerous shows, including at Beat Kitchen, SubT, Austin, Texas’ SXSW, and now a set at one their home town’s biggest music festivals.

The Orwells’ Other Voices EP is scheduled to be released 6/25.

Palma Violets (Sunday, August 4th)

Last year was the breakout year for London’s psychedelic rock band, Palma Violets. After the school friends met in 2010 and played countless live shows at a small, sweaty studio in Lambeth, Palma Violets began to draw attention with their performances and songs that emulate a ‘60s garage rock and soul feel. In 2012, their first studio recorded track, “Best of Friends,” was released and then shortly named NME’s #1 track of the year, as well as a spot on the cover of the magazine. This past February, Palma Violets’ debut album 180 was released, hand-in-hand with an announcement of a tour: including a set at Chicago’s Lollapalooza 2013.

Wild Belle (Sunday, August 4th)

Get ready for rocksteady beats and groovy sounds from Chicago’s sibling duo, Wild Belle. After dabbling with each other’s musical lives for a while, the bro/sis combo came together in 2011 and began writing songs. A year later, Wild Belle was born and their  first single, “Keep You,” was released, which created quite the buzz. After officially releasing their debut album Isles this past March, performing all over, Wild Belle will be filling their native city’s park with groovy island music at Lollapalooza.

Little Green Cars (Saturday, August 3rd)

From the charming city of Dublin, Ireland, indie folk rock band Little Green Cars. This quintet of 20-some year old bandmates also happens to be great friends: and what could be a better combination to write absolutely soul bearing, down-to-the-core honest music. Little Green Cars just released their debut album Absolute Zero this year, and since then have toured the UK and US widely, appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performed a set at SXSW as well as Coachella, and excitingly are now on the bill for Lolla.

Machines Are People Too (Sunday, August 4th)

What began as a two man synth-pop project between friends from Chattanooga, TN, quickly evolved into the unique pop quartet, Machines Are People Too, who produces energized dance music that gets you off your feet. The band released their first EP Dreams in July 2012 and has since has toured all along the east coast, playing huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Hangout Music Fest, and are now hitting up the Midwest to fuel Lollapalooza 2013 with grooves throughout Grant Park.

Machines Are People Too are currently recording their follow up EP, which is scheduled to drop this summer.

The Scene goes to Outer Space with Nü

Chris Grant, Mork, Alinka

What do you get when you have five DJ’s, over 75 years of experience behind the decks, and a staple venue in Chicago’s alternative club scene?

Nü: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago  thats what!

This week three of Nü’s five residents took The Scene aboard their musical spaceship to a planet where Nu-Disco/Indie Dance sounds live. Not to mention where all musical freak flags fly HIGH! Catch the Nü: The Outspace Disco Dancing Society of Chicago experience every first friday of the month live at Neo 2350 N. Clark Street. This month’s special guest Tiffany Roth of Midnight Magic 

Enjoy the live sets below & don’t sleep on the chance to catch Nü: The Outspace Disco Dancing Society of Chicago live for yourself!

The Scene on Chicago’s Underground Radio 88.1 WCRX FM. Tues 7-9pm
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Ruby Yo! on The Scene

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Ruby Yo opening up for Big Daddy Kane at The Shrine. March 2013

It’s Ruby Yo!

The googolplex-threat, Ruby Yo does it all: music, acting, comedy, theater. Born and raised on Chicago’s south-side, Ruby Yo fuses her talents to create raw hip-hop music. As a multi-talented, and multi-media artist Ruby doesn’t shy away from giving you a wide range of musical style and sound. You can hear the heavy influence of hip-hop classics like Tupac and Biggie, in her narrative verses on Keeps Killing Me.  Also, she doesn’t forgot her Puerto Rican roots on tracks like Estrella Caida (Fallen Star). Heavy into the arts Ruby studied at Barat College and Columbia College in Chicago, but dropped out and decided to focus on music full-time. Since then she’s been performing at local hip-hop music venues, and has also built a strong acting/directing reputation as one of the founders of UrbanTheater Company (UTC).

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Ruby Yo w/ host Nicki Butler (who clearly didn’t get the smile memo)

In 2012, she dropped her first album “The Rubyx Cube EP”, recently played at SXSW in Austin, TX, and has already had great success with a nomination for Best Soundtrack for the film Lovetown at Beloit International Film.

Check out Ruby Yo’s recent projects, Ruby’s World, Yo!, and “Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way” at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, now thru 5/11.

Ruby Yo came and hung with The Scene to talk about balancing theater and acting work, giving music her all, and opening for hip-hop legend Big Daddy Kane.


Be sure to tune into “The Scene” with Nicki Butler and Becky Nysted every Tuesday from 7-9pm on 88.1 WCRXFM and streaming live  Are you a local musician? Submit your music and bio to “The Scene”