Chick Habit

by The Machine

Honest, raw conversations from women in the arts. This is the female perspective you've been looking for.


Latest Episodes

Get Loud

It's about to get loud. This week on Chick Habit, Ashly is joined by Donna (of Beat Drun Juel) and Megan (of Bow and Spear) to discuss their musical beginnings, and of course, the intricate balance of instruments known as rock. Like every week, we crank the volume to eleven and rock hard with some of the finest ladies in the scene.

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Posted on 16 July 2015 | 12:00 am

Girls Rock! Chicago

Turn up the volume! In this episode, Melissa Oglesby, founder and director of Girls Rock! Chicago and Carrie Shemanski, a four-year volunteer with the organization, sit down with volunteer coordinator Ashly to talk about camp, the Girls Rock community, and the importance of role models for the future of girls in rock.

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Posted on 2 July 2015 | 12:00 am


It's time to explore the world of independent electronic music with three talented guests. Unlike other genres, where a musician's toolbox is comprised of guitars, pedals, and amplifiers; here, synthesizers reign supreme. We discuss how the talented women behind Volutes, Spaces of Disappearance, and Videobug take their creations on-stage and much more.

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Posted on 18 June 2015 | 12:00 am

My 16 Year Old Self...

...would think I'm awesome! Today on Chick Habit, Adele Nicholas (of one-lady band Axons and jumpsuit-wearing punk act Puritan Pine) and Red of Red's Garden (a multimedia project of art and music) discuss their artistic beginnings, and how their 16-year old selves would feel about them now.

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Posted on 4 June 2015 | 12:00 am

Hear Me See Me

Three artists telling women's stories in songs and words come together to talk about their frustrations and breakthroughs in their work and their respective scenes.

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Posted on 21 May 2015 | 12:00 am

Be Who You Are

Emily from Zigtebra and multimedia artist Kriss Stress sit down to talk about coming into your own as an artist as well as a person, the Chicago DIY scene, and their exciting upcoming projects.

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Posted on 7 May 2015 | 12:00 am

Out in the World

On this inaugural episode of Chick Habit, I'm joined by Shannon Candy and Nikita Word, frontwomen of the Chicago rock outfit, Strawberry Jacuzzi. Over the last few years, they've grown as a band, beginning as a small side project to gracing the front page of Pitchfork. We cover their triumphs, frustrations, and experiences in the Chicago music scene, what it's like to go on tour for the first time, and much more.

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Posted on 23 April 2015 | 12:00 am

Introducing Chick Habit

The worlds of music and art are mostly inclusive. But just because a space includes everyone doesn't necessarily indicate that every party has the same experience. Introducing Chick Habit, a show dedicated to the unique perspective of women in the arts.

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Posted on 14 April 2015 | 12:00 am