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This Must Be the Gig gives backstage access to passionate fans worldwide. Featuring conversations with headlining musicians, up-and-comers, and music industry personalities about the wild wild world of live music - as well as the latest news reports from the biggest tours and the festival scene. Music journalist and festival-globetrotter Lior Phillips captures the feeling of singing along with thousands of other fanatics, the lights flashing, the roar for an encore, the second the whole world outside this perfect moment disappears: This Must Be the Gig.

This Must Be the Gig gives backstage access to passionate fans worldwide. Featuring conversations with headlining musicians, up-and-comers, and music industry personalities about the wild wild world of live music - as well as the latest news reports from the biggest tours and the festival scene. Music journalist and festival-globetrotter Lior Phillips captures the feeling of singing along with thousands of other fanatics, the lights flashing, the roar for an encore, the second the whole world outside this perfect moment disappears: This Must Be the Gig.
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This Must Be the Gig gives backstage access to passionate fans worldwide. Featuring conversations with headlining musicians, up-and-comers, and music industry personalities about the wild wild world of live music - as well as the latest news reports from the biggest tours and the festival scene. Music journalist and festival-globetrotter Lior Phillips captures the feeling of singing along with thousands of other fanatics, the lights flashing, the roar for an encore, the second the whole world outside this perfect moment disappears: This Must Be the Gig.

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954-294-9298


Episodes

Episode 54 : Regina Spektor

6/12/2019
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Regina Spektor has been a favorite of the crew at TMBTG for years—as far back as 2004's Soviet Kitsch—and we're delighted to have had the iconic indie singer-songwriter call in to this week's episode of the show. The idiosyncratic genius infuses classical-esque flourishes into beguiling pop structures, matching grand scope with delicate intimacy. That depth has been utilized on soundtracks as wide-ranging as The Hamilton Mixtape to Kubo and the Two Strings, not to mention the theme for...

Duration:01:30:43

Episode 53 : US Girls

6/5/2019
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This week, we catch up with US Girls mastermind Meghan Remy prior to her Moogfest set. The Toronto-based experimental pop artist broke incredible new ground on her 2018 record, In a Poem Unlimited, and her magnetic presence matches those majestic prisms of idiosyncratic songwriting. Her soothing voice is the perfect counterpoint to the taut, coiled intensity of her lyrics—and here she puts it to perfect use, discussing growing her own vegetables and environmentalism, her ideal touring...

Duration:01:00:29

Episode 52 : Daniel Miller & Craig Leon

5/29/2019
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This week we return to our coverage from Moogfest with not one but two fantastic conversations with brilliant minds that helped discover some of the most exciting musical voices of the last few decades. First up is Daniel Miller, musician, producer, and founder of Mute Records, the label that brought the world Depeche Mode, Erasure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and so many others. Daniel and host Lior Phillips chat about seeing his first concerts, buying his first Korg 700s, and his...

Duration:01:41:58

Episode 51 : Hayden Thorpe

5/22/2019
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This week we're taking a break from our episodes recorded at Moogfest to bring you an interview with the incredibly lovely Hayden Thorpe. A cofounder of the beloved Wild Beasts, Thorpe's sterling falsetto and impassioned, intimate lyrics bring a much needed emotional depth and vibrant life to every listen. Now three years out since the final Wild Beasts record and after the band's dissolution, Thorpe is set to release Diviner on May 24th via Domino. The debut project under his own name,...

Duration:01:28:12

Episode 50 : Madame Gandhi

5/15/2019
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In our first episode of coverage from Moogfest, host Lior Phillips gets locked into a repurposed bank vault in the basement of a Durham, NC hotel with the always invigorating and powerful Madame Gandhi. The artist/activist born Kiran Gandhi (joined occasionally on-mic by her partner, Frankie) digs into her feminist activism, including her Future is Female playlist—which features exciting, up-and-coming female-identifying artists—as well as her free-menstruating run through the London...

Duration:01:14:16

Episode 49 : Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

5/1/2019
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There are few bands as near and dear to hearts as Snow Patrol—and that comes in large part from the emotional honesty and openheartedness of frontperson Gary Lightbody. On this week's episode, host Lior Phillips chats with Gary about Snow Patrol's 2018 record, Wildness, and the ensuing tour, as well as the potential of a Lightbody-penned film sometime in the near future. In addition, Gary shares the story of seeing Nirvana as his second concert, opening for U2, and so much more.

Duration:01:15:15

Episode 48 : Angélique Kidjo

4/17/2019
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There are few people in the world as inspiring and empowering as Angélique Kidjo. That comes through vibrantly in her music, but the legendary Beninese singer-songwriter walks the walk as well—having established the incredible Batonga Foundation, which supports and educates women and girls in need in Africa. On today's episode, host Lior Phillips chats with the legend about her first performances, her dream festival, opening for Miriam Makeba and Vampire Weekend, covering Talking Heads, the...

Duration:01:36:49

Episode 47 : John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats

4/3/2019
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To celebrate one year of This Must Be the Gig, host Lior Phillips welcomes Mountain Goats mastermind John Darnielle onto the podcast. And, to commemorate the momentous occasion, the duo dig into a massive conversation about what it's like to tour as a parent, their individual approaches to collecting books, the time John and his son visited soundcheck for Lee "Scratch" Perry, the philosophy of Magic: The Gathering, and so, so much more. Head here for more on the Mountain Goats' excellent...

Duration:02:16:43

Episode 46 : Andrew Bird

3/20/2019
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This week we have an interview with the music world's foremost whistler, Andrew Bird. Even just listening to his recordings, it's clear that Bird has been playing violin since four years of age. But his music is so much more than impeccable technique—and his brand new record, My Finest Work Yet, taps into a vibrant, labyrinthine inner world of heady emotion, obscure reference, and brilliant songwriting. Host Lior Phillips and Bird work through his elaborate career—his first performances,...

