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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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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.

    Ólafur Arnalds on Getting Personal and the Ties Between Metal and Classical Music

    Ólafur Arnalds on Getting Personal and the Ties Between Metal and Classical Music

    This Must Be the Gig is joined by Ólafur Arnalds.

    Across his impressive career, the Icelandic composer's work has scored ballet, TV, and film, in addition to a stunning discography. Like a fusion of classical composition, modernists like Arvo Part, and his own background in punk, Ólafur's compositions tap into an immense well of emotion and deliver surreal heights. His latest album, Some Kind of Peace, appropriately places his face directly on the cover, eyes closed as if in the middle of a dream and that powerfully personal and intimate feeling swims throughout the record.

    In this chat, Lior spoke with Ólafur about his old hardcore band, Fighting Shit, his introduction to composing through German metal band Heaven Shall Burn, what makes his new album his most personal, touring with Sigur Ros, and so much more.

    Head here for more info on Ólafur Arnalds.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured organization, The National Independent Venue Association.

    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.


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    • 55 min
    Local Natives on Staying Connected During Quarantine and Obsessing Over At the Drive-In

    Local Natives on Staying Connected During Quarantine and Obsessing Over At the Drive-In

    This Must Be the Gig is joined by Local Natives.

    As two of the founding members of the Southern California band, Taylor Rice and Ryan Hahn first came together when they were just high schoolers. Not long later, Local Natives' debut record Gorilla Manor solidified their radiant credentials. Over a decade later, the five-piece have now released four studio albums and spread their sunshine and wonder at festivals and sold-out shows around the world. Most recently, the band put out the four-track Sour Lemon EP, collaborated with Sharon Van Etten, and put together an incredible live-streamed concert for eager fans.

    In this chat, Lior spoke with Taylor and Ryan about playing shows in living rooms early in their career, idolizing At the Drive-In, working with The National's Aaron Dessner, keeping sane as a new parent during quarantine, and so much more.

    Head here for more info on Local Natives.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured organization, Good Kids Mad City.

    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.


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    Netta on Winning Eurovision, Working With Will Ferrell, and Recording Her New Album

    Netta on Winning Eurovision, Working With Will Ferrell, and Recording Her New Album

    This Must Be the Gig is joined by Netta.

    The Israeli artist won the esteemed Eurovision contest in 2018, sealing the victory with the brilliant and quirky "Toy". Utilizing a loop station to accentuate her resonant, powerful voice, Netta has since dominated stages around the world and seen her music spread like wildfire, including "Toy" becoming a massive force on TikTok. Between a video series called Netta's Office and a viral cover of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" for Disney, the Tel Aviv-based singer has found appropriately unique ways to keep creative and connected with fans through quarantine.

    In this chat, Lior spoke with Netta about connecting to the Beatles in school, what it was like participating in Eurovision, her appearance in the Will Ferrell film based on the contest, recording her new album, and so much more.

    Head here for more info on Netta.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured organization, Chicago Birthworks Collective.

    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.


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    Tawny Newsome and Bethany Thomas on Ditching Genres and the Power of DIY

    Tawny Newsome and Bethany Thomas on Ditching Genres and the Power of DIY

    This Must Be the Gig is joined by Tawny Newsome and Bethany Thomas.

    You may know Tawny as one of the stars of TV shows like Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Space Force, as well as the co-host of Yo, Is This Racist? and a frequent guest of podcasts like Comedy Bang Bang. You may know Bethany, meanwhile, for her celebrated musical and theatrical work on Chicago stages such as Steppenwolf and the Green Mill, performing everything from a Gershwin opera to alt country. Before all that, Tawny and Bethany spent years together in Chicago as for-hire backup singers for tribute and cover bands, forging an intense friendship and musical connection, including time as members of UK punk hero John Langford's Four Lost Souls. This week, Tawny and Bethany's long history of collaboration culminates in their first album under their own names, the explosive and magnetic Material Flats.

