This Must Be the Gig

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 Oct 7, 2019

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This Must Be the Gig gives backstage access to passionate fans worldwide. Featuring conversations with headlining musicians, up-and-comers, and music industry personalities about the wild wild world of live music - as well as the latest news reports from the biggest tours and the festival scene. Music journalist and festival-globetrotter Lior Phillips captures the feeling of singing along with thousands of other fanatics, the lights flashing, the roar for an encore, the second the whole world outside this perfect moment disappears: This Must Be the Gig.


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Black Lives Matter
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We at This Must Be the Gig wanted to share this brief recording to say that our hearts and our minds are with the communities perpetually devastated by police violence, and with the people protesting that tragic reality. We wanted to use this moment to share resources to educate and ways to make a tangible impact. We are not experts, and are compiling information from black voices we’ve learned from in the hopes that we can work together as a community to listen and learn.

Black lives matter. Rest in power to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Collins Khosa, Sibusiso Amos, and countless other black men and women murdered. Say their names. We love you all, and hope you stay safe and healthy.

*Please excuse some echoes in the audio. We didn't have the opportunity to head into the studio to record, but felt the message was important enough to deliver in whatever way we could. All resources mentioned in the recording are available at our Facebook page.

Jun 03, 2020
101 : Rose McGowan on the Solace and Strength of Her New Album and Building a Better World
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This week, This Must Be the Gig is joined by actor, filmmaker, musician, and fearless activist Rose McGowan. Known for her roles in films like Scream and Jawbreaker and TV shows like Charmed, Rose's recent life has been dedicated to bringing the horrors of abusers such as Harvey Weinstein to light and to justice—a subject she faces with boundless fortitude.

Most recently, she has turned her passion towards making music, namely the new album Planet 9. Rose envisioned this alternate planet as a child, and has shared an album encapsulating the feeling of hope, escape, and light for herself and for listeners as a comfort, solace, and respite. In this chat, Rose and host Lior Phillips discuss what it took to bring Planet 9 to life, speaking your truth, using music as mind medicine, and so much more.

Head here for more info on Rose McGowan.

Head here to buy Planet 9 on Bandcamp, where Rose will donate 20% of proceeds to COVID-19 relief organizations.

Head here for more information on how to support the Nonceba Shelter for Women, as well as Ashley Kaimowitz's powerful documentary, Uthando Labatwana — For the Love of Our Children.

For more from Lior Phillips and This Must Be the Gig, follow along on Instagram or Twitter, or like the show page on Facebook. Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review via Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts.

May 27, 2020
100 : Fan Favorites From the First 100! (Feat. Alicia Keys, Mike Patton, Jenny Slate & Jacob Collier!)
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On today's episode, host Lior Phillips and Engineer Adam celebrate 100 episodes of This Must Be the Gig. After compiling votes from listeners, the duo reflect on 12 fan favorite episode and share key clips. Special memories include Mike Patton reflecting on his music piracy while working at a record store, Alicia Keys recognizing herself in music as a teen, and Jacob Collier contextualizing the process of learning music theory. Plus, Lior and Adam look back at powerful moments with David Byrne, Shirley Manson, and Jenny Slate. And don't forget to stay tuned to the end of the episode for a surprise look at next week's astounding guest!

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May 20, 2020
99 : JoJo on Singing for Britney Spears, Learning From Robin Williams, and Her New Album
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JoJo burst onto the scene at only 14 years old with her 2004 debut single "Leave (Get Out)", an incredible, soulful jam that is already stuck in your head just from reading the title. After releasing two albums as a teen, a dispute with her label led to those tracks being held away for years from any and every online streaming or purchase outlet. After settling the dispute in 2014, she re-recorded the albums and started putting out new music, conveying a newfound strength and ownership of her voice. And that's not even mentioning her acting career, starring in films such as RV and Aquamarine.

Today that evolution continues, with her new album, good to know. JoJo breaks her story into three clear chapters, detailing excess, self-realization, and growth in soulful R&B-tinged tunes. In this chat, Jojo discusses sharing her life's trials and joys, what she learned from the late Robin Williams, her Quarantine Island Discs, dreaming of Joni Mitchell, and so much more.

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Head here for Lior's interview with JoJo for the Grammys.

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May 06, 2020
98 : Sylvan Esso on the WITH Tour, Their New Concert Film, and Their Upcoming Album
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The absolute legends and loveliest of people, Sylvan Esso join the podcast this week for a delightful chat. The duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn produce some of the most propulsive, explosive, heart-pumping tunes and lead the biggest dance parties at festivals around the world. It's nearly impossible to pick a favorite song between their two albums, but luckily last week's surprise live album and concert film collect them all in a perfect bundle. The record is a deliriously beautiful document of their 2019 WITH tour, a sold-out jaunt that saw Sylvan Esso perform on classic stages, such as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, New York's Beacon Theater, and LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall. Plus, those performances featured an expanded live band, including former podcast guest Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Amelia's bandmates in Mountain Man on harmonies, and Adam Schatz of Landlady, among others.

In this episode, Nick and Amelia chat with host Lior Phillips about what it took to bring those shows to life, adding saxophone, bass clarinet, and two percussionists to their sound, the Michelin Man inspiration behind Amelia's incredible stage costume, details from the duo's soon-to-be released third album, and so much more.

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Apr 29, 2020
97 : Alex Ebert on Edward Sharpe, Meeting Jim Carrey, and His New Solo Album
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This week we're joined by the Alex Ebert. In addition to leading ImaRobot and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Alex also won a Golden Globe for scoring the Robert Redford-starring film All is Lost. And now, Alex has just released his second album under his own name, I Vs. I. In this episode, host Alex discusses the record's inspiration, meeting Jim Carrey, seeing Milli Vanilli as a kid, the sequel to I Vs. I, the concept of the stage persona, and much more. 

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Head here for more info on this week's spotlight charity, Raising Hope.

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Apr 22, 2020
96 : Michael C Hall, Peter Yanowitz, and Matt Katz-Bohen of Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum
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This week we're joined by the exquisitely named Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum. The trio was founded after Michael C. Hall met Peter Yanowitz and Matt Katz-Bohen while starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Though they met on Broadway, the three musicians' paths were very different. Peter was a member of The Wallflowers in the band's earliest years, and has drummed for everyone from Yoko Ono to Billy Bragg and Wilco. Matt, meanwhile, has worked with and produced a variety of acts, and has spend the last decade-plus as a member of Blondie. While Michael may be best known for starring roles in Dexter and Six Feet Under, his musical pedigree is impressive as well, including Broadway spots in Chicago, Cabaret, and Lazarus, for which he worked closely with David Bowie.


Named at the suggestion of Matt's young daughter, Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum just released their debut EP last week after two years of working out their psychedelic, gothic electrorock. I chatted with the trio to discuss touring with a Broadway production, their first times playing together, the origin of Matt's Jew-tah nickname, their first concerts, Michael's propensity for on-stage mishaps, and much more.



