UIC Brings First Female Headliner to Spark in the Park

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UIC’s annual Spark festival is coming up this Friday! Spark will be held this year in Granderson Field, doors open at 2:30. Tix are $10 for UIC students, $25 for staff and alumni, and $45 for non UIC guests. Ticket prices will go up at the door so buy them now!

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uic-spark-2018-tickets-49491523479?aff=erelexpmlt 


  • 2018 DJ Battle Winner @ 3:30pm
  • 2018 Battle of the Bands Winner – New House @ 4:15pm
  • FemDot @  5:00pm
  • Jussie Smollett @ 6:15pm
  • Rich The Kid @ 7:30pm
  • 2018 Cultural Showcase Winner – EKC @ 8:30pm
  • H.E.R. @ 9:00pm

This year Spark is proud to announce we will be having our first ever female headliner!

H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) is a 21-year-old contemporary R&B artist, who surfaced into the music scene in 2016. H.E.R. offers both a vulnerable and assured sound through the production and writing in her music. The California native artist has collaborated with other prominent musicians such as Daniel Caesar, Khalid, and Bryson Tiller.

Spark is also excited to give a festival experience to attendees this year. We will be having multiple acts, great food options, face painting stations, out door games and more! Come find out for yourself!

Wanna get familiar with all the Spark artists before the show? Check out this playlist!

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UIC Radio’s Fourth Annual Battle Of The Bands!

This past Friday, UIC Radio held its fourth annual Battle of the Bands at The Bar 10 Doors on Taylor Street. The lineup included UIC bands August Hotel, Lettucehead, Brian Sees Stars, The Red Flag Boys, Turbulence, and The Land Lines.

After an energetic set from all the bands, the top 3 winners included: 1. LETTUCEHEAD, 2. Turbulence, and 3. August Hotel.

UIC Radio sincerely thanks all the bands for their hard work and dedication to performing, and helping create a night full of music and fun for all who attended!

photos by Pearl Shin

Trump’s Presidency Is the Largest Terrorist Attack Since 9/11


Inauguration Day was a tragedy of epic proportions. The largest attack on our nation’s soil since 9/11. This time, the terrorists are not operating planes or weaponry. They are grasping pens, sitting behind wooden desks, preparing to erode every last modicum of decency through detrimental legislation. This is a turning point. Do we succumb to evil? Or do we rise up and prove, once and for all, that this is a nation which values life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ALL of its citizens? Time will tell.

One thing is certain: we cannot passively sit on the sidelines. Not anymore. They’ll come for your food. They’ll come for your internet rates and access. Your clubs, alcohol, fashion, music; all of it. They’ll design everything to enrich themselves and their corporate brethren until you and I can no longer afford the distractions that we used to ignore the steady weathering of our rights. This is not to say distraction is inherently wrong, but opting for the more immediately convenient route of escapism is not a path towards prosperity.

In the past we’ve comforted ourselves with defeated cries of, “Nothing will ever change,” “There’s nothing I can do.” Ignored the news while we binge watched, drank, ate. Many people have long existed in this country without being afforded these distractions to mask their suffering. We didn’t care. Now? It’s caught up to us. Sad that it took personal stake to galvanize the general population, but here we are. Joining them in the ranks. Gasping on our sandy islands of privilege as a tidal wave rises against a bright orange sky and washes away the false sense of security and paradise we once relished in.

The time for action is now. These are the days they will teach to generations. Where were you? What did you do? What side did you align yourself with? When your relatives flip through the photo album, will they embarrassingly hide the nature of your character? Or will they be proud of their heritage, proud of the legacy you left behind and proud to be Americans? The choice is ours.

Trev Richards is host of the weekly talk program Trev on UIC Radio; Live, Wednesdays 8:30 – 10:30 PM Central Time. Follow/listen on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes and SoundCloud

Dally Auston drops “99¢”

c1bkdynuaaawoxqChicago has been put in the spotlight for many years to work from city natives Twista, Common, Kanye West, and more recently: Chance The Rapper. For years, social media has been exploding over good friends of Chance and affiliates of the “Savemoney army”. Talent in this super-group are Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, RnB artist Brill, Towkio and more. Although all of these are artists have developed over the past few years, they still give back to Chicago and often host concerts and secret parties for their most loyal fans.

