This Must Be the Gig Podcast

This Must Be the Gig

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Host Lior Phillips is joined by Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson to discuss how touring and performing has changed since the band's 1990s inception, the long line of women musicians that inspired her, and the secrets of her "witch" powers. They also dig into breaking down barriers in the industry, Shirley's first concert, finding authenticity on stage in the modern age, and running into Joe Strummer on the street in Edinburgh as a child. This episode will feel like sitting in the green room and listening to old friends chat about facing down bottle-tossing fans and disinterested festival crowds, the camaraderie in the "sisterhood" of music, and the challenge of sustaining a career for multiple decades.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This Must Be the Gig gives backstage access to passionate fans worldwide. Hosted by music journalist and festival-globetrotter, Lior Phillips, the show features conversations with headlining musicians, up-and-coming artists, music industry personalities, and notable journalists about the wild wild world of live music - as well as the latest news reports from the biggest tours and the festival scene.In this preview episode, Lior shares her formative first concerts and gives a taste of what's to come: dishing on behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and dissecting breaking festival and tour news. Early episodes will feature legendary musicians like Garbage's Shirley Manson, The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, and Eleanor Friedberger, while future episodes will include conversations with festival founders on the way they dream up lineups, set designers on how the most imaginative stages become reality, app developers on the future of virtual and augmented reality at festivals, and buzzing artists on what it’s like to tour a new country for the first time. Every fan has a story about the gig that changed their life—and so does every musician. Capturing the feeling of singing along with thousands of other fanatics, the lights flashing, the roar for an encore, the second the whole world outside this perfect moment disappears: This Must Be the Gig. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Johnny Marr calls into the podcast from the roof of his recording studio to chat with host Lior Phillips about new album Call the Comet, his dream gig, the superstitions that keep his performances supercharged, and much more. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Whether you're binging Fringe, catching up on Corporate, watching John Wick, or picking up Bosch, you've likely been as obsessed with the wonderful work of Lance Reddick. We've been hooked onto his incredible voice and magnetic presence as early as his tenure as Cedric Daniels on The Wire. But did you know that before he became an actor, Lance dreamed of being a musician? On this week's episode, we talk with the beloved actor about seeing The Jackson Five as a kid, his jazz pop album Contemplations & Remembrances, going to acting school with Paul Giamatti, and what it takes to get in the right mindset to perform while on set. We also chat about some of his run-ins with bad-mannered scene partners and how he transitioned from music to acting. And that's just the start of this week's incredible, career-spanning, inspirational conversation! For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
There are few people in the world as inspiring and empowering as Angélique Kidjo. That comes through vibrantly in her music, but the legendary Beninese singer-songwriter walks the walk as well—having established the incredible Batonga Foundation, which supports and educates women and girls in need in Africa. On today's episode, host Lior Phillips chats with the legend about her first performances, her dream festival, opening for Miriam Makeba and Vampire Weekend, covering Talking Heads, the perpetually spreading influence of African music, and so much more.Head here for more on the Batonga Foundation.Head here for more info on Angélique Kidjo's excellent new album, Celia, and her upcoming tour dates.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.In a brief moment not busy as a bandleader, member of The E Street Band, activist, producer, actor, writer, etc., the one and only Steven Van Zandt calls into the show. In this chat, Little Steven and host Lior Phillips discuss his new solo box set full of rare and unheard gems, his earliest memories of Bruce Springsteen, and his process as an actor. Plus, Little Steven goes deep on his experience flying from the set of Martin Scorcese's The Irishman one day to having Paul McCartney play on stage with his band the next, his charitable education work, and even the potential of an E Street Band tour in the near future.Head here for more info on Little Steven.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.This week we bring you a live recording of our latest live event from the Stubhub New York office at 39th & Broadway. Host Lior Phillips is joined by indie rapper Open Mike Eagle. In addition to his hip-hop career, the Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based artist also podcasts, co-hosts the Comedy Central series The New Negroes, and even recently stepped into a professional wrestling ring. In addition to chatting about his time between the turnbuckles, Lior and Mike discuss his latest LP, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, and the meritocracy of the rap world. Other topics include seeing Common as a teenager, rapping in the back of a KFC, the upcoming return of his Secret Skin podcast, and so much more. Head here for more info on Open Mike Eagle.