Inside the Machine

by The Machine

Your guide to the world of independent music. Nicholas Young gets the raw stories behind today's rising stars.


Latest Episodes

In Memoriam

Is this the "end of an era", a moment to be lamented, or the fade in to something bigger? Over the last 81 episodes, Inside the Machine has featured some of the finest musicians on the planet, but all good things must come to a close. In this final episode, Nicholas recaps his last year on the air with a celebratory broadcast featuring friends from around the country.

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Posted on 2 September 2015 | 12:00 am

Josh Berman / Rob Funderburk

Rob Funderburk is a graphic artist. Josh Berman is a free-jazz cornetist. Together, they formed a unique duo for the 2015 installment of Homeroom Chicago's Ten x Ten project. This week on Inside the Machine, we explore the mystery, magic, and limits of creativity itself.

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Posted on 26 August 2015 | 12:00 am

Mark Helm

It's rare to chat with an artist who has shaped our musical tastes so much. Over the last few years, Mark Helm's debut solo effort, "Everything's Ok," has remained as a staple in our playlists, both on and off the airwaves. Today, Nicholas sits down for a longform chat with this pioneering artist.

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 12:00 am

The Golden Rule

It's one hit after another! In this episode of Inside the Machine, Nicholas visits with Mel from Chicago-funk-rock outfit The Golden Rule.

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Posted on 8 July 2015 | 12:00 am

Strawberry Jacuzzi

We're keeping it local with one of Chicago's most-lauded acts, Strawberry Jacuzzi. On this episode of Inside the Machine, Nicholas is joined in-studio by Shannon Candy and Nikita Word, the founders and purveyors of fine, pop-punk music.

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Posted on 24 June 2015 | 12:00 am

Wave & Rome

It's time to go in-depth with one of Nashville's most innovative acts. The brainchild of songwriter Sam Tinnesz, Wave & Rome represents a new group of talent emerging from the Music City's ever-expanding independent music scene. On his debut EP, "Across the Map", Sam pairs folk songwriting with driving beats... a combination that we haven't heard before. You'll want to hear this, guaranteed.

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Posted on 17 June 2015 | 12:00 am

Young Brother

From his home base of Nashville, Tennessee, Dalton Diehl is launching an all-out assault on EDM culture. If you think modern dance music has a certain undeniable vibe, prepare to experience fresh beats, honest songwriting, and grit... the likes of what we haven't seen since the invention of the synthesizer.

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Posted on 10 June 2015 | 12:00 am

Greta Morgan

Post 2007, one of the first independent bands I discovered was Gold Motel. This act's signature sound was heavily affected by Greta Morgan's passionate vocals and honest songwriting. Since that first listen, I knew that she would eventually grace us with a visit Inside the Machine. Today, that visit has come. Together, we cover her work in The Hush Sound, Gold Motel, and Springtime Carnivore.

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Posted on 4 June 2015 | 1:00 am

Inner Outlaws

Several months ago, Will Farina, a friend of The Machine, introduced yours truly to a vintage rock band from Brooklyn, known as Inner Outlaws. Today, my musical lexicon has been vastly expanded by this group of multi-talented groovemasters. And now, thanks to the magic of radio, you can experience my journey as well.

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Posted on 3 June 2015 | 12:00 am