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Apr 08, 2020
95 : Nigel Godrich & Laura Bettinson of Ultraista on Their New Short Film
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Fresh off the March 13th release of their new album, Sister, Nigel Godrich and Laura Bettinson of Ultraísta join This Must Be the Gig to premiere their brand new short film directed by the band and filmed throughout London, featuring a series of interconnected videos for songs off the record. Using the London Underground as a route between the songs, Bettinson hops off at appropriately color-coded locales to deliver the vibrant electronic jams in a variety of surreal environments.


In the accompanying episode of This Must be the Gig, Godrich and Bettinson dial in with host Lior Phillips to discuss details on the film's fascinating production, the origins of Sister, their histories as performers and first concerts, and so much more. Be sure to head to Consequence of Sound to catch the short film.



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Apr 01, 2020
94 : Jacob Collier on Staying Energized and Creative in Self-Quarantine
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As we all continue on our homebound journey, we bring you a conversation with Grammy-winning polymath, prodigy, and musical genius Jacob Collier. And because we know you're all in need of an extra bit of distraction, Jacob and host Lior Phillips built a whole lot of insight and laughter into an extra-jampacked two-hour special quarantine episode! Stay tuned for insights into how to stay creative, focused, and energized even when you're stuck inside—plus much more!


Just before the wave of unfortunate tour cancellations and postponements, Jacob and Lior had scheduled a live recording of the show—only to see that unfortunately postponed due to Lior breaking her wrist while falling on a hike. While we await the rescheduling of that live recording, Jacob and Lior got on the phone to connect between their self-quarantined homes to discuss meeting Stevie Wonder and collaborating with Quincy Jones, talk about his new song released today with Kimbra and Tank and the Bangaz, dig into details on the forthcoming third edition of his Djesse series, and learn just exactly how to play the audience as an instrument.


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Mar 25, 2020
93 : Zola Jesus on Coronavirus and the Music Industry
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We are all coming to terms with the new reality of a world dominated by COVID-19, only one aspect of which is the temporary shutdown of live music. With concerts and festivals being canceled or postponed, fans and artists alike are facing a whole new world, a new way of supporting the musicians we love, and a new way of making a living. 


To gain insight into this new reality, I put in a call to Zola Jesus. The intuitive and caring indie artist also known as Nika Danilova shares her experience as an artist suddenly unable to tour, the impact that change has on her livelihood, new outlets that can help temporarily replace the feeling we get from live music, and how fans can best make a difference for artists. Be sure to follow along with us on social media as we share curated playlists, highlight organizations that are making a difference for artists, update exciting live streamed concerts, and so much more. Remember, we're all in this together, even if we're six feet apart.


We hope everyone is staying safe and practicing social distancing during this global pandemic. Remember to go to www.who.int/, and stick around for a new take on the Live Show of the Week, brought to you by Stubhub. Be sure to wash your hands before and after listening!


Thanks to Rudi Petry for the graphic assist, Ilana Butler for the insight and care, and Zola Jesus for the perspective.

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Mar 18, 2020
Episode 92 : Post Animal
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This week we're joined by all five members of psych rock outfit Post Animal. The Chicago band recently released their sophomore record, the expansive, mesmerizing Forward Motion Godyssey. The mystic, heady record is the band's star turn, full of many moods and psychedelic swirls. Plus, longtime fans may remember the outfit used to feature Joe Keery, now a star on Netflix's Stranger Things and a previous guest of this very show—so be sure to head back to the archive and listen to that episode.


In addition to the roots of this incredible new record, the band and I discuss the dangers of driving the tour van through blizzards, staying connected to DIY scenes, My Chemical Romance dropping some F bombs, whether jazz hands can boost a guitarist’s solos, and so much more.


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Thanks to Amor at 2112Chi, for providing space for this interview.


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Mar 11, 2020
Episode 91 : Soccer Mommy
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Just a week out from the release of her latest album as Soccer Mommy, Sophie Allison dials into the show to discuss her first gigs, harrowing tour experiences, and much more. After her 2018 album, Clean, blew away the indie rock scene with its assured songwriting and vibrant emotional grasp, Allison and her band returned with the even more propulsive Color Theory: a record in three parts, where each section matches a theme like mortality or doubt to a specific color.


In addition to the roots of this incredible new record, Sophie and host Lior Phillips discuss the magical art of finding the right lunch spot in the middle of nowhere while on tour, downloading Kelli Clarkson, opening for Kacey Musgraves, and getting to touch Hillary Duff's hand.


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Mar 04, 2020
Episode 90 : Greg Dulli
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Frontman of the legendary alt rock band Afghan Whigs Greg Dulli calls into the show this week to discuss his new solo album, Random Desire. Greg's expansive catalog features a vast array of textured, gritty darkness throughout his time with the Whigs, not to mention The Twilight Singers and Gutter Twins. But long before he was a rock icon, Greg was an R&B fanatic, and idolized Prince and has covered everyone from The Supremes to The Fugees. In addition to the roots of this new record, Greg and host Lior Phillips discuss his love of plants, dig up obscure desert island trivia, his earliest concert experiences, and so much more—including an unbelievable story of opening for Neil Young.


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Feb 19, 2020
Episode 89 : Huey Lewis
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This week we're honored to share a conversation with rock legend Huey Lewis. Whether you’ve been a fan since 1983’s runaway success story Sports, Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love” playing on the Back to the Future soundtrack, or even his earliest performing days with the band Clover, this chat will still be full of surprises. In addition to those career highlights and others, Huey and host Lior discuss his diagnosis of Ménière’s disease, a set of symptoms which includes partial to complete hearing loss, a tragic fate for any musician—but one Huey faces with an inspiring positivity. Lior and Huey also chat about the News’ upcoming record, Weather, his band’s first album of original music in a decade.  


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Feb 12, 2020
Episode 88 : Jana Hunter of Lower Dens
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Coming to you live from the green room at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, nestled up tight next to the L train tracks, this week we're excited to share a conversation with Jana Hunter of Lower Dens. The Baltimore band's take on indie pop has been adored since 2010 debut Twin-Hand Movement, and last year's incredible The Competition pushes that momentum into a higher plane of love and protection of the outcast and vulnerable. In this chat, Jana and I discuss queer and trans representation on stage, the first concert he ever saw, touring with Of Monsters and Men, and navigating the industry while staying true to intensely personal social and political messages. 


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Feb 05, 2020
Episode 87 : Frances Quinlan of Hop Along
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After fighting through a hotel lobby brimming with influencers at a social media conference, host Lior Phillips checks in with Frances Quinlan to discuss her new solo album, Likewise. In the burst of indie guitar bands with raw-hearted lyrics and soaring emotional choruses, Hop Along have always stood out—thanks in part to Quinlan’s undeniable voice.  On her new solo project, the guitarist-vocalist mixes in a healthy dose of synth and strings. In this chat, Frances and Lior discuss tour life with Hop Along, the inspiration behind Likewise, reading Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård on the tour bus, the perfectionism of too many vocal takes, and what it truly means to separate art from artist.


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Jan 29, 2020
Episode 86 : Steven Van Zandt
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In a brief moment not busy as a bandleader, member of The E Street Band, activist, producer, actor, writer, etc., the one and only Steven Van Zandt calls into the show. In this chat, Little Steven and host Lior Phillips discuss his new solo box set full of rare and unheard gems, his earliest memories of Bruce Springsteen, and his process as an actor. Plus, Little Steven goes deep on his experience flying from the set of Martin Scorcese's The Irishman one day to having Paul McCartney play on stage with his band the next, his charitable education work, and even the potential of an E Street Band tour in the near future.