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week, engineer/producer Adam Kivel checks in from Madrid after an incredible weekend at Mad Cool Festival. That check-in includes not one, but three interviews! First up, This Must Be the Gig welcomes in Chuck D, DJ Lord, and Tim Commerford from Prophets of Rage to discuss their first concert experiences. Next, R&B singer NAO joins the podcast to discuss how reading keeps her creativity fresh while on tour. Finally, electronic mastermind Tourist stops by to chat about how running through each city on his tour brings him focus and calm.Head here for more info on Prophets of Rage.Head here for more info on NAO.Head here for more info on Tourist.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week, engineer/producer Adam Kivel returns with the second half of his coverage from Madrid after an incredible weekend at Mad Cool Festival. While the first half featured three interviews, this week one-ups that with four! First up, This Must Be the Gig welcomes in Luke Steele from Empire of the Sun to chat about visa troubles and smashing guitars. Next, Let's Eat Grandma check in from outside Lauryn Hill's dressing room to talk first gigs. After that, Juanma Latorre from Vetusta Morla describes playing in his hometown of Madrid and his love for Nirvana. Finally, Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute stops by to chat about connecting to Hot Water Music and the rigors of the festival circuit.Head here for more info on Empire of the Sun.Head here for more info on Let's Eat Grandma.Head here for more info on Vetusta Morla.Head here for more info on La Dispute.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox.With festival season in full swing, this week's episode offers a peak into what makes one of these massive musicals tick. Our first interview of the week features Pitchfork's executive director of festivals and activations, Adam Krefman. In addition to offering a preview of this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, Adam calls in to chat about everything from how he and his team can keep offering more and more options and massive lineups, the festival's connections to the surrounding community, and partnerships with local charities and organizations—including Young Chicago Authors.Speaking of which, our second interview comes to you from the offices of Young Chicago Authors—an organization known internationally for its connections to artists ranging from Chance the Rapper to Jamila Woods. But equally importantly, it should be known for its work using creative writing to help young people from all backgrounds to understand the power of their stories and make an impact on their community. From poetry and rap workshops to open mics, Young Chicago Authors is a crackling hub of expression and performance. This week, booking manager Nicholas Ward and teaching artist E'mon Lauren chat about how poetry changed their lives, the sociopolitical power of performance, and hosting performances on-stage at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival.Head here for more info on Young Chicago Authors, and here for E'mon Lauren's podcast, The Real Hoodwives of Chicago.Head here for more info on Pitchfork Music Festival.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Regina Spektor has been a favorite of the crew at TMBTG for years—as far back as 2004's Soviet Kitsch—and we're delighted to have had the iconic indie singer-songwriter call in to this week's episode of the show. The idiosyncratic genius infuses classical-esque flourishes into beguiling pop structures, matching grand scope with delicate intimacy. That depth has been utilized on soundtracks as wide-ranging as The Hamilton Mixtape to Kubo and the Two Strings, not to mention the theme for Orange Is the New Black.There’s something theatrical, surreal, and yet deeply emotionally resonant about her songwriting and fluttery voice, and now nearly two decades into a breathtaking career that spans so many different styles and sounds, she's making her debut on Broadway with a series of shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre beginning June 20. On this week's show, we chat with Regina about that amazing achievement, her surprising first concerts in Europe, opening for the Strokes, and so much more.Head here for more info on Regina Spektor and her upcoming series of shows on Broadway.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.Frontman of the legendary alt rock band Afghan Whigs Greg Dulli calls into the show this week to discuss his new solo album, Random Desire. Greg's expansive catalog features a vast array of textured, gritty darkness throughout his time with the Whigs, not to mention The Twilight Singers and Gutter Twins. But long before he was a rock icon, Greg was an R&B fanatic, and idolized Prince and has covered everyone from The Supremes to The Fugees. In addition to the roots of this new record, Greg and host Lior Phillips discuss his love of plants, dig up obscure desert island trivia, his earliest concert experiences, and so much more—including an unbelievable story of opening for Neil Young. Head here for more info on Greg Dulli.