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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


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Episode 64 : Lance Reddick

8/21/2019
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Whether you're binging Fringe, catching up on Corporate, watching John Wick, or picking up Bosch, you've likely been as obsessed with the wonderful work of Lance Reddick. We've been hooked onto his incredible voice and magnetic presence as early as his tenure as Cedric Daniels on The Wire. But did you know that before he became an actor, Lance dreamed of being a musician? On this week's episode, we talk with the beloved actor about seeing The Jackson Five as a kid, his jazz pop album...

Duration:01:23:41

Episode 63 : The Dandy Warhols

8/14/2019
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There's no better place to discuss the rigors of life on the road than in the heart of a tour bus—and we did just that, sharing the afternoon with indie rock mainstays The Dandy Warhols prior to their recent tour stop in Chicago. Zia McCabe and Brent DeBoer shared some of their pre-gig time to discuss their first concerts (including Nelson and the Beach Boys), the allure of things going wrong on-stage, Brent's move to Australia, and so much more. Plus, we dig into childhood memories,...

Duration:00:47:49

Episode 62 : Empire of the Sun, Let's Eat Grandma, Vetusta Morla, La Dispute (Live from Mad Cool)

8/7/2019
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This week, engineer/producer Adam Kivel returns with the second half of his coverage from Madrid after an incredible weekend at Mad Cool Festival. While the first half featured three interviews, this week one-ups that with four! First up, This Must Be the Gig welcomes in Luke Steele from Empire of the Sun to chat about visa troubles and smashing guitars. Next, Let's Eat Grandma check in from outside Lauryn Hill's dressing room to talk first gigs. After that, Juanma Latorre from Vetusta Morla...

Duration:00:59:11

Episode 61 : Perry Farrell

7/31/2019
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Few festivals have the awe-inspiring scope and visceral electricity of Lollapalooza—and with the big shindig just a few days away, we check in with the mad genius that continues to pump it with life, Perry Farrell. In addition to chatting about the first festivals he ever attended and what he'll be bringing to Chicago this year, Perry kicks back and shares about his very first concert (seeing Blue Oyster Cult), losing his shoes at a show while on acid, getting chased down by Iggy Pop, his...

Duration:01:06:06

Episode 60 : Prophets of Rage, NAO, and Tourist (Live from Mad Cool)

7/24/2019
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This week, engineer/producer Adam Kivel checks in from Madrid after an incredible weekend at Mad Cool Festival. That check-in includes not one, but three interviews! First up, This Must Be the Gig welcomes in Chuck D, DJ Lord, and Tim Commerford from Prophets of Rage to discuss their first concert experiences. Next, R&B singer NAO joins the podcast to discuss how reading keeps her creativity fresh while on tour. Finally, electronic mastermind Tourist stops by to chat about how running...

Duration:00:50:48

Episode 59 : Potty Mouth

7/17/2019
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This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox. When one guest just isn't enough, we bring in three. That's right, this week This Must Be the Gig welcomes in the hook-heavy and heart-thumping indie punk trio Potty Mouth. Ally, Abby, and Victoria recently released the superb sophomore record SNAFU, and this week they chat with host Lior Phillips about their move from Massachusetts to California, their shared love of The B-52s, the origins of their new album, why they prefer doing interviews...

Duration:01:05:23

Episode 58 : The Tallest Man On Earth

7/10/2019
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This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox. Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson has released album after heartbreaking album of material under The Tallest Man on Earth moniker since 2006, after previously leading the band Montezumas. His most recent record, I Love You, It's a Fever Dream. glimmers with an innate warmth, a fireside glow that carries through in his voice even over the phone. In this cozy little conversation, Kristian and host Lior Phillips chat about developing a...

Duration:01:30:19

Episode 57 : Pitchfork Music Festival & Young Chicago Authors

7/3/2019
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This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox. With festival season in full swing, this week's episode offers a peak into what makes one of these massive musicals tick. Our first interview of the week features Pitchfork's executive director of festivals and activations, Adam Krefman. In addition to offering a preview of this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, Adam calls in to chat about everything from how he and his team can keep offering more and more options and massive lineups, the...

Duration:02:15:46

Episode 56 : PUP

6/26/2019
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This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox. Life on the road can be tough for any band, but few would be so transparent as to name a song "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will". While that title might make it seem like PUP are a ball of tension, the Canadian punk outfit balance that frenetic energy with real joy and a vibrant sense of humor. This week, we chat with two halves of the band, as Stefan Babcock and Zack Mykula call in to discuss keeping spirits up in the van, how bands like...

Duration:01:09:47

Episode 55 : Kevin McHale

6/19/2019
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This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox. This week we're joined by none other than Kevin McHale—a delightful human being who many first came to know in his role as Artie on the beloved musical TV mainstay Glee. But you may not know that Kevin has a long history in pop music, and continued to write his own music while working on Glee. Kevin's about to release the latest results from that effort in the form of a brand new solo EP, Boy. In this week’s giggly conversation, Kevin chats about...

Duration:01:10:30

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. For...

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. For information regarding your data...

Duration:01:47:02