Sessions from Studio A

Thursday at 7 p.m. & Saturday at 12 p.m.

Sessions from Studio A is a local program dedicated to showcasing regional and touring musicians, featuring  performances recorded in WNIJ's own Studio A in DeKalb and hosted by Spencer Tritt.

The program presents genres of music ranging from folk to indie rock, blues, alternative country, Americana, world music and more, in a way that provides the listener with a live concert experience. These performances are accompanied by interviews with the artists who discuss their inspirations, aspirations, and the stories behind their original songs.

Have a band you'd like to hear on Sessions from Studio A? Send us your suggestions: sessions@niu.edu

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Sessions from Studio A - Dan Maguire

Jul 23, 2020
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Back in March of this year, Dan Maguire joined us with Lucy Brearley and John Kielty to kick off our first ever Studio A Cafe concert. That live concert series had to be cut short, but we are excited to bring Dan Maguire's live performance to you on Sessions from Studio A.

Listen to Maguire's performance in front of a live audience and also hear our talk with the Rockford singer-songwriter about his background, influences, and much more. Keep up with Dan Maguire at his website: danmaguiremusic.com   

Sessions from Studio A - Extinguish the Sun

Jul 9, 2020
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Things are getting heavy on this week's edition of Sessions from Studio A featuring alternative metal band Extinguish the Sun, from Dixon, IL. We will hear songs performed live from their debut album, Antihero, and their latest EP Oceans, which was released last October. Check out their full set in Studio A and an interview with the band right here. It's a headbanger edition of Sessions from Studio A this week with Extinguish the Sun! 

Sessions from Studio A - Gurler Folk Music Festival

Jun 25, 2020

Like so many events this summer, DeKalb's annual Gurler Folk Music Festival had to be postponed due to COVID-19. But we wanted to find a way to celebrate the festival's 20th anniversary, so we are bringing the festival to you this year. Join us for a celebration of folk and traditional music with performances from Dave Balika and Friends, roots and jazz guitarist Jim Kanas, and folk trio Heath, Nathan, and Jessie.

Join us for two modern guitar virtuosos on this week's episode, Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic. The duo released a pair of albums in the 2000's to critical acclaim, but busy schedules and other musical endevours put their playing together on hiatus. That hiatus came to an end this year with the duo's new album IndoBalkan.

Sessions from Studio A - Jim and Sam

Jun 4, 2020
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In 2017, singer-songwriters Jim and Sam accomplished something few artists could ever imagine doing: they played a concert every single day for a whole year. The journey took them all across the United States and through 14 different countries.

Sessions from Studio A - Pioneer Salesmen

May 21, 2020
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Pioneer Salesmen are a four-piece band from down south of the state in Alton, IL. Their music is high-energy with infectiously catchy hooks and riffs. They have a sound inspired by the classic rock of the 60's mixed with more modern rock bands like Arctic Monkeys.

Sessions from Studio A - The Honey Dewdrops

May 7, 2020
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We left Studio A for this week's episode and headed to Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford, where we caught a set from Baltimore husband and wife duo, The Honey Dewdrops.

The Honey Dewdrops performing "Silver Lining" live at Severson Dells Nature Center

Sessions from Studio A - Micky Torpedo

Apr 23, 2020

We have a unique episode of Sessions from Studio A this week. Like so many others, the current pandemic has put our normal work on hiatus. Join us for a special "quarantined" edition of the show featuring ambient music from Rockford's Micky Torpedo.

Micky is releasing four ambient albums this year, based on the changing moods of each season. We'll hear music from his Winter and Spring Cycle albums this hour. We also sat down to chat virtually with Micky about his approach to writing music, as well as his involvment in Rockford's Rock and Roll Institute. 

Sessions from Studio A - Public Radio Music Day

Apr 16, 2020

Listen to a special edition of Sessions from Studio A this week, as celebrate the first ever Public Radio Music Day. Sessions has been on the air for 4 years and has had over 100 artists featured on the show. In this episode, we'll take a listen back through the years to a variety of performances recorded for Sessions from Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Dark Heart News

Apr 9, 2020
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Dark Heart News is a high-energy rock and roll trio from Chicago. They have a wide range of influences from rock legends like Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The White Stripes, to blues masters such as Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hear Dark Heart News' full performance in Studio A right here!

You can keep up with the band and purchase their music at their website

Sessions from Studio A - Crystal Gravy

Mar 26, 2020
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Join us for the music of Crystal Gravy, of DeKalb, IL. They are a love-struck duo who even spent their first date writing their first song. We'll hear their performance in Studio A and talk with Crystal Gravy about their writing process, their relationship, and much more. We will even learn what "Hotel Stew" is.

Keep up with Crystal Gravy by following their Facebook page. Find more of their music streaming on Spotify and available for download on Bandcamp!

Join us for the music of Fuzzlove on this week's Sessions from Studio A! This genre-blending band from DeKalb has a huge range of influences from jazz, to funk, to hard rock. They stopped by Studio A and played some new, unreleased songs that the band has planned for their upcoming sophomore album.

Keep up with Fuzzlove by following them on their Facebook page.