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.After fighting through a hotel lobby brimming with influencers at a social media conference, host Lior Phillips checks in with Frances Quinlan to discuss her new solo album, Likewise. In the burst of indie guitar bands with raw-hearted lyrics and soaring emotional choruses, Hop Along have always stood out—thanks in part to Quinlan’s undeniable voice.  On her new solo project, the guitarist-vocalist mixes in a healthy dose of synth and strings. In this chat, Frances and Lior discuss tour life with Hop Along, the inspiration behind Likewise, reading Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård on the tour bus, the perfectionism of too many vocal takes, and what it truly means to separate art from artist.Head here for more info on Frances Quinlan.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.Lior Phillips is joined this week by two of the four hosts of the award-winning, hilarious, and altogether wonderful podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. In addition to hosting that brilliant show, Dan Schreiber and Anna Ptaszynski work as Elves (aka researchers) for British comedy panel show QI, a quiz show where funny and interesting responses are rewarded as well as right answers. Along with fellow Elves James Harkin and Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna and Dan wound up each week with so much eccentric trivia that they decided to host a sort of spinoff podcast. Each week, No Such Thing As A Fish features the four hosts' favorite facts of the week—some really off-the-wall stuff, equally jaw-droppingly fascinating and hilarious. On this week's chat, Dan and Anna call in to talk about their brand new book of facts, their upcoming US and UK tour dates, first gigs, working with Slipknot's Corey Taylor, and so much more. Plus, Anna and Dan share their favorite music facts from the year, as well as some spooky Halloween-ready facts about witches on hallucinogens. Head here for more info on No Such Thing As A Fish.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox.This week we're joined by none other than Kevin McHale—a delightful human being who many first came to know in his role as Artie on the beloved musical TV mainstay Glee. But you may not know that Kevin has a long history in pop music, and continued to write his own music while working on Glee. Kevin's about to release the latest results from that effort in the form of a brand new solo EP, Boy. In this week’s giggly conversation, Kevin chats about his boy band past, what it was like developing his own voice while singing other people’s songs on TV, the grueling reality of the Glee tour, seeing Jessica Simpson and Ricky Martin as a kid, and so much more.Head here for more info on Kevin McHale and his new EP, Boy.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
There's no better place to discuss the rigors of life on the road than in the heart of a tour bus—and we did just that, sharing the afternoon with indie rock mainstays The Dandy Warhols prior to their recent tour stop in Chicago. Zia McCabe and Brent DeBoer shared some of their pre-gig time to discuss their first concerts (including Nelson and the Beach Boys), the allure of things going wrong on-stage, Brent's move to Australia, and so much more. Plus, we dig into childhood memories, including the time Brent daydream-invented the concept of the music festival and the moment when Zia realized she wanted to be a performer: jumping onstage with a wedding band as a child.Head here for more info on The Dandy Warhols and their 2019 album, Why You So Crazy.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.This week we're honored to share a conversation with rock legend Huey Lewis. Whether you’ve been a fan since 1983’s runaway success story Sports, Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love” playing on the Back to the Future soundtrack, or even his earliest performing days with the band Clover, this chat will still be full of surprises. In addition to those career highlights and others, Huey and host Lior discuss his diagnosis of Ménière’s disease, a set of symptoms which includes partial to complete hearing loss, a tragic fate for any musician—but one Huey faces with an inspiring positivity. Lior and Huey also chat about the News’ upcoming record, Weather, his band’s first album of original music in a decade.  Head here for more info on Huey Lewis and the News.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Checking in from the heart of Montreal, host Lior Phillips chats with an all-star lineup of guests from Osheaga. First, she sits down with the incomparable Anderson .Paak for a quick conversation about getting perspective on airplanes and his earliest concert experiences. Next up is Ben Schneider, frontman of Lord Huron, who dishes about folding the band's new album into their set, playing bat mitzvahs as a teen, and his first Radiohead concert. Finally, Bob and Julian from Franz Ferdinand sit down just before their set for a giggly and super sweaty chat about Julian's status as the new guy in the band, the Glasgow music scene, and exactly what happens once you play a song 800 times. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.While taking a break from his recent tour, Pete Yorn dials in from the Acast Studio in New York to discuss his new album, Caretakers, created in collaboration with Jackson Phillips of Day Wave. Plus, he shares memories of seeing Diana Ross as a child, details performing Replacements covers in the school talent show, and attempts to dig into the origins of his daughter's love of Smash Mouth.Plus, Pete shares some stories from his touring life as a new father, his experiences at the legendary Los Angeles venue Largo, working with Scarlett Johansson, and an unfortunate incident involving smoked pumpkin seeds.Head here for more info on Pete Yorn.