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Jan 22, 2020
Episode 85 : Gloria Gaynor
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This week we bring you the latest live recording from our live event series, recorded at the Stubhub New York flagship performance space at 39th & Broadway. Host Lior Phillips is joined this month by the Queen of Disco herself, Gloria Gaynor. In addition to her new Grammy-nominated album Testimony, Lior and Gloria discuss the undeniable legacy of "I Will Survive", overcoming spinal surgery after injuring herself at a concert, her dream duet partner, and even her performance in an episode of Ally McBeal


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Jan 17, 2020
Episode 84 : Alicia Keys
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The one and only Alicia Keys calls into the show, fresh off the release of new single "Underdog". In addition to the song's place in her upcoming album ALICIA, the pop star discusses her new book More Myself, the power of meditation, and the importance of truly being "on your bullshit."


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Jan 10, 2020
Episode 83 : Jenny Slate
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In our last episode of the year, we're joined by Consequence of Sound's Comedian of the Year, Jenny Slate. The comedian/actor/writer calls in to discuss her new book, Little Weirds, her Netflix special, Stage Fright, and so much more. Host Lior Phillips also chats with Jenny about her fight against the misogyny of standup traditions, non-douchey meditation, and her hopes for the next year in comedy.


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Dec 27, 2019
Episode 82 : Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never)
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In a bonus second episode this week, Consequence of Sound's Composer of the Year, Daniel Lopatin, joins host Lior Phillips by phone to discuss his score from the brilliant new film Uncut Gems. In this chat, Daniel discusses his work with the Safdie Brothers on the Adam Sandler-starring thrill ride, the incongruous ability of Vangelis-indebted new age tones to produce anxiety, and the push and pull between film scoring and his work as Oneohtrix Point Never—including a tip about when to expect more 0PN music.


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Dec 20, 2019
Episode 81 : Paul James (Netflix's Soundtrack)
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This week, host Lior Phillips is joined by Paul James, star of the brand new Netflix musical romance Soundtrack. The show, from the creator of Smash, fuses big musical moments with the emotional worlds of a diverse, disparate group of individuals in contemporary Los Angeles—with a cast including Jenna Dewan, Campbell Scott, Madeleine Stowe, and more. 


Prior to this big new gig, Paul starred as Calvin Owens in beloved ABC Family show Greek, as well as appearances in Torchwood, The Path, CSI, and more. Paul calls into the show to discuss the ways in which Soundtrack weaves lip-syncing music video-esque setpieces into its vibrant love stories, his experiences following Radiohead around the world, running into Moses Sumney at a sushi place, and so much more.


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Dec 18, 2019
Episode 80 : Open Mike Eagle
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This week we bring you a live recording of our latest live event from the Stubhub New York office at 39th & Broadway. Host Lior Phillips is joined by indie rapper Open Mike Eagle. In addition to his hip-hop career, the Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based artist also podcasts, co-hosts the Comedy Central series The New Negroes, and even recently stepped into a professional wrestling ring. In addition to chatting about his time between the turnbuckles, Lior and Mike discuss his latest LP, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, and the meritocracy of the rap world. Other topics include seeing Common as a teenager, rapping in the back of a KFC, the upcoming return of his Secret Skin podcast, and so much more. 


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Dec 11, 2019
Episode 79 : Pete Yorn
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While taking a break from his recent tour, Pete Yorn dials in from the Acast Studio in New York to discuss his new album, Caretakers, created in collaboration with Jackson Phillips of Day Wave. Plus, he shares memories of seeing Diana Ross as a child, details performing Replacements covers in the school talent show, and attempts to dig into the origins of his daughter's love of Smash Mouth.


Plus, Pete shares some stories from his touring life as a new father, his experiences at the legendary Los Angeles venue Largo, working with Scarlett Johansson, and an unfortunate incident involving smoked pumpkin seeds.


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Dec 04, 2019
Episode 78 : Little May
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This week, we're sharing a special interview with the Australian folk duo Little May, recorded prior to Hannah Field and Liz Drummond announcing the end of the project. Together with host Lior Phillips, Liz and Hannah finally settle the debate of Jonathan Taylor Thomas vs. Devon Sawa, the differences between Britney Spears fans and Christina Aguilera fans, and discuss a disastrous cover of Bruce Springsteen with Mumford & Sons.


Plus, the duo dish on the pizza parlor origins of Little May, their journey in finding confidence as a band, first concerts with Avril Lavigne and Kylie Minogue, and their experience working with The National's Aaron Dessner on their debut album, 2015's For the Company.


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Nov 27, 2019
Episode 77 : Jim James & Teddy Abrams
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This week, host Lior Phillips is joined by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Teddy Abrams, the conductor and music director of the Louisville Orchestra. The duo call in to discuss the origins of their new album, The Order of Nature, as well as the heart of music in their Louisville home, this project in relation to My Morning Jacket, and the value of having a conversation through music.


Plus, the duo share stories behind the creation of their collaborative suite of symphonic rock compositions, as well as detail tales of ayahuasca, Megadeth, Edith Piaff, and transcendental meditation. And as if that weren't enough, Jim offers up his secret savory oatmeal recipe, so stay tuned!


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Nov 20, 2019
Episode 76 : Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree
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This week we bring you a live recording of our first in a series of events live from the Stubhub New York office at 39th & Broadway. Host Lior Phillips is joined by the dynamic duo of Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree to chat about their upcoming new album, Names of North End Women—out February 21, 2020, via Mute. Plus, the duo share the world premiere of the album's title track in the episode!


Throughout his decades as a member of Sonic Youth, Lee has continuously experimented and expended his artistic palette, working as a painter, poet, and more. Raul, meanwhile, established himself as a unique musical mind as a member of Spanish hardcore outfit Corn Flakes, and has since moved on to a powerful and diverse solo career, as well as producing a variety of artists. In addition to chatting about their new album, Lior, Lee, and Raul discuss cycling while on tour, their early experience seeing Guns N Roses and Michael Jackson, Sonic Youth's tour with Neil Young, Raul's work with flamenco heroes such as Rosalia, and so much more. 


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Nov 13, 2019
Episode 75 : Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers
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Scott Avett calls into the show fresh off the release of The Avett Brothers' new album, Closer Than Together. In addition to discussing the unlikely dual inspirations of Mike Patton and Bob Dylan, Scott and host Lior Phillips also chat about the complexity of playing music and touring with family and the courage it takes to admit you're having an off-day on-stage. The two also chat about the life-changing power of seeing Tom T Hall sing "Mr. Bojangles", playing with Willie Nelson, and the importance of constantly working.