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The Oxleys are a folk/americana duo from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hear them perform songs from their self-titled debut album, as well as some new unreleased tunes. The duo has been touring the midwest full time ever since releasing that album. You can find their tour dates and more music from the band at their Facebook page and website: theoxleysband.com.  

Sessions from Studio A - Anthony Padilla

Feb 14, 2020
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Anthony Padilla stopped by Studio A to play songs from his debut solo album, There Is No Such Thing As Spare Time. Hear songs from that album and the stories behind in this week's episode. 

You can find the album online for purchase with physical copies selling at Green Tangerine Records in DeKalb and Kiss the Sky in Batavia. Find more music from Anthony Padilla by following his Facebook page.

Sessions from Studio A - The Weekend Run Club

Jan 30, 2020
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The Weekend Run Club joined us in Studio A to perform tracks from their new, debut album "Zoo". You can find that album streaming online and available for purchase here.

Sessions from Studio A - The Lone Canary

Jan 16, 2020
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Join us for the music of The Lone Canary this week. This Rockford duo plays their own unique brand of folk/americana music, and we were lucky to catch them live at Prairie Street Brewing Co. this past summer. We also had them revisit Studio A, where they played a few songs from their upcoming album, Leave the Gray, which is out now.

Sessions from Studio A - Remembering Carl Nelson

Oct 24, 2019

Join us for a very special Sessions from Studio A as we remember the life of Carl Nelson, host and creator of Sessions. Carl worked tirelessly to bring music into everyone's lives. He converted Studio A from an empty concrete room into a beautiful space worthy of bands and artists. He loved every genre from country to jazz, prog to pop, and always featured a wide range of artists on the show. Many have had their first radio airplay because of Carl.

Remembering Carl Nelson

Oct 21, 2019

Northern Public Radio is mourning the loss of our friend and colleague, Carl Nelson. He died unexpectedly last week at the age of 35.

Sessions from Studio A - Brother Ryan

Sep 26, 2019
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This week on Sessions from Studio A, we feature the music of Brother Ryan. Starting as a solo project for singer-songwriter Robby Ciganek, the band now includes a rotating lineup of musicians that join Robby live. Check out their performance in Studio A as well as an interview with host Carl Nelson, where they discuss the bands roots and the meaning behind their new album, Forest

Sessions from Studio A - Aaron Kamm & the One Drops

Sep 12, 2019
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In this edition of Sessions from Studio A we feature Aaron Kamm & the One Drops performing live at The House Cafe in DeKalb. The band mixes many genres including reggae, dub, blues, and rock to create a unique sound.

Aaron Kamm & the One Drops performing "Don't Stay" live at The House Cafe.

Sessions from Studio A - Taylor Rogers

Aug 29, 2019
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Hear the music of Taylor Rogers on this week's Sessions from Studio A. Taylor Rogers is a singer/songwriter from Chicago who blew us away with her live looping of guitar and vocals to create rich and textured soundscapes. 

Taylor Rogers performing "8900" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Public Disco Porch

Aug 9, 2019
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Join us for the music of Public Disco Porch on this week's Sessions from Studio A.

Public Disco Porch peforming "777" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Miles Nielsen

Aug 1, 2019
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We are bringing you two sets of music from Miles Nielsen on this week's edition of Sessions from Studio A. Check out his set at Rockford's Prairie Street Brewing Co. with his band, The Rusted Hearts, and then a stripped-down acoustic set recorded right here in WNIJ's Studio A. 

Miles Nielsen & Kelly Steward performing "Over the Moon" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Funktional Family

Jul 11, 2019
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WNIJ's Sessions from Studio A has a growing reputation as a showcase for energetic performances, and Funktional Family brought their A game. This band features members of Backwoods Bunny Fight, another band we featured.

Sessions from Studio A - The bellow + the whale

Jul 4, 2019

Chicago folk duo The bellow + the whale joined us in Studio A and performed some of their new original songs. 

Check out more from The bellow + the whale at their website and Facebook page.

Sessions from Studio A - Invisible Cartoons

Jun 13, 2019
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Invisible Cartoons performs "A Catastrophic Atmosphere" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Invisible Cartoons performs "Jackson Pollock" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Peach

May 30, 2019
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Find the music of Peach at bandcamp.

Sessions from Studio A - Andrew Jacob Holm

May 16, 2019
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We packed up our gear and hit the road this week to record a set from Andrew Jacob Holm, who grew up playing blues and country in the Rockford area. Andrew performed at Prairie Street Brewing Co. in Rockford to kick off their Dockside Live series. Catch live music on the dock all Spring and Summer long... you might see us there as well!

Sessions from Studio A - Orlando Peña

May 9, 2019
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Rochelle native Orlando Peña recently made the move up to Madison, Wis., and went from a solo act to performing with a full band, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Catch their performance in Studio A here!   

Orlando and his band performing "For Once" in WNIJ's Studio A. 

Sessions from Studio A - Name the Moon

Apr 18, 2019
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Sessions from Studio A is back on the road this week with a performance from Name the Moon live at Mary's Place in Rockford. The band recently released their latest full length album, Space Force, which won a RAMI award for Album of the Year.

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