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IN MUSIC: MIXTAPE MONDAYS 8.21

Total eclipse of the mix comin for your ears today. While everyone was using their eyes to check out the eclipse, we were over hear using our ears! On this momentous day in scientific history, take a listen to what we're bumping this week to get us in the mood for the eclipse! We've got some smooth vibes from Elton Aura, Nappy Nina, Asal Hazel, Jamila Woods and more to keep the vibes right!

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Q&A: XAVIER OMÄR

You may remember him as SPZYRKT, and it’s not that Xavier Omär is going out of his way ultra-intentionally to further himself from the moniker, but the organic evolution of an artist with something personal to share could not be more apparent than it is when he blesses the stage or steps into the studio. He has fully embraced the idea of true self-expression, largely limiting the amount of space between the artist on stage and the artist in real life. What you see is what you get, and what you get is Cee-Lo Green and Anderson Paak vibes spliced with Frank Ocean and The Weeknd with a dash of De La Soul and a little Luther Vandross.

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MIXTAPE MONDAYS 8.7

We're fresh back from Portland and had a blast showing off our Chicago artists and building with some talented Portlandians. We got caught up on some new releases from back home from some of our favorites like Solo the Dweeb, Matt Muse and Tasha, got new videos from Saba and Smino, and some vibes from new friends Brown Calculus from Portland! Coming back again with our installment of Mixtape Mondays, our purpose is to enhance your musical knowledge with some of the dopest music that’s been buzzing through our ears at the AMFM Lab.

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MIXTAPE MONDAYS 7.24

We're back in your ears this week with that new new! Coming back again with our installment of Mixtape Mondays, our purpose is to enhance your musical knowledge with some of the dopest music that’s been buzzing through our ears at the AMFM Lab. So whether you’re riding your bike out through the neighborhood, or you’re waiting to hop on the Pink Line, here’s some jawns to keep y’all flowing through the week.

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PITCHFORK REVIEW 2017: MEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR, AND POLITICS SHINE AT THE FOREFRONT OF MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES THIS YEAR

Pitchfork, for the last eleven years, has had a long-standing tradition of recruiting emerging both young and seasoned artists, giving them a platform to visually display their talents to not only the festive-goers, but to everyone around the world watching them. Festivals are known for bringing people from all walks of life together through a common love of music, and artists have always used the stage as a platform to speak to the masses. This year the artists at Pitchfork definitely made their statement loud and clear. Check out our review of the fest!

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SIX PITCHFORK ACTS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2017:

The Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place at Union Park this upcoming weekend, consisting of 41 total performing acts, with the headliners being LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange to close out on Sunday. While of course we’re hella excited to see these headliners perform, there’s a list of artists and bands performing this weekend that contain a level of deep musical substance and authenticity.

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IN MUSIC: MIXTAPE MONDAYS 7.10

Summer has us on our toes, and we want to make sure we keep you on yours! July has been poppin so far, and this weekend will be nothing short of that. We've got the Silver Room Block Party this Saturday, and we are covering the Pitchfork Music Festival! Summer is offically underway, and our beloved resident DJ Bonita Appleblunt mixed y'all up something smooth for this week's installment of Mixtape Mondays. Check out our Summer Mix Volume 1.

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MIXTAPE MONDAYS 7.3

The weekend continues this Monday with the 4th of July right aroundthe corner. We got the vibes over at amfm with our kickback with Rich Jones. And if you're cookin, bump something with us! Coming back again with our installment of Mixtape Mondays, our purpose is to enhance your musical knowledge with some of the dopest music that’s been buzzing through our ears at the AMFM Lab. So whether you’re riding your bike out through the neighborhood, or you’re waiting to hop on the Pink Line, here’s some jawns to keep y’all flowing through the week.