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Nov 06, 2019
Episode 74 : No Such Thing As A Fish & Halloween Music Facts!
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Lior Phillips is joined this week by two of the four hosts of the award-winning, hilarious, and altogether wonderful podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. In addition to hosting that brilliant show, Dan Schreiber and Anna Ptaszynski work as Elves (aka researchers) for British comedy panel show QI, a quiz show where funny and interesting responses are rewarded as well as right answers. Along with fellow Elves James Harkin and Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna and Dan wound up each week with so much eccentric trivia that they decided to host a sort of spinoff podcast. Each week, No Such Thing As A Fish features the four hosts' favorite facts of the week—some really off-the-wall stuff, equally jaw-droppingly fascinating and hilarious. On this week's chat, Dan and Anna call in to talk about their brand new book of facts, their upcoming US and UK tour dates, first gigs, working with Slipknot's Corey Taylor, and so much more. Plus, Anna and Dan share their favorite music facts from the year, as well as some spooky Halloween-ready facts about witches on hallucinogens. 


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Oct 30, 2019
Episode 73 : Liam Gallagher
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This week, we welcome in the rock and roll legend Liam Gallagher—former vocalist of Oasis, frontman of Beady Eye, and current voice of a righteous solo career. As may be attested by his vivacious Twitter feed, Liam is a quick wit, sharp tongue, and perpetually entertaining. This year saw the release of both Liam Gallagher: As It Was and the robust and riotous new album, Why Me? Why Not?. In addition to those topics, Liam calls in to discuss getting starstruck upon meeting a Beatle, opening up for The Who, embracing past mistakes, and touring with his family. Oh, and Lior and Liam bond over reality TV, which is obviously exactly what you'd expect from an interview with a bonafide rock star.


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Oct 23, 2019
Episode 72 : POND & Farao
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On this episode, the show includes conversations with two artists from very different parts of the world—but with a shared warmth and passion. First up, host Lior Phillips chats with Nick Allbrook of Australian outfit POND. The psych rocker dishes about his time in Tame Impala, the importance of building a music scene on friendship and collaboration, and how he was influenced by David Byrne and Primal Scream. After that, we check in with Norwegian-born, Berlin-based indie pop artist Farao, who jokes about her type A personality and explains the raunchy dream about a jazz icon that inspired her project name.


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Oct 16, 2019
Episode 71 : Bat For Lashes
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Since her 2006 debut Fur & Gold, Bat For Lashes (AKA Natasha Khan) has established herself as one of the most passionate, expressive writers and performers. The London-born art pop artist has delivered record after record of cinematic beauty, Khan's most recent album is the sublime Lost Girls, an album indebted to the bliss of Bananarama and Cyndi Lauper as well as the grand scope of composer John Williams. This week, Bat For Lashes calls in to discuss the complications of character-driven songwriting, her experiences teaching meditation to newly released prisoners, opening for Radiohead and Coldplay, and so much more.


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Oct 09, 2019
Episode 70 : Devendra Banhart
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On this week's episode, host Lior Phillips is joined by eccentric indie folk superstar Devendra Banhart. Fresh off the release of the charming, cohesive Ma, the singer-songwriter dials in from his home office to chat about the new record and so much more. After growing up between Venezuela and the US, Devendra established his musical voice in the vibrant San Francisco scene in the early 2000s, eventually breaking into the national stage with 2005's Cripple Crow. His elastic voice, wildly poetic lyrics, and dazzling compositions registered immediately as iconic and groundbreaking. In this week's chat, Devendra and I chat about the maternal inspiration behind his new album, recording for Ma in a monastery, the importance of not over-apologizing, and adjusting his musical worldview from Caracas to the states when he moved as a teenager. And that's not even mentioning a surprise visit from the police—and we're not talking about Sting and company.


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Oct 02, 2019
Episode 69 : Protoje, Razika, Pom Poko, and The Needs (Live from Øya Festival)
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We return this week to the glorious Oslo for the second half of our coverage from Øya Festival, with a divere set of four talented acts that display the warm and welcoming community that is the Norwegian music scene. First off we have Protoje, the Jamaican reggae Grammy nominee who chats about his latest album, A Matter of Time, and his love of Erykah Badu. Next up is beloved Norwegian ska pop band Razika, who spoke to Lior Phillips just before one of their final farewell performances. Third on the bill is the delightful Pom Poko, chatting about the origins of their band name and their love of art rock legends Deerhoof. And finally we have Bendik Brænne ("the country prince of Norway") and Maciek Ofstad (of Kvelertak) from brand new band The Needs, laughing at their own "supergroup" status in the Norwegian scene and generally cracking wise.


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Sep 25, 2019
Episode 68 : Mike Patton
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This week, we're joined by the always experimental, vocal range-defying, and genuinely lovely Mike Patton. Mike's list of projects is vast and jaw-dropping, ranging from Faith No More and Mr. Bungle to Fantomas and Tomahawk—simply put, a whole bunch of bands that leap from metal to jazz, with stops everywhere in between. Mike's been called one of the greatest vocalists of all time, and for good measure. He's got perhaps the widest vocal range in rock history, and is so incredibly expressive and emotionally evocative. Just this past week, he released a brand new record called Corpse Flower, a collaboration with French composer Jean-Claude Vannier, who is best known for his work with the legendary Serge Gainsbourg. Mike calls in to chat with host Lior Phillips about first meeting Faith No More at a gig at a pizzeria, the inspiration of Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Waits on his new album, and the importance of experimentation and the power of being yourself—and so much more!


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Sep 18, 2019
Episode 67 : Joe Keery
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On a very special episode of TMBTG, we chat with Stranger Things star Joe Keery about his music prowess, first concerts, and his new solo project, Djo. Just a few days short of the release of Djo's debut, Twenty Twenty, Keery calls in to chat about how he found creative fulfillment after having to leave Post Animal, the origins of his swirling psychedelic musical magic, and how he kept himself connected to music while on TV and movie sets. Plus, Joe details seeing a special concert with his parents, how Gorillaz and Daft Punk inspire his upcoming live shows, and so much more.


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Sep 11, 2019
Episode 66 : Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip
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Cofounder of Hot Chip Alexis Taylor calls into the show this week to dig into the origins of the beloved UK outfit all the way through to their most recent record, A Bath Full of Ecstasy. Along the way, Alexis and host Lior Phillips dig into the decision to work with outside producers for the first time as well as the record's origins in writing for a pop star. Also, the two discuss the very roots of the band, both in Alexis' first ever concerts as well as their shared love of Devo and Kraftwerk.


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Sep 04, 2019
Episode 65 : Orville Peck, IDLES, Fay Wildhagen, and Kommode (Live from Øya Festival)
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This week, Lior Phillips checks in from Oslo after an incredible week at Øya Festival—a trip which resulted in so many fascinating conversations. This week, we're bringing you the first batch, featuring four thrilling creative minds. First up, This Must Be the Gig welcomes in the enigmatic and beguiling Orville Peck to discuss performing in a mask and the allure of country music. Next, IDLES vocalist Joe Talbot joins the podcast to talk about becoming a father and the thrills of overthinking. After that, Lior and Norwegian indie artist Fay Wildhagen commiserate over missing Mitski and giggle over Feist memories. Finally, Eirik Glambek Bøe of Kommode discusses the origins of his new project, as well as the future of his other band, Kings of Convenience.


