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Episode 54 : Regina Spektor
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 cl…
Episode 53 : US Girls
This week, we catch up with US Girls mastermind Meghan Remy prior to her Moogfest set. The Toronto-based experimental pop artist broke incredible new ground on her 2018 record, In a Poem Unlimited, and her magnetic presence matches those majestic p…
Episode 52 : Daniel Miller & Craig Leon
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…
Episode 51 : Hayden Thorpe
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 mu…
Episode 50 : Madame Gandhi
In our first episode of coverage from Moogfest, host Lior Phillips gets locked into a repurposed bank vault in the basement of a Durham, NC hotel with the always invigorating and powerful Madame Gandhi. The artist/activist born Kiran Gandhi (joined…
Episode 49 : Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol
There are few bands as near and dear to hearts as Snow Patrol—and that comes in large part from the emotional honesty and openheartedness of frontperson Gary Lightbody. On this week's episode, host Lior Phillips chats with Gary about Snow Patrol's…
Episode 48 : Angélique Kidjo
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, w…
Episode 47 : John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats
To celebrate one year of This Must Be the Gig, host Lior Phillips welcomes Mountain Goats mastermind John Darnielle onto the podcast. And, to commemorate the momentous occasion, the duo dig into a massive conversation about what it's like to tour a…
Episode 46 : Andrew Bird
This week we have an interview with the music world's foremost whistler, Andrew Bird. Even just listening to his recordings, it's clear that Bird has been playing violin since four years of age. But his music is so much more than impeccable techniq…
Episode 45 : Natalie Prass
Since releasing one of 2018's most stunning albums in the form of The Future and the Past, Natalie Prass has been wowing audiences around the world, including as the opening act for recent Grammy star Kacey Musgraves. On this week's episode, host L…
Episode 44 : Nilüfer Yanya
London-based rising star Nilüfer Yanya is on the verge of releasing her debut album, a record that fuses vibrant passion, technical wizardry, and seemingly every genre under the sun—R&B, soul, jazz, indie rock, all working together in a waterfall o…
Episode 43 : Ally Massaquoi of Young Fathers
This week, host Lior Phillips chats with one third of incredible, experimental Scottish rap trio Young Fathers. Lior caught up with Ally Massaquoi just prior to one of the trio's recent shows, sharing some tea in the lobby bar of a Chicago hotel. T…
Episode 42 : Panda Bear
One fourth of the beloved Animal Collective, Panda Bear calls into the podcast this week, just days removed from the release of his sixth album, Buoys. In addition to discussing the record and his upcoming tour, Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) and hos…
Episode 41 : Colin Blunstone of the Zombies
Legendary British Invasion act The Zombies are finally bound for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—but before then, we have vocalist Colin Blunstone on the show to discuss some of the biggest moments in his live music career. Host Lior Phillips chats …
Episode 40 : Courtney Barnett
Australian indie rocker Courtney Barnett calls in this week from her Melbourne home while on a break from her world tour supporting 2018's superb Tell Me How You Really Feel. She and host Lior Phillips discuss Courtney's experience as a teenager at…
Episode 39 : Jamila Woods
Poet, activist, and musician Jamila Woods joins the podcast this week to discuss finally wrapping up the last tour date behind her sublime 2016 album, HEAVN. A bastion of the Chicago music scene and a prominent advocate of Young Chicago Authors, Ja…
Episode 38 : Albert Hammond Jr.
Perhaps best known as the founder of The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr. has cemented his role as an indie rock icon. This week, host Lior Phillips chats with the New Yorker about the early days of the band, the challenges of going solo, find peace in …
Episode 37 : Best of 2018 (ft. David Byrne, Shirley Manson, Johnny Marr, Wayne Coyne & Sadie Dupuis)
We wrap up an incredible year of live music moments with a Greatest Hits collection from This Must Be the Gig's 2018. We round up stories from legends like Talking Heads' David Byrne and Garbage's Shirley Manson, talking about the first concerts th…
Episode 36 : Haiku Hands & GDRN
On the final report from Iceland Airwaves, host Lior Phillips checks in once again from the comfy confines of Reykjavik with a pair of very special interviews. First she sits down with up-and-coming Icelandic artist GDRN about discovering her voice…
Episode 35 : Reykjavikurdaetur
Host Lior Phillips checks in again from the comfy confines of Reykjavik for another episode recorded at Iceland Airwaves. This week, she chats with three members of all-female rap collective Reykjavikurdaetur, or the Daughters of Reykjavik. The gro…
Episode 34 : Kimbra
This week, Kimbra joins host Lior Phillips to chat about seeing Silverchair as a kid—and the fact that she went on to work with the band's frontman on her sophomore album. In addition, the New Zealand pop phenom discusses drawing electronic inspira…
Episode 33 : Margrét Rán and Einar Hrafn of Vök
In another episode recorded from the 20th anniversary edition of Iceland Airwaves, host Lior Phillips chats with Margrét Rán and Einar Hrafn of the sublime live band Vök. The trio discuss what exactly makes the Iceland music scene so experimental a…
Episode 32 : Orono Noguchi and Soul of Superorganism
The indelible Iceland Airwaves first launched 20 years ago, and this week Lior Phillips checks in with her first in a series of reports from the magical festival. Lior sits down with two members of the incredible live band Superorganism, just prior…
Episode 31 : Alice Go and Bella Podpadec of Dream Wife
This week, host Lior Phillips checks in with two of the members of Dream Wife, as the London-based outfit called in from the road on their European tour. Alice Go and Bella Podpadec discuss their first concerts, opening for former heroes in Sleigh …
Episode 30 : Siggi Baldursson of The Sugarcubes and KEXP DJ Kevin Cole (Iceland Airwaves)
With Iceland Airwaves just around the corner, host Lior Phillips checks in with two people close to the source for one of the most exciting festivals of the year. First up, Lior chats with Siggi Baldursson, one of the founding members of the legend…
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 4th, 2018
Latest Episode
Jun 5th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
54
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes

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