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Halfstack Highlights Episode 1: Interview with Leftover Cuties

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

Hey there Halfstackers!

Happy tuesday to all of you - Jen Lezan here, Editor-in-chief of Halfstack and I am so excited to share with you our latest endeavor! Halfstack Highlights is a new edition to the Halfstack repertoire. We will be showcasing some of our best interviews in podcast/blogcast form - you'll also get to put a voice to many of the writers you read every day! First up is my interview with Leftover Cuties from a few weeks ago when I caught their concert at College of Dupage's McAninch Arts Center. This amazing venue is in the heart of Glen Ellyn and it feels like a city hotspot right in the burbs.

The recently renovated performance hall, dubbed Club Mac, has a great lineup for their 2014 grand opening season. Locals and city dwellers alike can definitely dig the low key and intimate vibe the hall gives off. Season highlights include performances from all types of entertainment including:  the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Hot Club of Cowtown and Capitol Steps.

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In this episode of Halfstack Highlights, I interview LA based band: Leftover Cuties. I had the opportunity to catch up with this indie pop jazz quartet after enjoying their show at Club Mac. As an avid jazz lover, this group was an amazing breath of fresh air with their mix of pop tempos, vaudeville like vintage undertones and their fun ukelele rifts. Their down-to-earth and humble personalities made this one of the more fun interviews I have had in a while! You can probably tell, by all the laughter as we share this intimate conversation with all of you readers!

Leftover Cuties consists of – Shirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals ) and Stuart Johnson (drums, percussion, vocals). These talented folk took the time to share their thoughts on music inspiration for their latest album “The spark & the Fire”, the journey of an indie artist, connecting with their audience and advice for those of you on the journey to making your dreams come true. The song you hear in our episode intro and outro is "One Heart" by the one and only Leftover Cuties

I hope you enjoy this first episode! If you were inspired by this podcast and want to share, please leave us a review on iTunes! The more exposure we can get these up and coming artists the better! We also welcome feedback as we get used to the quirks of this new venture and adjust to give you an amazing listening experience!
Jen Lezan

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