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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.


Jul 23, 2017

“We believe that at the center of liberation is radical love for each other and ourselves.”

These are the words of the creators of Fed Up Fest, an annual queer and trans punk and hardcore festival that takes place every summer in Chicago, Illinois. Today we'll be talking with Masha, Ash, and E, three active members...

Jul 8, 2017

Central many it's just the wide, flat, corn-rife space between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. However, deep in within the corn-maze lies Champaign-Urbana, one of the top destinations in the state for local music.

Boswell Hutson, a booker and promoter from the area tells introduces us to the town and...

Jul 8, 2017

Sarah Garner (aka Trees Wanna Fly) crafts folk tunes that are sometimes energetic, sometimes slyly sarcastic, and always hauntingly beautiful. As we dive deeper with Sarah into the meanings and inspirations behind her music we encounter themes of anxiety, faith, parenting. In addition to writing...