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MIXTAPE MONDAYS 7.26

Summer’s finally here in Chicago! Of course, what better way to celebrate this warm atmosphere than by us providing y’all with some tunes to help get you through the week? Coming back again with our installment of Mixtape Mondays, our purpose is to enhance your musical knowledge with some of the dopest music that’s been buzzing through our ears at the AMFM Lab. So whether you’re riding your bike out through the neighborhood, or you’re waiting to hop on the Pink Line, here’s some jawns to keep y’all flowing through the week.

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VIDEO: JAMILA WOODS "HOLY"

Jamila Woods continues to awe us with her soothing melodies and ethereal visuals in her music video “Holy,” shot by VAM, and directed by Brown Girls co-creator Sam Bailey. The track comes from her debut album HEAVN, which when initially released in July was only available on SoundCloud, but then was given a digital and physical launch through Jagjaguwar and Closed Sessions. The music video was offered in celebration of the news.

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VIDEO: GEM TREE "MARY JANE"

Rising star and hometown hero Gem Tree released her video for the funkadelic, neo-soul song “Mary Jane”. Shot and edited by the duo, Kalyn Jacobs and Jovan Leslie Monique the visuals offer a fun tribute to the herb, paying homage to black women along the way.

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EP REVIEW:  .99¢ BY DALLY AUSTON

Dally Auston, Chicago born and bred rap artist, recently dropped a highly-anticipated new project as he takes us on his journey. Each track having a clear, individual meaning and completely different sound. Once pressing play, we were met with a delightful, nostalgic declaration of his mission through his music with soft Congo drums behind his lyrics in, “Before Roses.”

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REVIEW: SAMPHA,NONAME & SANGO @ METRO CHICAGO

February kicked off with a musical bang at Metro Chicago, with three hard hitting sold out shows back to back. Metro is always known for it’s great and eclectic taste in music booking, so it was no surprise that we found ourselves at three amazing shows, within a two week span, London’s Sampha, Chicago’s very own Noname, and Seattle’s Sango.

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Q&A: LA VAN GOGH

In a world were organization and classification rules as a law of nature, musician and lyricist LA Van Gogh journeys out of this societal box by conceptualizing his own style of tunes along with his identity. Identity, duality, and the widely known, “I’m an artist and I'm sensitive about my shit,” attitude are themes LA emits within his lyrical lines.

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REVIEW: RICHJONES VEGAS EP RELEASE @ LINCOLN HALL

Chicago Emcee and vocalist, Rich Jones hosted his release party for Vegas, his new EP at Lincoln Hall on January 20th. He enlisted the help of Qari (former member of Hurt Everybody), L.A. VanGogh, Burns Twins and Kaina, Sports Boyfriend, and DJ Skoli.

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IN MUSIC: REVIEW "BLUE LION RE-MINAGINED" LESTER REY

Chicago boricua Lester Rey has been hitting the road, most recently taking a trip out to Minnesota for a gig. Lucky for us those of us in his hometown, we do not have to travel far to catch Rey and his band, who perform regularly in different neighborhoods, street fests and venues.

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REVIEW: SABA PIVOT @ LINCOLN HALL

This past Friday, Saba hosted his first show in Chicago at Lincoln Hall since he released his acclaimed EP Bucket List Project, which came out in late October. The sold out night featured DJ sets by Ambi Lyrics, Dam Dam, and Squeak Pivot, and featured performances from Dinner with John, Joseph Chilliams, and MFN Melo.

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SONG: CALID B "UMOJA"

Calid B just released an afrobanger just in time for Kwanzaa. The song, "UMOJA" is a tribute to the first day of Kwanzaa, which strives to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. This song does just that, with it's catchy hook, and signature Calid B cadence, and he says. "we've got something in common," and its great drums and interlaced with beats, and "afro-hyphy" vibes, which were also produced by him.

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REVIEW: TAYLOR BENNETT HOLIDAY BASH @ METRO CHICAGO

Chicago emcee, Taylor Bennett, hosted his sold out Holiday Bash at the Metro the Friday before Christmas, featuring performances from Supa Bwe, Sus Life, Elz the DJ, Morocco Brown, and Evie the Cool. 

