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Noise and experimental music on your Internet dial



Greg Kelley
  • Greg Kelley
In this week's paper I wrote about singular Boston trumpeter Greg Kelley, who performs in a concert presented by Lampo at the Graham Foundation on Saturday evening. The concerts in the series are free, but require an RSVP; they tend to reach capacity in advance. If you can't get a seat to this one, you'll be able to hear the music thanks to a new Chicago-based online radio station called Numbers.FM. It will stream the Kelley performance live beginning at 8 PM.

The station is a project of Jon Cates and Jake Elliott, who operate in the murky fringes of the digital realm—they also run the experimental-music label Southbridge Slow Electronics. The station exists to stream live performances and DJ sets from mostly local artists. Currently the website lists folks like Jason Soliday, Brian Labycz, Julia Miller, Sarah Weis, Lori Felker, and Alex Inglizian among those whose work will be presented, and when there isn't a performance being broadcast the station streams from an open-source archive of numbers stations. Cates tells me that he hopes to have a schedule for the site's programming up by the end of next week.

In my Kelley preview I mentioned that he's performing on WNUR with Olivia Block tonight, but thanks to a live broadcast of a Northwestern University men's basketball game, the show will be recorded tonight, then aired on Saturday afternoon at 4 PM.

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Today's playlist:

Ray Charles, Genius + Soul = Jazz (Expanded Edition) (Concord)
Fern Jones, The Glory Road (Numero Group)
Oren Ambarchi, Stacte Motors (Western Vinyl)
Various artists, Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974 (Sublime Frequencies)
Patrick Cornelius, Fierce (Whirlwind)