Chirp Radio Podcasts


Sinopsis is a listener-supported music and arts focused community radio station in Chicago staffed by more than 150 volunteers. In addition to our live programming we produce a series of shows and interviews and provide them through our various podcasts.


  • Dos Santos Interview

    15/11/2021 Duración: 11min

    The Chicago-based Latin fusion band Dos Santos wants their city stay connected with the international community that helps it maintain its local character. For this episode of the CHIRP Radio's Artist Interview Series, bandleader Alex Chavez spoke with Features Department Co-Director Mick R. about the philosophy of Dos Santos's music, the legacy of Latin rhythms in popular music within the United States, and the making of their second album for International Anthem, City of Mirrors.  Buy City of Mirrors from International Anthem.  I think the thread that unites what we do is just a deep appreciation and therefore desire to continue to be inspired by Latin American rhythm... and an approach to those ideas that we subsequently experiment with. - Alex Chavez Production by Mick R.  Image Credit: Victor Duarte

  • Gosh Diggity Interview

    08/11/2021 Duración: 11min

    This week, Features Department Co-Director Mick R speaks with Joe Marshall, Cheryl Höglind, and Conor O’Donovan of Chicago-based "Midwest kitchen techno" group Gosh Diggity. They discuss the exclusion of a drummer in their band, their tough-to-self-describe music genre categorization, their chiptune, punk, bedroom pop, and indie influences, keeping things upbeat, and their genuine friendship. Their most recent release, Runaway Rocketboy, is available on Bandcamp. "Being in a band, I think it's all about the vibes that you give each other, and it's hard to describe when you find something that really fits well. I think it's kind of like a really good friendship when you find people that bring something to the table that you really enjoy working with, [...] making music, but also just being pals." - Joe Marshall Produced by Jessi D. Photo Credit: Joslyn Vosta

  • Hausu Mountain Records Interview

    01/11/2021 Duración: 11min

    Doug Kaplan and Max Allison run the Chicago-based experimental record label Hausu Mountain. They talked with Features Department Co-Director Mick R about the origins of the label, what kinds of artists they like to work with, their opinions on psychedelic music, and their unique approach to avant-garde art.  Featured Tracks (in order of appearance):  "Steam Room Sauna Holla" by Sharkula x Mukqs "Help Desk" by Wobbly  "Rhododendron pt. II" by d'Eon  "Fungal Abundance" by Prolaps  Check out Hausu Mountain's catalog here.  [We're interested in] musicians that are able to... convey excitement and fun, but also maintaining a dedication to total experimentalism [and] genre recombination... [T]here's a whole group of people that have just associated experimental music with listening to a fan for an hour... they're just like "Peace! I don't want to deal with that. That sounds really, really boring to me." [W]e want to work with the

  • Durand Jones & The Indications Interview

    24/10/2021 Duración: 11min

    This week, Features contributor Mike Nikolich speaks with Durand Jones, Aaron Frazer, and Blake Rhein of the Bloomington, Indiana-based retro-soul/contemporary R&B group, Durand Jones & The Indications. They talk about their recording process over email due to the pandemic on their new record Private Space, losing power at a recent show at the Vic, and their origins at Indiana University. "I have favorite moments more than favorite songs, I feel like. For me, I love the end of Private Space. What Ben Kane, the mixing engineer, did in those moments, I close my eyes and I just see all these different kinds of greens and colors swooshing. It's really beautiful. That's my favorite moment on the record it still gives me chills when I got really good headphones on and I'm listening to it." -Durand Jones Produced by Mike Nikolich. Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz

  • Damiana Interview

    18/10/2021 Duración: 11min

    Natalie Chami of TALSounds and Whitney Johnson of Matchess have joined forces to create the experimental music project Damiana. They spoke with Features Co-Director Mick R about the origins of the band, making their new record Vines, techniques for improvising music, and how they came up with their band's name.  If I'm having a good improv set usually something happens in that set where it's like, "Oh wow! That  made me curious!" ... Something strange happens, you hear a sound that's unfamiliar, and you're like, "I want to try to keep pursuing that as long as it makes sense." - Whitney Johnson Vines is out now on Hausu Mountain Records. Produced by Mick R.  Photo Credit: Doug Kaplan 

