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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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    • 4.5, 67 Ratings

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.

    108 : Maya Hawke on Her Debut Album and the Family Vibe of Stranger Things

    108 : Maya Hawke on Her Debut Album and the Family Vibe of Stranger Things

    This Must Be the Gig is joined by actor, poet, and musician Maya Hawke.

    At 21, Hawke is making a name for herself in multiple artistic practices. You may know her as Robin Buckley from last summer's Stranger Things 3, where she scooped up jokes with past podcast guest Joe Keery. However, this summer, she's back with her debut album, Blush, due out August 21st via Mom + Pop Music.

    Writing and working alongside musician Jesse Harris, Hawke's crystallized vocals and straightforward, openhearted songs are exactly the intimate and honest material that one becomes close friends with in a single listen. Altogether, Blush is a powerful album that stands on its own and bodes well for a long, diverse career.

    In this episode of This Must Be the Gig, Hawke discusses the origins of Blush, sharing art in the midst of a pandemic, growing into season three of Stranger Things, life in lockdown, and so much more.

    Head here for more info on Maya Hawke.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured non-profit, Harlem Arts 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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    107 : Drew Dixon on Breaking the Silence and Growing Up With Go-go

    107 : Drew Dixon on Breaking the Silence and Growing Up With Go-go

    This week, we're joined by Drew Dixon, the accomplished former Vice President of A&R at Arista Records, a former Director of A&R at Def Jam Recordings, the former General Manager of John Legend’s independent label Homeschool Records, and the former manager of recording artist Estelle. Her long resume includes working with a variety of world-class performers, including Carlos Santana (“Maria, Maria”), Aretha Franklin (“A Rose Is Still A Rose”), Whitney Houston (“My Love Is Your Love”), Estelle (“American Boy”), Lauryn Hill, Method Man, the Notorious B.IG., Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and Kanye West.

    In December 2017, Drew broke her silence in an interview with The New York Times, detailing sexual assault and harassment in the music industry. And now the documentary On the Record (available on HBOMax) presents Drew’s powerful story, as she deals with her decision to become one of the first women of color in the wake of #MeToo to come forward, and to publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault. The documentary focuses in on women in the music industry and their lives being derailed by sexism. Simmons, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 16 women, has denied all allegations of assault. 

    In this chat,  Drew details the systemic misogyny and racism of the music industry, the opportunity for major change, catching Prince on the Purple Rain tour, seeing Chaka Khan sing jazz standards, and how DC's go-go music scene inspired her.



    RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, free, confidential help is available 24/7 by calling 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visiting online.rainn.org.

    Head here for more info on Equality Now, an international women's rights organization working to ensure the equality of women and girls.

    Head here for more info on Black Women's Blueprint, an organization that works to place Black women and girls’ lives, as well as their particular struggles, squarely within the context of the larger racial justice concerns of Black communities



    Head here for a Spotify playlist of songs that Drew helped make a reality.

    Head here for more info on Drew's new company, The 9th Floor, and here for more on her first artist, Ella Wylde.

    Head here to watch On the Record, as well as access a discussion guide for the film.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured non-profit, Crossroads Fund.

    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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    106 : Austra on Growing Up in Opera and Big Gigs in Eastern Europe

    106 : Austra on Growing Up in Opera and Big Gigs in Eastern Europe

    The brilliant Katie Stelmanis of Austra joins the show this week to discuss her latest album and adjusting to life in the pandemic. After performing in other bands, Katie launched the Austra project in 2009, and since then has been producing some of the thoughtful, enigmatic electronic rock out there. While the pandemic may have delayed your opportunity to see her bring that music to life, her new LP, HiRUDiN, was released at the beginning of May, and offers an equally emotional ride. The album’s title is taken from a chemical found in the saliva of leeches, a substance that thickens blood prior to consumption--a process that is achieved in the sticky tracks that just dig right into your veins and refuse to let go.

    In this chat, Lior Phillips spoke with Katie about how opera proved her gateway to performance, the power of a good show in Eastern Europe, seeing NSYNC as a teen, and so much more.

    Head here for more info on Austra.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured non-profit, Chicago West Community Music Center.

    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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    105 : Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro on the Future of Touring and Underwhelming Lars Ulrich

    105 : Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro on the Future of Touring and Underwhelming Lars Ulrich

    This week, we're joined by the incredible and hilarious Simon Neil, vocalist/guitarist of Biffy Clyro. Since their foundation in 1995, the Scottish hard rock band have built an incredible resume and an adoring following, drawing massive crowds at festivals around the world. Simon is often at the front of that charge, almost never wearing a shirt, rampaging his way across the stage.

    The trio's upcoming album, A Celebration of Endings, was intended to be released in May, but has since been delayed until August. That difficult choice is fitting for the record, which focuses on getting through some of life's most trying, dark moments and the lessons that come out on the other side. In the meantime, I spoke with Simon about how the pandemic will change the future of touring music, sharing drinks with Dave Grohl, getting upstaged by Martin Scorsese while opening for the Rolling Stones, and completely underwhelming Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

    Head here for more info on Biffy Clyro.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured non-profit, My Block, My Hood, My 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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    104 : Jehnny Beth on the Power of Imagination and the Inspiration of Karen O

    104 : Jehnny Beth on the Power of Imagination and the Inspiration of Karen O

    On this week's episode, we're joined by the inimitable, the powerful Jehnny Beth. There are incredibly few performers with Jehnny's intensity, including in her time as the vocalist for post-punk band Savages. Seeing her walk across the outstretched hands of the fans at the front of the crowd is a serious wow moment. That energy has not been contained only in Savages, as Jehnny has also acted, hosted radio and TV shows, and has an upcoming book about sexual liberation and transgression, which was produced with her partner Johnny Hostile.

    This month, Jehnny released her first album under her own name, To Love Is To Live. Rather than a solo album, she has dubbed it a "personal album." Thanks in part to her collaborative process with artists such as The XX’s Romy Madley Croft and Flood, To Love Is To Live is a triumph, Jehnny's voice honed to an incredibly fine point that she wields with curiosity and passion.

    In this chat, Lior Phillips speaks with Jehnny about the album's origins, her earliest performance experiences, and so much more.

    Head here for more info on Jehnny Beth.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured non-profit, EAT Chicago.

    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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    103 : Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls on Opening for Motörhead and Quarantine Discs

    103 : Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls on Opening for Motörhead and Quarantine Discs

    This week, This Must Be the Gig is joined by Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls. Since emerging as one of the most exciting voices of the '90s with hits like "Slide" and "Iris", the Goo Goo Dolls have continued to incessantly tour the world, contribute to massive soundtracks, and release new albums that slot in perfectly with fan favorites. Johnny and bassist Robby Takac have now released twelve LPs, including last year's Miracle Pill. As a taste of that record, we're thrilled to share their latest single, "Fearless", in this episode. Plus, if you want more Goo Goo Dolls, you'll be able to catch their "Live From Home" performances this month while the band's unable to tour.

    Head here for more info on Goo Goo Dolls.

    Head here for more information on this week's featured non-profit, Assata's Daughters.

    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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67 Ratings

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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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Great guests. Average execution.

Love the guests on here, but they are constantly being interrupted by the host.

Jamieleto ,

Amazing podcast!

I’m always in awe listening to Lior have such natural and fluid conversations with so many incredible musicians! What’s refreshing is that its tone is so casual that you can tell the artists are enjoying the chat as much as we are enjoying listening to it! Really peels back the layers you wouldn’t normally get to in a standard interview - such a special podcast! Highly recommend.

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