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Aug 28, 2019
Episode 64 : Lance Reddick
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Whether you're binging Fringe, catching up on Corporate, watching John Wick, or picking up Bosch, you've likely been as obsessed with the wonderful work of Lance Reddick. We've been hooked onto his incredible voice and magnetic presence as early as his tenure as Cedric Daniels on The Wire. But did you know that before he became an actor, Lance dreamed of being a musician? On this week's episode, we talk with the beloved actor about seeing The Jackson Five as a kid, his jazz pop album Contemplations & Remembrances, going to acting school with Paul Giamatti, and what it takes to get in the right mindset to perform while on set. We also chat about some of his run-ins with bad-mannered scene partners and how he transitioned from music to acting. And that's just the start of this week's incredible, career-spanning, inspirational conversation!


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Aug 21, 2019
Episode 63 : The Dandy Warhols
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There's no better place to discuss the rigors of life on the road than in the heart of a tour bus—and we did just that, sharing the afternoon with indie rock mainstays The Dandy Warhols prior to their recent tour stop in Chicago. Zia McCabe and Brent DeBoer shared some of their pre-gig time to discuss their first concerts (including Nelson and the Beach Boys), the allure of things going wrong on-stage, Brent's move to Australia, and so much more. Plus, we dig into childhood memories, including the time Brent daydream-invented the concept of the music festival and the moment when Zia realized she wanted to be a performer: jumping onstage with a wedding band as a child.


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Aug 14, 2019
Episode 62 : Empire of the Sun, Let's Eat Grandma, Vetusta Morla, La Dispute (Live from Mad Cool)
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This week, engineer/producer Adam Kivel returns with the second half of his coverage from Madrid after an incredible weekend at Mad Cool Festival. While the first half featured three interviews, this week one-ups that with four! First up, This Must Be the Gig welcomes in Luke Steele from Empire of the Sun to chat about visa troubles and smashing guitars. Next, Let's Eat Grandma check in from outside Lauryn Hill's dressing room to talk first gigs. After that, Juanma Latorre from Vetusta Morla describes playing in his hometown of Madrid and his love for Nirvana. Finally, Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute stops by to chat about connecting to Hot Water Music and the rigors of the festival circuit.


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Aug 07, 2019
Episode 61 : Perry Farrell
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Few festivals have the awe-inspiring scope and visceral electricity of Lollapalooza—and with the big shindig just a few days away, we check in with the mad genius that continues to pump it with life, Perry Farrell. In addition to chatting about the first festivals he ever attended and what he'll be bringing to Chicago this year, Perry kicks back and shares about his very first concert (seeing Blue Oyster Cult), losing his shoes at a show while on acid, getting chased down by Iggy Pop, his time as an escort, and so much more. Plus, the Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros frontman dishes details on his latest project, Perry Farrell's Kind Heaven Orchestra, and their upcoming immersive Las Vegas residence.


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Jul 31, 2019
Episode 60 : Prophets of Rage, NAO, and Tourist (Live from Mad Cool)
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This week, engineer/producer Adam Kivel checks in from Madrid after an incredible weekend at Mad Cool Festival. That check-in includes not one, but three interviews! First up, This Must Be the Gig welcomes in Chuck D, DJ Lord, and Tim Commerford from Prophets of Rage to discuss their first concert experiences. Next, R&B singer NAO joins the podcast to discuss how reading keeps her creativity fresh while on tour. Finally, electronic mastermind Tourist stops by to chat about how running through each city on his tour brings him focus and calm.


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Jul 24, 2019
Episode 59 : Potty Mouth
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When one guest just isn't enough, we bring in three. That's right, this week This Must Be the Gig welcomes in the hook-heavy and heart-thumping indie punk trio Potty Mouth. Ally, Abby, and Victoria recently released the superb sophomore record SNAFU, and this week they chat with host Lior Phillips about their move from Massachusetts to California, their shared love of The B-52s, the origins of their new album, why they prefer doing interviews together, and so much more.


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Jul 17, 2019
Episode 58 : The Tallest Man On Earth
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Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson has released album after heartbreaking album of material under The Tallest Man on Earth moniker since 2006, after previously leading the band Montezumas. His most recent record, I Love You, It's a Fever Dream. glimmers with an innate warmth, a fireside glow that carries through in his voice even over the phone. In this cozy little conversation, Kristian and host Lior Phillips chat about developing a frenetic performance style despite often playing acoustic guitar solo, his punk leanings in his younger years, the struggles of maintaining relationships while on tour, the way he's changed his tour life as he's grown older, and the horses he raises back in Sweden.


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Jul 10, 2019
Episode 57 : Pitchfork Music Festival & Young Chicago Authors
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With festival season in full swing, this week's episode offers a peak into what makes one of these massive musicals tick. Our first interview of the week features Pitchfork's executive director of festivals and activations, Adam Krefman. In addition to offering a preview of this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, Adam calls in to chat about everything from how he and his team can keep offering more and more options and massive lineups, the festival's connections to the surrounding community, and partnerships with local charities and organizations—including Young Chicago Authors.


Speaking of which, our second interview comes to you from the offices of Young Chicago Authors—an organization known internationally for its connections to artists ranging from Chance the Rapper to Jamila Woods. But equally importantly, it should be known for its work using creative writing to help young people from all backgrounds to understand the power of their stories and make an impact on their community. From poetry and rap workshops to open mics, Young Chicago Authors is a crackling hub of expression and performance. This week, booking manager Nicholas Ward and teaching artist E'mon Lauren chat about how poetry changed their lives, the sociopolitical power of performance, and hosting performances on-stage at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival.


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Jul 03, 2019
Episode 56 : PUP
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Life on the road can be tough for any band, but few would be so transparent as to name a song "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will". While that title might make it seem like PUP are a ball of tension, the Canadian punk outfit balance that frenetic energy with real joy and a vibrant sense of humor. This week, we chat with two halves of the band, as Stefan Babcock and Zack Mykula call in to discuss keeping spirits up in the van, how bands like Thursday and The Flatliners inspired them, quitting day jobs, and the incremental success of underdog punk life.


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Jun 26, 2019
Episode 55 : Kevin McHale
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This week we're joined by none other than Kevin McHale—a delightful human being who many first came to know in his role as Artie on the beloved musical TV mainstay Glee. But you may not know that Kevin has a long history in pop music, and continued to write his own music while working on Glee. Kevin's about to release the latest results from that effort in the form of a brand new solo EP, Boy. In this week’s giggly conversation, Kevin chats about his boy band past, what it was like developing his own voice while singing other people’s songs on TV, the grueling reality of the Glee tour, seeing Jessica Simpson and Ricky Martin as a kid, and so much more.


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Jun 19, 2019
Episode 54 : Regina Spektor
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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 classical-esque flourishes into beguiling pop structures, matching grand scope with delicate intimacy. That depth has been utilized on soundtracks as wide-ranging as The Hamilton Mixtape to Kubo and the Two Strings, not to mention the theme for Orange Is the New Black.


There’s something theatrical, surreal, and yet deeply emotionally resonant about her songwriting and fluttery voice, and now nearly two decades into a breathtaking career that spans so many different styles and sounds, she's making her debut on Broadway with a series of shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre beginning June 20. On this week's show, we chat with Regina about that amazing achievement, her surprising first concerts in Europe, opening for the Strokes, and so much more.