  • Hard Femme Interview

    11/10/2021 Duración: 12min

    This week, Features contributor Matty G speaks with local artist Jean Cochrane, who performs as Hard Femme. Jean discusses their latest release, A Layer of Topsoil, and how the album was initially conceived as a group effort became a solo project during the pandemic, the effect Chicago has had on their music, and their safer and more relaxed bike route mapping project, Mellow Bike Map. "I think that can-do ethic with very little investment in local social standing but then also the BMF of the music industry writ large is something that I really respect; that kind of raised me in a sense and it's an ethic I try to pursue." - Jean Cochrane Produced by Jessi D. Photo Credit: M Slater

  • Jaimie Branch Interview

    04/10/2021 Duración: 12min

    Jaimie Branch is an accomplished jazz trumpeter and composer from Long Island, who once upon a time called Chicago home. For this week's episode of the CHIRP Radio Artist Interview Series, Features Co-Director Mick R. caught up with Jaimie to talk about latest album Fly Or Die Live, her connections to Chicago, and how she balances her singing with her trumpet playing on her song "Prayer for Amerikkka pt 1 & 2." "Music is on the side of beauty. We need to put it into the world however we can." - Jaimie Branch Fly Or Die Live is available from International Anthem.  Produced by Mick R.  Photo Credit: Abdesslam Mirdass 

  • CHIRP Docs: Sober 21

    26/09/2021 Duración: 12min

    Sober 21 is a compendium of essays by and interviews with 21 sober musicians. Elia Einhorn, formerly of The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, curated the collection as a tool specifically for musicians who are seeking sober voices and perspectives in an often challenging and addiction-enabling industry. The zine is free for download through The Creative Independent. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, Elia recommends the following resources: Alcoholics Anonymous  Narcotics Anonymous MusiCares Interview and production by Jessi D. Photo Credit: Elia Einhorn

  • La Armada Interview

    20/09/2021 Duración: 11min

    Paul and Jon of the Chicago-based hardcore band La Armada discuss their band's origins in the Dominican Republic, their migration to the United States, the Latin roots of their sound, and cultural and religious origins of the cover art for their new EP Opías. Interview by Features Co-Dirrector Mick R.  Buy Opías from Mal De Ojo Records.  Produced by Mick R.  Photo Credit: La Armada

  • Ifeanyi Elswith Interview

    12/09/2021 Duración: 12min

    This week, Features Co-Director Jessi D speaks with Chicago-based artist Ifeanyi Elswith. They discuss themes of self-care and setting personal boundaries in her music, being inspired by Sharon G. Flake's novel The Skin I'm In, and releasing an album, Everything Festyle, during the pandemic. Produced by Jessi D Photo Credit: Maseo

  • Jyroscope Interview

    06/09/2021 Duración: 12min

    Dominic "I.B. Fokuz" Pettis EL of Chicago hip hop group Jyroscope goes deep on the history of his collaboration with bandmate Robert "Collasoul Structure" Moman, explains the origins of their name, and provides illuminating insights into their new EP and collaboration with producer Montana Macks titled Happy Medium. Interview by Mick R. Jyroscope's Happy Medium is available on Bandcamp.  Produced by Mick R.  Photo Credit: Jason Neloms

  • Cold Beaches Interview

    30/08/2021 Duración: 12min

    This week, DJ Ninja speaks with Sophia Nadia of Cold Beaches. They discuss the first show after a pandemic hiatus, creating an album during the social justice reckoning in the summer of 2020, the happenstance meeting with another band that led her to Chicago instead of New York, and her newfound interest in scoring video game music. Cold Beaches new album, Drifter, is available now. Produced by DJ Ninja Photo Credit: Miles Kalchik