In the month of January, fans have expressed their excitement for one of the member’s new projects: Dally Auston. It is his first project in about 3 years and everyone is very eager to jam on his latest work. On January 20th at 3pm (CT), Dally released his latest project, titled “99¢”. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Dally will be live on UIC Radio’s Thumpin’ Thursdays show on Feb 2nd at 3:30pm (CT)

Make sure you follow us on Instagram:
@CeaseDays @DjSoundUTB @LiveLenora @ThumpinThursdays
And tune in Thursdays from 2-7pm (CT)

The 5ound of Art!…


It’s the 0cto5quid! Chillin in the pool! This time we have very special guests we are going to cover from last week’s show!

We were joined by artists Joe Horejs and Carlos Flores as well as their friend Tom (shouts to Tom). Joe is a fresh sound artist and we showed listened to his two works.

They came and demonstrated their sound art. They did all sort of weird sound experiments involving a microphone, microwave, popcorn, a random rapping, a fan and various other “tools” used in instruments.


Listen to the interview here!

5 Must Listens for Chicago this summer


It’s obvious. Chicago HAS talent. DJs, producers, hip hop artists, bands, singers, painters, graffiti artists, dancers and more across the north, south, east and west side. But ever since unsigned artists like Chance The Rapper (10 Day, Acid Rap, Chance 3) started gathering national attention and headlining national events, the more motivated and unified these artists have become.

It’s created an inspiring movement in which kids as young as 12 start making music and art in a positive way. We’ve seen it for ourselves and heard it as well. Artists in Chicago on the rise have created a new, original voice to their own music, and aren’t afraid to show it.

Some of the artists I’ve seen recently have showed that they have what it takes to lead the city in one way or another, and I seriously recommend you check them out if you haven’t yet. We’ve been focusing on this talent for a while; not only are they amazing artists and performers, but they are amazing people that you’d want to hang around with. We’ve had the pleasure to talk to them, ask them questions and even have them on Thumpin’ Thursdays. With that being said.. this summer is about to be “LIT”.

Let us know what you think about their music below, and tell us what YOU wanna hear on the show by following us on Instragram: @CeaseDays – @TheHomeboyTyler – @KeepItFlashy

1) Chris Crack and Vic Spencer, both nominated for the 2016 XXL list, go as Chris $pencer. They’re newly released project: “Who The F*** Is Chris Spencer” includes gems like “Zebra Ave” & “Wanna See A Dead Body”. It was a rated as an 8.1 by Pitchfork (higher than Rihanna’s “ANTI & Future’s “EVOL”) and is just the tip of the iceberg for the duo. Chris Crack recently dropped “Last of the Lean”, with popular tracks such as “Coke Donuts”. Their versatile stile speaks for itself, and their performances leave audiences at a loss of words.

2) We met Erik Write about a year ago downtown at an end of the year festival at Columbia. The young, experienced artist (Like a real artist) is hungry for the craft and puts 140% in everything he makes. We’re lucky to call him our friend, and all we can say is that this is barely the beginning for Erik. He’s been working with @DJ Serdna on a few tracks (you can listen to them here) and works till perfection. This spring, he released “Complex American”(Prod. by Quality), one of the most inspiring, eye-opening projects I’ve ever listened to in my entire life (alongside “Section 80” by Kendrick Lamar and  “The Revolutionary” by Immortal Technique). This is what Chicago should listen to in 2016.

3) Moecyrus X Jinerik X Aglox
These 3 really took me by surprise. I’ve had conversations with them separately and have listened to their tracks individually, but never interviewed them at once. The 3 are as real as it gets. Moecyrus talks about everything he does and acts (seriously!). Pay attention to the lyrics and you might laugh every once in a while, but it´s true, he is thirsty and chases the tail! Jinerik is a new artist we´ve been working with. The fact that he plays in a rock band and is a hip hop artist is definitely something different. He recently dropped ¨Beligerence Is Bliss¨, a project that features a story with vocals of him having conversations with staff at a bar through the night. Their buddy Aglox is one of the cleanest, fastest hip hop artists I´ve seen live. Representing the south side of Chicago, the 3 are the definition of ¨having no chill¨ when they´re all together. Their recent track titled ¨White Russians¨ is a prime example.. so ¨Wuz Good¨?

