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A magazine-style music show featuring local, new and independent music. Plus segments on new releases, music news, and in-depth interviews dealing with the culture and politics of music and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jesse Menendez.

A magazine-style music show featuring local, new and independent music. Plus segments on new releases, music news, and in-depth interviews dealing with the culture and politics of music and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jesse Menendez.
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A magazine-style music show featuring local, new and independent music. Plus segments on new releases, music news, and in-depth interviews dealing with the culture and politics of music and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jesse Menendez.






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Lester Rey Reflects On His Beliefs And Searches For A Sanctuary On New EP

Lester Rey's journey from playing congas in his family's Humboldt Park church to becoming a producer and vocalist all over the country is one that's very Chicago, very Puerto Rico but most importantly very Lester Rey. His new EP is called "Santuario," and it's just in time to usher us into Spring and Summer on a tide of dreamy beats and introspective lyrics. The EP is a deeply personal project that finds the "Latin Soul" singer and songwriter in search of a sanctuary as he addresses pain and...


Jovan Landry Brings Women To The Forefront On An All-Female Produced And Performed Hip Hop Album

​It is well known that music industry and especially Hip Hop is a boys' club. But Chicago interdisciplinary artist Jovan Landry is the latest to challenge the status quo. One-third filmmaker, one-third photographer and one-third emcee teamed up with nine other up-and-coming emcees and a slew of female producers, graphic designers and audio engineers to craft "Synergy," the first Hip Hop album produced and performed entirely by women. The result is an 11-track album that is filled with...



Déjate llevar a través de las propuestas de seis artistas de Latinoamérica que podrás ver en el festival SXSW 2019 en Austin, Texas a partir del 11 de marzo. Rocío Santos te lleva a un recorrido musical sin límites de género con seis proyectos irresistibles: Ximena Sariñana (México), Alih Jey (Estados Unidos), Tatiana Hazel (Estados Unidos), Karol Conká (Brasil), Yorka (Chile) y Baywaves (España). Producción, conducción y edición: Rocío Santos


Tensei's Collaborative Approach to Producing Brings the Chicago Duo Into the Spotlight

Tensei are a hot production duo from right here in Chicago, made up of Midas Wells and Chris Kramer. Their laid back blend of Hip Hop / Funk / Soul / Jazz and Electronic music has caught the attention of artists like Tall Black Guy and Black Thought. Their new album Constellate is half instrumentals, half vocals, and it's filled with features and guest appearances. Chris spoke with Jill Hopkins on Vocalo about the new album and their sound. For more info about Tensei, visit:...


#MUJERESCONPOWER: Milagros Ramírez, emprendedora y co-fundadora de 5 Rabbit Cervecería en Chicago

#MujeresconPower Escucha una conversación con Milagros Ramírez, emprendedora y co-fundadora de 5 Rabbit Cervecería en Chicago. Milagros nos lleva a un recorrido por Latinoamérica a través de la música que la ha acompañado radicando en distintos países como Perú, Brasil, Costa Rica, Venezuela y México, previo a su partida a NY y eventualmente Chicago, ciudad donde junto a su esposo Andrés Araya han creado la primera microcervecería auténticamente Latina de Estados Unidos. Producción,...



->> LESTER REY charló sobre su nuevo #Santuario EP - Versos sinceros de reflexión y transformación, música de vanguardia de raíz afrolatina. Rey Lester Irizarry visitó #DomingosEnVocalo y durante una hora detalló la búsqueda personal que guarda los temas de su mas reciente EP, material que presentara en un show especial y acústico acompañado de los amigos #AfriCaribe y #AFlorDePiel, durante la charla escuchamos fragmentos de las nuevas canciones y compartimos algunas rolas de su trayectoria....


#DomingosenVocalo: JOANNA ARELLANO - Amor, dulzura, fuerza y coraje que borda y navega.

->> Amor y dulzura, fuerza y coraje [como la rolita tacvba]... cuatro puntos cardinales con los que borda y navega Joanna Arellano AKA @espíritu _embroidery artista de bordado, mexicana nacida en Chicago, escuchala charlando como Guest DJ sobre su proceso creativo, inspirado en parte por el misticismo, espiritualidad y sabiduría de las culturas indígenas de México y Latinoamericana y en el #amoreterno de mamá y de abuelita mamá Licha... Además conoce sobre el mensaje detrás de #MéxicoDorado...


#DomingosenVocalo: EMPRESS OF - Un placer libre de definición - A Joy Beyond Definition

Under the name #EmpressOf AKA Honduran-American vocalist / songwriter Lorely Rodriguez creates introspective, self-empowering electropop centered around her impressive, acrobatic vocals. Her two albums #Me & #Us, have established a danceable, more spontaneous sound that embraced whimsicality and percussiveness. EMPRESS OF regresa a Chicago, March 1st @ Sleeping Village w/ los parceros Salt Cathedral! [SOLD OUT - LHST Presents: Empress Of with Salt Cathedral]. | Conducción y producción: JESÚS...


Mykele Deville Dismantles Toxic Masculinity And Embraces Community In An Act Of Hip Hop Rebellion

Chicago artist Mykele Deville has his feet firmly planted in the theater, poetry and music scenes. He has embraced the DIY communal ethos of Chicago's independent art scene and the scene has fully embraced him back. Mykele has long been a house hold name among many underground and mid-size venues in Chicago, and now the word is spreading beyond his area code. AfroPunk premiered his new video and Billboard streamed his new album "Maintain." The album is a concise, powerful and vivacious...


