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A podcast about local music and art.

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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.

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After a successful and exciting 7-episode first season, the podcast took a break for a while to re-structure, re-focus, and expand the team. With the vision cast, the stories brimming, and the team grown from one to four, The Local Glow is weeks away from launching Season 2. This season will feature an exceptional line-up of narrative explorations of community experiences, passionate showcase performances by musicians and poets from around the country, and in-depth looks at the creative world around us.


Oct 31, 2017

There’s something undeniably charming about the homespun music of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania post-something or other folk band Birthrates. The duo band embodies a few of the things I love most about the DIY music spirit: it’s the undying urge to make music mean something, and the conviction to take care of the people...

Oct 1, 2017

Today, we want us to celebrate the beautiful, chaotic humans that make up the hands and feet of our communities, and to take a minute to hear from the listeners.

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This episode features original music by The Dream MasonsString Machine, Naal, and Lonesome Animals.


Tell Me a Story. (Transcription)

Oct 1, 2017

“First and foremost, we need to feel.”


These are the words of Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz, in an essay of his, commissioned by the New Yorker. Do you long to feel? Do you ache to engage, to connect? He explains, “Vulnerability is the pre-condition to contact.” So...are you ready?


What makes local...

Aug 31, 2017

Usually when he’s on stage, Evan is bursting with energy, fingers dancing along the fretboard of his guitar while horns blast in the background over a complex, math-y rhythm section. You’ll probably be bobbing your head and sweating next time you hear him perform, but today we get a glimpse into the more delicate...

Aug 6, 2017

“That feeling...when your only friend in the whole-wide-world is a giant mythological bird.”

Rebecca Jasso has a voice that fits so naturally with the classic voices of American folk music--timeless, free, and curiously familiar. Her music, soft but engaging, will take you along with her, into the wintry forests...