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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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Bernie Levv crafts a soulful disco tinged sound on new EP "House of Levv"

Early on in her career, Chicago soul singer Bernie Levv generated a buzz with her Golden Hour EP. Now, the SAVEMONEY affiliate is bringing her soulful disco tinged flavor full circle with her new EP, "House of Levv." Jesse Menendez spoke with Bernie about her new project and her activism.

Duration: 00:15:33

Kastaway explores spirituality and local issues on My Life In Music II

Chicago Hip Hop artist Kastaway is set to release his new project, My Life in Music 2. A collection of deeply personal songs that chronicle the young MC’s experiences over the last year and place him on a trajectory to be included in Chicago’s quickly expanding dominance in Hip Hop music. Jesse Menendez spoke with Kastaway about the project.

Duration: 00:16:25

Knox Fortune talks production style, making tracks for Chance The Rapper, Joey Purp & upcoming album

Though his name may not be familiar yet, Knox Fortune's production has been featured on releases from artists like Chance The Rapper, Joey Purp, and many more. Now the young singer and producer is looking to step into the spotlight and make a name for himself in his own right. Knox Fortune spoke with Jesse Menendez about his upcoming solo project.

Duration: 00:09:21

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017 - Interview with Harriet Brown

L.A.-based singer and producer Harriet Brown stopped by the Vocalo tent at Lollapalooza shortly after his set and spoke with Jill Hopkins about his new album "Contact" and its "romantic funk" sound.

Duration: 00:09:59

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017 - Interview with Kweku Collins

Jesse and Jill spoke with Chicago Hip Hop artist Kweku Collins who opened this year's festival. They spoke about his performance and the themes behind his latest project "Grey," such as the erasure of binaries and liberation of people of color.

Duration: 00:11:55

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017: Interview with The O'My's

Jesse and Jill sat down with Maceo and Nick of Chicago rock and soul band The O'My's shortly after their set at Lollapalooza.

Duration: 00:09:15

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017: Interview with Run The Jewels

Killer Mike and El-P of Run The Jewels showed Vocalo some love and stopped by our tent at Lollapalooza to chop it up with Jesse and Jill ahead of their set.

Duration: 00:10:54

Vocalo at Lollapalooza 2017: Interview with Little Dragon

Jesse and Jill sat down with Swedish electronic pop band Little Dragon ahead of their live set at Lollapalooza.

Duration: 00:10:30

Producer and composer IKON talks new EP "Auragami" and its more polished electronic sound

For the last several years, Chicago has been at the center of the country’s Hip Hop movement. Our local artists are the talk of the nation and there is no shortage of talent coming from our city’s limits. One of the young artists emerging from what has been referred to as the Chicago Renaissance is producer and composer IKON. The young producer has already collaborated with Saba, NoName and Sicko Mobb. Jesse Menendez spoke with IKON about his new EP, "Auragami," which is currently out on...

Duration: 00:11:52

The Moses Gun reflect on loss and urgency on the power trio's bombastic "Triage"

On their new EP "Triage," Chicago rock power trio The Moses Gun have dug deep into the vaults and brought to tape some nearly forgotten gems. The result is a bombastic 3 track EP that dwells on the themes of loss and urgency. Jesse Menendez spoke with singer / guitarist Vell Mullens about a series of very personal experiences that shaped this release. "Triage" release show takes place July 27th at Quenchers Saloon.

Duration: 00:15:29

The Reel Critic talks Dunkirk & Girls Trip

Our senior film correspondent Reggie “The Reel Critic” Ponder checks in with a breakdown of last weekend’s box office numbers and he’ll also tell us what to look out for in this weekend’s new releases. Hear his reviews of Christopher Nolan's most recent film "Dunkirk" and the star-studded "Girls Trip." The Morning AMp airs 8-10 AM CT on Vocalo 91.1 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) and streams at

Duration: 00:17:33

Hugh Lee discusses TV's influence on his upbringing and his new EP "TV's Foster Child"

Up and coming Hip Hop artist Hugh Lee hails from the Austin neighborhood in Chicago. His new EP is called "T.V.'s Foster Child" and explores his experiences growing up in a household of a hard working family making their ends meet. The EP is filled with countless references to pop culture and movies he's learned by spending hours watching TV at home, while left to his devices. Hugh spoke with Jesse Menendez about the project and how he uses pop culture references to describe his own...

