Five Bands to See at Riot Fest Chicago

Riot Fest Chicago is this weekend, and this year they’re hosting a number of heavy hitters along with some bands on the rise.  There will be full album sets of Social Distortion’s White Light, White Heat, White Trash and The Hold Steady’s Boys & Girls on Saturday. Julian Marley will be playing his father’s reggae…

Listen to the sounds of Lotus Fest

Lotus World Music and Art Festival is coming up this weekend. For the 23rd year in a row, people from all over the world will flood the streets of Bloomington with music, art, and awareness. This year boasts a great line-up of international as well as American musicians playing showcases all over town. To give…

RIOT FEST 2016 PLAYLIST

WIUX will once again be covering Riot Fest taking place this weekend (September 16-18) in Chicago. For those of you traveling to Chicago this weekend for the festival, we’ve created a headbangin’-worthy playlist to pump you up before the bands start thrashing. You can get tickets for Riot Fest here.

Honeysuckle talks about beginnings, advice for college-aged musicians

Honeysuckle’s name perfectly reflects their beautiful, earthy folk sound. Benjamin Burns, one of three band members, chose the name because of the sensory memory honeysuckle has for him. Listen to Ben explain further in this interview with WIUX from Lollapalooza 2016. Holly McGarry, Chris Bloniarz and guest bassist Kyle Volkman join Ben to give their…

Houndmouth shares their favorite Bloomington memories

The guys of Houndmouth are the exact kind of cool you wish you could be. Matt Myers, Zak Appleby and Shane Cody would be performing their Lollapalooza set in just two hours but sat around smoking cigarettes and sharing their college memories, anyway. The band formed in small-town New Albany, Indiana in 2011. Not to…

WIUX talks pizza, moms with The Strumbellas

With the earliest show of the day, The Strumbellas acted like an extra shot of espresso to start day three of Lollapalooza off with energy and warmth. Lead singer Simon Ward would jump down into the front of the crowd, while keyboardist David Ritter danced across the stage passionately playing tambourine. The crowd cried out…

WIUX Talks with George Daniel of The 1975

In 2002, a group of teenagers came together form Wimslow High School to start a band. After staying together for 14 years under numerous names, the band released their most recent album. The album continues the dark themes of sex, love, and broken hearts that goes through the genius mind of Matty Healy. Healy lays…