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. Mus… read more

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Episode 59 : Potty Mouth

July 17th, 2019

1:05:23

This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox.


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. …

Episode 58 : The Tallest Man On Earth

July 10th, 2019

1:24:21

This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox.


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 …

Episode 57 : Pitchfork Music Festival & Young Chicago Authors

July 3rd, 2019

2:10:39

This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox.


With festival season in full swing, this week's episode offers a peak into what makes one of these …

Episode 56 : PUP

June 26th, 2019

1:03:21

This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox.


Life on the road can be tough for any band, but few would be so transparent as to name a song "If This …

Episode 55 : Kevin McHale

June 19th, 2019

1:12:50

This week's episode is sponsored by BandBox.


This week we're joined by none other than Kevin McHale—a delightful human being who many first came to …

Episode 54 : Regina Spektor

June 12th, 2019

1:30:12

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 …

Episode 53 : US Girls

June 5th, 2019

1:00:29

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 …

Episode 52 : Daniel Miller & Craig Leon

May 29th, 2019

1:41:58

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 …

Episode 51 : Hayden Thorpe

May 22nd, 2019

1:28:11

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 …

Episode 50 : Madame Gandhi

May 15th, 2019

1:14:16

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 …

Episode 49 : Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

May 1st, 2019

1:14:37

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 …

Episode 48 : Angélique Kidjo

April 17th, 2019

1:36:49

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 …

Episode 47 : John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats

April 3rd, 2019

2:15:52

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 …

Episode 46 : Andrew Bird

March 20th, 2019

55:46

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 …

Episode 45 : Natalie Prass

March 6th, 2019

1:45:23

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. …

Episode 44 : Nilüfer Yanya

February 27th, 2019

50:12

London-based rising star Nilüfer Yanya is on the verge of releasing her debut album, a record that fuses vibrant passion, technical wizardry, and …

Episode 43 : Ally Massaquoi of Young Fathers

February 13th, 2019

41:50

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 …

Episode 42 : Panda Bear

February 6th, 2019

53:06

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, …

Episode 41 : Colin Blunstone of the Zombies

January 30th, 2019

1:04:04

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 …

Episode 40 : Courtney Barnett

January 23rd, 2019

59:29

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 …

Episode 39 : Jamila Woods

January 16th, 2019

44:21

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 …

Episode 38 : Albert Hammond Jr.

January 9th, 2019

44:43

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 …

Episode 37 : Best of 2018 (ft. David Byrne, Shirley Manson, Johnny Marr, Wayne Coyne & Sadie Dupuis)

January 2nd, 2019

43:41

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 …

Episode 36 : Haiku Hands & GDRN

December 19th, 2018

1:18:30

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 …

Episode 35 : Reykjavikurdaetur

December 5th, 2018

39:12

Host Lior Phillips checks in again from the comfy confines of Reykjavik for another episode recorded at Iceland Airwaves. This week, she chats with …

Episode 34 : Kimbra

November 28th, 2018

52:45

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 …

Episode 33 : Margrét Rán and Einar Hrafn of Vök

November 21st, 2018

57:15

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 …

Episode 32 : Orono Noguchi and Soul of Superorganism

November 14th, 2018

53:19

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 …

Episode 31 : Alice Go and Bella Podpadec of Dream Wife

November 7th, 2018

47:15

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 …

Episode 30 : Siggi Baldursson of The Sugarcubes and KEXP DJ Kevin Cole (Iceland Airwaves)

October 31st, 2018

1:19:02

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 …

Episode 29 : Chris Stein of Blondie

October 24th, 2018

45:37

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 …

Episode 28 : Mister Wallace and Roy Kinsey of Futurehood

October 17th, 2018

1:34:24

Mister Wallace and Roy Kinsey from groundbreaking LGBTQ-focused label Futurehood, a collective exposing the world to queer-identifying rappers, DJs, …

Episode 27 : Devon Welsh

October 10th, 2018

42:45

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 …

Episode 26 : Zola Jesus and Jason DeMarco of Adult Swim

October 3rd, 2018

1:46:33

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 …

Episode 25 : Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick of Smallfoot

September 26th, 2018

45:49

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 …

Episode 24 : Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

September 19th, 2018

1:10:50

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 …

Episode 23 : Brann Dailor of Mastodon

September 12th, 2018

1:02:13

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 …

Episode 22 : B-Real of Cypress Hill

September 5th, 2018

49:17

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 …

Episode 21 : Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead

August 29th, 2018

1:28:09

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 …

Episode 20 : Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Operators

August 22nd, 2018

1:27:34

Between Operators, Wolf Parade, and Handsome Furs, Dan Boeckner keeps pretty busy—which makes the fact that he stopped by for this chat extra …

Episode 19 : Dave 1 of Chromeo

August 15th, 2018

52:43

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 …

Episode 18 : Anderson .Paak, Lord Huron, and Franz Ferdinand (Live from Osheaga)

August 8th, 2018

56:58

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 …

Episode 17 : Johnny Marr

August 1st, 2018

1:30:27

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 …

Episode 16 : CHVRCHES (Live from Lisbon)

July 25th, 2018

50:47

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 …

Episode 15 : Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

July 18th, 2018

1:07:31

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 …

Episode 14 : Wye Oak (Live From Sled Island)

July 11th, 2018

1:03:16

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 …

Episode 13 : Mount Eerie (Live From Sled Island)

July 4th, 2018

1:02:08

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 …

Episode 12 : Deerhoof (Live from Sled Island)

June 27th, 2018

2:01:14

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 …

Episode 11 : Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus

June 20th, 2018

1:00:39

Our lucky eleventh episode features the wonderful Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus! Host Lior Phillips chats with Patrick about the similarities …

Episode 10 : John Linnell of They Might Be Giants

June 13th, 2018

1:08:38

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 …

Episode 9 : David Byrne & Annie-B Parson

June 6th, 2018

44:33

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 …

Episode 8 : Eleanor Friedberger

May 30th, 2018

54:05

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 …

Episode 7 : Aaron Dessner and Brian Appel of Boston Calling

May 23rd, 2018

49:00

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 …

Episode 6 : Red Bull Music Festival with Adam Shore and Tristan Perich

May 16th, 2018

1:19:27

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 …

Episode 5 : Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz

May 9th, 2018

1:36:23

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 …

Episode 4 : Listen Carefully, Listen Safely with Jackson Mann of Vibes

May 2nd, 2018

42:24

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 …

Episode 3 : Tim Burgess of The Charlatans

April 25th, 2018

1:20:49

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 …

Episode 2 : This Must Be The Gig-achella

April 18th, 2018

1:20:00

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

Episode 1: Shirley Manson of Garbage

April 11th, 2018

1:20:16

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 …

Welcome to This Must Be the Gig!

April 4th, 2018

4:16

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 …

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