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.This week we bring you a live recording of our first in a series of events live from the Stubhub New York office at 39th & Broadway. Host Lior Phillips is joined by the dynamic duo of Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree to chat about their upcoming new album, Names of North End Women—out February 21, 2020, via Mute. Plus, the duo share the world premiere of the album's title track in the episode!Throughout his decades as a member of Sonic Youth, Lee has continuously experimented and expended his artistic palette, working as a painter, poet, and more. Raul, meanwhile, established himself as a unique musical mind as a member of Spanish hardcore outfit Corn Flakes, and has since moved on to a powerful and diverse solo career, as well as producing a variety of artists. In addition to chatting about their new album, Lior, Lee, and Raul discuss cycling while on tour, their early experience seeing Guns N Roses and Michael Jackson, Sonic Youth's tour with Neil Young, Raul's work with flamenco heroes such as Rosalia, and so much more. Head here for more info on Lee Ranaldo.Head here for more info on Raül Refree.Head here to watch the music video for "Names of North End Women".Head here to preorder the album.If you're looking for more, our friends at Talkhouse hosted a recent episode featuring Lee Ranaldo in conversation with Battles' Ian Williams.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week's episode is brought to you by Stubhub.Cofounder of Hot Chip Alexis Taylor calls into the show this week to dig into the origins of the beloved UK outfit all the way through to their most recent record, A Bath Full of Ecstasy. Along the way, Alexis and host Lior Phillips dig into the decision to work with outside producers for the first time as well as the record's origins in writing for a pop star. Also, the two discuss the very roots of the band, both in Alexis' first ever concerts as well as their shared love of Devo and Kraftwerk.Be sure to catch Hot Chip on tour, including in Chicago on Friday, September 13th, 2019.Head here for more info on Hot Chip.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
With the first weekend of Coachella in the rearview mirror, Lior is joined by Consequence publisher and founder Alex Young, as well as host of The Morning AMp on Vocalo radio, Jill Hopkins, to discuss Beyoncé's life-changing headlining set—oh, and all the other highlights, too.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Host Lior Phillips chats with Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty, better known as Scottish indie pop outfit CHVRCHES. The trio discuss their favorite hobbies to fill days off while on tour, new album Love Is Dead, and their secretive first shows—including a heated discussion over beer cases. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week we return to our coverage from Moogfest with not one but two fantastic conversations with brilliant minds that helped discover some of the most exciting musical voices of the last few decades. First up is Daniel Miller, musician, producer, and founder of Mute Records, the label that brought the world Depeche Mode, Erasure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and so many others. Daniel and host Lior Phillips chat about seeing his first concerts, buying his first Korg 700s, and his exploration of the UK music scene in the late '70s and early '80s. After that, Lior chats with Craig Leon, a man who has been at the intersection of countless musical moments in the US since helping to discover seminal punk and no wave bands like The Ramones, Suicide, and Talking Heads. Lior sat down with Craig and his partner, psych/folk/country musician Cassell Webb, to talk about Craig's time in CBGB's and Max's Kansas City and his work with Pavorotti, Cassell's first-hand experience with Buddy Holly, and so much more.Head here for more on Mute Records.Head here for more info on Craig Leon and Cassell Webb's new record, Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week we're taking a break from our episodes recorded at Moogfest to bring you an interview with the incredibly lovely Hayden Thorpe. A cofounder of the beloved Wild Beasts, Thorpe's sterling falsetto and impassioned, intimate lyrics bring a much needed emotional depth and vibrant life to every listen. Now three years out since the final Wild Beasts record and after the band's dissolution, Thorpe is set to release Diviner on May 24th via Domino. The debut project under his own name, Diviner is thrilling, inviting, and full of life. And in this chat, host Lior Phillips and Thorpe talk about how writing on the piano helped him process the idea of releasing music on his own—using all four limbs to compose a whole. They also discuss how songs act as an antenna to other consciousnesses, the balance of ego and superstition in songwriting, and his very first concert, heading into London to see a legendary British rock act. Head here for more on Hayden Thorpe's excellent new album, Diviner.For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook.Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 4th, 2018
Latest Episode
Feb 19th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
91
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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