15 episodes

The Local Glow is an independent podcast production based out of Chicago, Illinois, created by Tariq Shihadah. Through our featured interviews, live performances, and story-telling, we dig into the heart of local music and arts throughout the Midwest and beyond, uncovering what makes your art and music communities come to life. This podcast is a celebration of art and the unique relationships that it fosters as it draws individuals from different worlds into a space where we all feel a little more alive. This production is also here as a resource to connect you to your local music community and to connect your local community to its rich and ever-changing neighbors around the Midwest and beyond.

The Local Glow Tariq Shihadah

    • Music Commentary
    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

The Local Glow is an independent podcast production based out of Chicago, Illinois, created by Tariq Shihadah. Through our featured interviews, live performances, and story-telling, we dig into the heart of local music and arts throughout the Midwest and beyond, uncovering what makes your art and music communities come to life. This podcast is a celebration of art and the unique relationships that it fosters as it draws individuals from different worlds into a space where we all feel a little more alive. This production is also here as a resource to connect you to your local music community and to connect your local community to its rich and ever-changing neighbors around the Midwest and beyond.

    Do You Want to Talk About It?

    Do You Want to Talk About It?

    Marco Aziel, also known as Aaron, and his musical partner Travis Anderson are two great big hearts on the sleeves of southeastern Michigan’s musical world and together make up the emo-adjacent band, Daddy and the Long Legs. The two-person outfit glimmers with youthful resilience and curiosity, and it glows with a strong balancing force of beyond-their-years wisdom and emotional weight.
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    Learn more about The Local Glow at www.thelocalglow.com; listen to Daddy and the Long Legs’ new album at daddyandthelonglegs.bandcamp.com; learn more about In The Band at inthebandstudio.com
    Production music by Lowell Shaffer of IT( (itmusic9.bandcamp.com) and Frail Body (frailbodyil.bandcamp.com) as well as Tariq Shihadah (discoverermusic.com).
    Outro song “Restless Sleeper” by Fay Ray (fayray.bandcamp.com).
    Produced by Tariq Shihadah, Brian Doherty, Victoria Thomas, and Fredd Villa. Original performance mixed by Fredd Villa.

    • 44 min
    Tethered

    Tethered

    Art is intimate, and don’t mistake it, art is a choice. And it’s a hard choice to make, because intimacy is hard. It’s elusive, unknown, it bites. In today’s episode, we foray into this tenuous and fearsome space, featuring six poets from around the Midwest and beyond, exploring intimacy in its various forms and stages. We’ll hear poems about intimacy, new and old, close in proximity and close in heart, about the color it paints on an ordinary life, and the void it leaves when it vanishes. Poems that are vulnerable and honest, some that wonder and some that ache.
    Featured Poets:
    Holly McDermott - @worksbyham, hammade.org Dominick Duda - @literarally, gumroad.com/literarally Nishat Ahmed - @thenishfish, twich.tv/thenishfish Topher Leon - @topherleon, pridefilmsandplays.com (Topher will be directing the world premiere of Desire in a Tinier House, with Pride Films & Plays here in Chicago, running May 30-June 29; find more at pridefilmsandplays.com) Rachel Egly - rachelegly.wordpress.com. Kim Addonizio - kimaddonizio.com (learn more about Kim’s in-person and online poetry workshops on her website) Learn more about The Local Glow at www.thelocalglow.com.
    Production music by Snayl (snayl1.bandcamp.com), NAAL (naalmusic.com), and sailbear (sailbear.bandcamp.com).
    Outro song “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Bailey Minzenberger, available on Spotify.
    Produced by Tariq Shihadah and Victoria Thomas

    • 33 min
    ...Anyway, Here's Wonderwall

    ...Anyway, Here's Wonderwall

    The open mic night is a celebration of talent as it showcases personality. It’s a testing ground, providing validation for the bedroom artist, and it’s a lab for the experimenting veteran. It’s a place to support and be supported, a place to laugh and to be moved, by whoever happens to come through the door that night…’cause you never can know what to expect.
    Special thanks to Santos Ramos and Mike Vivirito from Two Brothers and Eric Quigley from Uncommon Ground for their contributions to the episode.
    Featured single “Not Another Love Song” by Nikki Morgan, www.nikkimorganmusic.com.
    Learn more about The Local Glow at www.thelocalglow.com.
    Production music by Snayl (snayl1.bandcamp.com).
    Check out Megan Sontag’s photography at @shutterblade and www.sontagphotography.com.
    Produced by Brian Doherty and Tariq Shihadah

    • 27 min
    Furious

    Furious

    Samantha Jordan, AKA FURY, is writing the soundtrack for a revolution. It started in her grandfather’s church, where she learned that music can be a feeling. That it’s not just words and melodies, but it’s got a soul that can spread far and wide, breathing life into communities and culture. With a revival of the lyricism and purpose of the Golden Age of Hip Hop, FURY brings a monsoon of vision and passion. Like a prescription for the ills of the world, she declares “What I’m doin’ is reducin’ the pollution on the airwaves.”

    Learn more about FURY at www.furyhiphop.com.

    Learn more about The Local Glow at www.thelocalglow.com.

    Production music by Snayl (snayl1.bandcamp.com), outro music by All Over the Place (allovertheplace.bandcamp.com).

    Music mixing by Tariq Shihadah, music mastering by Joni Elfers.

    Produced by Tariq Shihadah.

    • 47 min
    For the Kids

    For the Kids

    First Gig Rock Camp is a summertime gem found in a few cities around Central Illinois. The week long day camp brings in young kids from around the region to get together, and try on the rock star life for a few days. From learning songs, to photo shoots, to radio interviews, to Skype sessions where national musicians share stories of life on the road and how to find success in music, First Gig brings the stage to the next generation of hometown heroes.
    Learn more about First Gig Rock Camp on their website.
    Learn more about The Local Glow on our website.
    Production music by Snayl, outro music by Dead Lucid.
    Special thanks to Guido Esteves, Mayah Bickers, and Deane Geiken.
    Produced by Tariq Shihadah.

    • 36 min
    The Fusion of the High and Low

    The Fusion of the High and Low

    Chris Bernstorf, a Taylor, Michigan resident, explores painful and beautiful realities through his high-energy, passionate spoken word poetry. There's a breathless urgency in his work, evident in the hard-hitting lines that tore through the silent living room at a DIY show one night in Uptown, Chicago last winter when we met him. He's a bright-eyed young punk with a few hundred shows across the country under his belt, an audacious and timely voice, and a spiritual life that guides him along the way.
    Learn more about Chris on his website.
    Learn more about The Local Glow on our website.
    Music provided by bread internet.
    Produced by Tariq Shihadah.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Quinn David Furness ,

Outstanding

I host a podcast myself and I put almost zero effort in and it really takes it out of me. So imagine how much work it is when you actually spend time writing and producing! Mercy!

Wezdispenser ,

Absolutely Splendid!

I’ve known Tariq for many years, and can say without a doubt that the honest heart he has to care for local artists shines through magnificently in The Local Glow. If you really care about supporting local artists in the Chicago area, this is a great place to start!

Story Spectacular ,

A Glowing Review for "The Local Glow"

Tariq Shihadah is on a mission! The show is innovative and so fun to listen to! Excellent sound design and production. I can't wait to hear more and discover some incredible new music.

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