This week on the extra sized 200th episode of the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Chris Payne! Following the recent one year anniversary of Q101 signing off, Payne looks back at his 13 year run at the station. The retired rock radio DJ also shares his thoughts on Local 101 mainstays Scott Lucas (Local H/Scott Lucas & The Married Men), Kill Hannah, Chevelle, and Rise Against, in addition to revealing what his misses about hosting the weekly Chicago specialty show. Stream or download that podcast below.
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Pinterest.
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This week on the extra sized 100th episode of the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Chris Payne! In an interview recorded at Chicago’s Music Garage, the new home of the Dynasty Podcast network, the former Local 101 host looks back at his career in radio, how he got his start in the industry, and what brought him to Chicago. Payne also reflects on his ten year run as host of the late great Q101′s Local 101, being on air last month to close down the station’s two decade run, and whether Q101′s last broadcast was really his last, as well. Find that podcast below, following video from the interview, in which Payne recalls shrugging off Disturbed‘s David Drainman during the band’s early days.
CVU100 – Chris Payne
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, recorded at The Music Garage and hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Colleen Mares. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.
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Though the final fate of the station, name, and format remain to be seen, this past Thursday night, July 14th, marked the end of an era at Q101, Chicago’s long-running alternative radio outlet, and longtime place of employment for this writer. Thursday marked the final broadcast for much of the station’s air staff, including Electra, Sherman And Tingle, Tim Virgin, and Pogo. As such, the day and evening’s programming focused on revisiting talent from Q101′s various eras, as well as closing down this chapter of the station. Below, find audio, video, and more, relating to Q101′s Thursday broadcast, as well as reactions from throughout the local music community.
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Audio from the station’s last DJ-led broadcast has surfaced online, with one source compiling an impressive stockpile of the day’s various programs, while another site captured the final episode of Local 101. Watch this site in the coming days for more audio from the final days of Q101, including Local 101‘s recent interviews with Patrick Stump, Madina Lake, Scott Lucas (Local H, Scott Lucas And The Married Men), and more.
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Late Thursday, video from Q101′s final broadcast began hitting the web, comprised of audio captured online and footage filmed in studio. Find a collection of those clips below, including this writer closing down Local 101 with “Tonight, Tonight” by The Smashing Pumpkins, and DJs Chris Payne and Pogo closing down Q101 with “Friday, I’m In Love” by The Cure, the first song the station ever played.
Artists and industry figures from throughout the Chicago community weighed in on Q101′s final hours, with Suns posting on its Facebook “R.I.P. Q101. You were good to the members of Suns throughout all of our time here in Chicago in whatever bands we have been in. We will miss you.” The Felix Culpa, meanwhile, took to its Facebook to post “Anyone in the Chicago music scene knows exactly what Q101 and Local 101 meant to independent music. Just wanted to say that we’re saddened to see it go. Huge shout outs to Chris Payne, Jaime Black and Rebecca Betta Lopez for playing our stuff over the years.” A number of other acts took to Twitter share their thoughts on the final broadcast, Local 101, and Q101 itself, many of which are presented below. The Frantic even made a video to express their views on the station’s departure.
This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: a special episode produced in part with Q101‘s Local 101, featuring Pete Wentz! Following an edit of this interview airing on last night’s Local 101, Dynasty Podcasts: CVU delivers the complete interview! The former Fall Out Boy/current Black Cards artist discusses shares his memories of Q101, his feelings on playing Lollapalooza next month, and why he appreciates the Midwest’s attitude towards fame. Stream or download that podcast below.
CVU89 – Pete Wentz
ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.
(Tim McIlrath and Chris Payne in the Q101 Lava Lamp Love Lounge)
Facing an uncertain future, Q101‘s Local 101 has begun bringing flagship Chicago acts on the program for a series of exit interviews. Click below to watch a half hour Local 101 interview with Rise Against‘s Tim McIlrath, wherein the frontman discusses his punk influences, the band’s new “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” video, meeting his musical idols, highlights from his career so far, and much, much more. Tune in to Q101′s Local 101 this Sunday July 3rd, at 9PM CST, for what may be Rise Against’s final Q101 interview, and watch a CVU exclusive interview outtake here, in which McIlrath gives Local 101 host Chris Payne singing lessons.
(Tim McIlrath and Chris Payne in the Q101 Lava Lamp Love Lounge)
Facing an uncertain future, Q101‘s Local 101 has begun bringing flagship Chicago acts on the program for a series of exit interviews. Click below to see a preview of the forthcoming Local 101 interview with Rise Against‘s Tim McIlrath, set to air this coming Sunday, July 3rd, at 9PM CST on Q101. In the clip below, the Rise Against frontman gives Local 101 host Chris Payne some singing lessons, leading to Payne trying his hand at vocals. Tune in to Q101′s Local 101 this Sunday July 3rd, at 9PM CST, for what may be Rise Against’s final Q101 interview.