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REVIEW: ALBUM GALLOWS BY DRAMA

DRAMA, a dark and passionate musical house collaboration featuring Via Rosa and Na’el Yusef Shehade from Chicago dropped an amazing 8 track EP titled Gallows last month and are set to have their release party this Thursday at Chop Shop. With Rosa's rustic, soulful, and bluesy vibe and Shehade's fine production togethery they combine an ethereal twist to house music.  

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AMFM PLAYLIST: HIBERNATION STATION

"A hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.” Check out our winter playlist of songs we've got on repeat for these trying times and the self reflective state of winter. Whether you're re-charging your batteries, slowing down, or cold AF, we hope this playlist helps get you through the changing seasons whether you're weathered from life or from the temperature.


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ALBUM: "FREEDOM PAPERS" BY FREDDIE OLD SOUL

Chime in with us as we bump soulful psychedelic tunes. Fredrianna Harris most commonly know in the  streets of Chicago as Freddie Old Soul recently released Freedom Papers, tittled after documents that proved the free status of enslaved peoples  and served as a legal affidavit during the 18th and 19th centuries. The EP is an ode to the Black community, to the Shea Butter sisters, Crystal wearers, the kings and queens, and the ones searching for their Freedom Papers.

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ALBUM: "BABY" BY CALEZ

Since before our last Jazz Series, we've been jamming out to Calez's newest musical creation, Baby which is ironically dedicated to his latest creation, his soon to come baby girl. The album has a very jazz-like foundation, and is wrapped up in excellent production, which he does most of himself. The depth and lyrical storytelling is a great gift, not only to his unborn child, but to fans alike, and surely himself.

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SONG: NEW MUSIC FROM SMARTMOUF'S ACE DA VINCI "IMAGODEI" AND L11'S "ORGANIC HEMP"

Smart Mouf is an art collective based in Chicago, IL featuring seven members that practice dance, rhythm, blues, soul, hip hop, and instrumentation, and the King and Queen, Ace Da Vinci, and L11 have been busy this month. Both have new song releases, and we even have a music video to share featuring other SmartMouf fam off of Da Vinci's popular song that errbody fux with, "ImagoDei."

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ALBUM: SHOW YOU SUCK X THE HOOD INTERNET PRESENT AIRCREDITS "BROADCASTED"

Chicago's Show You Suck and The Hood Internet solo musically are good in their own respects, so it's only imaginable what greatness resulted from them teaming up to create Air Credits "Broadcasted." We had the chance to check out the listening party set to fog and a fantastic installation light show to elevate the experience. The album has an 80s', futuristic, video game feel streamlined with hard hitting hip hop beats, horns, and excellent production.

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SONG: WEBSTER X "BLUE STREAK"

Big ups to our Milwaukee brother Webster X! We've been following the evolution of X since his early beginnings and what a journey it's been! Yesterday he made the big announcement that he has now joined with Chicago label, Closed Sessions, alongside some of our other favorites, Jamila Woods, Kweku Collins and Odd Couple. This is big news for Webster X, and will surely take him to new musical heights.

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THE JAZZ SERIES PLAYLIST: BLACK GIRL MAGIC

Our October Jazz Series is upon us, and we thought we would serve you up a treat of black girl magic on a platter. This Jazz Series features some of the best emerging black songstresses and emcees. Check out a medley of music from Tasha, Kiara Lanier, Broadway Muse and Aycee Lovely before you check them out this Friday at The Jazz Series, and if you can't make it, jam along with us!

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Q&A: KWEKU COLLINS

Just a couple of years ago Kweku Collins was a kid in history class in Evanston, Ilinois, learning about the black war hero Nat Love, now he is signed to Closed Sessions, and traveling the globe to promote his latest project, Nat Love, inspired by that very class. Doing what you love for a living fresh out of high school is a dream to many.

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SONG: HOMESICK BY DARYN ALEXUS

We've all felt a little homesick before, but nothing hits the nail on the head quite like Daryn Alexus' new song "Homesick." From anecdotes about food, missing her mother, to places she would like to go, the song is a walk through her own personal memory bank.