Absolutely Not expose injustice and problematic behavior on new glam punk album

Chicago's Absolutely Not are shredding guitars and ignorance, and igniting the stage and change with their uncompromising glam punk sound. Their new album "Problematic" takes on injustice and the everyday problematic behaviors that perpetrate chauvinism and oppression. Jill Hopkins spoke with singer and guitarist Donnie Moore about the album and how they're keeping the punk spirit alive in Chicago. Album release show takes place Saturday, March 2nd at The Empty Bottle. For more info, visit:...


#DomingosenVocalo: LOS WALTERS - Pop Electro-tropical

Tracklist: 01) LOS WÁLTERS - "Mayaguez" 02) LOS WÁLTERS - "Calma" 03) LOS WÁLTERS feat. ANDREA CRUZ - "Al Revés" 04) LOS WÁLTERS - "América"


#AsíSuenaChicago: FRENCH POLICE, una huella de la música post-indie bicultural

ESCUCHA a French Police, un cuarteto de músicos de Chicago con raíces mexicanas, y quienes en menos de un año han editado un álbum homónimo haciendo un acercamiento al sonido post-punk que es acompañado de historias basadas en experiencias personales. French Police son los hermanos Brian (vocalista/guitarra) y Jesse Flores (bajista), José Vega (guitarra) y Kevin Peralta (bateria). Tracklist: "Mi cama" - French Police "Leave me alone" - New Order "Tunnel" - French Police "Munich" - Editors...


Shawnee Dez loves to stay open with herself and her fans

Chicago singer Shawnee Dez evokes a wide range of emotions with her sultry and dreamy voice and sound that straddles between Soul and R&B with a pinch of contemporary electronic synths. Jill Hopkins spoke with the young singer about her love of Soul and R&B, skating rinks, and being open with her fans. Catch Shawnee performing live at Sleeping Village on Thursday, 2/28. For more information on Shawnee Dez, visit:


Chai Tulani hosts Afro Fest at DuSable Museum and teases new album with a love song

Chai Tulani consistently hits that sweet spot where Soul meets Hip Hop, and his African heritage is joyfully expressed against the backdrop of American Pop culture. Over the past year the singer / MC has been releasing a series of Singles following his debut album REBXL, and now a new album is well on its way, dropping later this year. This month, Chai released a new song inspired by his feelings of being in love, and this Saturday, he brings his "Afro Fest" showcase to the DuSable Museum in...


HXRY Gets Gritty and Bassy on New Single "Doofus"

HXRY (pronounced "Harry") is a Chicago-based producer and emcee whose easy movements through several genres make him a fresh force in Chicago's music scene. His latest single is called "Doofus," and sees HXRY take his sound away from his typical soulful R&B and more into the realm of gritty Hip Hop. He spoke with Jill Hopkins about his up-and-coming career and how his upbringing on the South Side influenced his sound. For more info, follow HXRY @HEYHXRY


#DomingosenVocalo: DE LEIN (Chile), un paseo nocturno a "Otras Ciudades"

ESCUCHA una conversación con DE LEIN, el proyecto solista de música electro-pop de la cantante chilena Aline González. Aline nos habla de su primer EP "Otras Ciudades" producido en conjunto por el músico chileno Rodrigo de la Rivera (Miss Garrison).


Shad Grapples With Social Inequality On Concept Album "Short Story About A War"

Shad's newest album is called "Short Story About A War," a concept album about a society plagued by fear, confusion, greed and inequality. It introduces a rich world full of chaos and societal tensions that gives way to hope and truth. Its main character, The Fool, tries to break free from the violence of the world and convince the listener that bullets have no power, while other characters and factions (the Snipers, Revolutionaries, the Establishment and Stone Throwers) are entangled in a...


Rock The Winter Into Oblivion at The Empty Bottle's Music Frozen Dancing Block Party

The sixth annual Music Frozen Dancing Block Party takes over the street outside of The Empty Bottle on February 23rd. If you're brave enough to weather the weather, you'll be treated to great bands, hot snacks, and awesome times. Jill Hopkins spoke with Managing Producer for Empty Bottle Presents and the Talent Buyer for the Bottle and Thalia Hall, Bret Heyl, about this year's festivities and why this block party was the "best worst idea." Performing acts include Ty Segall, Negative Scanner,...


#DomingosenVocalo: Inside the MIND: Control & Conditioning by OPEN Center for the Arts

ESCUCHA una conversación con la artista mexicana Alma Domínguez acerca de la nueva exposición de OPEN Center for the Arts, un centro para las artes ubicado en la histórica comunidad La Villita en Chicago. OPEN presenta el trabajo visual de varios artistas de la ciudad en la exposición "Inside the Mind: Control & Conditioning", como parte de su exploración y reflexión sobre el condicionamiento de las sociedades y el control mental en relación a la inmigración, la deportación y el...


Straight Outta Fox Valley and a Tour with Noname, Elton Is a Fresh New Voice To Hear

Representing Illinois' Fox Valley and now Chicago, Elton is emerging as a fresh and talented voice on the scene. The young MC has just finished a national tour with Noname and has been busy working on new music and playing with his live band. He recently released a new Single "Lucid" and has many more exciting things planned for this year. Jill Hopkins spoke with Elton about his music, his approach to songwriting and collaborations, how moving apartments a lot prepared him for the touring...