As the semester comes to an end, I can't stress enough how happy I have been with my internship this semester. Working with such an insightful, dedicated, and progressive team has been an enriching experience. One project that I set out to complete while I served as an intern was to complete and interview with a Chicago artist that I admired and was interested in. In the past I have conducted interviews that didn't go so well. As a woman in the entertainment industry, sadly I have been met with misogyny and ageism. Speaking with Tobi Lou was a different experience. Our conversation played out positively, on equal footing, and overall there was an authentic relationship between interviewer and artist. This interview truly restored the confidence that I needed, in myself and for my outlook on artists across the board. Thank you to Tobi Lou and Vocalo for making this happen and helping me grow.
As Promotions Director at WLUW 88.7 FM I have had the pleasure of working closely with the Music Department as well as the entirety of our executive staff to design, assemble and publish our first zine. Take a look inside to find themed playlists, horoscopes, a quiz, and more about the students who run WLUW!
Recently I purchased a pair of canary yellow sneakers from the Converse x Golf le Fluer collection that dropped alongside Tyler, the Creators latest album, of Flower Boy. The shoes are a reminder of how much Tyler, and the Odd Future collective have accomplished. As teenager, Tyler Okonma leveraged visibility from music video for “Yonkers” in 2011 to building a cult following. Since then he has gone on to produce a television series for Adult Swim, design his own clothing brand, and direct his own festival.
In years past, the rapper received pushback from the media and was even banned from several countries for fear of inciting riots with his dark, taboo lyricism. His latest album departs from this past image. Flower boy is the creative capstone of his rowdier days and a transition into a more commercially acceptable artistry, without compromising his initial identity. There has been much speculation that this was his "coming out" album. Tyler has made offhand comments that he's "into white boys" and other similar remarked for years in interviews and tweets. Due to his crass character and gruff voice, people generally perceived the remarks as sarcastic. Whether or not this was a conscious statement, Tyler comes in to his own as a curator and producer in a short 46 minutes.
Regarding features, Steve Lacy, Rex Orange County, Jaden Smith, Frank Ocean, and Lil Wayne grace the track list of this album. Tyler has a curatorial eye and ear for collaborations that seem to fit so naturally. Have you ever watched a movie where the actor/actress just didn't correctly fill the shoes of the role? I feel the same way about music. This is not the case for any of the songs on Flower Boy. Every feature felt custom fitted to the guest contributor without comprising the overall sound that Tyler aimed for as a record.
Flower Boy has received more a significant amount of attention due it’s unexpected pop persuasion. Popular singles such as "Who Dat Boy" & “I Ain’t Got Time!” portray the Tyler that we already know, who goes hard and doesn't quit. “Boredom” and "911/Mr. Lonely" reveal the introverted, sensitive side that we only catch glimpses of on older tracks like "She”; but doesn't overshadow the sweetest and romantic collaboration between Tyler and Kali Uchis on "See You Again.” The intro’s abrupt nature, fun ad libs, melody, keys, trumpets, and juxtaposition of vocals make up 3 minutes of perfection. “Garden Shed” featuring Estelle, provides the same kind of tenderness wrapped up in blissful guitar riffs and soulful vocals. Second to last track, ”Glitter” brings the album to a familiarly downtempo conclusion with “Enjoy Right Now, Today”.
Camden & I were psyched to talk about the 'blers! Thanks to Jesse & Jill for having us on the show.
"Super-Interns Camden & KP, who both attend Loyola, give us the breakdown on the Ramblers mascot choice, bandwagon fans, and Sister Jean's media frenzy."
The Morning AMp airs 8-10 AM CT on Vocalo 91.1 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) and streams at vocalo.org
Through the amazing internship program at Chicago Public Media with WBEZ 91.5, I have been working as a production intern for The Morning Amp aired on Vocalo 91.1.
After a couple of weeks of editing, I was given then opportunity to try my own hand at a segment for "No Sleep Til' Monday", previewing the best local events happening over the weekend.
You can listen to The Morning AMP live every morning from 8-10AM on Vocalo.org/player.
Since we are well into 2018, I thought I'd share with you my favorite new products that I've stumbled upon since New Years Day. Being a student, employee, and intern all 7 days of the week and 24 hours of the day can take a hard toll on your skin. Especially, when you're still getting used to a new schedule and daily stressors that come with it. So, I've chosen a few products that have helped me get used to things in 2018, so far.
