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Featured Local Artist: Evil I

In the winter of 1983, Evil I, a local hardcore punk band consisting of Craig G. (guitar), Craig S. (drums), Dave (bass), and Carol (vocals) entered a basement studio in Elgin, IL to record a handful of original songs. The music they had written was tight yet chaotic, perfectly serving ...

Artist Highlight: Billy Cobb

DIY is a scene and style in music that’s all about doing it yourself, including writing, recording, mixing, and promoting. It’s been around since the inception of music and has become more prominent in in the past few years due to the evolution of technology. In recent years, one artist ...

Featured Local Artist: Det Metra

Connor (bass/guitar/vocals), Kelly (guitar/vocals), Dave (bass/guitar/vocals), Dom (drums), and Mike (vocals) are Det Metra, a 5-piece indie/garage rock/self-described “hippie punk” band based in Chicago. After playing in a variety of bands in the Chicagoland area over the years, they began writing music together in 2019, and while the global pandemic ...

Featured Local Artist: The Last Generation

The Last Generation is a 4-piece band that puts a modern spin on classic rock; they take inspiration from classic and hard rock from the 70s and early 80s with a bit of 90s grunge mixed in.  The band started out in 2015 as a bunch of 15-year-olds from the ...

A Little Birdie Told Me: Dylan Gardner

  by Jordan Mark We’re throwing ourselves back into another edition of A Little Birdie Told Me, a series where we highlight artists we play on FM89. For this round, we’re going to look at Dylan Gardner. Not only does this musician have two albums under his belt, he’s also ...

Featured Local Artist: LangstonCo

LangstonCo is the brainchild of Jay Langston, founder and former lead guitarist of nationally-touring bands Echovalve and We the Fierce, as well as a “hired gun” for 90s powerhouse Local H. Based out of Chicago, LangstonCo started in 2010 in Tampa, FL strictly as a side project, and remained on ...

A Little Birdie Told Me: Emery

by Jordan Mark It’s time for another round of A Little Birdie Told Me. In this edition, we’ll take a closer look at the band Emery. After relocating to Seattle, Emery signed to the nearby Tooth & Nail Records and released their first album The Weak’s End in 2004. Since ...

Featured Local Artist: The Uncle Steves

The Uncle Steves is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Chris Picciuolo, a native of the Chicago suburbs. Picciuolo started as a drummer, earning his stripes as a live and studio musician over the years. One day, that all changed. Finding himself house-sitting for a friend in Lisle, he was suddenly armed ...

A Little Birdie Told Me: Dream Theater

by Jordan Mark It’s that time again for another round of A Little Birdie Told Me. In this edition, we’ll be taking a look at the band Dream Theater. Formerly known as Majesty, Dream Theater has made fifteen albums and recently won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for their ...

Featured Local Artist: Lollygagger

Lollygagger is a 3-piece punk rock/Thrash metal band from Chicago. Their new album “Total Party kill” was released on What’s for Breakfast? Records. The sound of Lollygagger is like a brown miasma of bass forward face-melting speed metal, while the lyrics breathe darkly funny emotions into a landscape of politically ...

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