Duration: 00:12:38

Vocalo at Pitchfork - Madame Gandhi: "I've always wanted young women to own their voices"

Kiran Gandhi performs as Madame Gandhi and opened Pitchfork Music Festival this year on the Red Stage. Morning AMp host Jill Hopkins spoke with the L.A based electronic music artist, drummer, singer and activist about her performance and her new Feminist leaning single "The Future is Female."

Duration: 00:03:49

DJ Shadow talks sampling vs synth based production and his views on trends in music

For over twenty years, California based DJ and producer DJ Shadow has been leaving his distinct mark on Hip Hop. Along the way he’s collaborated with some of the genre's most revered artists like Q-Tip, E-40, Mike D, Nas and many more. His recently released "The Mountain Will Fall" LP and "The Mountain Has Fallen" EP sees the producer trading in his trademark sampling approach for Ableton Live. Jesse Menendez spoke with DJ Shadow about record digging, sampling vs synth based production,...

Duration: 00:13:38

Deep Fayed explores themes of love and coping with depression on new album Full Spectrum Of

Chicago progressive Hip Hop / Jazz project Deep Fayed recently released "Full Spectrum Of," a new album that explores themes of love and coping with depression. Jesse Menendez spoke with band leader George Wundsam about the new album.

Duration: 00:11:19

Sidewalk Chalk combine musical complexity with lyrical directness on "An Orchid Is Born"

On their new album, "An Orchid Is Born," Chicago collective Sidewalk Chalk deliver an impressive 16-track collection of complex and intricate Hip Hop / Jazz / Soul fusion punctuated by Rico Sisney's direct socio-political lyricism. Rico spoke with Jesse Menendez about the new album and his thoughts on why he chose to be more explicit and direct in his writing this time around. An Orchid Is Born is out now. Album release show - 7/8 at Bottom Lounge.

Duration: 00:16:50

Ice Cube celebrates 25th anniversary of Death Certificate and launch of BIG3 basketball league

Seminal West Coast rap icon Ice Cube is dipping his toes into the realm of professional basketball with the launch of his new 3 on 3 league, The BIG 3. Jill Hopkins spoke with Cube about his new endeavor as well as the 25th anniversary of his classic Death Certificate reissue.

Duration: 00:04:54

Melo Makes Music discusses open mindedness when it comes to his influences and teases next release

Melo Makes Music hails from Chicago’s South Side and believes that artists should never define themselves in concrete terms and therefore he strives to create music free of genre. His music is atmospheric and often incorporates cello and violin adding a classical twist to his otherwise grunge Hip-Hop and R&B style. Jesse Menendez spoke with Melo about his approach to music and about his upcoming release.

Duration: 00:15:39

Manwolves discuss their eclectic sound and new single "Roses"

Using trumpet, guitar, bass, keys, and drums Evanston outfit Manwolves are the latest band to emerge from Chicagoland’s music community. Jesse Menendez spoke with Manwolves about the development of their sound as well as their new single "Roses".

Duration: 00:10:39

Da$Htone draws on personal experiences in search of meaning with soulful hip hop fusion

Chicago Hip Hop collective Da$Htone was created with the idea of blending live organic hip hop, jazz, funk, soul, and r&b, to serve as the backdrop for the group’s MC, Da$H to musically unpack the experiences of those he encounters in life. Jesse Menendez spoke with Da$H about his group’s album Scuffed Kicks and how Da$Htone uses music to ‘help find meaning and, hopefully, help others along their way.'

Duration: 00:10:51

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