Local Chaos

Tuesdays from 6 to 8PM

Join Austin Paulson and Jesse Hudgins as they bring you music from the Chicagoland area! WONC’s longest-running show features new and up-and-coming bands, as well local bands in the national spotlight! Check out Local Chaos on Twitter and Instagram!

About the Hosts

Austin Paulson

A native of Sugar Grove, IL, Austin Paulson grew up glued to television & radio of the Chicagoland area, listening to the likes of Jonathon Brandmeier, Jonathon Hood, Len Kasper, and Svengoolie. He took his fascination with broadcasting down south where he spent some time at Western Kentucky University and worked at local television and radio stations. During the pandemic, Austin returned home to attend North Central College where he’s currently pursuing a degree in Journalism & Media Communication. When Austin isn’t at a show downtown or in the stands of Soldier Field, you can catch him hosting a variety of shows on FM89 each week including Fringe Radio, Local Chaos, Music Telephone, and Vocal Distortion.

Jesse Hudgins

Jesse is a senior who enjoys writing stories, listening to and creating music, and just having a good time. He wants to make a career out of being a musician, writing stories, or as a music journalist. He’s an avid concert-goer, crowd surfing and moshing every chance he gets. You’ll find him on the air throughout the week, co-hosting Roommate Reviews, Alternage, and Local Chaos. He’s been part of the local music scene with different projects throughout the years, with one in the works. The weirdest show he’s played so far was with his pop punk band, an acoustic artist, and a rapper.

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Featured Local Artist: Sunday Cruise

December’s Featured Local Artist is Sunday Cruise! Formed in 2017 by Zoe (guitar/vocals), Cassidy (bass), Levi (drums), and Camden (lead guitar), they first began performing in the summer of 2018 when they entered a “battle of the bands” competition held at Side Street Studios in Elgin. The competition ran all ...

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Featured Local Artist: Unto The Earth

Our Featured Local Artist for November is Unto the Earth, a four piece metal band from Naperville and Aurora, straddling the lines between stoner, desert, doom, and sludge, with shoegaze and heavy psych influences. Formed in 2019 by guitarist Mike Yoshida and bassist/vocalist/instrumentalist Simeon Papacostas, along with lead guitarist Jed ...

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Featured Local Artist: The Koop

Our Featured Local Artist for October is The Koop, an experienced and well-traveled working musician, regularly performing as a solo acoustic player throughout the Chicagoland area. So far this year, he’s played over 50 three-hour shows of what he likes to call his “essential acoustic melodies.” From wineries to breweries ...

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Featured Local Artist: Nathan Graham

Our Featured Local Artist for August is Chicago native Nathan Graham! His music bridges the gap between South Side Soul and Nashville Americana, creating a new inclusive vision of singer-songwriter. Over the last decade, he’s built a career as a guitar-for-hire, touring internationally with major label and indie acts like ...

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Featured Local Artist: Totally Cashed

Our featured local artist for July is Chicago’s Totally Cashed! The group released their latest full-length album, The World’s First Country Band, on June 2nd, featuring 10 songs in this new style of music they’ve dubbed “country.” Totally Cashed recently unleased their new sound to a sold-out Chicago crowd for their ...

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Featured Local Artist: Blu Heaven

Blu Heaven is a DIY rap and guitar duo. Their sound exists anywhere between ambient lapsteel textures to Neptune-style synths. Hailing from Chicagoland, they employ a 5 piece band to perform their songs live in an electrifying pseudo-punk style. After releasing singles in 2019 and 2020, they released their first ...

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Featured Local Artist: The Orchard

Mixing folk and classic rock with more modern alternative and indie music, The Orchard are a five-piece band featuring Liam Hellard (lead guitar), Connor Craney (rhythm guitar), Ryan Nelson (keyboard), Adam Hellard (bass) and Matt Chludzinski (drums). They formed in 2019 in Batavia, starting as a cover band, doing takes ...

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Featured Local Artist: Stomach

Doom metal encompasses several eras and regional styles, but many would consider its inception to have occurred in England during the late 1960s. In the industrial city of Birmingham, the dark, blues-infused riffs of Black Sabbath marked a new beginning for guitar-driven music. From those initial chords, a wave of ...

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Featured Local Artist: Dust Biters

Dust Biters is a 4-piece aggressive post-hardcore band that blends influences from the early 2000’s post-hardcore/screamo era with visceral punk and technical rock n’ roll. Their music features a unique take on heavy music, upbeat melodies, and catchy vocal stylings. The band members seek to appeal to fans of all ...

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Evil I: A History of Punk in Chicago’s Western Suburbs 40 Years in the Making

by Austin Paulson The walls of Brauer House, a bar and venue in Lombard, IL, are plastered with old concert posters of legendary musicians of punk’s past. The names and images take up nearly every inch of the establishment and capture brief but explosive moments in time. The same can ...


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