About This Program
Extensions with host Dylan McDonnell airs on the third Tuesday of every month from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Extensions focuses on a melding of popular and underground releases from artists working in the Black aesthetic diaspora, primarily from the overlapping realms of jazz, r&b, soul, funk, edm, and their substyles. Essential to this program are pieces that straddle the fringe of what’s usually heard and/or comfortable for WPKN listeners, sound or content-wise. On occasion, Dylan also features songs that come out of traditions from the Arabic, Slavic, and Scandinavian worlds, and that interact with the styles highlighted on the show. Over the years, Extensions has come to feature an increasing amount of vocal-based music, both wordful and wordless. Dylan will often craft sets around particular artistic or aesthetic constellations: newer releases from the UK jazz scene, Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Caribbean-minded musicians, works from the roster of the Chicago label International Anthem, songs about flowers and other natural phenomena.