In 2018,my days are filled to the brim with meetings and tasks that require me to be my best and therefore look my best. In this regard, I have found myself wearing makeup everyday and also taking it off at night so my skin can breathe. I'm pretty picky about my makeup removers; I usually just try to wash it all off with cleanser ( Glossier's Milk Jelly Cleanser does a fantastic job dissolving all makeup). But, if you wear water proof/resistant mascara like me, you know this isn't always the case. Simple's Kind to Skin Cleansing Micellar Water is perfect for those black rings of mascara under your eyes that cleanser won's take care of. It's also an amazing toner to swipe over your skin after washing. It will pick up any left over makeup, toxins, or dirt from the day leftover in your pores. It's rumored to be the secret to the silky, sensual French skin that can be found on any mademoiselle in your vicinity.
I have tried multiple brow gels, and I have finally found once worth the trouble of purchasing. I received a free sample of HOURGLASS' Arch Brow in "warm brunette" from Influenster and I am in L-O-V-E. As I have said in the past, even though Boybrow is Glossier's bestseller, I don't get the hype. The product in relation to its longevity wasn't worth the money; and honestly it's more of a travel item. The Arch Brow gel is small but pacts a lot of pigment and product into the tube. The metallic packing is chic and modern. The highlight of the gel has to be the double wand, one side being short and the other long for those whisper hairs towards the front of the brow. The longer side is also great for those days when you don't have time to do a full face, and just want to brush back with that and then use the shorter end to color in. If you're looking for a good eyebrow gel, this is it.
In 2018, I have vowed that I will take time for face masks. They're a great reward for yourself when your done for the day and a good way to destress as well as exfoliate. This mask, for the price and results, is a must buy. The sugarcane and charcoal extracts everything our of my pore, exfoliates without drying out, and has a nice consistency. The best way to apply, is to use a foundation brush and paint it on! Using this 1-2 times a week makes a difference and relaxes my skin when I'm stressed out from school, internship duties, and general life events.
I received a sample of this through my Birchbox subscription and gave it a try without really expecting anything. I've found the this stuff really does let your skin breathe and repair any acne scarring. It's been great for my skin when I'm breaking out and trying to give my skin a break.
This is another product I received through Birchbox that truly expanded the way I use, think about, and prefer dry shampoo. If you truly live life on-the-go, then this needs to be in your purse at all times. Some things I immediately took notice of after using, was the pleasant smell and lack of white residue. Most dry shampoos smell powdery and leave a really thick white substance on roots, but the Death Valley spray is clear as can be. It's also a great texturizing spray- giving just a subtle tack to curls, braids, and unwashed hair.
What are some Products you've discovered in 2018 that have become essential to your routine?
Let me know in the comment below!
Presented by FEEDS, this digital zine examines how music is experienced and circulated through a mediatized gaze.
To test our undeniably technological condition, we attended multiple live music events throughout the year with a cellphone camera & film camera, then just a film camera, and eventually committed to taking no pictures.
In earlier days, where cellphones hadn't been a concept, live music gave the public an opportunity to socialize and connect with others in the music community. Today some of that solidarity is present but lost in the glow of screens and pitter patter of thumbs on tempered glass. Being without ones mobile device opens up a world of social and spacial anxieties. It's hard to ignore that technology has drastically shaped the ways in which we navigate public spaces, especially venues.
At the end of the day, technology in live music spaces is neither good nor bad, but it does play into our mental and physical conceptions of live music events in relation to our identities, images, and social lives.
Design + Words by SAM HUDOCK
Photography + Creative Direction by KAYLIE PLAUCHE
A text from my Dad popped up on my iPhone, and it read....
"Hey Squirrel.....Buzz Casey is booking this new band Greta Van Fleet for a show in TN.....Check em' out.....sound like the good ol' days of rock'n'roll!"
I clicked onto the link attached to investigate. It was the official music video for "Highway Tune". The comments below all proclaimed what I was thinking; this might be the reincarnation of Led Zeppelin in the form of 4 teenage boys.
Well, I was partially wrong. The band is lead by 4 old souls in the corporal form of bass player Sam Kiszka and drummer Danny Wagner that make up the newly graduated and underaged half of the band, while twins Jacob and Josh Kiszka take care of guitar and vocals, respectively.
Coming from a small town in Michigan, playing in the creek and creating golden age inspired rock out of their garage, the boys stick to their roots. Even though they have been signed to Capital Records and played multiple Inter/National tours int over the course of the last six months, they keep their cool. A big part of this has to do with the amazing Tour Management accompanying them, the rest has to do with the boys grounded characters.
