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On the Web: Shantell Jamison, Web Coordinator for the Black Youth Project will join me on air to discuss a couple of topics that have been getting national attention. Including SNL’s hiring of black female cast member of Sasheer Zamata as well as two black female writers.

 In studio: For years, Chicago MC Rico Sisney has been making soulful social commentary with his musical Hip Hop projects Sidewalk Chalk and more recently, Tree House. Now, the MC is trying his hand at a solo endeavor called Crying Wolves; one that sees his socio political commentary as piercing as ever. Rico joins me in studio.

 No sleep ‘til Monday: Find out what’s popping around town during our No Sleep ‘til Monday events segment.

 Local music on the 20’s:  Find out what Chicago and NWI’s independent music communities are up to during Local Music on the 20’s. 

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Recently,The Guardian published an interview with singer Chris Brown where he admitted to losing his virginity when he was just 8 years old. Reponses to his comments have varied but few have explored the possibility of sexual abuse. Chris Brown didn’t lose his virginity at age 8. He was raped, is a recent article by Jezebel.com News Editor, Erin Gloria Ryan. She joined Music Vox host Jesse Menendez to discuss the article and how societal stereotypes of masculinity sometimes distort how men process being victims of sexual abuse.

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There’s an old adage in hip hop that says, “Wu-tang Clan ain’t nuthin’ to f*ck with!" On the last day of this year’s North Coast Music Festival that mantra would be tested.

There was a lot to celebrate on North Coast’s last day. The close of another successful festival, one that drew…

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by Jesse Menendez

Chicago is a city that touts diversity. From culture, to the people living here to the music we listen to, we have variety in spades. In its first few years North Coast understood that and displayed it on its stages. Going to North Coast meant you were going to see acts…

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Vocalo Presents: The Phenomenal Rap Show Sat Aug 17th

Vocalo’s MusicVox is Chicago’s best destination for new independent music. This event brings that experience to The Empty Bottle with performances by Chicago’s premier Hip Hop artists Chandler London , Show You Suck and ProbCause

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Because I couldn’t remember where this years Pitchfork Music Festival was being held, I decided to follow anyone riding a fix gear bike, wearing an ironic beard or mustache, romper, feathers, shrunken obscure basketball jersey and…

Trayvonning: In the wake of the final verdict in the Trayvon Martin case a disrespectful planking like meme has resurfaced. It’s called Trayvoning.  Dr Lisa Guerrero who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University. Dr Guerrero has written extensively on the subject of Race and racism. I spoke with her about an article she wrote on the subject.  It’s called, Playing Dead: The Trayvoning Meme & the Mocking of Black Death.

In studio: Earlier this year, Kansas City band Making Movies released their second full length album,  “A La Deriva” tell a story familiar to anyone whose family has migrated to America. The story of how the very country that was supposed to be a glimmer of hope can tear you down. Tonight, the band joins me in studio for a special acoustic performance.

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Radical Hip Hop trio The EyeDealists see themselves as artists and activists, using music to heal, inspire, and raise social awareness. The EyeDealists Ty, Adam, and Carla Starla join host Jesse Menendez to discuss the group’s formation and activist roots, and the exchange between Hip Hop and spoken word.

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Music & the movement: WBEZ blogger and podcaster Leah Pickett joins Jesse in the studio to dissect the lyrics of a couple of songs by the punk rock trio Sleater-Kinney. Leah and Jesse also discuss the relationship between these songs and the Riot Grrrl movement, Third-Wave Feminism, and female empowerment.

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The last time the NY art punk duo Japanther were in town, they rocked so hard, people’s teeth caps fell out! Needless to say, the group is known to throw a hell of a show delivering their noise rock sound inspired by Surrealist and Dada painters, 20th century avant-garde music, and the like. Ian Vanek of Japanther spoke with Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox about the “art” aspect of the band, overcoming hardships and uplifting people through music, the failing education system, and of course their latest album “Eat Like Lisa, Act Like Bart.”

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org