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Jun 12, 2019
Episode 53 : US Girls
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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 prisms of idiosyncratic songwriting. Her soothing voice is the perfect counterpoint to the taut, coiled intensity of her lyrics—and here she puts it to perfect use, discussing growing her own vegetables and environmentalism, her ideal touring schedule, moving to Canada, and seeing Billy Joel as a child for her first concert.


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Jun 05, 2019
Episode 52 : Daniel Miller & Craig Leon
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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, and founder of Mute Records, the label that brought the world Depeche Mode, Erasure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and so many others. Daniel and host Lior Phillips chat about seeing his first concerts, buying his first Korg 700s, and his exploration of the UK music scene in the late '70s and early '80s. After that, Lior chats with Craig Leon, a man who has been at the intersection of countless musical moments in the US since helping to discover seminal punk and no wave bands like The Ramones, Suicide, and Talking Heads. Lior sat down with Craig and his partner, psych/folk/country musician Cassell Webb, to talk about Craig's time in CBGB's and Max's Kansas City and his work with Pavorotti, Cassell's first-hand experience with Buddy Holly, and so much more.


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May 29, 2019
Episode 51 : Hayden Thorpe
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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 much needed emotional depth and vibrant life to every listen. Now three years out since the final Wild Beasts record and after the band's dissolution, Thorpe is set to release Diviner on May 24th via Domino. The debut project under his own name, Diviner is thrilling, inviting, and full of life. And in this chat, host Lior Phillips and Thorpe talk about how writing on the piano helped him process the idea of releasing music on his own—using all four limbs to compose a whole. They also discuss how songs act as an antenna to other consciousnesses, the balance of ego and superstition in songwriting, and his very first concert, heading into London to see a legendary British rock act. 


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May 22, 2019
Episode 50 : Madame Gandhi
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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 occasionally on-mic by her partner, Michelle) digs into her feminist activism, including her Future is Female playlist—which features exciting, up-and-coming female-identifying artists—as well as her free-menstruating run through the London Marathon. Lior and Gandhi also chat about her experience drumming live for MIA, TV on the Radio, and Thievery Corporation, growing up between New York and India, and the mystic depth of astrology.

May 15, 2019
Episode 49 : Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol
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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 2018 record, Wildness, and the ensuing tour, as well as the potential of a Lightbody-penned film sometime in the near future. In addition, Gary shares the story of seeing Nirvana as his second concert, opening for U2, and so much more.

May 01, 2019
Episode 48 : Angélique Kidjo
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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, which supports and educates women and girls in need in Africa. On today's episode, host Lior Phillips chats with the legend about her first performances, her dream festival, opening for Miriam Makeba and Vampire Weekend, covering Talking Heads, the perpetually spreading influence of African music, and so much more.


Head here for more on the Batonga Foundation.

Head here for more info on Angélique Kidjo's excellent new album, Celia, and her upcoming tour dates.


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Apr 17, 2019
Episode 47 : John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats
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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 as a parent, their individual approaches to collecting books, the time John and his son visited soundcheck for Lee "Scratch" Perry, the philosophy of Magic: The Gathering, and so, so much more.


Head here for more on the Mountain Goats' excellent new album, In League With Dragons, and the band's upcoming tour.


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Apr 03, 2019
Episode 46 : Andrew Bird
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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 technique—and his brand new record, My Finest Work Yet, taps into a vibrant, labyrinthine inner world of heady emotion, obscure reference, and brilliant songwriting. Host Lior Phillips and Bird work through his elaborate career—his first performances, seeing Japanese noise rockers Boredoms as his first concert, his time with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and all the way up through to his latest release. Plus, just two days out from My Finest Work Yet, we've got an early taste of the record in the form of the dazzling "Sisyphus".

Mar 20, 2019
Episode 45 : Natalie Prass
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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 Lior Phillips chats with Natalie about surviving the chaos of 2018 while on the road as a solo artist, performing Aretha Franklin songs with Kacey, designing her own costumes, her DIY roots, and so much more.

Mar 06, 2019
Episode 44 : Nilüfer Yanya
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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 of wonder. This week, host Lior Phillips chats with Yanya about the origins of the record, tailoring her opening set to different headliners, exercising while on tour, and so much more. Plus, sample that debut record with "Tears", an early preview of the incredible Miss Universe, out March 22nd on ATO Records.

Feb 27, 2019
Episode 43 : Ally Massaquoi of Young Fathers
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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. The two discuss what exactly makes 2018's Cocoa Sugar so special, the feeling of home in the Edinburgh music scene, taking inspiration in his mother's strength, and much more.

Feb 13, 2019
Episode 42 : Panda Bear
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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 host Lior Phillips discuss the very first Animal Collective tour with Black Dice, how singing in a choir as a child formed his musical mindframe, what it's like performing solo as an introvert, and how working in Animal Collective is like being on a basketball team.

Feb 06, 2019
Episode 41 : Colin Blunstone of the Zombies
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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 with Colin about the very first Zombies shows, performing on TV in the '60s, seeing an impromptu Stevie Wonder concert, seeing the Beatles in the midst of peak Beatlemania, and so much more.

Jan 30, 2019
Episode 40 : Courtney Barnett
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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 a concert from Australian outfit Magic Dirt, the open mics that changed her life, and the importance of putting in the work when writing.

Jan 23, 2019
Episode 39 : Jamila Woods
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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, Jamila has expanded her message to the world through incredibly radiant and empowering R&B. Host Lior Phillips chats with Jamila about the artist's mother and her interest ayurvedic medicine, the connections between non-profit work and putting together a concert, and shorting out the tour van with a portable space heater in Europe.

Jan 16, 2019
Episode 38 : Albert Hammond Jr.
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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 upstate New York, and watching Eddie Murphy classic Bowfinger with Julian Casablancas the night before the very first Strokes concert.

Jan 09, 2019
Episode 37 : Best of 2018 (ft. David Byrne, Shirley Manson, Johnny Marr, Wayne Coyne & Sadie Dupuis)
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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 they attended. In addition, we chat with The Smiths' Johnny Marr about the very first Smiths gig, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne recalls seeing The Who as a child, and Speedy Ortiz frontperson Sadie Dupuis digs into the setlist from her first No Doubt concert. Stay tuned for all the exciting interviews in 2019, and have a wonderful new year!

Jan 02, 2019
Episode 36 : Haiku Hands & GDRN
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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, the unlikely origin of her vowel-less stage name, and the reasons that Iceland's music scene is so collaborative. Next, she sits down with Australian outfit Haiku Hands to discuss first concerts, their big European tour, and a particularly enthusiastic New Zealander at their Iceland Airwaves set.

Dec 19, 2018
Episode 35 : Reykjavikurdaetur
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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 group chat about getting booed off the stage at early shows, what it's like breaking into the male-dominated Iceland rap scene as a female collective, how the group's many side projects and solo projects fuel each other, and what it takes to be disgustingly cool, along with many other fascinating topics.

Dec 05, 2018
Episode 34 : Kimbra
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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 inspiration from Nine Inch Nails, the difficulties of moving across the world, working with David Byrne, and so much more.