Sam Kiszka featured above, delightfully showing off his Bebe-Gun& impression of Daniel Boone
Day of show, having close to 20 vendors/sponsors and 1,000 tickets or so pre-saled, a little overcast weather wasn't much to be afraid of. With all the hype, multiple opening acts, and late show time, things were locked in.
The man with a plan, pictured above on the far left; Buzz Casey, radio personality and longtime Plauché family friend, found GVF with some digging and by some divine intuition decided to book them through on their tour at O'Connors.
Through the fire & rain, GVF gave a riveting performance. Pre-album release, they performed fan favorites like "Highway Tune" and "Safari Song" along with some golden-era rock'n'roll covers.
By the end of the night, people were still funneling in to see the boys. A couple lucky people got to meet the band and take pictures, and I had the privilege of working around a professional group of talented artists and producers. With a sold out show (and US tour) at Chicago's own Lincoln Hall Nov. 30th, I can't wait to see what's in store for the future of Greta Van Fleet, as they handle every challenge with grace and true craftsmanship (something that need's come back in popular fashion).
30 Days, 70+ Performances, and infinite memories made.
Red Bull Sound Select has brought it's 30 Days series to Chicago for the month of November and boy oh boy am I thriving! Through my work at WLUW 88.7 FM Chicago Sound Alliance, I was fortunate enough to photograph and cover Syd, Charlotte Day Wilson, and Bailey Wiley for their 8th show of the 30 taking place at the Metro. Check out some of their music while browsing pictures and coverage from the event.
As Taco's (DJ and member of Odd Future) sister, Sydney Bennet comes from a family like-minded talent. Starting off as one of OFWGKTA's producers, then forming the voice of The Internet, Syd has started her solo career off at a full tilt. A smooth voice over R&B drum kicks, with lyrics of love and loss. For a wednesday night, everyone doesn't seem to mind the late set time since Redbull is passing out complimentary energy drinks. Playing most of the songs off of her latest solo project Fin, she also shouts out to The Internet and Kaytranada one time with "Girl" and "You're the One", respectively. Syd's calm and romantic demeanor presented in tracks like "Got Her Own" and "Over" ring with authenticity and intentional craftsmanship. With a new EP dropped the day before her Redbull Sound Select show, her humility and hustle keeps her fanbase growing.
Charlotte Day Wilson
First introduced by collaboration with Canadian & creative counterpart Tommy, otherwise known as River Tiber (who has additionally produced for Kaytranada and the like), CDW herself has taken off via her self-titled EP, CDW. With thoughtful eyes and a light hand on her guitar strings, her soothing voice washed over the crowd like a warm breeze. Sounds like hers can soothe the soul, give you an undercurrent of loneliness, and make you fall in love all over again with R&B.
As the opening act, Wiley's energetic performance set the pace from the beginning of the night . Also toting R&B vocals, Bailey herself is a performer at heart. Workin the stage back and forth; she mirrored the crowds excitement at the rest of the nights events. In addition to her own songs, the performance hit its' peak when she bursted into an rendition of Erykah Badu's Tyrone.
Smeezi & I recap our Halloween costumes, weekend plans, and all the latest tunes from your timelines on the 10th episodes of FEEDS.
And still looking' fine. This week we go old school with some Sade, Fabolous, Kool & the Gang, and more.
At FEEDS Radio we are going on 8 and feeling grrrrrrrrrrr8t. This episode, we will be joined by photographer & street wear connoisseur Kam Casey (you can find him on IG as @kamcasey//See his work at Kamcasey.com/). Brace yourselves for a a blast from the past & 80's vibes with contemporary twists as we discuss Brand New, King Krule, and Social Media trends.
Photographer// RSVP Galletarian // Drug Runner //
Due to technical difficulties at the station, our last 3 episode recordings have been lost to the void...Fortunately, you can still check out our track lists on Spotify!
Don't forget to tune in at WLUW.ORG or 88.7FM on Thursdays 2-4PM (CST).
Smeezi & discuss our social media horror stories, bring come clean underwear and your terry cloth wristbands because this one will have you sweatin'
EPISODE 2 CONTAINS MORE CHUNES FOR YA HEADTOP & SOME INTELLIGENT CONVO WITH BARON HAHN. AS A COLLEGE REP & AMBASSADOR FOR CHAPPY WE DISCUSS LOVE IN THE DIGITAL AGE & HOW CHAPPY IS BRINGIN' CLASSY BACK.