Facing an uncertain future, Q101‘s Local 101 has begun bringing flagship Chicago acts on the program for a series of exit interviews. Click below to hear the complete version of the Local 101 interview that partially aired on last night’s program. Local 101 host Chris Payne and producer Jaime Black check in with Kill Hannah‘s Mat Devine and Greg Corner to talk about the band’s history with Q101, as well as what the future holds for the group, in what may be Kill Hannah’s final Q101 interview.
Empires Advance To Final Four Of Rolling Stone Cover Contest, Local 101 To Play New Song In The Future
Empires, who have spent the better part of 2011 campaigning to make it to the cover of Rolling Stone, have advanced to the final four round of the magazine’s contest. Voting is currently open and will run through May 13th. Q101‘s Local 101 is set to play a new track, recorded just last week and titled “Hells Heroes,” on an upcoming program, with more details on that emerging soon. Watch the band’s reaction to the news below in a Rolling Stone clip, and catch Empires live May 21st at Beat Kitchen. And keep following the group’s road to the cover of Rolling Stone on Local 101 and CVU!
Sunday night’s Local 101 interview with Patrick Stump is now availability in its entirety, markedly longer than the edit that aired last night on Q101. Click below to stream Chris Payne‘s interview with the artist, in which Stump opens up for a candid chat touching on viewing his solo ventures as a parallel musical project, working with Rockie Fresh in the studio, why the Fall Out Boy break is just that, and much, much more. (For Rockie Fresh’s take on the collaboration, check out a recent interview via the good folks at Ruby Hornet.) And following the streaming interview below, find a live review of the musician’s sold out Schuba’s event last night.
Patrick Stump W/ Rockie Fresh
Schubas, Chicago, IL
Sunday, April 3, 2011
At 2010′s SXSW, the then-newly solo Patrick Stump performed a one-man show at the Dirty Dog Bar, with no new music released and no real explanation of what to expect. The set proved to be an experiment, with Stump moving between different instruments over prerecorded backing tracks to deliver early versions of his solo catalogue. It’s a credit to the artist, then, that one year later, the project that is Patrick Stump as a solo artist has gained much more definition and ability to impact.
Sunday night’s show at Schubas, the first of two sold out concerts with a follow up tonight, proved to be a dramatic upgrade from last year’s 6th St. beginnings. The success of the evening can be attributed to a few factors, not the least of which include the release of Stump’s Truant Wave EP earlier this year, a full and more than fully capable backing band onstage, and Stump’s newfound confidence as not only the voice but the architect of his musical arsenal. Playing to a room of predominantly female fans still brightly burning the Fall Out Boy flame, the artist delivered a set drastically different from anything his previous power pop unit ever approached.
The night moved between the handful of cuts off Truant Wave, as-of-yet unreleased songs likely to end up on the Stump’s forthcoming Soul Punk full length, and crowd pleasing covers including a hard funk version of Gym Class Heroes‘ “Cupid’s Chokehold,” a keyboard-led rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and a full band performance of “All Of The Lights.” The covers contributed to the evening’s overall celebratory vibe, while Stump’s sold the crowd on unknown selections through entirely embedding himself within the material. One unfamiliar production, titled “Cryptozoology” and sporting chiptune keytar and funky guitar and bass, found Stump declaring “I don’t have to prove myself to you.” An interesting sentiment during a night of rebirth.
Throughout the evening, Stump, sporting a tux and vinyl fingerless gloves, proved electrified onstage, possessed by a hyper-kinetic energy. From his live band, Stump’s secret weapon came in the form of back up vocalist and guitarist Michael Day (hat tip to the Sun-Times for name confirmation), who the frontman revealed holds a master’s in guitar, though the other members of the outfit proved their worth throughout different performances. The lounge jazz pop of the heavily energized “Cute Girls,” for example, incorporated Casey Benjamin’s sax in its breakdown while Skoota Warner’s drumming worked overtime to bring the song home. Stump himself, meanwhile, used his voice as a weapon during “Love, Selfish Love,” switching between high and low octaves for the infectious number.
The most engaging moments of the night, however, came late in the set in the form of Truant cuts “Big Hype” and “Spotlight.” Between the two songs, the former prompted huge singalongs from the crowd to accompany the thunderously echoing delivery and undeniable melody, while the latter elevated the song with the addition of keys and a fast paced marching band beat. With the benefit of recognition, the energy between the stage and the crowd proved undeniably reciprocal.
Similarly energized was Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh. Through coincidence or design, Fresh proved himself a kindred spirit in opening for Stump at these dates. Both artists benefited greatly from a full live band during their sets, and both were out to prove themselves. Fresh, to his credit, converted a room of pop punk princesses, many of whom might have never before experienced a live hip hop set. Donning a pair of black shades through the entirety of his half hour set, the MC brought out material from last year’s The Otherside mixtape, including slower and lower fare like the drum and bass-aided “A.C. Green” and the laid back and guitar-enhanced “They Don’t Understand Why.” It was “Sofa King Cole,” however, that truly saw Fresh ignited, with the rapper breathlessly powering through the song’s closing flow. By the end of the set, the MC had demonstrated who he was to a room that, prior to the concert, didn’t know him. In some ways, Patrick Stump did the same thing.