Duration:00:55:46

Episode 45 : Natalie Prass

3/6/2019
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Since releasing one of 2018's most stunning albums in the form of The Future and the Past, Natalie Prass has been wowing audiences around the world, including as the opening act for recent Grammy star Kacey Musgraves. On this week's episode, host Lior Phillips chats with Natalie about surviving the chaos of 2018 while on the road as a solo artist, performing Aretha Franklin songs with Kacey, designing her own costumes, her DIY roots, and so much more.

Duration:01:47:02

Episode 44 : Nilüfer Yanya

2/27/2019
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London-based rising star Nilüfer Yanya is on the verge of releasing her debut album, a record that fuses vibrant passion, technical wizardry, and seemingly every genre under the sun—R&B, soul, jazz, indie rock, all working together in a waterfall of wonder. This week, host Lior Phillips chats with Yanya about the origins of the record, tailoring her opening set to different headliners, exercising while on tour, and so much more. Plus, sample that debut record with "Tears", an early preview...

Duration:00:50:44

Episode 43 : Ally Massaquoi of Young Fathers

2/13/2019
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This week, host Lior Phillips chats with one third of incredible, experimental Scottish rap trio Young Fathers. Lior caught up with Ally Massaquoi just prior to one of the trio's recent shows, sharing some tea in the lobby bar of a Chicago hotel. The two discuss what exactly makes 2018's Cocoa Sugar so special, the feeling of home in the Edinburgh music scene, taking inspiration in his mother's strength, and much more.

Duration:00:41:50

Episode 42 : Panda Bear

2/6/2019
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One fourth of the beloved Animal Collective, Panda Bear calls into the podcast this week, just days removed from the release of his sixth album, Buoys. In addition to discussing the record and his upcoming tour, Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) and host Lior Phillips discuss the very first Animal Collective tour with Black Dice, how singing in a choir as a child formed his musical mindframe, what it's like performing solo as an introvert, and how working in Animal Collective is like being on a...

Duration:00:54:04

Episode 41 : Colin Blunstone of the Zombies

1/30/2019
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Legendary British Invasion act The Zombies are finally bound for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—but before then, we have vocalist Colin Blunstone on the show to discuss some of the biggest moments in his live music career. Host Lior Phillips chats with Colin about the very first Zombies shows, performing on TV in the '60s, seeing an impromptu Stevie Wonder concert, seeing the Beatles in the midst of peak Beatlemania, and so much more.

Duration:01:04:04

Episode 40 : Courtney Barnett

1/23/2019
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Australian indie rocker Courtney Barnett calls in this week from her Melbourne home while on a break from her world tour supporting 2018's superb Tell Me How You Really Feel. She and host Lior Phillips discuss Courtney's experience as a teenager at a concert from Australian outfit Magic Dirt, the open mics that changed her life, and the importance of putting in the work when writing.

Duration:01:00:19

Episode 39 : Jamila Woods

1/16/2019
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Poet, activist, and musician Jamila Woods joins the podcast this week to discuss finally wrapping up the last tour date behind her sublime 2016 album, HEAVN. A bastion of the Chicago music scene and a prominent advocate of Young Chicago Authors, Jamila has expanded her message to the world through incredibly radiant and empowering R&B. Host Lior Phillips chats with Jamila about the artist's mother and her interest ayurvedic medicine, the connections between non-profit work and putting...

Duration:00:44:21

Episode 38 : Albert Hammond Jr.

1/9/2019
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Perhaps best known as the founder of The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr. has cemented his role as an indie rock icon. This week, host Lior Phillips chats with the New Yorker about the early days of the band, the challenges of going solo, find peace in upstate New York, and watching Eddie Murphy classic Bowfinger with Julian Casablancas the night before the very first Strokes concert.

Duration:00:44:44

Episode 37 : Best of 2018 (ft. David Byrne, Shirley Manson, Johnny Marr, Wayne Coyne & Sadie Dupuis)

1/2/2019
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We wrap up an incredible year of live music moments with a Greatest Hits collection from This Must Be the Gig's 2018. We round up stories from legends like Talking Heads' David Byrne and Garbage's Shirley Manson, talking about the first concerts they attended. In addition, we chat with The Smiths' Johnny Marr about the very first Smiths gig, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne recalls seeing The Who as a child, and Speedy Ortiz frontperson Sadie Dupuis digs into the setlist from her first No Doubt...

Duration:00:43:41

Episode 36 : Haiku Hands & GDRN

12/19/2018
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On the final report from Iceland Airwaves, host Lior Phillips checks in once again from the comfy confines of Reykjavik with a pair of very special interviews. First she sits down with up-and-coming Icelandic artist GDRN about discovering her voice, the unlikely origin of her vowel-less stage name, and the reasons that Iceland's music scene is so collaborative. Next, she sits down with Australian outfit Haiku Hands to discuss first concerts, their big European tour, and a particularly...

Duration:01:19:03

Episode 35 : Reykjavikurdaetur

12/5/2018
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Host Lior Phillips checks in again from the comfy confines of Reykjavik for another episode recorded at Iceland Airwaves. This week, she chats with three members of all-female rap collective Reykjavikurdaetur, or the Daughters of Reykjavik. The group chat about getting booed off the stage at early shows, what it's like breaking into the male-dominated Iceland rap scene as a female collective, how the group's many side projects and solo projects fuel each other, and what it takes to be...

Duration:00:39:12