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SONG: EMMITT JAMES "FUCKS WITCHU" FEAT. FIVY

We fucks with LA golden boy, Emmitt James. And we hope you do too. James, originally from Milwaukee, took his dreams to the coast and has been making waves. With his jazz and hip-hop inspired beats and his cadence and delivery, you can sense his poetry background, smooth like the sound.

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IN MUSIC: SYLVIE GRACE "LATELY"

One of our beloved favorites, Sylvie Grace, the self-made girl with the blue, or sometimes pink, hair with the cello and the singing chops, just dropped her first new song in a year. Sylvie is known for her classical meets hip-hop sound, with the layering of beats and looping of her cello. She's also featured with hip hop artists like THE SEVENth, and if Sango is reposting one of your songs on Soundcloud, you're definitely something for the ears.

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IN MUSIC: AAHH FEST

AAHH Fest is more than just another festival in the already festival laden Chicago. The festival, presented by Common and Dondas House, is a festival to raise awareness about youth violence in Chicago, and celebrate hip-hop. The recently added Community Day featured some of our favorite local artists, Ace Da Vinci, The Pack Drumline, and was headlined by Taylor Bennett and Tink and even featured special guests, Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa.

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VIDEO: "THE PROTEST SONG" LEANNA EDEN & THE GARDEN OF

Charlotte singer and guitarist, LeAnna Eden shares with us the fruits of her labor and a powerful ballad for black lives in her latest video, "The Protest Song." The video is a reminder to "not give up," and the video spreads this message far and wide to any who need to hear those words.

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SONG: HAPPILY ALONE BY SOLO SAM

One of our favorite Chicago emcees, SoloSAM is known for dropping fire. His latest song brings on the heat like the wild wild west. "Happily Alone" has got a western twang to it, something fit for a Tarantino film like Django.

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Q&A: CALID B

Calid B is what you would call a triple threat in the creative sphere. He's a musician, a fire producer, and is the founder of his own clothing brand called Ochio, a combination of his Ohio roots, and his current home in Chicago. His roots don't just lie there, Calid orignally hails from Cote D'Ivoire, and his African roots are most prevalent in his most recent EP, Afrobang.

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REVIEW: PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Summer Sixteen at Pitchfork was a bodily experience. Whether you were staying hydrated with Mick Jenkins, swapping lover’s spit with Broken Social Scene, getting glowed up with Anderson Paak, or experiencing a spiritual awakening with FKA Twigs, this year’s installment of the festival had a little something to offer for everyone.

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Q&A: ANGEL HAZE

If anyone should be rapping “Started From the Bottom,” it should be Angel Haze. The 23-year-old Detroit native, who had a rocky upbringing, grew up homeless, lived in the woods, left their label and leaked their own debut album Dirty Gold, which ultimately could have cost them everything, but what is everything to a person who knows what nothing feels like?

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Q&A: EMMITT JAMES

Emmitt James makes that everyday people type of music - hip-hop telling stories about lost love, burning rice, ATM fees and his lackluster financial situation.  He may be a starving artist, after all his most recent EP is called “Hunger Pains,” but he is wealthy with words of wisdom, and a flow that is rooted in passion and drive, which is priceless.

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Q&A: QUEEN TUT

Seshat Queen Tut crowned herself well before she began performing for the public, but it didn’t take long for the confident emcee to gain loyal subjects. Tut made a splash in her debut feature, inviting listeners to join her artistic journey on the opening verse of AR Wesley’s “Drug Flow RMX.” Since then she’s laced her royal rhymes

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Q&A: D-WIN

Darius Winfield, better known as D-Win, is always winning - at music, at creative vision, at style, and at Kubrick. The Indianapolis bred emcee came to Chicago with a dream and a mission and hasn’t stopped for anyone or anything. Formerly one half of the hip hop duo The Rocketeers, D-Win is no stranger to the limelight.