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 - The Vince Chiarelli Band

Feb 15, 2018
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WNIJ’s Sessions from Studio A recently asked The Vince Chiarelli Band to stop by and give us a taste of some traditional Italian-American styled music. This Rockford-based group is connected through their Sicilian ancestry and influences, while also finding themselves exploring and incorporating increasing amounts of Latin elements. The band includes Vince Chiarelli's vocal and guitar stylings, Frank Calvagna filling out melodies on lead guitar, Tony Chiarelli playing bass guitar and occasionally Tim Austin on the drums.

Sessions from Studio A - The Bare Hambones

Feb 1, 2018
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The Bare Hambones stopped by WNIJ’s Studio A to give an energetic hoedown of a performance! This Chicago-area band mixes the sounds of bluegrass, folk, rockabilly, and outlaw-country with the texture of piano and mandolin -- the main instruments. The band includes Tim Larsen on piano and lead vocals, Michael Brown on acoustic guitar, Brad Riverdahl on drums, Tony Kubicek playing bass and Mike Marshall on mandolin. Since their performance in Studio A, The Bare Hambones added a sixth member to the band named Jeff Cali, playing lead guitar.

Sessions from Studio A - Go Go Torpedo

Jan 25, 2018
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Go Go Torpedo performs "Golden Death Sun" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Go Go Torpedo on the web at Facebook or gogotorpedo.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Goose Doctor

Jan 18, 2018
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Goose Doctor performing "Pulsating Arteries" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Goose Doctor on Facebook.

Sessions from Studio A - Sarah Eide

Jan 11, 2018
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Sarah Eide performs "Challenge and Victory" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Sarah Eide online at saraheide.com

Sessions from Studio A - Things Falling Apart

Jan 5, 2018
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Things Falling Apart performing "Adama" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Things Falling Apart at Bandcamp.

Sessions from Studio A - Celestial Motion Wagon

Dec 28, 2017
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Celestial Motion Wagon performs "Interstellar" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Celestial Motion Wagon at Bandcamp.

Sessions from Studio A - Make it a Double

Dec 21, 2017
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Make it a Double performs "Cold Sheets of Rain" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Make it a Double at Facebook.

Sessions from Studio A - Kindoves

Dec 14, 2017
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Kindoves perform "Orange Morning" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Follow Kindoves online at Facebook.

Sessions from Studio A - CHEER-ACCIDENT

Dec 7, 2017
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CHEER-ACCIDENT performs "Humanizing the Distance" in WNIJ's Studio A.

You can find the music of CHEER-ACCIDENT on their website, cheer-accident.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Iverson

Nov 30, 2017
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Iverson performs "Chosen Ones" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Iverson at weareiverson.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Liv Lombardi

Nov 23, 2017
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Liv Lombardi performs "Heart on Fire" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Liv Lombardi performs "The Swell" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Liv Lombardi at LivLombardi.com.

Sessions from Studio A - The Giving Tree Band

Nov 16, 2017
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The Giving Tree Band performs "Live Love" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find The Giving Tree Band online at thegivingtreeband.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Northern Wind Trio

Nov 9, 2017
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Northern Wind Trio performs "Cavalry" in WNIJ's Studio A.

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Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers performing "Let Me Down Easy in WNIJ's Studio A.

Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers performing "Lonely Enough" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find the music of Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers at Bandcamp.

Sessions from Studio A - Jake Mack

Oct 26, 2017
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Jake Mack performing "If You Wanted To" in WNIJ's Studio A.

You can find the music of Jake Mack at JakeMack.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Jerry Dale Harris

Oct 19, 2017
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Jerry Dale Harris performs in WNIJ's Studio A.

You can find the music of Jerry Dale Harris at Bandcamp.

Sessions from Studio A - NE-HI

Oct 12, 2017
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NE-HI performing "Stay Young in WNIJ's Studio A.
Find NE-HI online at NE-HI.bandcamp.com.

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Captain Wails & The Harpoons performs "Neon Lights" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Captain Wails & The Harpoons at bandcamp.

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You can find Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders at danwhitaker.com.

Sessions from Studio A - The Full Monte Project

Sep 21, 2017
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The Full Monte project performs "Slick" in WNIJ's Studio A.
Find The Full Monte Project on Bandcamp.

Sessions from Studio A - Tundras

Sep 14, 2017
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Tundras performs "Beyond the Tombs pt. 2" in WNIJ's Studio A.


Tundras performs "Swirling in Obscurity" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Tundras at Bandcamp and Facebook.

Sessions from Studio A - Slatetrain

Sep 7, 2017
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Slatetrain performs "I Wanna See Love" in WNIJ's Studio A.


Slatetrain performs "Bob Newhart's Prescription" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Slatetrain on Bandcamp and Facebook.

Sessions from Studio A - Mana Kintorso

Aug 31, 2017
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Mana Kintorso performs "Bird on Fire" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Mana Kintorso performs "Abraham Lincoln" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Mana Kintorso online at ReverbNation/ManaKintorso or Facebook.

Sessions from Studio A - Poppy Mallows

Aug 24, 2017
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Poppy Mallows performs "Darling" in WNIJ's Studio A.


Poppy Mallows performs "I Was Watching Too" in WNIJ's Studio A.

You can find Poppy Mallows at Bandcamp and Facebook.

Sessions from Studio A - Helen Gillet

Aug 17, 2017
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Helen Gillet performs "Slow Drag Pavageau" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Helen Gillet performs "Kibi" in WNIJ's Studio A.
Find Helen Gillet at HelenGillet.com and Facebook.

Sessions from Studio A - Milked

Aug 10, 2017
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Milked performs "Oscillate" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Milked performs "Cruithne" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - LASKA

Aug 3, 2017
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LASKA performs "Creatures" in WNIJ's Studio A.

LASKA performs "The Experiment" in WNIJ's Studio A.

LASKA performs "I Am Not Afraid Of The Sunrise Anymore" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Sessions from Studio A - Grandkids

Jan 26, 2017
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Grandkids performs "Agur" in WNIJ's Studio A.


Find Grandkids on the web at grandkidsmusic.bandcamp.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Seasaw

Jan 19, 2017
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Seasaw performs "Folklore" in WNIJ's Studio A.


Seasaw performs "Ex-Girlfriend" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Seasaw on the web at singseasaw.com.

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