It's the starts of the fall semester & you know what that means....A new schedule, new aspirations, & a new show featuring yours truly with Sam Hudock (SMEEZI). So without further adieu, say hello to our first episode of our first specialty show, FEEDSradio broadcasted from WLUW 88.7 FM & WLUW.ORG
Truthfully, my love affair with makeup and beauty products started when I was in 6th grade. There was never a more blissful moment in middle school for me than rooting through my mothers makeup drawer when she wasn't home, hoarding all her best products in my room, and trying them on for myself. I was most definitely was the only kid wearing purple eye shadow and liquid lipstick, but experimenting with makeup then has helped formed my routine now in some sense.
If there's any beauty advice I've been given that has stuck with me over time, it was my mother's;
"Makeup should look natural, like you're not wearing any at all. It's there to enhance, not mask".
Which brings us to 2017's hottest online cosmetic company, Glossier.
As a Glossier-virgin I was super set on ordering the products they're best known for being, The Boy Brow (which I ordered in Brown) and The Super Pack (which includes all 3 serums available). The lip gloss I added in on a whim and I can tell you right now, it's the best lip gloss I've used in all of my 20 years of life-Not too sticky, super hydrating, long-lasting, and comes in a cute little tube reminiscent of the Lip Smackers we all know and love from childhood. I never leave the house without a little swipe of it over some tinted balm. As for the concealer, I was delightfully surprised. It's stretchy and lightweight formula makes it perfect for a minimal make-up look, but one can easily layer it for a fuller face. The avocado and jojoba oil within its' formula keeps you looking dewy and radiant all day. Lastly, I was slightly disappointed with the boy brow. It's defiantly not a brow tint that I would use alone unless I'm running late and just need some sort of brow rehab, or I'm traveling lightly. For a thicker brow, it's best to back comb first and then comb regularly when using this product.
As for the serums, I predicted that Super Bounce (Hyaluronic + Vitamin B5) would be my favorite. But at the root of it, they're all amazing serums and great substitutes for individuals who dislike heat moisturizers. Each serum performs a different duty for your skin when it's not as balanced or chipper as you would like it to be.
Super Bounce (Hyaluronic + Vitamin B5) gives the skin a good hydrating, plump. I typically only use it under heavy makeup to keep my skin soft and even for application. The serum itself is more of a gel like consistency, making it harder to dispense from the dropper (you may have to go back for seconds when applying). Ultimately, It's best for when you're feeling just a bit fried from tanning or chapped from the winter winds.
Super Glow (Vitamin C + Magnesium) is great for complexion evening and brightening. Just as Glossier's product description states, it's a a full 8 hours of sleep in a water-like drop of serum. I apply this only when I've washed my face, yet still look tired in the morning. It's basically like turning the brightness up on your phone, but for you skin.
Last but not least, Super Pure (Niacinamide/Vitamin B3 + Zinc) is perfect of those gals with redness and breakouts. Since using this product, my redness has diminished significantly. The serums itself is watery, like Super Glow, but more moisturizing. Out of all the serums in the Super Pack, this is the one I use everyday and would recommend the most.
In all, I definitely plan on ordering from Glossier again (unless I ever visit their beautiful showroom in NYC). Since my purchase, the company has rolled out a sunscreen, cremé blush, and mineral powder-All of which I NEED to try. What's your favorite Glossier product? or, if you haven't tried any, what is one product that you look forward to trying?
If there’s one beauty trend that has everyone’s attention this summer, it’s getting that perfectly highlighted and lifted full face of makeup. Yves Saint Laurent has made this possible with two of it’s latest products; The Touché Eclat Blur Primer and Touché Eclat Radiant Touch.
I don’t usually wear primer, but YSL has a way of changing my mind (as well as my daily routine). Used as a base for a full-on face or alone with the bare essentials, this primer forms a silky smooth complexion. I’ve begun to use it every day after a light serum for a hydrated but slightly matte look. With a swipe of some brow tint, argon oil highlighter, & tinted lip balm I’m ready to take on the day.
The Touché Eclat Radiant Touch has no boundaries in its use. The best places for me to apply have been the bridge of the nose, the lining of lips, eyebrows & smile lines as well as a little in the places normally meant to be highlighted. For me, it's like a little facelift in a click, effectively brightening and pulling shadows away from my features. Since picking this product up, I keep it on hand with my other no-fuss facial cosmetics for when I'm running around the city.
What are some beauty items that you're dying to recommend to your friends, coworkers, and family?