Nov 28, 2018
Episode 33 : Margrét Rán and Einar Hrafn of Vök
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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 and magical, and the greatness that is Iceland Airwaves. In addition, the musicians dish on their still yet-to-be-announced follow-up to 2017's Figure, their first concert experiences, going on tour with Editors, and so much more.

Nov 21, 2018
Episode 32 : Orono Noguchi and Soul of Superorganism
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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 to the group's sublime Reykjavik set. Orono Noguchi and Soul discuss their first concerts, getting to meet (and potentially babysit for) Stephen Malkmus, getting a pep talk from Nardwuar the Human Serviette, and so much more. Tune in next week for even more exciting reporting from Iceland Airwaves!

Nov 14, 2018
Episode 31 : Alice Go and Bella Podpadec of Dream Wife
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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 Bells, learning from Shirley Manson, and so much more. Plus, the pair share details from their experiences meeting with fans and sharing experiences with women and non-binary-identifying individuals in the DIY scene.

Nov 07, 2018
Episode 30 : Siggi Baldursson of The Sugarcubes and KEXP DJ Kevin Cole (Iceland Airwaves)
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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 legendary outfit The Sugarcubes. In recent years, Siggi has acted as managing director of Iceland Music. After chatting about Siggi's place in the Icelandic scene and the exciting young acts coming next, Lior speaks with KEXP DJ Kevin Cole. Ever wonder how a Seattle radio station became an essential partner in a music festival half a world away? Lior and Kevin dig into the origins of the partnership, Kevin's favorite moments in Iceland Airwaves history, and much more.

Oct 31, 2018
Episode 29 : Chris Stein of Blondie
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As a cofounder of the legendary punk outfit Blondie, Chris Stein found himself at the absolute center of one of the most important scenes in rock history. To commemorate that moment, he's releasing a new book of previously unseen photographs called Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene. Much like the book, host Lior Phillips' chat with Stein is filled with fascinating stories and characters, like smoking a joint with Bowie and Mick Jagger, seeing professional wrestling with Lydia Lunch, and watching movies with Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson.


Find more info on Stein's new book at https://www.rizzoliusa.com/book/9780847862184

Oct 24, 2018
Episode 28 : Mister Wallace and Roy Kinsey of Futurehood
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Mister Wallace and Roy Kinsey from groundbreaking LGBTQ-focused label Futurehood, a collective exposing the world to queer-identifying rappers, DJs, and singers from Chicago's fertile hip-hop scene. The duo chat with host Lior Phillips about the importance of representation, the origins of their artistic drive, and their upcoming showcase during Red Bull Music Festival in Chicago.

Oct 17, 2018
Episode 27 : Devon Welsh
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On this week's episode, host Lior Phillips checks in with Devon Welsh, just before a recent show in Chicago. The former Majical Cloudz frontman released his first album under his own name, and the accompanying is a must-attend. Lior and Devon chat about the courage it took to step out on his own, singing for a metal band as a teenager, using a rental sedan as a tour vehicle, and a childhood meeting with '90s alt rockers Live.

Oct 10, 2018
Episode 26 : Zola Jesus and Jason DeMarco of Adult Swim
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In honor of this weekend's inaugural Adult Swim Festival, host Lior Phillips checks in with the man behind the festival, Jason DeMarco, as well as one of the most exciting acts on the bill, Zola Jesus. Listen in for details about a secretive Rick & Morty performance, Zola Jesus's first Britney Spears concert, and the story behind how Jason introduced Killer Mike and El-P to each other, altering the face of the rap world forever.

Oct 03, 2018
Episode 25 : Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick of Smallfoot
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Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick have made major splashes in both film and music—Karey for writing James and the Giant Peach and Chicken Run among so many others, and Wayne for penning songs for everyone from Garth Brooks to Eric Clapton. Together, they wrote the Broadway smash Something Rotten! and now the brothers return with animated musical Smallfoot. Host Lior Phillips chats with Karey and Wayne about writing a rap for Common, Channing Tatum singing their songs, and so much more.

Sep 26, 2018
Episode 24 : Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips
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There are few names as synonymous with the live music world as Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips. On this week's episode of the podcast, Coyne dials in to chat with host Lior Phillips about what it's like to roll around in a giant ball on top of festival audiences, seeing The Who as a kid, the prospects of a vinyl record containing Miley Cyrus's urine, and much more.
Sep 19, 2018
Episode 23 : Brann Dailor of Mastodon
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Long before the days of Mastodon, Brann Dailor was watching his mom's cover band, drumming in the attic, and listening to classical music. In addition to dishing on all of those dishes, Brann chats with host Lior Phillips to go over highlights of metal magic from Mastodon's tours, his appearance on Game of Thrones, and so much more.
Sep 12, 2018
Episode 22 : B-Real of Cypress Hill
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Cypress Hill stand tall among the legends of the golden age of hip-hop, and B-Real calls in to chat about that legacy, his first concerts, and the new record from the "Insane in the Brain" heroes. Host Lior Phillips and B-Real chat about catching Leaders of the New School, losing your socks and shoes while crowd-surfing, and the upcoming Elephants on Acid.
Sep 05, 2018
Episode 21 : Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead
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Four years have passed since the last Blonde Redhead record, but Kazu Makino calls in from on tour to give updates on what comes next—including details of a forthcoming solo record. Host Lior Phillips and Kazu chat about the band's history, the struggles of adjusting after moving countries, the mysticism of horses, and the journey of finding strength and developing your voice.
Aug 29, 2018
Episode 20 : Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Operators
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Between Operators, Wolf Parade, and Handsome Furs, Dan Boeckner keeps pretty busy—which makes the fact that he stopped by for this chat extra special. Host Lior Phillips sits down with Boeckner before a recent Wolf Parade performance to discuss a wide swath of topics including his first concerts, Eastern European politics, sci-fi novels, and so much more. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Aug 22, 2018
Episode 19 : Dave 1 of Chromeo
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Festival season is in full swing, so this week host Lior Phillips checks in with one of the funkiest touring acts out there: Chromeo. Lior gets on the phone with Dave 1 to discuss his dream of producing for Mitski, a possible "adult" Chromeo album in the works, the band's origins, and so much more. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.

