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Discover Lolla 2013: Preview

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The schedule has been announced, tickets have been sold, and with 80 days until Lollapalooza it’s about time you started planning your method of attack.  Don’t worry WCRX FM is prepared to be your personal festival assistant. From The Killers and Kendrick Lamar to Steve Aoki and The Art Department we shall leave no new artist left behind. Welcome to Discover Lolla 2013.

D-Pryde

d-prydeFirst up  D-Pryde a 19-year-old Canadian rapper/singer/songwriter
often compared to a cross between Drake (is it the way he turns ‘about’ cleverly into ‘auboot’?) and Eminem. Coming off the buzz of his 2012 mixtape “Flagship”  Pryde is embarking on his first national headlining tour this summer & release a brand new EP.

Check out his cover of Drake’s “Girls Love Beyonce” and pencil him into your Friday schedule.

Lianne La Havas

lianneGrabbing inspiration from the likes of Jill Scott, Prince, and Stevie Wonder, our next stop on the Lolla discovery train is  Lianne La Havas. After catching major airplay in the states with her single “Is Your Love Big Enough” this UK import is a rare live concert experience you won’t want to miss. A truly raw and agressive voice will prove that not everyone needs exploding pyrotechnics and acrobats for a memorable Lolla show. Lianne is a great example of balance in an artist, exhibiting friendly yet polished tracks in a  complex mannor.

Pacific Air

pac airPreviously operating under the Koko moniker, Southern California brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon renamed their musical project Pacific Air. Spicing reinvention into their music, the brothers played tribute to their former selves on the EP “Long Live Koko“. Six months later we have “Pacific Air” and a band who is ready to release their debut album “Shut Up“. The lead single “Lose my Mind” is all you could ask for in California pop. Its a cold sarcastically named drink in front of a beautiful beachfront sunset. Or in our midwestern case, its an Old Style and a crisp Chicago sky. 

The Bright Light Social Hour

BLSSThe Bright Light Social Hour is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Born out of a university art-rock collective, the band first gained attention in Austin from their incendiary live performances and innovative vision of rock and roll. Their first full length album dropped in 2010 and they haven’t looked back since. They have performed in front of thousands of new fans, most notably at SXSW 2012, Wakarusa Festival and opening for Aerosmith at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Current plans include producing their second album on their own in Austin Texas.  They certainly dont mind you pulling up a patch of Lolla lawn and watch them cavort on stage as they have been chronicling their recent adventures.  Bright Lights Social Hour has released a series of self-produced tour documentaries depicting their life on the road. 

Keys N Krates

keys-n-krates1We’ve landed on one of our personal favorite acts in this years line-up.  Keys n Krates are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. They recently wrapped up their first BBC Radio 1 mini mix, dropped the super hot “Lucid Dreams EP” and remixed everyone from Kanye West to Zedd.  The Canadian trio comprised of Adam Tune on drums synth David Matisse on keys, and internationally award-winning Jr. Flo on turntables. We have no doubt “Treat Me Right” will be the festival anthem of the summer.

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The WCRX Guide to Pride 2012

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Rainbows and glitter are in the air, DJs have all the divas cued up, and now all you have to do is find something fabulous to wear!! We’re days away from thousands ascending on the heart of East Lakeview’s iconic Boystown neighborhood for the 43rd Annual Gay Pride Parade. Don’t have your pride plans completely together? We’ve got you covered, here are some events WCRX thinks will make your pride 2012 one to remember, or not.

If you’ve spent any time out and about in the GLBT scene in Chicago then you’ve probably caught DJ All The Way Kay assassinating dance floors across the city. She’s starting off her week at The Leg Room for  Glow with Pride Kick-Off Event and we think you should too!

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 Legs aching from a night full dancing? Then Thursday nights Backlot Bash Comedy Night will help you laugh off the pain with national acts Fortune Feimster  and Bridget McManus along with local talent Ever Mainard.  Catch the hilarious ladies at Mayne Stage Theater  6/21 8pm.!
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Seasoned veterans know Stardust always brings the heat! Don’t worry new kids they play nice and Thursday is no different.   Stardust and Chicago Outfit are joining forces to pack the house at Berlin Nightclub with a line-up that will make even the coolest hipsters come off the wall and dance! Chicago’s favorite dance floor messiah  DJ Zebo will be on hand with Rene Romaro, Cadence Weapon plus  STV SLV  of Hood Internet. If that’s not enough headliner Nicky Da B will be teaching everyone just what “expressing yourself” means, and i’m not talking Madonna! Stardust fun starts 6/21 at 10pm and goes until 4am.

