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 - 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.

Sessions from Studio A - Taboo Blah Blah

Apr 11, 2019
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Sessions from Studio A is back on the road this week with Taboo Blah Blah from Rockford. Some of you may remember Taboo Blah Blah as our first ever band we recorded for Sessions back in 2016! The band (and our show) has changed a lot since then, but they don' t show any signs of slowing down.

Check out their newest release "Bleeding Hearts In Bloom" on their bandcamp page. 

Sessions from Studio A - Pelafina

Mar 28, 2019
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Chicago band Pelafina joined us in Studio A this week and gave an explosive performance. Hear their full set and interview here on Sessions from Studio A.

Hear more from Pelafina at their Bandcamp and Facebook pages.

Sessions from Studio A - The Perrilles Project

Mar 21, 2019
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The Perrilles Project was formed by jazz musicians who met while attending NIU School of Music. Check out their live set, recorded at The House Cafe in DeKalb, as well as an interview with drummer and bandleader Paul Perrilles. 

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Katie Belle & The Belle Rangers perform live at Uptown Grill in LaSalle, IL.

Katie Belle & The Belle Rangers (or KBBR) is a roots-rock band whose big sound is making them heard across Illinois. Find out more about the band at their website and Facebook page.

Sessions from Studio A - Rodrigo Villanueva Quartet

Feb 28, 2019
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Sessions from Studio A - Rodrigo Villanueva Quartet

Sessions from Studio A - The Darling Suns

Feb 21, 2019
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The Darling Suns perform "Wash Your Blues Away" in WNIJ's Studio A.

An indie band from the Chicago area, The Darling Suns recently released their debut EP in 2018 and show no signs of slowing down. Hear their full performance and interview on this week's Sessions from Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Eddie B. Smooth

Feb 14, 2019
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Eddie B. Smooth performs "Sneaky" in WNIJ's Studio.

Smooth jazz group Eddie B. Smooth recently joined us in Studio A. Hear them play some slow, soulful tunes as well as some upbeat covers of a few jazz standards.

Sessions from Studio A - Raye Zaragoza

Feb 7, 2019
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Raye Zaragoza took time out of her busy tour schedule to perform some songs live with us in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find out more about Raye Zaragoza on her Website and Facebook.

NPR's Only a Game is about to move to prime time in WNIJ's broadcast schedule. So is Sessions from Studio A.

Only a Game describes itself as "radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider." It will air from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturdays, right after one of NPR's most popular programs, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Sessions from Studio A - Long-Shot

Dec 20, 2018
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Long-Shot performs live in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Long-Shot online at ReverbNation or on Facebook.

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