  • Annihilus Interview

    23/08/2021 Duración: 12min

    Luca Cimarusti, aka Annihilus, talks with Features Co-Director Mick R. about his second LP, Follow a Song From the Sky. Luca explains the origins of his band's name, the collaborations that inform his latest record, and why he doesn't see the project appearing in a live setting.  Follow a Song From the Sky is available through Federal Prisoner Records.  Production by Mick R.  Photo Credit: Michael Vallera

  • Frankii Davis Interview

    15/08/2021 Duración: 11min

    This week, Features contributor Matty G speaks with Chicago-based multi-genre artist Frankii Davis. They discuss her American Idol dreams as a teenager, her musical origins in the church, her collaborations and busy schedule, and how the pandemic forced her to focus on creating her debut EP, Sapio. Produced by Jessi D. Photo Credit: Brandon Appleton

  • Gabacho Interview

    09/08/2021 Duración: 12min

    Gabacho is a Chicago-based surf and psychedelic rock artist with a penchant for soft harmonies and Latin rhythms. For this week's episode, he speaks with Features Co-Director Mick R. about the origins of his name, the make-up of his band, and the single and video for "Los Feels" which he did with Mexican singer and songwriter Dromedarios Mágicos.  You can follow Gabacho on Facebook and Instagram.  You can buy Gabacho's self-titled EP from Bandcamp.  Produced by Mick R. Photo Credit: Gabacho

  • Emily Jane Powers Interview

    02/08/2021 Duración: 12min

    This week, Features Co-Director Jessi D speaks with Chicago-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emily Jane Powers. They discuss her new outlook on collaboration versus truly DIY-ing it over the span of her 20-year music career, praciticing the guitar and its focus on her new album Isometry, and a professional name adjustment she took on as a teenager. In a triumphant return to live music, Emily will be hosting an album release show at Schubas on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Produced by Jessi D. Photo Credit: Rachel Winslow

  • Late Nite Laundry Interview

    26/07/2021 Duración: 12min

    Emily and Brendan of Chicago's Late Nite Laundry talk about how their new single "Free Time," their visual style, inspirations and aesthetic, and how they do it all themselves "in house." Interview by Features Co-Director Mick R.  Produced by Mick R. Photo Credit: Late Nite Laundry

  • Bruce Iglauer Interview

    18/07/2021 Duración: 11min

    This week, Features contributor and DJ Mike Nikolich speaks with Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer in celebration of the label's 50th anniversary. They discuss his early career and founding of Alligator Records in the 70s, his work with the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, his views on contemporary blues artists, a harrowing near-death experience on a train in Scandinavia, and, of course, his deep love of the blues. You can find Alligator Records' celebratory and houserockin' 50th anniversary collection on their website. Produced by Mike Nikolich. Photo Credit: Chris Monaghan

  • Mike Lust Interview

    12/07/2021 Duración: 11min

    Mike Lust of Tight Phantomz discusses why he chose "Danceteria" as the first single off his new album Demented Wings, the studio quarantine time that led to his first solo effort in a lengthy music career, and the challenge of turning recording session inspirations into a live show. Interview by contributor DJ Ninja.  You can buy Mike Lust's Demented Wings from Forge Again Records.   Production by DJ Ninja  Photo Credit: Ryan Bardsley

  • Mars Williams Interview

    28/06/2021 Duración: 11min

    This week, Features contributor Mike Nikolich speaks with saxophonist and composer Mars Williams, the force behind Liquid Soul and previous member of The Waitresses and The Psychedelic Furs. They discuss his illustrious decade- and genre-spanning music career, regular stops through the 90s and 2000s at the Elbo Room and Double Door with Liquid Soul, and his annual tradition of releasing a Christmas series of songs originally inspired by Albert Ayler. Produced by Mike Nikolich. Photo Credit: Mars Williams