    In this chat, Lior spoke with Tawny and Bethany about chasing their own sound after supporting other voices for years, how their passion for music thrives alongside acting careers, the influence of Devo and the Talking Heads, the difference between recording dialog for Star Trek: Lower Decks and recording music (hint: tequila is involved), and so much more.

    Head here for more info on Tawny and Bethany.

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    Head here for more information on this week's featured organization, World Central Kitchen.

    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.


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    • 47 min
    Black Thought on the Origins of The Roots and Covering DeBarge

    Black Thought on the Origins of The Roots and Covering DeBarge

    This Must Be the Gig is joined by Black Thought of The Roots. 

    Long before he became the voice of one of the most essential hip-hop groups of a generation, Tariq Trotter started performing on the streets of Philadelphia with another young man named Ahmir Thompson. Not long later, the duo stood at the fore of a massively influential band, now going by Black Thought and ?uestlove. The Roots made a splash quickly, kicking off in the early '90s and reaching the platinum echelon with 1999's classic Things Fall Apart. That strength has only continued to grow for decades, with Black Thought's diverse list of credits now including The Roots' role as Jimmy Fallon's house band on Late Night.

    Now, Black Thought is set to release his third solo project, Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cain and Abel. Due October 2nd, the record spans a vast array, showcasing Thought's unique vocal skill alongside production from Sean C and features including Pusha T and Portugal the Man.

    In this chat, Lior spoke with Black Thought about what he and ?uestlove learned while performing on the street, how the pandemic has shifted his pre-show routines at Fallon, setting Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as a goal in the Roots' rise, covering Debarge as a teenager, and so much more.

    Head here for more info on Black Thought.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured organization, Black Roots Alliance.

    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.


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    • 32 min
    The Cranberries on the 25th Anniversary of No Need to Argue

    The Cranberries on the 25th Anniversary of No Need to Argue

    This Must Be the Gig is joined by Fergal Lawler and Noel Hogan of The Cranberries.

    The group formed in 1989 in Limerick, Ireland, along with Noel's brother Mike on bass and later joined by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan. Over the course of eight albums and 20 years, the group wrote some of the biggest, most memorable sing-along anthems of the '90s, from "Linger" to "Dreams" to "Zombie" to "Salvation", becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Tragically, the group's most recent record, 2019's In the End, turned out to be their last, as Dolores sadly passed away prior to its completion. But now, Fergal and the Hogan brothers are honoring their late friend and continuing the strength of their legacy with a 25th anniversary reissue of The Cranberries' second album, No Need to Argue. In addition to the original album, the package will include B-sides, demos, live recordings, a slew of unreleased photos, an essay from the band's archivist, and more..

    Lior spoke with Fergal and Noel about looking back at No Need to Argue at 25 years, the beloved song "Yesterday's Gone" making the cut after only previously appearing on MTV Unplugged, seeing Irish heroes U2 as teens, the power of a good cover, and so much more.

    Head here for more info on The Cranberries.

    Head here to pre-order the reissue of No Need to Argue.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured organization, Milwaukee's African American Roundtable.

    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.


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Exceptionally human music chat

Just listened for the first time. Simon from Biffy Clyro. What a great chat - perfectly placed between music as life, profession and the humanity of the player and how they relate to their craft and crowd. Big recommend. Can’t wait to hear more.

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First time listener & started with my favorite !!! 👏👏 Absolutely LOVED the interview with John Rzeznik of the @googoodolls!! ❤️🎶❤️Thank you!!!

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Advice

Here’s why you’re a bad interviewer.

1. Stop talking over the guest

2. LISTEN to the guests answer.

3. Stop rushing to your next prepared question and be flexible enough to expand on the guests answer

4. The interview is not about you

5. Only interview guests you have a genuine baseline understanding of besides a Wikipedia dive the night before. It’s obvious and painful to listen to

6. Stop calling yourself a journalist

7. Worth repeating- nobody lands upon this podcast because you’re super interesting. You’re not. We are here for the guests. Drop the 20 minute intro of pretend broadcast banter and concentrate on improving your interviews by HEARING your guest and engaging in genuine conversation versus your numerical rushed rapid fire questions or your opinion about virtually anything within the scope of the interviews.

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