Aug 15, 2018
Episode 18 : Anderson .Paak, Lord Huron, and Franz Ferdinand (Live from Osheaga)
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Checking in from the heart of Montreal, host Lior Phillips chats with an all-star lineup of guests from Osheaga. First, she sits down with the incomparable Anderson .Paak for a quick conversation about getting perspective on airplanes and his earliest concert experiences. Next up is Ben Schneider, frontman of Lord Huron, who dishes about folding the band's new album into their set, playing bat mitzvahs as a teen, and his first Radiohead concert. Finally, Bob and Julian from Franz Ferdinand sit down just before their set for a giggly and super sweaty chat about Julian's status as the new guy in the band, the Glasgow music scene, and exactly what happens once you play a song 800 times. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Aug 08, 2018
Episode 17 : Johnny Marr
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Johnny Marr calls into the podcast from the roof of his recording studio to chat with host Lior Phillips about new album Call the Comet, his dream gig, the superstitions that keep his performances supercharged, and much more. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Aug 01, 2018
Episode 16 : CHVRCHES (Live from Lisbon)
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Host Lior Phillips chats with Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty, better known as Scottish indie pop outfit CHVRCHES. The trio discuss their favorite hobbies to fill days off while on tour, new album Love Is Dead, and their secretive first shows—including a heated discussion over beer cases. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 15 : Adam Duritz of Counting Crows
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Host Lior Phillips chats with Adam Duritz, frontman of Counting Crows, about the gigs that changed his life, the anniversary of August and Everything After, and the genesis of Adam's own podcast and festival, Underwater Sunshine. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Jul 18, 2018
Episode 14 : Wye Oak (Live From Sled Island)
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Host Lior Phillips chats with Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak about the rigors of tour life, mental health outreach for musicians, and gaining confidence in your inner voice. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Jul 11, 2018
Episode 13 : Mount Eerie (Live From Sled Island)
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Host Lior Phillips chats with Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie and The Microphones, from a hotel room studio at the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival in Calgary. Lior and Phil discuss facing death with music, the escape of heavy metal, his upcoming live album, and his family's pet gorilla. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Jul 04, 2018
Episode 12 : Deerhoof (Live from Sled Island)
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Host Lior Phillips chats with Ed, Greg, and John from Deerhoof, from a makeshift studio at the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival in Calgary. The group get into a real gigglefest as they discuss accents, putting together setlists, the World Cup, feeling confident onstage, and Zakk Wylde's underwear. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Jun 27, 2018
Episode 11 : Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus
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Our lucky eleventh episode features the wonderful Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus! Host Lior Phillips chats with Patrick about the similarities between music and politics, a life-changing Sleater-Kinney gig, rowdy crowds, and Titus Andronicus' new album, A Productive Cough. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Jun 20, 2018
Episode 10 : John Linnell of They Might Be Giants
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Host Lior Phillips chats with John Linnell, one of the Johns from They Might Be Giants. Lior and John dig into the genesis of the Dial-A-Song project, touring with the Pixies early in the band's career, the majesty of the contra-alto clarinet, and They Might Be Giants' new album, I Like Fun. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Jun 13, 2018
Episode 9 : David Byrne & Annie-B Parson
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If you couldn't tell from the name of the show, host Lior Phillips is a dedicated, lifelong Talking Heads fanatic—and this week she's joined by none other than David Byrne! Lior catches up with the former Talking Heads frontman and choreographer Annie-B Parson backstage before a recent show to chat about the brilliance of the duo's production on Byrne's American Utopia tour and much more. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
Jun 06, 2018
Episode 8 : Eleanor Friedberger
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Host Lior Phillips is joined by Eleanor Friedberger, who shares some amazing insight on the world behind her new album, Rebound. From her experiences touring the world with her brother as The Fiery Furnaces to being watched by Lou Reed, this week's show is full of surprising twists and turns. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
May 30, 2018
Episode 7 : Aaron Dessner and Brian Appel of Boston Calling
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Host Lior Phillips is joined by The National's Aaron Dessner and festival cofounder Brian Appel to discuss how they curate the ideal experience at Boston Calling. From Aaron's keys to building a multidisciplinary lineup to what exactly Natalie Portman has in store for attendees, this episode will prep you for the weekend's festivities. This episode was brought to you by our friends at Vivid Seats.
May 23, 2018
Episode 6 : Red Bull Music Festival with Adam Shore and Tristan Perich
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Host Lior Phillips checks in from the Red Bull Music Festival, live from Brooklyn. The month-long festival has just hit its halfway point, so Lior caught up with the head of programming for Red Bull Music, Adam Shore, as well as Tristan Perich, who premiered an impressive composition for 50 violins and 50 one-bit speakers at the festival.
May 16, 2018
Episode 5 : Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz
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Host Lior Phillips is joined by Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz to discuss topics ranging from her band's new album, Twerp Verse, to the impact of seeing Gwen Stefani and No Doubt for her first concert. In addition, they chat about what it's like to have a dog named after you, the power of a good cup of tea, and Sadie's parents' time in the music industry.
May 09, 2018
Episode 4 : Listen Carefully, Listen Safely with Jackson Mann of Vibes
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After his ear drum was ruptured at an overly loud concert, Jackson Mann knew he needed to take ear safety more seriously—and in fact went on to found his own company, Vibes, which produces reusable high-fidelity ear plugs that make live entertainment safer and less damaging. In this episode of This Must Be The Gig, host Lior Phillips chats with Mann about the potential damage that could come from repeated exposure to loud sound, tips for healthy ears, and the work that Vibes is doing to improve the ear health of fans around the world.
May 02, 2018
Episode 3 : Tim Burgess of The Charlatans
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Host Lior Phillips is joined by Tim Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans, to discuss topics ranging from the band's inception, to getting put in a headlock by Iggy Pop backstage at a festival, to the supergroup behind his new solo album. In addition, Lior and Burgess chat about moving from Hollywood to the forests of England, selling gear to The Beastie Boys in exchange for recording tips, and the lasting impact of cult punk band Crass.
Apr 25, 2018
Episode 2 : This Must Be The Gig-achella
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With the first weekend of Coachella in the rearview mirror, Lior is joined by Consequence publisher and founder Alex Young, as well as host of The Morning AMp on Vocalo radio, Jill Hopkins, to discuss Beyoncé's life-changing headlining set—oh, and all the other highlights, too. 
Apr 18, 2018
Episode 1 : Shirley Manson of Garbage
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Host Lior Phillips is joined by Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson to discuss how touring and performing has changed since the band's 1990s inception, the long line of women musicians that inspired her, and the secrets of her "witch" powers.

They also dig into breaking down barriers in the industry, Shirley's first concert, finding authenticity on stage in the modern age, and running into Joe Strummer on the street in Edinburgh as a child. This episode will feel like sitting in the green room and listening to old friends chat about facing down bottle-tossing fans and disinterested festival crowds, the camaraderie in the "sisterhood" of music, and the challenge of sustaining a career for multiple decades. 






Apr 11, 2018
Welcome to This Must Be the Gig!
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This Must Be the Gig gives backstage access to passionate fans worldwide. Hosted by music journalist and festival-globetrotter, Lior Phillips, the show features conversations with headlining musicians, up-and-coming artists, music industry personalities, and notable journalists about the wild wild world of live music - as well as the latest news reports from the biggest tours and the festival scene.

In this preview episode, Lior shares her formative first concerts and gives a taste of what's to come: dishing on behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and dissecting breaking festival and tour news. Early episodes will feature legendary musicians like Garbage's Shirley Manson, The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, and Eleanor Friedberger, while future episodes will include conversations with festival founders on the way they dream up lineups, set designers on how the most imaginative stages become reality, app developers on the future of virtual and augmented reality at festivals, and buzzing artists on what it’s like to tour a new country for the first time. 

Every fan has a story about the gig that changed their life—and so does every musician. Capturing the feeling of singing along with thousands of other fanatics, the lights flashing, the roar for an encore, the second the whole world outside this perfect moment disappears: This Must Be the Gig.


Apr 04, 2018