4) He´s performed all across the city with acts like Alex Wiley, Hurt Everybody, Taylor Bennett, and most recently Lil Uzi Vert. The energetic 21 year old has jaw dropping performances and his lyrics are relatable to anyone´s experiences. Logan began the 1636 Feo Mob movement for his fallen friend ¨Feo¨ back in 2013 and has not looked back since. Tracks like ¨24/7¨ talk about how he works nonstop to get to where he wants to be, while tracks like ¨All Real¨ talk about his life and different aspects of it. Last week he was in a music video with our friend known as Emmtee, titled ¨Day N´Night¨. Both are also from the Southside of Chicago, living through similar experiences and conditions. A more positive light for Chicago, artist Logan Cage talks about the good in life instead of the usual violence in the streets. Checkout ¨vibes¨, and let us know what you think about it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m9Pxc-QxZ4

5) Freddy 2 Wox
I met Freddy at ALAS Fest 2016 at Jones College Prep last week. This kid not only has a love for real hip hop (Its rare now), but also speaks on life as a Latino in Chicago. While switching between Spanish and English, his raps consist of bringing more of his culture to hip hop. His performance at ALAS Fest showed how excited he was to perform for a big audience, and although he was unable to perform, I pulled him to the side and decided to checkout his bars (insert flame emoji’s). I´m not too into conscious rap but this kid blew me away with his fast paced style and verses on an ancient Aztec warrior. He constantly makes music with Manasseh Doso Champion, a current UIC student as well. Definitely an artist to look out for, let us know what you think below!


Hey guys! What, I’m back again so soon?!

As you may know, I now co-host a show with my friend Pearl on Wednesdays from 4-6. Last week, on April 27th, we had our last show of the semester, and on it, we featured a special guest and returning UIC Radio visitor, Sonny Apollo!

In the past, Sonny appeared on Pahhhsitive Thinking with Elif and Push Love with D-Red. Now, to announce his very own upcoming EP, ADVENTURESINPARADISE, Sonny joined us on air to give us the details in an exclusive interview.

Local Chicagoan, Sonny made his way over here from the east coast, and embarked on quite a journey of both musical and self-discovery. Music has been a part of his life since Sonny was as young as 3 years old. He finds influences in Prince, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder, among others. He explains he received a mix tape from his parents with a melting pot of different artists, giving him exposure to inspiring talent at a young age.

Sonny’s upcoming EP, ADVENTURESINPARADISE, involves messages stemming from self-expression, self-exploration, and sexuality, or as Sonny put it, the “Plight of the Milennial.”

Sonny introduced the instrumental track for his upcoming song off of ADVENTURESINPARADISE, “Zoo.” To conclude, Sonny revealed that ADVENTURESINPARADISE will be released in late July, and the first official single will be released late June.

Sonny Apollo on Midnight with Pearl Girl and Sonia Universe

Sonny will also be performing live shows very soon. For specific dates for the releases and shows, be sure to follow Sonny on Twitter, and Facebook, and check out the full interview below:


Hometown Heroes and Monthly Gathering: Communion – April

Hey everyone! It’s been a while. Finals are right around the corner (literally), and I’ve been immersed in assignments, projects, and studying up to my ears. But I took a quick sanity break from that this past Wednesday, April 20th to head up to Schubas with my partner in crime, Pearl Shin, for the April edition of Communion Chicago!

This month’s lineup featured up-and-coming bands Cyn, AyOH, Jakubi, and Brother StarRace.


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Wardens Midwest /// Chi Babes / No Ra Ma


Following Trumps’ rally I had the pleasure of interviewing Chi Babes; a modeling agency that works with models that are more than a cute face and tight waist. These girls are multi talented. They are artists, singers, rappers, actors, poets, the list goes on and on. We were watched live by over 80 people from Facebook. Check out Chi Babes‘ website.