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Friday brings the chance for you to hop aboard the Chicago Reader’s Annual Pride Cruise taking off from Navy Pier.  Gawk! at our lovely Chicago skyline on a wind-powered Tall Ship. Dress up? You better! Last year’s Pride Cruise saw the likes of pirates, captains, sailors, skippers, and its fair share of nautical ware. But this year we’ve added an extra hour, so get ready for the booziest, wildest boat party of your dreams!

Performances by Big Dipper, DJs Swaguerilla and All the Way Kay

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If boats and water aren’t your thing no worries,  Chicago Pride Fest, hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance ,is a crowd-pleasing gay and lesbian celebration of community pride showcasing an eclectic lineup of arts and crafts, food and other vendors. It also features entertainment on two stages with one dedicated to some of Chicago’s fine performers in the gay community.

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Friday night, pop sensation JoJo takes the stage at 7pm followed by DJ sets from Chicago House pioneers and residents of the legendary SmartBar Michael Serafini and Derrick Carter.

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Saturday brings  Chicago Dyke March organized by the Chicago Dyke March Collective. This all volunteer event is a mix of seasoned activists and community organizers and newbies interested in just celebrating. Collective members come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, experiences, professions, educational levels, gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.  The March has taken place in Pilsen and Andersonville neighborhoods . This year Argyle/Uptown neighborhood will be home to the march gathering around 3pm and marching by 4:30pm. The march starts and stop at Margate Park; Located at Marine Drive and Argyle.

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Make sure you eat your Wheaties at brunch because Sunday is the BIG day.  After 750,000 people showed up to last year’s festivities, some changes had to be made to prevent overcrowding at the L stops and along Boystown’s famous Halsted street.  A new parade route kicks off at noon on Sunday at the corner of Montrose and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood, ending at Sheridan and Diversey.

 Also, a serious crackdown of public drinking will be enforced.  Police will be issuing tickets and or arresting  those caught with open containers …..BE SAFE OUT THERE!

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After the floats are gone no need to cry the party keeps going along Halsted street and beyond! You want a little fun off the boystown beaten path?  Look no further than Cuna Lounge 1113 W. Belmont. Dollhouse (Fridays) and Juicy (Fridays) are teaming up for SUNDAY Official After Pride Party with so  much spice you’ll feel like you just drank straight from the Sriracha bottle!

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Finally, if the thought of rubbing against 750,000+ people  has you a little on edge then hop a cab or the red line up to Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood for Pride North celebration at The Glenwood .

Whether you take our party advice or not remember party respectively and safely and enjoy the Chicago Pride celebrations this week!

The Scene of a Perfect Kiss

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Fresh off of the holiday weekend we kicked things into high gear with our new show ‘The Scene’ hosted by Nicki Butler and Becky Nystedt–these ladies keep the music strictly of the people, for the people, and by the people….Chicago people that is. An all local music show that shines the spotlight on our very own Windy City talent.

Wasting no time ‘The Scene’ landed the captivating new wave revivalist band Perfect Kiss. With only a little over a year into their formation Perfect Kiss has shared the stage with  heavy hitters  Kirby Kaiser, Paul Van Dyk, Green Velvet, Major Lazer and White Mystery.  If that’s not enough they’ve also headlined North Coast Music Festival and multiple Lollapalooza after parties including the Hard Rock Hotel’s highly publicized event.

Now that the new E.P is nice and crisp  their single One Kiss  building some buzz the gentlemen of Perfect Kiss are stoked to see what lies ahead this summer starting with their Official E.P Release Party July 6th at The Metro.  So time to cuddle up with some left over memorial day BBQ and get to know your new favorite local band Perfect Kiss.


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On this weeks “Get Wind of” Mixtape we’re featuring our artist of the week Perfect Kiss. Neo-Soul Jazz songstress Lili K, Electro-Pop tag team SHUTEYE, and indie MC Chance the Rapper whose #10day mixtape has been blowing up the blogosphere landing him an opening slot on tour with Childish Gambino.


Be sure to tune into “The Scene” Tuesday’s from 7-9pm and Saturdays 10am-12 on 88.1 WCRXFM and streaming live WCRXFM.com

Are you a local musician? Submit music to “The Scene” wcrxdj@colum.edu