Also, this Friday they are celebrating their one year anniversary at the famous  Black Couch. Check out the event here




10360687_1156966720982134_5497284589735890219_nAlso coming on the same night was rising star Aaron Gruental ( No Ra Ma ). his sound is something out of a meditating robotic dream. The off beat rhythms crossed with the futuristic bass line is unmatched  in the scene today.

Check out the entire interview and mix here!

Battle Of The Bands: Jamie Finally Writes About Music


bbLike most of the audience that filled the Illinois Room Wednesday night, this was my first ‘Band Battle.’ On behalf of UIC Radio, I had the honor of judging the performers’ music quality and stage presence. Personally, my growing-up culture had taught me that organizing a band was something you did in high school that lasted, if you were lucky, for six months. So I walked into the event with low expectations. And I’m ashamed to admit it.

The bands that performed blew my skeptical head right off my shoulders. I absolutely adored every act and had to work to keep my jaw from hitting the floor, while faced with more experienced Band Battle attendees who had apparently come to expect this quality. I’m sorry to say that if you saw the flyer for Battle of the Bands and assumed all the performers would sound like over-hyped 16-year-olds, and decided not to come, you truly missed out.

One last generalization before we name some names: When you take the quality of your creation personally, it really shows. These musicians clearly practiced and worked seriously hard. They were dedicated to their instruments, their group, and the artwork they’d leave us with. Every song played was original, but you would have guessed it was written by a band that already had a record deal. I’m gonna break out the cliche: It was an honor to witness it.

The night began with the Jades. When these two ladies came on stage, each toting an acoustic guitar, I wrongly expected to see a tribute to Kelly Clarkson and a lot of time spent staring at the floor.  These women started and ended strong with bold, R&B quality vocals that harmonized brilliantly, and separately written guitar pieces. They matched beautifully, never fell out of sync, and were perfectly consistent in their performance. Between songs, they joked with the audience and laughed with each other, and earned their high rank on stage presence, even though they were seated the entire time. Their original pieces had sweet, clever lyrics.

Goin’Dark came out next and set the evening on fire with the first full band. These guys (and lady) got the audience hopping with their brilliant music, which featured incredibly talented performers. The singer had a beautifully dark voice and an impressive range, of which she took full advantage. When the lead guitarist started in on solos, cameras and phones crowded around the stage to record his playing. As a great lover of Brian May and Pete Townsend, I was floored. You know when a guitarist is absolutely killing his solo and his hands are practically touching on the neck? Goin’Dark in a nutshell. Absolute quality from a surprisingly young band.

It’s hard to describe the power brought out by the P.E.A.S, but I’ll do my best. This energetic band featured four college guys, two in sweatshirts, one in a muscle shirt, and one in a sweater vest, and they completely stunned the audience. Their rock/punk/energetic songs were tight and well rehearsed (an understatement to say the least–I would label them the hardest working band in the show), but their stage presence was genuine and exciting. They were a thrill to watch, and even more impressive, they kept up their energy throughout their entire set. The crowd followed and jumped and danced, but we had no chance to keep up with the boys on stage.

The most stunning of all, and the unanimous first-place choice from the judges’ table, was SPLOR…As in, s’plorin’…As in, exploring. They called their genre “adventure music.” I think it has a real chance to catch on; their songs were easily the most unique of the night. Their style was new and consistent, but it never got repetitive. I can’t liken them to any other band, and that earned them considerable respect from my fellow judges and myself. The performers were obviously having the time of their lives and the audience got caught up in their genuine happiness. Each song was dynamic and interesting. The bassist played solos as if he were holding a guitar; I’ve never heard such complex pieces written to highlight an instrument usually kept in the background. Each musician got a chance to stand out for a bit, and they all took full advantage. The singer’s voice blended perfectly with the amp’d up electric instruments around it–nothing stuck out, nothing was lost in the noise. Their last song brought in an electric ukulele to complement the piece. This adventure music sounds like a nimble style of punk rock. They will certainly be on my radar in the future.

The competitors made my job as a judge very difficult; the competition was formidable. I’m amazed at the talent I saw, and my agenda for this article is to get you out to support some local music. One last cliche: the best performers are the ones who love it the most. They’ll make you love it, too.

Your homework over spring break: Find a local band without a record deal, either at a bar or on YouTube, and share some love. I’ll see you again on March 31st!